Yea or Nay? Parents of Rebecca (Wade) Owen m. to John Owen. They are listed on the profile as Robert Wade and Jemima Rebecca (Wade) Owen. Is a disconnect in order?
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary suggests that the wife of John Owen, Rebecca Wade, was "perhaps d. of Robert of Hartford." The Windsor Barbour Collection of Vital Records simply says John Owen married Rebecca Wade, Oct 3, 1650. It does not suggest she was from Hartford. However, Robert was in the right place at the right time to be the father of Rebecca Wade, and Savage's "perhaps" should have lead to further research, not certainty.
Savage's entry for Robert Wade mentions his 1657 divorce from Joane, but names no children. If Savage had known of his children, he would have mentioned them. In 1929, an article on John and his family “John Owen of Windsor, Conn., and some of his descendants,” by William Arthur Owen, makes no mention of Rebecca's parentage.
The 1941 Descendants of John Owen of Windsor, Connecticut (1622-1699), makes the leap from "perhaps" to "certainty" calling Owen's wife "Rebecca Wade of Hartford nearby. The bride was the daughter of Robert and Jemima Wade." The author gives no source for this information. Did he make a slip of the pen calling the alleged mother Jemima? Robert had a wife Joane. He divorced Joane in 1657. Clearly Robert did not have a wife Jemima.
In addition, the distribution of Robert Wade's estate makes no mention of a daughter Rebecca Owen. It would appear he died intestate. He might have left Rebecca out of his will, but a court ordered distribution would include all his children or their heirs.
Footnoted sources are on the profile
Further Rebecca (Wade) Owen's mother is listed as Jemima Rebecca (Owen) Wade. Does this not look like a case of circular parenting? Can we merge her away?