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The ANSWER to the mystery...

The correct translation is:

Mrs. Standle's first name was almost certainly really spelled "Eliza."

Remember, people often spelled names "phonetically." Or, how they sounded to the person who was doing the writing.

What if the person had an accent? There could be many variations on the way that the same word sounds to different individuals.

If you guessed the right answer before you got to this page - give yourself a BIG pat on the back.

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