Should Robert Hazeltine II's be changed to Haseltine?

+4 votes
The profile states that the birth location isn't clear, but his baptismal record refers to the Haseltine spelling as does his will.

It appears that the profile has had the attention of many, so I am interested to learn why the Hazeltine spelling is being used.  I'm trying to learn!

Thank you
WikiTree profile: Robert Haseltine
in Genealogy Help by Chris Page G2G Crew (320 points)
The only stickler here is that no one has 'proved' that Robert Haseltine who immigrated to Massachusetts is the Robert Haseltine who was baptized in Howden! I think his bio should reflect this lack of documentation. Thoughts?

2 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer
His name is spelled Robart Haseltine in the baptismal register of Howden. His father's name is also spelled Robart Haseltine. (not sure what 'Peter' is doing in his name, but that's another question). I agree that according to our GMP guidelines for LNAB his name should be Haseltine.
by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
selected by Chris Page
I concur !  Holding onto The Hazeltine choice was probably accidental and a result of merges.

Usually that happen when merges ends up not being the accurate LNAB ( last name of birth ) for a given family in certain time periods. Probably a descendant WikiTree member used the modern variation, i.e. HAZELTINE, all the way back to the ancestor. Arborists try their best to merge into the surnames supported by the sources already on the profiles. If there are no sources supporting a surname spelling or variations, it's great to announce it up at G2G, like you did (-:

So I, myself, am not familiar with Early American sources related to PGM profiles, but I see his " brother " has the HASELTINE spelling . See


1) Are there any profiles with the Robert HAZELTINES with the HASELTINE ( or near spellings )  spelling at WikiTree that can be merged into this one to prevent re-direct issues ?

2) Are all those children his issue in that profile?

Also, while we are on Robert, I believe that there is no proof of his wife's name being Wood. I think that statement was retracted in the revised edition of Early Settlers of Rowley. Might want to look and making her Ann Unknown.
According to the referenced Lapham source, neither of the immigrants used the HAZELTINE spelling, and it was the author's choice.

As for the two questions:

1) Haseltine-82 is a candidate for merging

2) All of those children are his issue according to Lapham:
Looks like Haseltine-82, which has no sources, is a candidate to be merged with this profile.  They different birth dates but the same death date and location.  The profile is essentially empty and a good candidate for merging.

I have reached out the the profile maintainer.
+2 votes
Two "Haseltine" brothers, Robert and John, emigrated from Biddeford, Devonshire, England to Massachusetts Bay Colony & settled at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Somebody wanted to change the spelling to "Hazeltine" without any justification.

George Brainard Blodgette and Amos Everett Jewett.  Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts.  1933.  Reprinted by the New England History Press, Somersworth, New Hampshire.  1981.  Pages 142 - 146
by Living Boynton G2G4 (4.5k points)

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