Bitle v. Biddle

For years Abraham Bitle had called himself Biddle, pronounced it Biddle, spelled it Biddle. Last week Russian-born Bartender Bitle, 42, went into common pleas court in Philadelphia to make it legal. He found he had failed to reckon with the descendants of another immigrant, one William Biddle, a shoemaker who served in Oliver Cromwell's army, served a jail term for Quaker preachings, and beat William Penn to the New World in 1681.

Said Major Charles Biddle, World War I ace (seven planes), Philadelphia lawyer, cousin of Francis (lately Attorney General) and a swarm of other Philadelphia Biddles:...

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