Can you please review the accuracy of this entry?

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Kelly,

Oh boy, do we need to talk.

First, Christopher Smith who married Catherine Snelson _was not_ from Lancashire.

He was the father of a Charles Smith and Ambrose Smith.

Please see the following Google Book:

https://books.google.com/books?id=HDMyAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA151&dq=christopher+smith+catherine+snelson&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjC0pq2hfTMAhXM2SYKHf0NBcUQ6AEIJTAC#v=onepage&q&f=false

See page "150" for an article titled "Another Smith Family".

Further, a descendant of John Snelson Smith is a member of the yDNA group on SmithsWorldWide.org Group R-M269-8.

Unfortunately, that group has some _very_ incorrect info in their trees, but the John Snelson Smith line is solid. All of those folks are agnates of Ambrose J. Smith and _not_ Harmon Smith who married Nancy Posey and Rhoda Burdine Davidson.

Let me know if you have an questions.

Chris Smith
WikiTree profile: Christopher Smith
in Genealogy Help by Christopher Smith G2G Crew (380 points)

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Hello Chris,

I don't know who Kelly is, but I would be looking for another source than the one you've quoted above.

There is something very odd about the dates that supposedly come from the family Bible.  I couldn't open the Google reference, so I used this one

https://archive.org/stream/tylersquarterlyh04tyle#page/150/mode/2up

And if Dorothea, was born in 1728, married in 1762 and then had 3 sons on 1763, 1775 and 1778 (when she was 50).

I'd be asking myself, why did she marry so late?  Why the gap from 1763-1775? And how believable is the birth of 1778 when she was 50?  (Perhaps not impossible, but fairly unusual).

I'm becoming cynical in my old age, but when an article seems to indicate that it is quoting sources (land records, family bibles) but actually doesn't give a reference for that information, and some of the dates just don't add up, then I start to think  - Hmm - how much of that can I actually believe?
by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (479k points)
selected by Tom Bredehoft

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