Need Fresh eyes on a puzzling profile

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This profile is listed as one of the wives of Abraham Avery.  Looking at the records, I see that the two wives could be the same person even though the names are different.  I've made notes on the profile and added sources, but need fresh eyes and opinions please.
WikiTree profile: Henrietta Avery
in Genealogy Help by Melissa Jamison G2G6 Mach 5 (51.8k points)

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Son Henry, who is on the 1870 census with “Jane” also has Henrietta Beasley as his mother on his death cert, so I’d say the census taker just got the name wrong.  There’s nothing in Abram’s will that suggests two wives, either.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
selected by Melissa Jamison
I updated Abraham / Abram's profile with more census.  Electa is Abram's sister, not his mother.  She lived with her father.  I added the family list with the census to the biography section, found another marriage source. One marriage source had ages, birthplace and parents but only initials for Henrietta.  Other one had her full name.

Abram and Henrietta got married Jan 1860, she is with him in 1860, living with his father and siblings, in 1880 with same children as seen in 1870 census where 'Jane' is mentioned, so name in that census is wrong, as is the birthplace which lists New York, instead of Virginia, which is on Marriage source and 1880 Census.
I submitted a change to the 1870 Census on Family Search, so it has Henrietta, born in Virginia.
I would definitely merge the wives together, but put 'Jane' in the Other Nicknames, as well as explanation in the biographies

I added a Research Note to Abraham's profile about the discrepancy, as well as a note next to her in 1870 census.
Thank you Linda, I haven't even explored Abraham's profile yet.  I'll merge the wives with a note, Thanks for the help
Just make sure to include some Research Notes and alternate name, to 'try' to avoid more Duplicates

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