should these two profiles (now in unmerged match) be merged?

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Several years ago, I adopted this profile for William Martin, thinking he may be a lineal ancestor. I no longer think he could be, but I hadn't removed him from my watchlist (I have now) & he showed up in a duplicates check as maybe the same as John William Martin (Martin-9897).

I don't know anything more about these guys than what's in their profiles, and what's there seems too iffy to actually merge them. I thought I'd post to G2G in case either has a descendant looking for them who might be able to add some info.

Cheers, Liz

P.S. "DeCoursey" listed in names because 124-DeCoursey.ged upload created Martin-1153 - other names from following links for the spouses: Linton is Sarah Messick's mother's name & Ferrel is another husband of Sarah's

WikiTree profile: William Martin
in Genealogy Help by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (466k points)

1 Answer

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William Martin is way to common a name to assume they are the same.

If you look at Sarah Unknown, she had a passel of children by husband Ferrel, so it's a good possibility that William Martin was a second husband. In fact some of her children were born about 1800, so William Martin's birth (set in the same timeframe as the birth of Sarah's children) is probably at least 20 years off.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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