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First, you might want to check to be sure somehow that your Lightroom import dialog box settings did not include some renaming of the file names. If that happened accidentally, I would turn off that option, then delete the photos from Lightroom and from the hard disk, and import them again with no file renaming.
To change the sort order inside of Lightroom, use the menu command View->Sort->Capture Time
Lastly, an out-of-the-box, change of your mindset solution to the entire problem: shrug your shoulders and do nothing. What difference does it make in the long run what number is in the photo's file name? Whatever else you are going to do with these photos, you can still do despite the number change. This is by far the easiest solution.
Thank you...I'll try that in the morning. I'm not too bothered by the numbers but the out of sequence thing will drive me nuts. It means I am looking through 1500 images to find all the ones that should be together so I can choose the best one.
Capture Time was already checked. I decided to try the other options and when I checked File Name the images then became sequential. The numbers are still wrong but that doesn't matter. Thanks dj for your help.