I am seeking a consensus view on whether or not the profiles of Floyd-759 and Floyd-4453 should be merged.
Our policy on merging
Help:Merging says that, when two or more profiles represent the same person, they must be merged into one profile. Each person should have only one profile.
Floyd-759 and Floyd-4453 both relate to someone named William Floyd. Both profiles indicate that William Floyd:
- was born about 1750
- married Sarah King before 1784
- had children named Lewis, Sarah and Jabez
- moved from North Carolina to Georgia with his family
- died in or after 1809, possibly in Elbert County
The profiles contain differing information about:
- His possible place of birth
- His possible parents
- Whether Robert Floyd (Floyd-116) was his son or brother
- Other biographical information (e.g, his Revolutionary War service record and his wife’s brother-in-law, Timothy Carrington)
Questions and issues
I am seeking views on whether Floyd-759 and Floyd-4453 represent the same person and, therefore, should be merged.
If the profiles should be merged, then I am also seeking views on how to resolve inconsistencies between the two profiles when merging them. To facilitate discussion on G2G, my comments on four main differences are set out below. I have discussed these profiles with the profile managers.
1. His place of birth
There is no clear evidence about where he was born.
Floyd-4453 lists his birthplace as Loudoun, Virginia, and this is marked as uncertain. His wife’s family came from Loudon, so this is theoretically possible, but no source has been found to support it. There were William Floyds born in Virginia at about this time, but they appear to be different people.
Floyd-759 lists his birthplace as Northampton, North Carolina. This is also marked as uncertain. This information comes from “Saga of William and Sarah King Floyd” (1986) (source 22). I am told this is a set of research notes donated to the Floyd county library in Georgia and it doesn’t cite a source for this information. We therefore need to be cautious about relying on it as source: see United States Project Reliable Sources.
There is no compelling evidence for either birthplace. The simplest option to resolve the conflicting information might be leave his field blank and to explain both sides of the argument in the narrative section of the profile.
2. His parents
Neither profile reaches a firm conclusion about the names of his parents. Floyd-759 indicates they might be Thomas and Ann Floyd of Wake Co, North Carolina. Floyd-4453 points to a belief that his parents were a John Floyd of Virginia and Ann Mathews, and explains this is the subject of ongoing research.
This issue might be resolved by not connecting any parents to his profile until more conclusive evidence is found, and explaining the available information and sources in the narrative section of the profile.
3. Whether Robert Floyd was his son or brother
There is conflicting information about whether Robert Floyd (Floyd-116) was William Floyd’s son or brother. He is currently connected as the son of Floyd-4453. However, Floyd-759 describes him as William’s brother.
The available sources do not confirm how he was related. He is not named as one of William Floyd’s children in a deed he signed in 1809, giving his belongings to his three children Lewis, Jabez and Sally.
Despite the lack of direct evidence, there are several factors suggesting he was related:
- He was born in North Carolina in about 1776 and moved to Georgia at about the same time as William Floyd and other family members.
- In 1810, he held land next to William’s son Jabez and his wife’s relatives, the Carringtons in Elbert Co, Georgia.
- In 1828, some years after William’s death, Robert is recorded as paying property taxes for Sarah Floyd (presumably William’s widow).
The simplest option might be to leave Robert Floyd connected as William Floyd’s son, for this relationship to be marked as uncertain, and for both sides of the argument to be explained in narrative section of the profile. This approach would be consistent with Help:Resolving a Disagreement which states “it is not WikiTree policy to disconnect uncertain or unproven parents. This is why we have the Uncertain indicator for mothers and fathers.”
4. Other biographical information
If the two profiles are merged and their biographies combined, we will also need to resolve conflicting information about:
- William Floyd’s Revolutionary War service record. Floyd-4453 indicates he served during the war (see its Biography and note 3), but Floyd-759 disputes this infotmation (see its Research Notes).
- The date his wife’s brother-in-law, Timothy Carrington (Carrington-243), moved from Virginia to North Carolina. Floyd-759 says he moved in 1778 (see note 2 and Research Notes) and Floyd-4453 says he did not move until after 1782 (see Biography and note 4a).
(Edited to add "William Floyd of Wake Co. NC and Elbert Co. GA" to question.)