My great-great-great grandmother was named, at birth, Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole.  When she was quite young, both of her parents died.  She was appointed a guardian (she and her four siblings), whose last name was Cole.  Then, at some point, she was “adopted” by Daniel G. and Tryphenie Burroughs.  Her name became Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs.  Then, after marrying Sylvester Jones, her name became Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones.

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All of her names are correct!


Sometimes, a woman’s name changes because she marries one or multiple times.  However, in this case, “Cordelia” had three last names, and only one was her married name.


So, be careful when you find multiple last names for your ancestor.