How do you change the wrong wife of someone with no profile manager?

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WikiTree has a Anna Sweezy Griffing  Sweezy-174 as second wife of John Griffing, Jr. In the Griffing family genealogy, "Descendants of Jasper Griffing"  it states her name was Charity Topping b.18 Apr 1764 d.21 Jun 1828.
WikiTree profile: Anna Griffing
in Genealogy Help by Frankie Johnson G2G6 (7.2k points)

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I usually check multiple sources--or try to--before I change something someone else has done.  You can add an additional wife with the information you have.  You can remove the other wife.  But you don't necessarily have to do both.  Sometimes people married someone who died 6 months later.  Maybe that info wasn't available to whoever wrote the book.  If you remove the wife, you might explain in her biography that she was previously attached to [[Surname-444|John Surname]] as his wife, but that you removed it because it lacked a citation and conflicted with other information.  That way, if someone finds a citation later, it won't be hard to re-attach her to the correct spouse.
by Amy Garber G2G6 Mach 1 (11.2k points)
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Are you sure there are not 2 people with same / similar name as John Griffing?  When you have a source with a totally different name it is either an additional spouse that one source does not have or it is a different person with that spouse.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (531k points)
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Checking the Find a Grave on that profile shows that John Griffing had 2 wives.  Does your source have Sarah Paine as the 1st wife?  

There could also be 'conflated' profiles also.

The Find a Grave for the Anna that died 1803 was born abt 1731, based on her age at death.  It states that she married 1767.

Her spouse John Griffing was born 1710 and died 1777.  Dates on wikitree match the Find a Grave page.  If he died in 1777, he could not marry someone born in 1764, as your question states.

I think the John Griffing that you are looking for is a different generation.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (531k points)
I found the book you are referencing online.  

It states James Griffing, born 1746, son of John Griffing, Jr and Sarah Paine, married 1st Nancy Overton, who died 1784.  He married 2nd Charity Topping, b 1764.  She outlived James and married 2nd Mordecai Homan.  She died Jun 21 1838.

James and Nancy had 8 children.

James and Charity had one son Topping

This James is Griffing-137, who has 1st wife Nancy Overton. Wikitree profile states he died 1791.

https://books.google.com/books?id=aFlGAAAAYAAJ&q=charity+topping#v=snippet&q=charity%20topping&f=false - Pg 20

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