If a woman was married multiple times, which last name is displayed?

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In all this discussion about display of married women's names, it occurred to me I'd never seen information about how women's names are displayed if they were married multiple times. 

One might assume it's their last married name-- the one they died with. But that's not always the best. Here's a cool little story to illustrate:

Lydia Todd was married to Benjamin Doolittle of Northfield, MA. After Benjamin died (when she was 50), she married Jonathan Belding; after he died, she married-- at the age of 79, God bless her, Japhet Chapin. She lived to be 92 (1699-1792). Throughout all her subsequent marriages she remained known (and even appeared in official documents) as "Widow Doolittle". 

Just sayin' ;-)

But, um, what is the (current) practice here for name displays of multiply married women? 


in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (778k points)
I think women should carry their maiden name with married names presented in brackets in the order of marriage rather than as it is at the moment, maiden name in brakets followed by her last married name.

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