What are the criteria for Questionable Gateway Ancestor

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William Leete Sr. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leete-25 was the first governor of Colonial Connecticut.  There are many records on him, including a book regarding his descendants.  The best "family history" ever regards how he faked an epileptic fit -- or did he -- when the candles went out, and King George's charter disappeared into the night.  It was hidden in an oak tree -- later called "the Charter Oak".  The British searched every home and never found that charter.  In case anybody has a quarter from Connecticut -- the charter oak is inscribed on it.  There were banks, streets, etc. in Hartford named after the charter oak; it was still standing (well, more like a stump) in the 1950's.

Connecticut's Governor John Talcott is a gateway ancestor.  1.  Could someone review the reasons that William Leete is considered questionable?   2.  Can Gov. Leete be included in the Governor's project?
WikiTree profile: William Leete
in Policy and Style by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (169k points)
Add the magna_carta and euroaristo tags to your question.

As I understand it, in general, a "Gateway Ancestor" is one who has confirmed descent from a Magna Carta baron, and "questionable" means that they appear to (or are alleged to) connect to one of the barons, but the line of descent is unconfirmed.
Thank you.  I haven't explored my roots past a few patriot ancestors, so I was surprised to discover the Edward III connections.  

I will also check with my Gould Family Association -- they've found Goulds who went on the Crusades, but I have never even asked about the Magna Carta.  

What an interesting hobby.  I hate to think how many years it had no interest for me!  Aargh!

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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Thank you!  I was in the dark about this; I had guessed that "Questionable Gateway Ancestors" meant -- nobody knows if they really journeyed to New England, or Virginia, or whatever, from their homeland.

Note to self:  keep checking the facts, you might be surprised!

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