FamilySearch Confusion

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On FamilySearch, David McKinstrey is said to have been married to a woman named Polly Clemens. He is also described as the husband of Mary D. Clemence. I originally thought they were the same individual, but they have different parents.
If they are different women, who was the mother of Susan (McKinstry) Bigelow?
WikiTree profile: Mary McKinstry
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Dudley G2G4 (4.1k points)
Polly can also be a nickname for Mary which makes it even more confusing.

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
my apologies

the only other records on Ancestry for Ebenezer and Eunice is the death of their son Henry and Ebenezer's records in the American Revolution

I tried all the spelling variations
Name: Ebenezer Clemence
Rank: Private
Age: 83
Birth Year: abt 1748
Pension Enrollment Date: 4 Mar 1831
Residence Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Service Description: Mass. militia

Source Information U.S., The Pension Roll of 1835 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

finally found good marriage record

      Name: Eunice Putney
      Gender: Female
      Spouse: Ebenezer Clemons
      Marriage Date: 28 Jan 1778
      City: Charlton
      County: Worchester
      Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0860661.

      Source Information Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

      Thanks for those records. Just to be clear, David had only one wife, correct? FamilySearch has him linked to two women with similar characteristics.
      there are DAR & SAR apps that have Eunice as the daughter of Elisha P and Martha Foskett


      Ebenezer as the son of Philip

      I don't have DAR/SAR membership to them. Maybe you could ask a wikitreer with SAR/DAR privileges ?
      ONE wife, Mary, nickname Polly, on some documents but only one wife

      Yes, absolutely. I will ask someone with SAR/DAR privileges

      familysearch tree screwed up

      records indicate

      Mary Warren, daughter of John Warren married Asa Clemence, Ebenezer's brother

          Name: Asa Clemons
          Gender: Male
          Spouse: Mary Warren
          Marriage Date: 5 Jun 1789
          City: Charlton
          County: Worchester
          Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0860661.

          Source Information

 Massachusetts, Compiled Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA

          Asa's will

          his daughter Mary/Polly married a HILL

          Name: Asa Cleman
          Probate Date: 29 Mar 1820
          Probate Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
          Inferred Death Year: Abt 1820
          Inferred Death Place: Massachusetts, USA
          Item Description: Probate Records, Vol 52-53, 1819-1821

          Source Citation

          Probate Records (Worcester County, Massachusetts); Index 1731-1881; Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Worcester County); Probate Place: Worcester, Massachusetts

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          Polly was what they called people whose name was Mary.  The Greeks had a word for it - hypocoristic.

          Sometimes with girls you get these names appearing in the birth or baptism record.  But their status was still understood.  So you get a girl baptized as Betty but married as Elizabeth.

          In this case, she's baptized as Polly, but she's Mary in the marriage and death records.

          So somebody found that David married a Mary Clemens and went looking for a birth and found the wrong one.  And posted it on FamilySearch.  Ignore it.
          by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (566k points)

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