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From: owentagart <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Surname-St. Pierre, Brayer, Breyer, Breijer,Bruyet--What is it really first?
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:30:50 -0500
There are many reasons why folks get confused. One is, the spelling of family names was not standardised. Most people in the 18th century could not read or write and not very many could even sign their names. Parish priests were, of course, capable of reading and writing, but they tended to spell names they way they heard them, so one couple's names could be spelled in one way at their wedding, but a different way on the baptismal records of the bride and the groom, and, in many cases, different ways on the baptismal records of each of their children, especially if they moved from one parish to another, or if the parish had two or more successive pastors between the birth of the couple's first and last child. And spelling the family name isn't even the most frustrating problem.
There's also a question of "dit names", like Baret dit Courville, or Caille dit Biscornet, or Catin dit Gagne. But that's another story!
In a message dated 02/22/09 21:50:16 Eastern Standard Time, DTDoe writes:
This Surname confuses me. When Guillaume married Marie Anne Jamme-Carrier,
it says Guillaume Breyer, Guillaume who married Marie Archange Bonne, it
says Guillaume St. Pierre dit Breyer, Pierre who married Francoise Thibaut,
is then Bruyet. What was this Pierre's Father's name? The one who married
I'm helping a friend with her Family & I don't know what name to use.
Thanks for any ideas.
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