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Re: History of Drakes Creek
Yes, of course, Phillip Trammell and his son Nicholas came to the Cumberland settlements in the 1770's instead of the 1870's. Just a goof on my part - sorry about that. Also sorry it took me so long to answer your post. Somehow, I just missed it. In the Trammell family, which incidentally all have seemingly descended from one immigrant, Thomas Trammell, who arrived in Virginia in 1670 from Devon, England, you find many, many variations of the spelling of Trammell. Double "L's", one "L", ditto with the "M's", even quite often written as "Tramble."
In Betty Johnson's book, "Come Climb My Tree - The Trammell Family", she has several notes relating to possible origins of the Trammell name. I have seen more than a few researchers show the English names of Trammell ancestors as Tremill or Tremaille. There are also explanations that frequently the name of a tool or craft of one's livelihood was taken as a surname with their given name and I have seen references of a trammel being a tool such as a pot hanger or type of hammer in England.