Margaret Blaithwaite -- a Legend in our Time

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I queried earlier about William Blainthwaite, who turns out to be a real person who left tracks in all sorts of ways in early Maryland.  He travelled, undertook responsibilities for Lord Baltimore and traded with Indians.  He married.  But I can find no documentation that he had a daughter Margaret.  

Margaret is said to have married Alexander Magruder, immigrant and progenitor of his numerous Magruder and other descendants.  Numerous prominent secondary sources over the years have given her dates of birth, marriage and death, none without a trace of documentation in primary sources.  As more and more real facts are found about her supposed father, husband and children, the harder it becomes to sustain a credible narrative for Margaret.  And the most recent credible genealogists and historians don't believe she ever existed.  So I'm documenting all this on Margaret's profile.  At a point in time this will lead to severing her from the people who are not her parents, whom she never married, and from the children she did not bear.  

None of this should happen, of course, if there are facts out there proving she was real.  I've looked and looked for them and haven't found them, but there have been plenty of times when someone else has found stuff that I couldn't.  So please, if you can prove Margaret was real, add some good documentation to her profile!
WikiTree profile: Margaret Braithwaite
in Genealogy Help by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (343k points)

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So this William Braithwaite, Alex McGruder and various McGruder children are real but Margaret is not?  Is anything known about McGruder's wife?  To have children he presumably must have had a wife or equilivant.  Do any one sex lineages exist for either the putative Margaret and or for Williaim Braithwaite?  If so either mtDNA or YDNA could provide useful information.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (407k points)
Alexander Magruder was married to Sarah Unknown, and then to Elizabeth Unknown.  Elizabeth Unknown survived him and is named in his will as the mother of three of his six children.  The other three children are also named, so they must be the children of an earlier wife.  If I recall, Sarah is named in some earlier property transactions.

So the accounts which include Margaret name Sarah as also a wife but make the first three children to be Margaret's.  I've also seen internet genealogies that attempt to solve the problem by making his first wife to be named "Sarah Margaret".

The American family mostly used the spelling Magruder.

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