Is Nicholas Dix the same as Nicholas (DePuy) Decker?

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I'm wondering if anyone has evidence that Nicholas Dix is the same person as Nicholas DePuy Decker?  Both profiles show this person marrying someone named either Lydia Minion or Lydia Minnion

Marriage records in Burlington, New Jersey document the marriage of Nicholas Decker with Lydia Minion. 

While some trees on Family Search are showing these lines as connected, I'm wondering if there are any documents that show that Nicholas Dix and Nicholas Decker (or DePuy Decker) are the same person? 

My DNA results, as well as those of my brother, show that some people related to me on my father's side (which goes back to the Reeves line, with Elizabeth Dix of New Jersery marrying Richard Reeves) are also related to DNA matches I have on my mother's father's side - which goes back to New Netherlands, including Westbrooks, Deckers, and many related families.  Elizabeth's Dix's father was Nicholas Dix.  If Nicholas Dix is Nicholas Decker, that could explain why these two otherwise unrelated lines are showing shared matches.  Of course, there might be other connections! 

I would appreciate any help you might offer!  Roberta

in Genealogy Help by Roberta Johnson G2G Crew (740 points)
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TBH... You had peaked my curiosity with this question... LOL!

I had done a bit of looking around on both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.

My deduction is "Yes". I believe that their one in the same.

Based upon my findings, this individuals real name is "Nicholas DePuy Decker" (the middle name came from his mother's maiden surname).

It does looks like Nicholas had decided to use a different name, possibly, when he had enlisted in the Revolutionary War.

It doesn't look like his last name change fell into the "legal" realm, but back then (years ago) this type of sporadic change in names were not an uncommon occurrence.

Actually, many years ago, an individual could go by another name just by stating/using that it's their name (sometimes after moving to a location where nobody knew him/her).

So is his last name Dix? Technically, I would safely state that the profile could reflect his last name as "Dix (formerly Decker)".

I only suggest this because I did notice some/all of his children were, apparently, born with the last name of "Dix".

I hope I had explained the above okay via text and is ONLY based upon my personal findings without getting too in depth with the search. I always welcome any rebuttals/discussion regarding this topic.

Good Luck! :-)

~Brian Kerr
by Brian Kerr G2G6 Pilot (216k points)
selected by Mackenzie Kerr

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