Parents of James Peebles, b.176x, New Salem MA, d.1860, Orford NH?

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I trace my lineage, in theory*, to James Peebles, who was born on October 19 1765 (according to some sources) or 1766 (according to others) in New Salem, MA, and died in 1860 in Orford, Grafton, NH.  He married Martha Haskell/Hascall and had various kids.  THAT much, pretty much everyone agrees upon. His parentage, though, is a bit muddled.

I (and perhaps my eldest cousin, whose paper genealogy I transcribed) had been in agreement with sources that identified his parents as Robert Peebles (1737-1788) and Martha Forbush Peebles (c.1741-1834), such as:

Robert and Martha are well-enough documented, appearing in DAR Lineage Book 43 - I actually just updated their profiles a bit, thinking that I had managed to find my closest ancestors in the big tree!
However, other mentions of Robert and Martha don't list James among their children.  And the Haskell Family Association on Rootsweb lists James's parents as Robert and Mary (with no birthdates for either), and still other sources, notably the 1910 Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York, Volume 2 (p. 568) and possibly also the 1985 Robert Peebles from Ulster, 1718, insist that there was a Robert b.1725, but he was not the father but rather the second cousin of James, and that in fact James's father and grandfather had also been named James.
Anybody have any idea which is right?

*In theory because there's also uncertainty over whether my third great grandmother, Emily (Peebles) Green, was the same person as James's daughter Mahala (whom everyone has a birth for, but nothing else), or her twin (born the same year), or... not James's kid after all.  What a mess! ;)
in Genealogy Help by Dan Birchall G2G Crew (360 points)

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James Pebbles, Sr


Birth: Oct. 19, 1766
New Salem
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USADeath: 1860
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USAimage
Came to Orford from Salem, Mass., about 1796 or 1797. Orford town records indicate he was born at Pelham MA. When he was a soldier in the Revolution, his residence was given as Chesterfield but he may have lived in Pelham or New Salem and served for Chesterfield. He name is spelled Pibbels and he was in Captain Benjamin Homney's company. Colonel Samuel Brewer's regiment, which marched to Ticonderoga to reinforce the northern army and served under General Stark in the battle of Bennington. 

He settled in the northern part of the town. He was a blacksmith by trade and also engaged in farming. He married Martha Haskell, and reared a family of eleven children. James Pebbles died in 1860, at the great age of one hundred and five years.

- James Pebbles(1794-) m Sarah Sloper
- John Pebbles (1796-1877) m1 Lucretia Sloper, m2 Delia Weed
- Seth Pebbles

- Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter
- Gazetteer of Grafton County, N.H., 1709-1886 by Hamilton Child (June 1886) 
Orford Village Cemetery 
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA 
Created by: LadyGoshen
Record added: Feb 09, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 84742891

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Thanks!  Is it safe to presume that LDS FHL records are of a very high quality and accuracy compared to other sources?  (I mean no insult to those who compile them; I just want to be sure I'm doing the right thing by ignoring the various books I cited.)
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I would suggest contacting the creator of this memorial:
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)

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