I have a German third great grandmother who appears to have used her maiden name at times as well as her married name. She appears with her husband in 1824 in Armstrong County, PA on a communicant list with her maiden name. Has anyone come across German women using their maiden names at times?
"...a German third great grandmother... appears with her husband in 1824 in Armstrong County, PA on a communicant list with her maiden name"
As mentioned in lejonet's comment,
"It is common to use the maiden name for clarification purposes next to the married name (e.g. Auguste Müller, geb. (born) Schmidt), but even when a widow marries again, primarily her former married name is used."
That is, most likely, she WAS going by her married name, not her maiden name, as was the normal practise in Germany and USA.
There are 3 main scenarios where a woman may go by her maiden name after marriage:
- living in in a mixed cultural region where retaining the maiden name was normal for the majority (e.g. Hungary) -- does not apply to your ancestor
- divorced, and has re-assumed her maiden name -- does not apply to your ancestor
- peculiar practice within her religious sect -- unknown if applicable