- 1761: Margaret Rutherford (my 6th great grandmother)
- 1770: Eleanor Dinning
- 1782: Mary Charlton
This family seems to have provided a particular challenge to those poor clerks and ministers striving to make sense of their surname. Among the variations I have found so far are:
The latter variation makes me curious as to whether the family may have originated in Wemyss in Fife, Scotland.