John Matthew and Anne Archer line - Virginia

+1 vote
Any thoughts  about this publication:
"The Mathews Family", Cole, J.R. History of Greenbriar County. [Lewisburg, West Virginia: J.R. Cole, 1917] p.69-70
Is it a trustworthy source?

Even without the information from this book, it has become increasingly clear that this particular [[Mathews-1975|William Matthews]]  is  not the son of John and Anne Matthews.  I have added information about the incongruencies to his profile and his wife's.

Additionally, Bill Wright called attention to problems with the profile of the wife [[Wright-1819|Mary Wright]] in both 2011, and 2014, in the research section of her profile.

Before I detach this [[Mathews-1975|William]] as a son of John and Anne and  attach a profile for a documented William as a son to John and Anne (based on Cole's book) I am wondering if other folks would be willing take a look at these two profiles, and also provide an opinion about Cole's book.

I found one of my ancestors [[Mathews-167|Richard Matthes]] attached to this couple and to a son William of this couple and detached him from both because this undocumented line is not trustworthy.  Mary

WikiTree profile: William Mathews
in Genealogy Help by Mary Gossage G2G6 Mach 1 (18.3k points)

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The information in the book is not backed by a source so it cannot be deemed reliable. It is better to search for original sources to document what the author stated.   Also the book on page 69-70 discusses a WILLIAM MATHEWS born in Augusta in 1741-2, and the profile you have linked is for someone born 1715 with a son William born 1769.  Digital image:

by Brenda Breland Shaffer G2G4 (4.1k points)
Hi Brenda - yes the William born 1715 is the person in question (and his wife) who I intend to detach.
And of course original sources are best.  But so far Cole's book is the only source I have found for the son William and his wife.  Still looking.  It seems that the less illustrious member of the family are not covered - anywhere! Mary

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