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one person using different names in research(LA)

Hey, guys. I have another question. How common is it for individuals in
catholic documents to be referred by alternative names?? I ask this
question because in the documents related to my gggg grandparents...

Jean Pierre

refer to their mother as being "Elisabeth". Jean and Angelique refer to
her as "Elisabeth Senet". Adolphe's birth certicate identify his mother
as "Elisabeth" while Casimir's birth document has her as "Babes".

But on the marriage 3 nove 1836 of Louis Sam. His wife and mother of
the children(which are ALL identified) is listed as being "Babet Masse".

I do know that "Babet" or "Babes" is a nickname for "elisabeth". And
when I compare all of the evidence I have gathered INCLUDING the
testimony of Louis Sam saying that he was the father of all of the
children borne by Babet Masse in the years before they were married
(this is what the marriage contract says). I suspect that she was
sometimes known as "Elisabeth". And as far the surname of "Senet" being
used on the marriage documents of her two oldest children, Jean Pierre
and Angelique, I wonder if there was an association between the surname
Masse and Senette? I am wondering WHY did Pierre and Angelique give
their mothers surname as "Senette" instead of "Masse". They definetly
knew their mother. Basically I am looking to see whether or not their
is a Senette/Masse connection and whether or not anyone in this group
as encountered an ancestor who used two different names on seperate
documents even though other evidence indicates that they were the one
and the same individual????

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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