John Greenberry Wade

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Does anyone know who the father of John Greenberry Wade is ! 

Mr. John Greenberry Wade

Born about 1740 [uncertain] in Jackson Twp, Preble County, Ohio, USAmap

Died 14 Jun 1819 in Springfield , Washington County, Kentucky, USAmap

His Son 

Joseph Robert Wade (1774 - 1862)

Born 1 Dec 1774 in New Jersey

Died 24 Mar 1862 in Putnam, Ohio, United States

WikiTree profile: John Wade
in Genealogy Help by Richard Hellstrom G2G4 (4.5k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

1 Answer

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It's extremely unlikely that anyone was born in Ohio in 1740. Nelson County, Virginia, likewise did not exist; both places were pretty far west of the colonial frontier at the time. It is also unlikely, although possible, that someone born in 1740 would have a middle name (they didn't become common until the early 1800s).

Are there any primary sources for this John Wade?

On edit: where are the primary sources for his marriage to "Mary Sarah Harnden"? She's on the FamilySearch tree, claimed to've been born in Massachusetts, which seems very unlikely if this John Wade was from Virginia and died in Kentucky. A quick Google Books search shows results from the New England Genealogical & Historic Register that list a number of Wade/Harnden marriages in Medford, MA; is seems like this John Wade may have been conflated with an entirely different person.
by C Handy G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
edited by C Handy

I don't think John Greenberry Wade is the same John Wade born to Richard Wade. Marriage and Bios for John Wade. See the information in the life sketch and Collaborate. . 

John Wade (1736–1819) | Person | Family Tree | FamilySearch

Ancestry Profile - John Greenberry Wade - Facts (

Jackson Township was founded in 1816,[4] and named for General Andrew Jackson, afterward seventh President of the United States

They note his son living in Ohio as well 

Joseph, Robert Wade - Facts (

Then his son ends up being born in Granger Tenn. ?

Middle Names were common in the south. Ohio ? 

It's my genealogy but it's not my work - I'm just trying to figure it out. 

Do you have any better answers ? 

Middle names absolutely were NOT common in the South or anywhere else in 1740. I have identified literally hundreds of 17th and 18th century ancestors. I have identified exactly ONE person born before 1750 who had a middle name that was given to him at birth. John Wade had a son called Greenbury or Greenberry Wade whose name appears in the division of property at the settling of John Wade's estate.

The territory that became Ohio was claimed from France by treaty in 1763 as a result of the French and Indian War. There is a biography of John Wade at one of your links that says his daughter Drusilla died in Preble County, Ohio; it does not say that he was born there. The profile as it exists is pretty clearly a mishmash of misattributed facts gleaned from this family's actual associations.

That's why I posted asking for help ! I have no idea. The Wade family is generally well researched though ! I sent a letter to the library in Henrico Virginia. They might be able to tell me if that John Wade was married to Mary Williams and died in Henrico or if he was the John Wade that moved and lived in Kentucky. Getting a starting point would help. 

Your more less correct on the nicknames.   

The Use of Middle Names | Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet (

If the profiles you've linked to are examples of what you consider to be "well researched" I would beg to differ; I see spurious middle names attached to people who never had them, multiple wives shown as mother to the same children, and a general lack of primary sources. I mean, just look at the state of this. Mary Hampton is both his mother (age 10 at his birth, no less!), and his wife? 13 children, sources for 4 of them (and one of those probably wrong because the surname is "Wite")? This is not "well-researched".

Like so many other families , this is the genealogy handed to us and we do our best to straighten it out for the next generations.

I'm certainly not responsible for anything at family search. Their just open files that anyone can edit or delete.
You are responsible for profiles you add to Wikitree though? Many of which have links to FamilySearch and no other sources.

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