Well, Mary and Marie are just english and french forms of the same name. Many people of this time period didn't know how to write and so it is likely that a priest wrote many of the records you are talking about. Mary->Marie is an easy transposition, phonetically with a french accent. =]
Further, christians of Canada in this era named almost all females Marie-something, and went by the middle name.
A great many families took on the name of Laliberte when they came to the new world, though I have not run across any Laney->Laliberte's before, it would not surprise me.
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