Help - Massive Mistake [closed]

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It looks like I was suckered into a massive mistake in genealogy that a lot of other genealogists have also made.  George Washington Brock (Brock-3532) was not the father of Nancy Caldonia (Brock) Bowers.  Little Rock, AR. Researcher and Genealogist Beth Walls Walton noted:
Nancy Caldonia (Brock) Bowers
Birth:     Apr. 24, 1876
Jackson County
Alabama, USA
Death:     Nov. 24, 1920
Shady Point
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA

My friend, Rory Bowers is aware of this.

Many databases have Nancy Cordonia (nee Brock) Bowers was the daughter of George W. Brock and Rebecca Mildred Weir.

George Washington Brock and Rebecca Mildred Weir's daughter was Nancy Cathleen "Kate" Brock, born 17 Apr 1872 in Pike Co., AR. She married Joseph M. Walston 28 Feb 1890 in Pike Co., AR. Kate and Joe's daughter, Ophelia May Walston was born 19 Aug 1902 in Murfreesboro, Pike Co., AR. Ophelia married Hardy H. Walton 20 Feb 1920 in Miller Co., AR.

On 18 May 1955 Ophelia Maye (nee Walston) Walton ordered her maternal grandfather, George Washington Brock's Civil War tombstone and had it shipped to her house in Texarkana, Miller Co., AR at 1203 E. 14th Street. Ophelia's husband Hardy Walton signed the application that his wife had made arrangements for him to transport the Civil War tombstone to Ozan Cemetery near Nashville, Ark, which is pictured on his memorial.

George Washington Brock - FAG #76661811
Rebecca Mildred (nee Weir) Brock - FAG #80637535
Nancy Cathleen (nee Brock) Walston - FAG #20594156
Joseph M. Walston - FAG #20594088
Ophelia May (nee Walston) Walton - FAG #140095902
Hardy H. Walton - FAG #140095880


James William Bowers's wife, Nancy Caldonia Brock:

On the two census years she was counted as James William Bowers's wife, Nancy Caldonia (nee Brock) Bowers was born in 1877 in Alabama.

Nancy was the daughter of Isaac W. Brock and Cynthia Jane Collins.

According to the 1850 DeKalb Co., AL census, Isaac W. Brock was born ca. 1840 in AL to Sarah "Sally" and Isaac Brock. This Isaac Brock and his wife Sarah remained in DeKalb Co., AL until their deaths. Cynthia Jane Collins was born October 1850 in Jackson Co., AL to Josiah and Mary A. Collins. On a census dated 3 Dec 1850, Cynthia was 2 months old. She was consistently shown to have been born in 1851, and she would have been a year older the following Dec. I have no doubt she was incorrectly listed as Lucinda in 1880.

Both Isaac W. Brock and Cynthia Jane Collins remained with their families until their marriage.

Alabama, County Marriages, 1805-1967
Jackson County
14 Feb 1869
I. W. Brock
Syntha Jane Collins

1870 Allison, Jackson Co., AL
Isaac W. Brock 24 AL
Cynthia J. 19 AL
Tera A. 3 AL (Terri Ann)

Terri Ann (nee Brock) McCoy thought she was born Dec 1869. She supposedly was the T. A. Brock, age 29 of Stone Co., AR who married Thomas J. McCoy, age 54 of Mountain View, Stone Co., AR 5 Nov 1899 in Stone Co., AR. Her son Walter Baxter McCoy's TX death certificate has his mother was Terri-Ann Brock.

1880 Beat 18, Jackson Co., AL
Isaac Brock 37 AL
Lucinda 29 AL
Annie 13 AL (Terri-Ann?)
Mary E. 8 AL
Permelia 7 AL
James W. 6 AL
Emeline 5 AL (Virginia Emeline)
Nancy 4 AL
Ardie 2 AL
Joseph 1 AL

John W. Stewart was born in Perry Co., AL to Mary Elizabeth Jackson and James J. Stewart. He supposedly died in Vian, Sequoyah Co., OK. He was 33 yrs. old and living in Chismville, Logan Co., AR when he married Nancy Ann Russell, age 16 of Chismville on 20 Nov 1889. Their son was William Jackson Stewart. Nancy passed 13 May 1893 in Logan Co., and John W. Stewart married 2nd ca. 1897 Virginia Emeline Brock, sister of Nancy Caldonia Brock. Their son was Jasper M. Brock. Virginia died before 1910.

1900 Twp., 11, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
John W. Stewart 43 Sep 1856 AL GA GA
Virginia E. 25 Mar 1875 AL TN AL (Virginia Emeline Brock)
William J. (Jackson) 9 Sep 1890 AR
Jasper 1 Indian Territory Dec 1898
Ardie Brock 22 Feb 1878 AL brother-in-law

In 1910 William Jackson Stewart and his half-brother, Jasper were living in Washburn, Logan Co., AR with Nancy Ann (nee Russell) Stewart's parents, Mary Jane and William M. Russell. Jasper was still living with them in 1920.

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Logan Co., AR
5 Jun 1917
William Jackson Stewart ("Willie")
DOB: 27 Sep 1890
Chismville, Ark.

Logan Co., AR
12 Sep 1918
Jasper Stewart
DOB: 16 Dec 1898
Nearest Relative:
Willie Stewart, brother of
Chismville, Ark.

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Logan County
William Jackson Stewart
DOD: 27 Sep 1890 - Logan Co.
Address: RFD 1, Paris
Nearest Relative: Mrs. Jackson Stewart

William Jackson Stewart and Jasper M. Stewart are buried in Paint Rock Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co., AR, and Jasper is linked to the wrong mother - Nancy Ann (nee Russell) Stewart, who was born 15 Sep 1873 and died 13 Mar 1893 in Logan Co.

One must wonder how Virginia Emeline (nee Brock) Stewart and her sister, Nancy Caldonia (nee Brock) Bowers got to Logan Co., AR from Jackson Co., AL.

Arkansas, Compiled Marriages, 1851-1900
Logan County
21 Mar 1891
J. W. Bowers
Nancy Caldonia Brock
Family links:
  James William Bowers (1867 - 1938)
Shady Point Cemetery
Shady Point
Le Flore County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Beth Walls Walton
Record added: Jun 20, 2017
Find A Grave Memorial# 180572268

This startling revelation will effect 17 profiles here on WikiTree; Brock-3301, Brock-3532, Dyer-10768, Brock-3593, Brock-3590, Brock-674, Brock-3589, Brock-3591, Brock-3592, Brock-1171, Brock-3595, Brock-3596, Brock-3535, Weir-2363, Dennis-1111, Dennis-1112, Ward-5981 and Unknown-368233.  I and many others have hundreds of hours of research work into this family and now it appears that they are not related.  If I disconnect George W. Brock (Brock-3532) and Rebecca Mildred (Weir) (Weir-2363) from Nancy Caldonia (Brock) Bowers (Brock-3301) it will orphan this entire family. How do I proceed?

WikiTree profile: George Brock
closed with the note: Resolved
asked in The Tree House by Rory Bowers G2G6 (9.9k points)
closed by Rory Bowers


Once you get the profiles disconnected and the explanations in the profile, contact Allison (Carr) Schaechtel, Carr-5887, and ask her to project protect the profiles that were improperly connected.  She does this for the U.S. History, Arkansas subproject.  That will prevent the parents child links from being changed back to the improper people by someone else who gets caught up in the sources with the error.

Thank You Mary,  I will be sure to do that.  I just got finished deleting that whole family tree from Ancestry and contacting the other tree owners to advise them on our discovery.  This is going to develop into a whole new family research project... just what I needed :-)

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If you disconnect it won't orphan them, you will e profile manager of them unless you decide you don't want to be. It will probably disconnect them from the World Tree but that's okay for now, you can reconnect them with new connections later  

If it is false I would disconnect and add a note in the bio explaining why so the same mistake doesn't happen again.

Good luck on your research.
answered by Sarah Rojas G2G6 Mach 6 (67.5k points)
selected by Steve Schmidt
Thank You Sarah,  yes, I am going to have a lot of explaining to do on this one.  I have already started contacting other Genealogists that I have worked with on the family... some of them are cousins.  How do I begin to explain to them that the man we thought was our 2nd Great Grandfather was not.  I have been trying to reconstruct when and where this mistake was first made.  It goes back to the 1980's so far and has simply perpetuated.

Rory Bowers
No problem!

You can begin with all the sources you found that proves it wrong, I think sometimes it's harder to disprove something that to prove it.

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