Disentangling Holland, Walker, and Haig families

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I recently proposed a merge for notable figure Samuel Holland, who, among other things, was Surveyor General of North America.  The merge seemed straightforward, as both Samuel Holland profiles were labeled as holding that office, and both profiles had daughters named Sarah who died in 1817 and who were said to have married a Robert Walker.

That merge was completed quickly, and I proposed a merge of the two Sarah Hollands.  Unfortunately, I quickly realized that there must be some errors in family relationships, and postponed the merges until further discussions could be had to disentangle the families involved.  To be more specific, please note the following points:

1.) Sarah Holland, daughter of the Surveyor General Samuel Holland, married Robert Walker at Holy Trinity church in Québec City in 1792.

2.) The Sarah Holland with WikiTree descendants currently shows a daughter named Abigail Smith Walker, who married a William Haig in 1790.  Checking the source on that profile (The Haigs of Bemersyde: A Family History), it notes that William (b. 1763), son of James (b. 1709) Haig married Abigail Smith Walker, who was the granddaughter of Thomas Walker.  Notably absent from that source is the name of her father.

WikiTree currently shows William Haig, son of James Haig, married to Abigail Smith Walker, who shows as being the daughter of Robert Walker and granddaughter of Thomas Walker.  Unfortunately, this timeline doesn't seem to work, given that the daughter marries two years before her mother.  Further, there really isn't sourcing that confirms the identity of Abigail Smith's father.  

Any help disentangling the relationships between these families would be much appreciated.
WikiTree profile: Sarah Holland
in Genealogy Help by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (278k points)

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Hi Greg,

I've had a go at the daughter - Abigail Smith Walker -  and she's now got some sources, including evidence of her father's name.  There's no record of a baptism for an Abigail Walker anywhere in Scotland in the relevant timeframe.  I've also found the burial record for her putative mother which I'll attach to the sourced profile when I get a minute.

by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 6 (60.6k points)

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