Well, it's certainly possible that he changed his name out of a family dispute, but I think the odds are that he simply used a different name with each family he started in order to avoid being caught. His choice of Flatbush is particularly convenient to us now because it wasn't a surname until he started using it, and consequently we can trace his movements by researching the Flatbush families he started.
Have a look at that Flandreau database entry I recommended; it's got a fair amount of information. I did find recently that I'd credited States with one too many aliases, though -- one of the Theodore Flandreaus that I thought might be him is actually really the Theodore Flandreau who is the ancestor of Ted Flandreau who also posts here in this forum. (I was misled because it turned out that both men served in the forces of the Confederacy during the Civil War, although States actually served on both sides during his time.)
At any rate, I'll try to do a little update to the States entry soon.
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