half-siblings with 3 different fathers, 2 unknown

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I have a female ancestor who has children with her husband, as well as a child (labeled "Illegitimate" in church records) born prior to her marriage, and a child born 5 years after she was widowed.  The first (pre-marriage) child, and the post-marriage child both have unknown fathers, and as they are 16 years apart, probably NOT the SAME unknown father.  However, since I can't put a name to either unknown father to differentiate, WIKITREE assumes the two children are full siblings, rather than half siblings.  Is there a way to manually change the labeling for these two siblings to reflect their more likely relationship to each other as half siblings, or do I have to leave it that way, and add a note in the biography section?  They each show as half-siblings to the children from the marriage, but don't show as half-siblings to each other.
in WikiTree Help by Cheryl Smieja G2G Rookie (250 points)
I have the same situation, and nobody could give me a solution.
If the last names of the 'half siblings' are the same, the biography should state it for sure.  You never know with 16 years apart of who the fathers could be. They could be the same father since the mother married in the middle.
With my lot it would be impossible for first child and last child to have the same father.  They also have different last names, yet show as full siblings.

It would be nice to have them seen as half-sibs, instead of full sibs, because any explanation is on the mother's profile, not theirs.
Melanie, why not create a father for one of those siblings with unknown name?  That would make them half siblings at least.

Because the UNKNOWN project leader would probably have my hide!  cheeky

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You said you don't know the fathers.  Do both children have their mother's name?  If one or both have their father's last name, then you could create an 'Unknown' with one of the father's last name.  That would then create them as half-sibling, but currently they are full siblings because they have the same parents, even if it is one parent.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (506k points)

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