Will of Edward Barton

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The will of Edward Barton does not support the conclusions drawn on WikiTree. Barton's 1712 will names daughter Ann Linton, son-in-law John Linton, and grandchildren Ann Linton, Moses Linton, and William Linton. 

The tree currently advances an apparently undocumented theory that Barton was the father, not just of Ann who married John Linton, but also of a Margaret who married Moses Linton, a Constant who married George Calvert., and a Lettice (?) who does not appear on the tree. 

These additional relationships are surprising, given the terms of the will. Barton divides "all my land in Virginia" between grandchildren Ann Linton and Moses Linton, although reserving to daughter Ann her "thirds". Further, he gives all his remaining "temporal estate" to son-in-law John Linton. 

The will reads as a man who is survived by one daughter, her husband, and her children. What evidence supports these additional relationships?

WikiTree profile: Edward Barton
in Genealogy Help by Justin Howery Swanstrom G2G Rookie (190 points)

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At this point there is none. This is why Wikitree stresses the importance of sources, because without them "there is no argument." The will (alone) does not prove or disprove the relationships. It's better not to remove/change relationships until there is supporting documentation found and you are confident that the relationships don't exist as they are or otherwise. What you can do is add a research notes section under the biography explaining what and why, as you did, those relationships do or don't exist and further research is needed.
by Eileen Bradley G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)
Thanks for taking time. Yes, basic stuff. I was hoping to get real, actual, sourced info. If you're familiar with this area of the tree you'll know that Margaret Linton and Constant Calvert have been subjects of much speculative genealogy.

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