There are a number of issues to be resolved in order to reconcile duplicate profiles for John, the husband of Tabitha Jones, There are currently 4 profiles for John connected as the husband of Tabitha. These are Robinson-1852, Robinson-2847, Robinson-5967, and Robertson-840.
My understanding of the situation follows below. Thank you for any assistance anyone may be able to provide.
There seems to be a general consensus that Tabitha Jones married one time to a man named John, as 3 of the 4 attached profiles share the same estimated marriage date and place.
The first issue appears to be a conflict as to the spelling of the LNAB with variations for the surname of Robinson, Robertson, and Roberson, It seems no document has yet been found with an actual signature for John. Deeds, wills, and other court records show him using only his mark. The mark used was either JR or R. The variation in spelling seems to be at the whim of the clerk or other official who wrote the document for him.
Chronology of records found for John
20 Dec 1718 John (JR) Robertson witnessed the will of Charles Scruggs.Step-father of Tabitha. (Weisiger, Benjamin B, "Colonial Wills of Henrico Co VA, Pt 1 (1677-1737)", Richmond 1976 p 163)
4 Apr 1720, John (JR) Robertson consents to division of 2 tracts on North side of James River, each 220 acres formerly in tenure of Charles Scruggs. (Henrico Co VA Misc Records (1650-1807), Book 2, p 481)
14 Jan 1731 Goochland Co VA Chancery court case (1733-001), Admin of John Griffin VS John Robinson et al) a lawsuit
20 Jul 1738 Patent for 400 acres on Muddy Creek Goochland VA for John Robinson (Land Office Patents No 18, 1738-1739, p 56 Reel 16)
20 Jul 1738 Patent for 580 acres on Deep Creek Goochland VA for John Robinson (Land Office Patents No 18, 1738-1739, p 69 Reel 16)
1741 John Robertson conveyed to son Thomas Robertson 200 acres on Deep Creek Goochland VA
1743 John Robinson conveyed 200 acres to son Field Robinson and conveyed 125 acres to son Christopher Robinson (Goochland Co VA Order Book 1741-1744)
28 Aug 1749 John Robertson of Cumberland & Thomas Robertson now of Chesterfield sell 200 acres on upper side of Deep Creek in Cumberland to Henry Hatcher of Chesterfield. John (R) Robertson, Thomas Robertson, Tabitha (J) Robertson, and Jane (X) Robertson. Land was originally conveyed to Thomas as recorded in Goochland but Tabitha failed to sign original. In selling the land John's wife and Thomas wife were required to sign (Cumberland Co VA Deed Book 1, p 64-66, FHL film 30745)
1759 John Robinson charged with 2 tithables ("Cumberland Co VA Tithable list 1759", The Southside Virginian Vol 2, p 112)
24 May 1760 Deposition of John Robinson of Cumberland , aged about 70 years (Cumberland Co VA Chancery court case (1761-001), Michaux vs. Anthony Morgan)
6 Feb 1763 John (R) Robinson a negro woman Hannah and her increase to son Hezekiah Robinson (Cumberland Co VA Deed Book 3, p 354-355, FHL film 30746)
17 Feb 1763 John (R) Robinson 200 acres on Deep Creek to son Edward Robinson (Cumberland Co VA Deed Book 3, p 380-381, FHL film 30746)
17 Feb 1763 John (R) Robinson 200 acres on North Branch of Deep Creek to son Joseph Robinson (Cumberland Co VA Deed Book 3, p 382-383, FHL film 30746)
11 Dec 1767 Will of John (R) Roberson (Cumberland Co VA Will Book 1, p 343, FHL film 30738)
My understanding from the help pages is that the recommended LNAB, lacking original source of birth or marriage, should be earliest known record of contemporary use of LNAB. My suggestion would be that the LNAB should be Robertson, with Robinson in other last names and Roberson as the current last name.
Questions? Complaints? Suggestions? New sources available?
The second major issue is a conflict in parents for John. This conflict would need to be resolved before any merging may take place.
Two of the profiles have no parents. Robinson-1852 has father of Edward Robinson and mother of Ann West. Source listed is (Robinson, Causton H, "Robinson families, 1358-1975", Decator AL, 1975 p 1, 2, 15) I have not been able to locate a copy of this source and do not know what is shown on these 3 pages nor what sources might have been cited for the information.
Robinson-2847 has father John Robertson and mother as Mavel East. Source listed for John Robertson is AFN: P6V8-JN. Family Search shows this profile to have no sources listed. There were 6 pedigree Resource files included all of which had the same entry "Searched Early Immigrants to Virginia from 1500's to 1600's and found nothing). Mavel East was listed with AFN:P6VC-8P Family search has no AFN listed as such.
A third theory as to the parents can be found on the profile of Tabitha's father Edward Jones , Jones-6850 There is a link on this page to Robinson Research which presents a case for the parents as Thomas Robertson and his wife Elizabeth.
My suggestion is to detach the parents from both Robinson-1852 and Robinson-2847 while including a disputed origins section and inks to both sets of parents. This would enable the four profiles to be merged and still allow for research to locate sources for the parents of John R.
Currently all 4 profiles for John R have unmerged matches among themselves. I adopted Robertson-840 recently and included all the above notes in the profile with links to the available on line court records and Patents. I also adopted Roberson-495 hoping to merge him with these profiles, but decided against it until this situation can be resolved . Roberson-495 had not yet been connected to Tabitha Jones.
I would appreciate hearing any feed back on these issues. Looking forward to discussing this. Thanks for reading.