I need help with a complicated rearrangement of some early Nova Scotia families. Before I make a complete mess.
Benjamin Arnold Arnold-1286, who moved to Nova Scotia from New England ca 1766 originally had parents James and Joanna, and a birthdate of 1752. A comment was left, saying: "I believe this profile spans two different Benjamin Arnold's. Most of the profile appears correctly associated with the Benj. Arnold who arrived in the Liverpool, NS Area by 1767 and died aft. 1800. The Benj. Arnold Christened 12 APR 1752 in Duxbury, MA is however almost certainly a different person and died 18 JAN 1776 at Roxbury, MA. (A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, with Genealogical Registers, Justin Winsor). This Benjamin is also too young for the established events c. 1766-67. The lineage of the Nova Scotia immigrant Benjamin Arnold is unclear. He may be the Benj. Arnold who Married Lydia Harris (b 1739, d/Henry) by 1762 in CT. (NEHGR 156:272 citing Parkhurst Manuscripts)".
This seems absolutely correct. Accordingly, I split off Arnold-16244 from Arnold-1286, and set Arnold-16244's parents as James and Joanna.
Next, I spent some time looking for additional documentation to support merging Arnold-1286 with Arnold-12331, and their wives: Unknown-95620 with Harris-33770. I've checked various Mayflower descendants archives (FamilySearch), and the linked books in the biographies of the profiles. Nothing really helps.
Does anyone have insight? I'm pretty happy that the balance of the evidence supports merging the profiles, but I'd like to be very sure I'm doing the right thing here. This is a prominent enough profile, that I think some people will be upset.