[APG Public List] Abbreviation of Jo. = Joseph or John?

Kathy Gunter Sullivan, Certified Genealogist sully1 at carolina.rr.com
Tue Mar 8 15:33:33 MST 2011

Out of curiosity, I went to the index of /Colonial Records of North 
Carolina/ <http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/indices/> and did a 
FIND for Jo. There are instances of "Jo." appearing to represent the 
forename John; in particular: Jo. Bartholomew and Jo. Hobbs. The usage 
isn't consistent. Sometimes Jo. appears to represent Joseph, but there 
are enough examples to support conclusions in the Meacham essay cited 
previously. Previously, I would not have suspected Jo. as indicating 
John. Thanks to Jay Fonkert for raising the question and to Drew Smith 
for providing the Meacham essay example.


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