What to do about Constance Snow Doane?

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Constance Snow Doane is a disputed individual. It is debated whether her name was Constance and whether she married Daniel Doane. Caleb Johnson's research tends to be where I lean for guidance, and he shows no supporting evidence as to what her name was or whether it was she who was Daniel Doane's first wife. In working with these merges, I am curious now whether I should leave her connected for the theorists since there do not seem to be any contradictory theories, or change her first name to unknown (though there is loose evidence she was indeed named Constance), and/or disconnect her from the Doanes, as well, for lack of sources?
WikiTree profile: Constance Doane
in Policy and Style by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (393k points)
If we can't prove who Daniel Doane married, can we prove who he did not marry?  There were not many unattached women of the proper age to bear Daniel's children.  The first Doane child was born around 1670, so the mom had to be born before 1656.  She only had three kids, so she probably had them before she was 30, so chances are she was born between 1630-1656.  Who was born in this range and hanging out around Daniel Doane in 1670?

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Abby, I have a Stephen Hopkins WIP 4 generations book by the Mayflower Society. No daughter Constance listed for Constance Hopkins Snow.

This is how I cite it

Source: John D. Austin,Mayflower Families in Progress, Stephen Hophins of the Mayflower and his Descendants for Four Generations, General Society of Mayflower Descendents, Plymouth, MA., 1988
by Becky Syphers G2G6 Mach 3 (35.2k points)
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Thank you Becky. I will make that unknown and just cite the SH WIP4 as the source.
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Do you have access to any of the Stephen Hopkins books published by the Mayflower Society? Some have descendants of Mayflower passengers for four generations and others take it to five generations. Either book for Stephen Hopkins descendants would answer your question.

From submitted genealogies at familysearch.org, one shows ten children as the product of Constance Snow's marriage to Daniel Doane.

It looks like by 1976 there was not sufficient evidence to support the assumption that Daniel Doane and Constance Snow married and had children, but a more recent authoritative source would probably be worth checking.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2m points)
Thanks for the answer, Frank. I was more concerned with what the Wikitree approach would be. I know, personally, I can make note that she is theory, in a sense, in my notes, but for the site there was discussion at one point as to keep certain questionable individuals in place and notate why and what in the notes or to take out the name, list her as an unknown for Daniel' wife, and as such a child of Contance and Nicholas. Most reliable sources I have seen agree there is not sufficient evidence to make her the wife, but at the very least Constance seems to be the name of the Snow child.

Hopefully, I am not making this muddier than need be.

I asked a similar type of question somewhere and sometime else. The answer was that in disputed profiles, the LNAB (last name at birth) should be Unknown, but with narrative in the Bio section that links people to the theoretical parents. For example:

 

Who was the wife of Daniel Doane?

Many sources (cite 'em), including online family trees, claim Daniel was married to [[Snow-52|Constance Snow]]. The arguments for this theory include:

  • List 'em
  • List some more of them

Arguments against this theory include:

 

  • List 'em
  • List some more of them

Until such time as her identity is proven, she will remain called Female Unknown.

 

That's what I was looking for, Jillaine. Thank you.

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