How to remove an incorrect spouse from my great-uncle's profile?

+3 votes

Spouse of my great-uncle Thomas Jefferson Maynard (Maynard-2198)  appears as Mary Ann Elizabeth (Leipbold) Maynard — married 8 Nov 1883 in Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa, United .  Thomas J was actually married to Mary Marshall on 25 Dec 1879 in Dayton, Columbia, WA, USA. How can I delete incorrect marriage info so I can add the correct info?

WikiTree profile: Thomas Maynard
in Genealogy Help by Steve Maynard G2G4 (4.2k points)

5 Answers

+4 votes

It is easy to add or remove a spouse:

  1. Open Thomas's profile to edit it.
  2.  On the right side of the profile where it lists family members, scroll down to the Spouses and click on the [add/remove a spouse] link.
  3. To add a spouse, enter Mary Marshall's WikiTree ID and click Go.  If Mary does not yet have a profile, enter the basic data for her then scroll down to click "Add Spouse of Thomas Jefferson Maynard."
  4. To delete Mary Ann Elizabeth (Leipbold) Maynard as a spouse, scroll to the bottom of the page, select her name by clicking the button, then click "Delete Spouse of Thomas Jefferson Maynard."
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (548k points)
+5 votes
In this particular case Mary Ann Elizabeth has two husbands and no profile manager. so you have lots of possibilities but probably star's suggestion is the best.  If it were necessary, you could do a merge by adopting her  at least temporarily. I'd suggest before you make the changes, though that you try finding who the various spouses actually do belong to.  That way you will be able to make sure you don't leave someone else a problem to clean up later.  If you have any problems post again and someone will be happy to give you a hand.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
+4 votes

It appears that there were two Thomas J. Maynards, both born in Iowa, possibly in the same year.

ONE:  Shows parents as Nathan and Elisabeth - parents named in profile.

Thomas J Maynard

United States Census, 1860

Name Thomas J Maynard
Event Type Census
Event Date 1860
Event Place Cass Township, Guthrie, Iowa, United States
Gender Male
Age 5
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1855
Birthplace Iowa
Page 20






Nathan Maynard   M 47 Ohio
Elisabeth Maynard   F 40 Ohio
Mary M Watson   F 18 Ind
John W Maynard   M 16 Ind
James H Maynard   M 14 Ind
Hannah E Maynard   F 11 Ind
Charlotte A Maynard   F 9 Ind
Harriet E Maynard   F 7 Iowa
Thomas J Maynard   M 5 Iowa
Nathan W Maynard   M 2 Iowa
Joan Maynard   F   Iowa
Frances E Watson   F 2 Iowa

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 28 July 2017), Thomas J Maynard in entry for Nathan Maynard, 1860.

TWO: This is the Thomas Jefferson Maynard whose marriage is shown, and his parents are NOT the parents of the profile.

Name Thomas Jefferson Maynard
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 08 Nov 1883
Event Place Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa, United States
Gender Male
Age 27
Marital Status S
Birth Year (Estimated) 1856
Father's Name Thomas Maynard
Mother's Name Rebecca Jane Lee
Spouse's Name Mary Ann Elizabeth Maynard Leipold
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Age 20
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1863
Spouse's Father's Name John Leipbold
Spouse's Mother's Name Martha Weideskent

Citing this Record

"Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 November 2017), Thomas Jefferson Maynard and Mary Ann Elizabeth Maynard Leipold, 08 Nov 1883, Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa, United States; citing reference p22 Lic.272, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,035,288.

by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (159k points)
+4 votes
Hi Steve, I updated your findagrave link to the new findagrave one

Under the changes tab, you can see that Susan Tye added information on Thomas Maynard's marriage.  Remove the reference for the Iowa marriage a it relates to some other Thomas Maynard, not yours.

Step 2, on Thomas Maynard's profile, go to the spouse's link and remove the wrong spouse.  Click on "add/remove spouse"  At the bottom of the add/remove page, click on the wrong wife's name and then delete spouse.

Step 3.  Make sure any children Thomas Jefferson Maynard has stays with him and doesn't migrate with the spouse being removed.

Step 4.  From familysearch search under Thomas Jefferson Maynard's birthplace and date and his marriage date and place, as there is an 1880, a 1900, and I believe a 1920 Census that needs to be added.

Step 5.  Add his correct wife.  If you don't have the relevant info on her, Thomas J. Maynard's findagrave link has a link to Mary E. Marshall's findagrave link.

Once you added her, go back to the census reports and add them to her profiel.

The way to do it correctly is step by step.

e-mail me if you have problems.


Prof David
by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
+4 votes

It is the OTHER Thomas Jefferson Maynard who had a brother Esom Washington Maynard who was the first husband of Mary Ann Elizabeth Leipbold. He died in 1882, and his widow married her brother-in-law Thomas the next year. ("Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 27 September 2017), Esom Washington Maynard and Mary Ann Elizabeth Leipbold, 25 Dec 1880, Mapleton, Monona, Iowa, United States; citing reference p5, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,436,148.)

It appears as though Mary Ann Leipbold needs to be disconnected as a spouse from Thomas Jefferson Maynard. A search for a profile for the correct spouse of Thomas should be made, and if none found, then a new profile created. Likewise, a new profile for the correct Thomas, spouse of Mary Ann Leipbold needs to be created.

by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (159k points)

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