Christopher woke me up early this year.
No complication. I am a newbie, so I fell back to the position of looking at what other researchers have done over the years. And, I have been collecting these little bits for nine years now (loads of stacks of bits).
Lots of Gardners and others must have poked around or paid someone to do so. But, sloughing through documents is not easy. So, we now have indexing, after transcription. Both of those can introduce noise, too, albeit minor.
At least, we do not have the case of those phony deals that caused so much problem. Dr. Frank did good work (I'm not biased by the first cousin statue ;>). His Massachusetts Magazine work was great and needs to be lifted to awareness (another story).
However, having the focus of being as right as possible is real nice, especially with a tool like WikiTree. So far, seems wonderful.
Today, I pointed out the Felt reference to Margaret Friar. That was 1827. I want to take that back further. As, he heard it from somewhere.
Case in point. I just looked at a family that has a link to New England and one expressed such back in 1960s. I have shown the line, but it required a slew of work done by others and just pulling them together. That's part of the fun. But, the family had passed down the knowledge. This type of thing just might emerge with the internet.
Think of it as some analog of the gene (actually, it is the real meme - something to discuss). We can talk genes at sometime (technical issues).
So, to me, we know Sherborne due to John (the son) mentioning it (that is the early reference - Folger and others confirmed). Now, the Margaret and Friar? Felt was when we were feeling our oats after 1776 and 1812. A whole bunch of Americans hung out in Europe. That's why I keyed off of the Peirce family (love Charles Sanders) who was an example. They mentioned Margaret Friar.
Everyone, science does not 'prove.' The best we can so is strengthen our position. I really believe that, finally, we can do that (to a good point) and celebrate 400 in five (assuming the 1623 layover).