So many Thomas Millsaps, who belongs to whom

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Heaven help us, how can we possibly get them figured out. There are a lot of Thomas Millsaps (Millsap, Milsap) on Wikitree from the same era.

I was adding sources today and one was Thomas Millsaps (Millsaps-314). Parents are not listed yet on his profile. His grave marker shows him to be Thomas Millsaps IV, War of 1812 Veteran. Should that not mean his father would be Thomas Millsaps III (Millsaps-233)? On Family Search (I know) it seems to be really messed up... shows his father as Thomas Minear Millsaps (Millsaps-65 on Wikitree) who is cousin of Thomas Millsaps III (on Family Search also). parents, uncles, children's births, etc., not enough matching up. This may a job for a professional. Perhaps there are wills or other documents somewhere that someone knows about that would help. I may have to give up on this one for now. Isn't this fun?!
WikiTree profile: Thomas Millsaps
in Genealogy Help by Luther Brown G2G6 Pilot (157k points)

3 Answers

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Similar people, similar name in similar locations!  Lots of fun. Siblings and cousins having children with same names and then you add them marrying women with same first name creating more same names in records.

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by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (544k points)
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In the eighteenth century, there would often be multiple men of the same name in the same town, and very few people had middle names. So often “Jr.” or “3rd” or “Tertius” or “III” would be used to distinguish them. This would happen even if they were not all in lineal descent. So one could be an uncle of another, or in the case of my Samuel Thurbers in Providence, two of the Samuel Thurbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the 1774 census were third cousins to the other two. And then the numbering would change when someone died or moved. That’s one reason why I never use these numbers or suffixes and wish Wikitree would just ban them completely.
by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
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I have Millsaps/Millsop in my family tree too. They originated in Ireland, came to Ayrshire, Scotland and then the sons emigrated to Pennsylvania and Ohio. Candace Millsop was a distant cousin and had extensive research on the family. Unfortunately, she passed away in December 2020.Without more information on familial links it may not be easy to make your connections. Wishing you luck.
by Karon Bell G2G2 (2.0k points)

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