Education was not a priority in early America. In many instances, census enumerators were not more advanced than the general population. Too, enunciation was a "foreign" trait largely unpracticed. Soundex ruled and the writer scribbled what the ear heard. A cousin died as "Dassa" Will, given and middle name. His mother chewed tobacco and dipped snuff simultaneously. Add the fact of her illiteracy and it's not hard to imagine the following: "What's that child's name?" "That's a Will" and the census-taker wrote: "Dassa Will".(lol) Even more plausible cause his older sister lived and died as "Darsulia", i.e. "Dass's Sula" heard instead of Arsulia.