Who was the wife of Francis Stiles (1602-1654)?

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On his profile there are currently two wives for Francis Stiles, Sarah Mary Birdseye and Joan Unknown. Based on the article about Francis in Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration, Vol VI, R-S, pages 513-521, I believe he had only one wife whose first name was Sarah, maiden name unknown, the sister of the wife of William Hayden-43. (Currently William Hayden has a wife also named Sarah Birdseye, but in the records I found--Torrey and Families of Old Fairfield--even the first name of William Hayden's wife appears to be unknown and I found no evidence that her maiden name was Birdseye.) After Francis's death his widow Sarah married Robert Clark-616.

I would like to merge the two profiles for the wife of Francis Stiles into UNKNOWN-9174 and set her first name as 'Sarah'. Are there any objections?
WikiTree profile: Francis Stiles
in Genealogy Help by Kay Wilson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
edited by Kay Wilson

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I've added a disputed given name section to the top of Sarah's profile. Sarah not Joan.

The Birdseye comes from Sarah (______) Stiles, who left bequests to her sister's children Daniel and Nathaniel Hayden. The husband seems to be William Hayden. He has two wives attached both with surname Birdseye. His life will need to be researched to determine if both wives have surname Birdseye, or if it's internet garbage. Fam of Old Fairfield indicates his first wife was Unknown Unknown sister of Sarah wife of Stiles and Clark, and second wife was Margaret widow of Wilcoxson, who has been associated as a Birdseye.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Anne B
I agree that the Birdseye surname seems to have come from William Hayden's second wife, and should not be the surname for either Sarah ____, wife of Francis Stiles or her sister, the wife of William Hayden.

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