Unmerged Match

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I was looking for a lost Babcock ancestor and noticed two Babcocks with the same name and birth dates.  So I compared.  Each has the same birth and death date, locations are the same.  Spouses are almost the same, I believe I can see what the issue is (spouse surname is very likely the middle name of the one daughter on one profile).  The other profile has several children (including the one mentioned) all with the surname of the father.

This is confusing, I know.  Hereʻs my question - this is set as an unmerged match.  Both are gedcom imports, I think.  No sources on one and the other is sourced from an Ancestory Family Tree.  Should they be merged?

Babcock-252 and Babcock-696
WikiTree profile: Hannah Avery
asked in The Tree House by Kristina Adams G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
I personally would leave them as a unmerged match till you can iron out the details of the spouse surname other than that it appears to be the same person.

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Hannah Avery

 in the 1850 United States Federal Census

VIEW1850 United States Federal Census

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    Name: Hannah Avery
    Age: 78
    Birth Year: abt 1772
    Birthplace: Rhode Island
    Home in 1850: Salina, Onondaga, New York, USA
    Gender: Female
    Family Number: 342
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Denison Avery 49
    Mary E Avery 35
    Hannah Avery 78
    Phebe Avery 50
    John Cassady 60

    Source Citation

    Year: 1850; Census Place: Salina, Onondaga, New York; Roll: M432_570; Page: 289B; Image: 56

    Source Information

    Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

    Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.


    answered by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (359k points)
    Still digging but it appears Dennison Emeline doesn't exist. I did find a Denison Emlyn who has no connection to this family there being a decade plus separation.  auto correct had enough instead of Emlyn and I didn't notice
    Your digging is confirming my thoughts, Thank you again.
    +1 vote


    Source Citation for U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970


    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970


    Name Hannah Babcock
    SAR Membership 15798
    Role Ancestor
    Application Date 3 Apr 1903
    Spouse Demion Avery
    Children Benjamin Gilson Avery
    Household Members
    Name Age
    Francis H Nye Jr  
    Francis E Avery  
    Francis H Ney  
    Eliza M Gunderson  
    Benjamin Gilson Avery  
    Hannah Babcock  
    Demion Avery  
    Thank Aul  
    Benjamin Avery  
    Deborah Stallyon  
    James Avery Jr  
    Denison Avery  
    James Avery  
    answered by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (359k points)
    +1 vote
    Rhoda is the key.  In one tree, she's the gg-gm of a John Curtis Rowe, d 1994.  And she marries an Avery.

    In the other tree, she's born into an Avery family.

    Options are

    1 - true story, one girl, Rhoda Emeline (Avery) Avery

    2 - two Rhodas

    3 - one of the Rhodas didn't exist, she was created out of internet confusion.

    I dunno.  But the other answers should fall out from this one, because the Emelines are only there to produce William Randall Avery's wife.
    answered by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (415k points)
    edited by RJ Horace

    The "true story" version is on Find a Grave


    but short of sources, so doesn't rule out confusion.


    +1 vote
    I merged the two Hannahs. When I set these as an unmerged match 17 months ago, it appears that both of the profiles had parents (different parents). Since those parents had been removed, there was no longer a reason to maintain the unmerged match. Thanks to Eddie for the census record; the profile is no longer unsourced.
    answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (876k points)
    That now leaves the question of which Dennison is the correct spouse and the father of her daughter Rhoda. She now has two daughters named Rhoda with the same birth date and both were born in New London, Connecticut.

    I resolved the confusion about the daughter by looking up the birth record in the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records. Her birth name was Rhoda Emeline Avery and her father was Denison Avery. Some people have the surname Emeline, but this family was named Avery. See this page on AmericanAncestors.org (probably requires subscription).

    I've merged the duplicates.

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