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"alias" used on marriage record?

"alias" used on marriage record?

Posted: 27 Oct 2011 12:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Oct 2011 12:28AM GMT
I am trying to dig up ANY information on my gggg-grandfather, Phillip Wells, of Burlington County, New Jersey (born around 1770). I found the following under marriages for Burlington County:

Philip Wells and Mary Fiels alias Willims

(Mary Fields)

Can anyone tell me what "alias" means in this context? does it mean that "Willims" is her birth name?

Thanks for any help,


Re: "alias" used on marriage record?

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 5:57PM GMT
Classification: Query

The "alias" could mean anything. It might be her maiden name, or Fields could be (unless you KNOW otherwise). She could be a widow and Willims could be her former husbands name.

Or it could be a true alias. Just another name that she used for some legitimate reason.

Did you find any other "alias" in the marriage records. If so, you might post to those Boards (or lists) and question those names. That may provide your answer.

Good Luck!

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