From Richard Cranton | March 18th, 2007

My mother’s father was one William Lowndes born in 1895 his father was also William from Cheadle, Stafford however both he and several of the generations before him spelt the surname LOWNDS.

I don’t know why my grandfather decided to change the spelling or if it was always spelt LOWNDS.

Having read about William Lowndes the Highway Man I do wonder if the family decided to change the spelling of the surname for a while!

Any body got any ideas?

From Gail Ann Hodges Levis | glevis AT aol.com

(copied from comment)

Furiously working to get ready for research trip to Philadelphia and surrounding counties for our elusive Levis connection.Mifflin Levis (Butler Co., PA who settled in Tama Co., IA) is my husband’s direct line. I’ve found Mifflin’s father Curtis and grandfather John but am looking for more pieces to the puzzle. Tonight I found a reference in George B. Lownes will (Delaware Co, PA) which mentions Levis and Pancoast names. Especially Curtis Levis sone of Edward.

I’ll be delighted to send along my Levis results, if you think we fit into your clan. Might be too early to know that yet!