Should these Jesse Slaughter's be merged or is one a different Jesse.

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I think this Jesse Slaughter (Slaughter-14) who married Mary Rollins is not the son of Robert Slaughter III though his death date and place may be conflated with the Jesse Slaughter (Slaughter-1553) who is Robert Slaughter III 's son and who married Lucy Thornton Slaughter. I don't want to propose a merge because I think they're two different people but some of their facts are confused. 

Should I remove Robert Slaughter III as the father for Jesse Slaughter (Slaughter-14) who married Mary Rollins? And remove the Death date and place which I think was pulled from data about Slaughter-1553 or should I merge them and disconnect Mary Rollins? I find no evidence that the Jesse Slaughter that married Lucy Thornton Slaughter remarried at any point. 

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asked in Genealogy Help by Jody Benedict G2G2 (2.1k points)
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It looks like you have done some pretty good research. You are probably correct that they are two entirely different Jesse Slaughters born within the same decade.  

I found a son of the "other" Jesse, Slaughter(-14) . The son is named Simon and was born in 1817.  Unfortunately he still could possibly be the son of a second wife (Mary Rollins) of your Jesse, if there actually is a second wife.  I was hoping the date would prove it impossible.

"West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Jessie Slaughter in entry for Silas H. Slaughter, Sep 1906; citing Belgrove, Jackson, West Virginia, County Records, p 48, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 567,216.

Name Silas H. Slaughter

Event Date Sep 1906

Event Place Belgrove, Jackson, West Virginia

Gender Male

Age (Expanded) 89 years

Birth Date 1817

Father's Name Jessie Slaughter

Mother's Name Mary


I also found a query on a genealogy forum from 2007 with several posts that you might find interesting if you haven't already discovered this:

There is a discussion about the two possible Jesses.  I was going to cut and paste some of it, but there is too  much, so I won't try to figure out what would interest you.

You may need to try to contact the profile manager of Slaughter-14 , just to make sure there isn't additional information to untangle, and to ensure there wouldn't be any hard feelings if you disconnect the other Jesse from Robert, but it looks to me like that manager may not be active.  I feel that your instincts are correct, and there shouldn't be two sons named Jesse  -- but I didn't really find anything conclusive that they weren't the same person (and I didn't continue to try to follow the paper trail.)  I personally feel that unless you can find evidence that they ARE the same person, that Slaughter-14 should be disconnected from Robert to make it more likely that the real facts will be  located.  I hope someone else chimes in if I'm steering you wrong, though.



answered by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 6 (63.4k points)
selected by Jody Benedict

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