Stephen Jordan son of Stephen Jordan? Did he exist?

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Stephen Jordan emigrated on the Mary and John. His 1667 will made no provision for a son Stephen. Anderson's Great Migration does not list a son Stephen. I would like to merge him away.

Can anyone prove he existed?
WikiTree profile: Stephen Jordan
in Genealogy Help by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
You could merge him away; if you do: Detach him from his father, then merge him with his father.

HOWEVER, if you merge him away, somebody may very likely come along and re-create him again. He exists on at least one other genealogy site (linked to below by Frank), and chances are he exists on other web sites.

Therefore, you might want to keep him; detach him from his father, but create a "Disputed Origins" section for him that links to his purported father but explains why he likely did not exist.

Then when people come along trying to recreate him, they'll see that and hopefully become educated about the problem.

2 Answers

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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As of late, it seems PGM has gone the path of the "Disputed Origins," rather than merging away.

But this has caused some PGM profiles to get quite messy looking.
by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (224k points)
I'm sort of of the opinion the merge or keep depends on the individual. The incorrect parent/spouse that's been around forever, they should stay. These totally fictional children of the internet, they need to go. Although I see from Frank's answer above that the LDS church baptized him back in 1950 (pre internet). I might have to look a little harder for him.

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