Census records can be a real bugbear for anyone researching their family tree. It’s even more daunting if someone in your tree has an unusual name which census takers and local officials just could grapple with. One gentleman in the Sheffey family tree is a perfect example.
Fazewell, Fazwell and Tazwell are the names associated with one Marion, Virginia ancestor. Trying to determine his correct name has been a task that myself and a handful of newly found distant relations have been grappling with for over a year. Well, I’m pleased to say that a newly re-discovered Sheffey cousin has put us straight. Vanessa Williams emailed me to say that his proper name is Iazwell Sheffey. Many thanks go to Vanessa and her grandmother, Margaret Sheffey, for providing the information. I look forward to finding out more about your branch of the family!