Jesse Dollarhide Sr. was the Son of One of Two Brothers, but I Don't Know Which One. What Do I Call Father?

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I know that Jesse Dollarhide, Sr. was the son of either John Dollarhide or Hezekiah Dollarhide, brothers, but which one can't be proven. (As a side note, professional genealogist William Dollarhide has been unable to determine which brother was Jesse's father.) The brothers' father is known.

I am thinking that I will set up both brothers, John and Hezekiah, and assign Jesse as the son of one of them, with a note in all three profiles stating that John could be the son of either one. I will also set the Certainty to Uncertain.

Does that sound reasonable?  Is there a better way to handle this?
in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (329k points)

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Hi, Vic. I am entirely unsure of WikiTree guidelines in a matter like this, so trust me not!  :-)  But if I had to choose one of the two just to get the profiles in place, it would be Hezekiah. In 1988, William Dollarhide wrote:

"Jesse Dollarhide was probably a son of Hezekiah Dollarhide, but not enough evidence exists to prove that linkage. Evidence indicates that Jesse was born about 1785-1790 in Randolph County, North Carolina. He was known to have lived near Hezekiah on an adjoining farm in Harrison Township, Wayne County, Indiana. The 1820 and 1830 censuses indicate that both men lived there for about 10 years."

Nothing really to go on, but at least there is something to point to for the rationale. The Dollarhides are not in my own direct ancestry, but they're tied to my surname brick wall in Randolph County, North Carolina, in the late 18th century. If not acquainted beforehand, it's believed the Dollarhide, Williams, and probably Presnell families (and likely others) traveled together through Virginia and into North Carolina, settling first in old Orange County which, at the time, comprised a big chunk of the north-central area of the state. At least some members of the three families again moved together into Rowan County...the western two-thirds of what later would be organized as Randolph County was then contained in Rowan County.

I'll have to do some digging to see if I can find any specific reference to Jesse or Hezekiah in my files for North Carolina, however I can place Francis Dollarhide III (b.c. 1723-25 Baltimore County, Maryland) in a tax list for Rowan County in 1759, and he was one of 20 signatories to a Dec 1770/Jan 1771 petition to Governor William Tryon for the establishment of an Anglican Church Vestry in St. Luke's Parish, Rowan County.

Another county formation may be useful information. Known biological but unproven paper-trail relatives of mine, Benjamin and William Williams, were close neighbors to Francis Dollarhide III near the Hico River in Orange County, North Carolina, in what would become Caswell County in 1771. A John and Francis (IV) Dollarhide applied for Revolutionary War pensions. John applied in 1823 and again in 1846 and stated that he was born in 1750 in Caswell County. Francis IV, who received his pension in 1833 said that he was born in 1751 in Caswell County. The statements of the birth county would be consistent with applications, submitted 70 years after the fact, with the men remembering the current name of the county, not old Orange County.

A son of Francis Dollarhide III--Asel or Asahel Dollarhide (b.c. 1757)--married the oldest daughter, Youthann Williams (the couple also moved to Indiana, BTW), of my William Williams and Mary Presnell. Subsequently, there were at least four Dollarhide marriages in Randolph County between 1798 and 1815.

I'm taking up a lot of space NOT answering your question, but I'll look through my files and some back copies of the journal of the Randolph County Genealogical Society that I have on the shelf, and will let you know via PM what I turn up.

by Edison Williams G2G6 Pilot (254k points)

I am basing the claim that Jesse's father cannot be identified on later info from William Dollarhide, published on the Dollarhide family website.There is an article there, "Jesse Dollarhide and Descendants Through Five Generations A Pioneer Family of Jackson County, Oregon," prepared by William W. Dollarhide in July 1999.  In the article, Dollarhide says 

  • "Jesse Dollarhide, Sr. was a son of either John Dollarhide or Hezekiah Dollarhide -- both men lived on the Clinch River of Southwestern Virginia from about 1795. Before that, they had both lived in Randolph County, North Carolina. John and Hezekiah were sons of Francis Dollahide (III). . . ."

 In other profiles on the website, there is lots of other info about other Dollarhides. 

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