Is Agnes Unknown Agnes Browne?

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Though I have seen genealogies where Agnes Browne [Browne-1840} with marriages to Thomas Bayley {Bayley-370] or Henry Browne {Browne-721}, most records show Henry  Browne married to a different Agnes LNAB [Unknown-303050].  Agnes married Henry before 1553.

Some unsourced genealogies make Agnes LNAB Agnes Browne, daughter of Christopher Browne and Agnes Bedingfield.  What evidence supports such a conclusion especially if Agnes d/o Christopher married Thomas Bayley prior to marrying Henry when Thomas didn't die before Agnes's 2nd marriage.  Divorces were uncommon in those days?

And if so, should the two Agnes's be merged? Henry married Agnes circa 1553.
WikiTree profile: Agnes Browne
in Genealogy Help by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

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No way would I merge those profiles.There's little solid information about either of them, but no basis for calling them the same person:

  • These are two women named Agnes who were born in Suffolk, England, 9 years apart.
  • One was supposedly born Browne (or maybe Browne was merely the name of her second husband) and the other married a man named Browne.
  • Both supposedly died the same year, one in Suffolk and the other in Essex.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by David Hughey
I've marked them as a rejected match.
I fear my answer was overly harsh. I agree that there are some interesting similarities between those profiles, and they definitely deserved to be scrutinized. It was that closer scrutiny that led me to conclude that several details of the profiles were distinctly different. Since both of these profiles are connected to descendants, if the profiles were merged, we could end up entangling two unrelated families.
Perhaps, the children of Agnes (Browne) Baylye (or should it match her husband, Bayley?) with the birth names of Browne belong to the other Agnes (Unknown) Browne and not Agnes Browne, daughter of Christopher Browne.

With the way that mistakes are made in genealogies, the two Agnes's might have easily been confused at some time.  Miss Agnes Browne, d/o Christopher, may not be Mrs. Agnes Browne.  I'll proceed with caution, but I need to check out her two listed children with Browne surnames.

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