Variations: The only variation that I have found so far as been Poole
Origins: I have been able to find information that has tentatively lead me back as far as John POOL who was supposedly born in Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey in 1760. John apparently brought his family from New Jersey to Ashland County, Ohio. From there, all of my Pool relatives have stayed relatively close - either Ashland County or one of the neighboring counties.
My connections to the Pool family come through my great grandmother, Lola (WELTY) LINK. Lola's mother was Emma Elverdia POOL.
Goals/Challenges/Plans: Until recently, the Pool surname was way, way down on my list of names to research. That changed a little recently only because during the trip back home, one of the items that we found in my grandmother's old letters was an original copy of the will of Ora Belle POOL, who was my 2nd great grand aunt (Emma's sister). The copy we have was sent from an attorney in Upper Sandusky, Ohio to my grandfather, Earl, who was named in the will. Ora's will lists her siblings, grand children, grand nieces and nephews, and even great grand nieces and nephews! While her will doesn't really provide any direct evidence that will lead me further backward, it does most definitely provide direct primary evidence of a huge number of family connections. With that, my plan at this point is to transcribe the will, analyze it and enter all of the information I can glean from it, and then develop a plan for going forward with research on the Pool name. (I have the feeling that there are going to be quite a few research questions that come out of this will!)