Does anyone have access to Sharon J Doliante's book Maryland and Virginia Colonials?

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I am trying to determine what evidence she used for a marriage between Joseph Duckett  (born 1752 in Maryland, died 1812 in Newberry Co. SC) and a  Mary Turner supposedly born England 1760 and died in SC 1828.  I find many who show this marriage, but I can find no evidence for it other than some ancestry trees which don't seem to have any sources. I can find no trace of this woman in any SC records. I have found what I believe to be a source for a marriage between this Joseph Duckett and Dinah Smith in Quaker records.

I saw the book many years ago, but didn't note what her source was (if any).  The nearest library to me that has a copy is about 90 miles away.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
in Genealogy Help by Karen Raichle G2G6 Mach 7 (74.1k points)
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I finally found this book.  The portion on Joseph Duckett is found on pg 198.  It gives a statement that Joseph Duckett married 1788 in SC to Mary Turner with birth and death dates shown for each. There is no evidence or documents presented to show where the name Mary Turner or the dates were found. No indication of what records were checked or even a simple statement as to where the name or dates were found. In fact, the paragraph ends with this statement "He is believed to have married Dinah Smith.  Do NOT know whether Dinah or Mary is correct?"

This deed,  found in Newberry County SC Deed Book T-2, pp 307-309 , dated 3 Dec 1825 shows  Dinah Duckett, Jacob Duckett, and William Duckett heirs and reps. of Joseph Duckett, deceased  to Benjamin Duckett also heir, No mention of Mary Duckett.

Just wondering how this book can be used by so many as definitive proof that Joseph Duckett married Mary Turner?

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I own a copy, since it's been reprinted.  Doliante is a reputable researcher who cites a lot of sources.  Her book has a great collection of wills and other documents.   And she presents a lot of information where you have to trust her.  What that means to me is that if I"m looking for "proof", I've got to find primary records.  If "generally reliable" is good enough -- and it usually is -- , I'm glad to quote Doliante.  But just quoting Doliante is not proof of anything, it just means I got it from someone who is much more careful and reliable than some of the family trees on Ancestry!
by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (353k points)
Thank you for the reply.  As I said, I did find the book.  Unfortunately for me, what I found was of the you'll just have to trust me type. I guess I was hoping for at least a clue as to why she made the statement in the first place. Since she closed with the statement that she does not really "know"  which name is correct, I'm back to square one.  I'm still searching for primary records.

I had been hoping to get a discussion started on the marriage for Joseph Duckett Sr. You can see by the replies to this question that is apparently not going to happen.

Thanks for taking the time to answer.

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