Should the rejected merge of Alva Henry Pattison be reconsidered?

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Pattison-471 and Pattison -424 appear to be the same person in every way except that they are linked to different parents. Pattison-471 has parents John Pattison and Emma Lindsay. There is not a biography on this profile and, when it was created an Ancestry Family Tree with a broken link to Ancestry.com was the only source listed.

Pattison-424 has parents John Pattison and Emma Jones of Indiana, USA with no biography and a FAG source.

I went to Ancestry and looked at the trees and sure enough, most of the trees do list John Pattison and Emma Lindsay (this couple was from Ontario, Canada), but when I searched through the individual trees all of the sources for Alva were with the family of John and Emma (Jones) living in Indiana. I couldn't find a single source with Alva living in Ontario, Canada or living with John and Emma (Lindsay) of Ontario.

I've added the sources I got from the Ancestry trees to profile Pattison-471 to clarify what sources are on Ancestry.com.

I think this is simply a case of the gedcom adding Alva to the wrong family. Shouldn't his parents be relinked to the correct John and Emma and these profiles merged?
WikiTree profile: Alva Prine
in Genealogy Help by Gerrie Bartholomew G2G5 (5.1k points)
edited by Gerrie Bartholomew

2 Answers

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I had a similar situation recently insofar as there was one a person with two different sets of parents but the same dates.  After talking to the other PM he said he thought that person shouldn't be in his tree at all and removed him from his parents and then merged him with mine.  Assuming you have two different PMs here, I'd think once they saw the source  information  they'd (or you and the other PM should be able to hash out the situation and decide if it's bad data or the same person and either correct or merge as necessary.  BTW I just erased a rejected merge and re-proposed it.  See question a bit above this one.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
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From the parents and siblings on the profile, I think someone inadvertently added Alva H to the family in the census below.   It looks like Alva's mother is Emma Jones from other records.  And this other family may be Emma Lindsey. I would think Alva H, should be detached as a child of this couple, and merged into the family in Grant, IN.

Canada Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHLS-BXJ), John Pattison, K, Hastings (north/nord), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa

John Pattison     Head     M     36     Ontario
Emma Pattison     Wife     F     37     USA
James A Pattison     Son     M     9     Ontario
Janet C Pattison     Daughter     F     7     Ontario
George W Pattison     Son     M     4     Ontario
Robert John Pattison     Son     M     3     Ontario
Lila M Pattison     Daughter     F         Ontario
Duncan Foran     Servant     M     59     Ontario

VS

United States Census, 1900, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM1W-YJY), Alvah H Pattison in household of John Pattison, Liberty Township (west half), Grant, Indiana, United States; citing sheet 9A, family 203, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,373

John Pattison Head M 35 Indiana
Emma J Pattison Wife F 30 Indiana
Elmer D Pattison Son M 12 Indiana
Alvah H Pattison Son M 7 Indiana
Orpha J Pattison Daughter F 5 Indiana
Corda M Pattison Son M 3 Indiana
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (764k points)

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