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From: Harold Henderson <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Name Variation, a name change or a priest who can't spell
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:31:44 -0500
I can't speak to the specific place and time, but I have seen similar
changes of surnames in US records. A survey of some other families baptized
by the same priest, and a comparison with their census records might be
illuminating -- especially if you're going to be working in the area on a
I applaud your care in making sure that they are the same people, but that
would be a concern even if we thought their names were spelled "right."
This looks to me like a lovely example for a lecture on the subject, but
maybe I just have lectures on the brain!
On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM, <> wrote:
> In researching my Lennon/Lannon/Linnon ancestors. I have discovered
> another name variation which has me somewhat puzzled.
> Catherine (Lennon) Douras was born 31 May 1846 according to her obituary,
> her death certificate has 21 June 1841 . The death certificate lists her
> father as Hugh Lennon. Census records have her born anywhere from
> The majority are 1845-1847. I have found a baptism record in the Saint
> Philip's Catholic Church register from Richmond, Ontario, Canada that
> 1845 June 25 Baptized Catherine born 31 May legitimate daughter of Hugh
> Linning and Catherine O'Neil sponsors Edward Moore & Mary O'Neil
> There is another record in the register that reads:
> 1838 July 15 Baptized Hugh born 21st June same year legitimate son of Hugh
> Lemming and Catherine O'Neil sponsors were Dennis O'Neil and Anne Short
> A third entry is:
> 1840 December 25th Baptized Dennis born 24 November same year legitimate
> son of Hugh Quinn and Catherine O'Neil sponsors Dennis O'Neil and Ann Ryan
> These images are available on Family Search in the Ontario Catholic Church
> Records for Carleton, Richmond, St. Philip. The first one is in Baptisms,
> marriages, burials 1845 -1868, image 6 and the last two are in Baptisms,
> marriages, burials 1836-1845, images 13 & 20.
> Comparing the Canadian census records from 1842 and 1852, with these
> baptisms it appears that all three are children of Hugh Lennon/Linnen.
> The ages
> and given names match what is in the census records. There are not any
> Lemming's or Linnings in the census records for this area for that matter
> there aren't any Lemmings or Linnings at all. I have looked at the
> conformation lists and a list of parishioners and found no other Lemmings
> Linnings. Currently I haven't found this name in connection with the
> location in
> any other record. I still have to search property, probate and other court
> records. There is a Hugh Lunny in Fitzroy in 1851 with a wife by the name
> of Susan there are no children in the household with the names Catherine,
> Hugh or Dennis.
> My question has anyone run into this kind of name variation? Would an
> Irish accent add a "g" to a surname? Is the priest's spelling that bad?
> Ann Gilchrest
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