Deborah's maiden name and spouses

Started by Randall Seaver on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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4/14/2011 at 11:21 AM

Does anyone have an authoritative record/source that this Deborah who may have married Sylvanus White has the maiden name of Church? I've seen spevculation but no proof. The Mayflower Families book for White does notl ist her as a Church.

The data attached to her on Geni show five husbands. Any proof from a church record or town record?

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4/14/2011 at 1:27 PM

That Deborah Church was erroneously merged with another Deborah Church and that is why there were extra husbands. I've removed those relationships. The 2 that she is currently attached to are the husbands that are most likely whom she was with.

4/15/2011 at 10:50 AM

Frankly, genealogists should not be connecting people to spouses because they are "most likely." There are absolutely no records for a marriage of @Deborah-Church to either Sylvanus White or John Irish. This is in a location where decent original records were kept and are published. It is possible that she married @Sylvanus-White, but unlikely that she married @John-Irish in 1708 (since he married @Priscilla-Southworth in 1708), according to authoritative sources.

Any genealogist worth their salt would denote Deborah without a surname and no connection to any parents.

Undoumented research is genealogy mythology, not worthy of being in a interconnected family tree.

Curators should be applying sound research principles to their work, not guessing at the information. There's enough guessing going on in the family tree data submitted to Geni, Ancestry, FamilySearch and other online trees.

4/15/2011 at 11:19 AM

http://books.google.com/books?id=5LQ-AAAAYAAJ&pg=PA9&dq=Deb...

Not that this is a definitive source, but it links Deborah to parents presumably based on the will that mentions the children, but says (fn) that it is unlikely that she was married to John Irish and doesn't mention Sylvanus White.

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