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January 16, 2014


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My husband's grandfather was born J C Casler. He used the alias Jack Leonard for many years. He is on a marriage list with that name in LA marrying Aveline Lebo. He is on census records as Jack Cassler. He died and was buried as J C Casler. Family lore says he was running from a stepfather whom he had borrowed a horse from and didn't return it.

Thanks for your article! I wasted many years searching only under one name. We have to keep our eyes and minds WIDE OPEN!

My husband's 2x great grandfather, Orrin Peck Townsend, also enlisted in the US Navy in the Civil War under the alias of William Johnson, which I learned from the VA pension card which had his name and alias. Now I can search for his service records. Also my grandfather's older brother, Alexander (Sandy) Briggs ran afoul of the Canadian game wardens, crossed into the US and took the alias of William Walker in about 1910. He lived the rest of his life under that name--married and buried as William Walker. I discovered his real name researching my grandfather's family in Canadian census and other local records.

My mother has two half brothers.
One change his name from Harl Leonard Staley to Edward Harold Staley. He has a living daughter who has verified this.

Another brother changed his name from Daniel Earl Staley to Earl S Daniel.

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