What is the maiden name of Elinor who married George Pownall?

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Elinor was married about 1670 to George Pownall, but there is disagreement about what her maiden name was.  Her profile currently says her LNAB was Carter, but Worrall and Gardner have also been suggested.  According to this source ( http://sbaldw.home.mindspring.com/flist.htm ) there is apparently an article in The American Genealogist which presents evidence suggesting her LNAB was Worrall or Gardner:  

See the Pownall section of that source which cites an article in The American Genealogist: 

George Pownall m. Eleanor (probably Worrall or Gardner [1]).

[1] The reasons for regarding Eleanor's maiden name to be probably Worrall or Gardner were discussed in my article Quaker Marriage Certificates: Using Witness Lists in Genealogical Research, The American Genealogist 72 (1997), 225-243, especially 237-242.


WikiTree profile: Elinor Pownall
in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 6 (68.0k points)
retagged by Kenneth Kinman

2 Answers

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Ellner Carter

mentioned in the record of Willm. Pownall and Ellner Carter

Name Willm. Pownall
Spouse's Name Ellner Carter
Event Date 1670
Event Place Goostrey-Cum-Barnshaw, Cheshire, England
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England Marriages, 1538–1973

Indexing Project (Batch) Number M39635-4
System Origin England-VR
GS Film number 1655672
Reference ID 2:3V60MQB

Citing this Record

"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFBT-JQC : 10 December 2014), Willm. Pownall and Ellner Carter, 1670; citing Goostrey-Cum-Barnshaw, Cheshire, England, reference 2:3V60MQB, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,655,672.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Yes, I've seen that before.  But she was married to William Pownall, not George Pownall.  I suppose that is where the Carter suggestion came from.

How does this look?

George Pownall (1634-1682) - Find A Grave Memorial image


George Elinor was the son of George Pownall and his wife, Elizabeth Hewitt Pownall. He married Elinor Carter about 1665 in Alderley, Great Warford, CheshireEngland. They had six children: Reuben about 1667, Elizabeth in 1670, Sarah in 1672, Rachel in 1675, Abigail about 1667 and George(Jr.) in 1682. The family ...

Findagrave memorials are often not good sources, especially before 1700. Their sources are too often not given and unreliable (such as Ancestry.com).      

   I am just hoping someone with access to the article in The American Genealogist can evaluate the evidence given there (and that journal is usually a very good source of information).
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It's been almost a year since I posted this and no changes have been made.  Should her last name at birth be "Unknown" (since it is uncertain whether it was Worrall or Gardner)?  

If so, should a new profile be made (LNAB as Unknown) and the Carter profile be merged into it?  Or can someone just edit the LNAB from Carter to Unknown?
by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 6 (68.0k points)
edited by Kenneth Kinman

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