I guess the American press has been screwing up my name for a long, long time. Below is a copy from the 17 Jan 1845 edition of the Woodsfield, OH Spirit of Democracy . As you can see, not only did they get confused by the name (although they did get it right in the notice for partition), I’m sure they chuckled a little about the Staats Estate. I get mail for all kinds of people: Staats, Stoots, Stout, States, Stoats. On the off chance that someone is reading my name from the printed page and happens to pronounce it correctly, I get suspicious!
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tenancy in common. A tenancy by two or more persons, in equal or unequal undivided shares, each person having a right to possess the whole property but no right of survivorship. Also termed common tenancy; estate in common— Bryan A. Garner, editor, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2004), 1506.
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