Yet another question from me about correct procedure (sorry but there are an awful lot of muddles in a small group of families!)
William Pitt MP 1559-1636 was the son of John Pitt and Joan Swayne. He's a member of one of the group of Dorset families that I have become interested in. His profile was orphaned so I adopted it .http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pitt-70
There was a rather odd biography on the profile with William and his wife Edith supposedly dying in the Indian Ocean. Strange I thought, I should have been warned by the red flag of his wife apparently being a Methodist in the 16h century.
I decided to write a quick bio based on the HIst of Parliament article for him, then research further for dates of baptisms/marriages etc . I left the odd profile as a footnote, thinking perhaps that someone had added it mistakenly to the wrong profile.
William Pitt's son, Edward was also an MP, He lived from c 1592- 1643. He bought Stratfield Saye and was buried there His wife was Rachel Morton who died a few months before he did http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1604-1629/member/pitt-edward-1592-1643
Edward Pitt's son George was also an MP. He was buried at Stratfield Saye in 1694 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pitt_(died_1694)
This wiki profile for William Pitt (Pitt-70) has several children including two sons called Edward (both orphaned) The other children fortunately don't have issue linked. One Edward has the correct birth date, no issue and no biography.
The other Edward has the same birth/death dates as the MP and he supposedly also died in Stratfield Saye However, h(e was apparently a Roman Catholic magistrate who married the daughter of a Scottish Lord (a George Woodsworth) ,Their sons were baptised as Catholics and the source for their baptisms is given as 'RC birth records of Saye' (in the 1620s?)The girls were christened in the Scottish Church
This Edwards's eldest son was called John He was born in Stratfield Saye and became 'Lord Chamberlain to the Royal House of Bristol' Another son was a George and strangely he shared a death date with George Pitt MP
I will detach this Edward and stick with the one that has no bio. Hopefully his interesting family will go with him but as he has the same dates and places he is surely very likely to appear as a possible duplicate as is his son George
I suppose the real question is, is it legitimate to remove these identifiers ie dates and places from the profile? They aren't sourced (well not with anything that stands up)
Beyond that, I am totally bemused and not sure whether to laugh or cry . I've wasted a lot of time that could have been spent looking for primary sources for the real members of this family. I suppose that there must be some nuggets of truth in the lineage but it would take many many hours of work find them. Every one of the descendants that I have checked has been orphaned and the creator seems to have started afresh. I really think that there should be the wiki tree equivalent to a locked filing cabinet to put these profiles in until and if someone has the time, patience and inclination to do that research (rant over, sorry far too long)