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Re: Catholic Church Records-1780-1803 ?
Posted by: Daniel G. Webber (ID *****0113) Date: November 03, 2002 at 07:27:09
In Reply to: Catholic Church Records-1780-1803 ? by Allan Huskey of 265

Al: Just noticed this posting and have a little food for thought for you. Doubtless you have seen the Catholic Church records in this area. Note that they include Anglo names which have been (phonetically) translated to Spanish. Recall that the people may have been French but the government at this time was Spanish.
An example; my ancestor John HILDERBRAND was the original non-Latin settler in Missouri, according to Houck. The name under which he received his grant was Juan ALBRANE or something like that. I cannot imagine how Thomas JONES would translate.
Also I suspect that most of these people swore fealty to the Church but never actually practiced the religion, so the rite of Baptism would not be so important to them. Marriage on the other hand would more likely have been solemnized, but in most or at least many cases not within the Church.
Dan Webber

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