That's what I keep doing. ha ha. He cites Ancestry.com against me using the Census.
He kept claiming that my great-grandmother's first name was Ellen when that's her middle name, as it was customary to use the middle name by some people. This makes research even harder! Now get this: Grandpa was illegitimate and I'm the first to find out who his father was, linking him to the Metcalf family, and linking them to Keziah Vann, who was Cherokee. My brother is now claiming credit for this. ha
It's a real puzzle. So I sent him a picture of Mary Ellen's grave from that website. This is another source that helps tie everything in, and I say the more the better.
The census was really great when proving who my grandfather's father was. What do you know? His maternal grandmother was close neighbors with that family as a child.
Which tells you, when checking the Census, see who else is in the area.
I found an 1850 Census that shows Edmund P. as Joshua's father, but on it Joshua was born in Russell County, VA 1839/40. Yes, he lived in NC and died there @1900, but I cant find any records of him being born there. Records show a "first wife" named Frances, [1870 Census] as the mother of William and James. Then he married Nancy E. [1880 Census] It looks like James had died by then but I have not followed up on it. William is my direct line.
I hope everyone else that has commented about this is reading this because I still haven't gotten anywhere with this.
If Joshua had been a minister there should be a record of it somewhere.