Rice-1070 Where did you get marriage record?

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I am trying to unsnarl the [Rice Whitaker|Whitaker-1290] and Giles Whitaker mess. Can someone please direct me to the marriage record for Giles and Mary Ann Rice that is noted in the biography section of Rice-1070? All I have been given is guesses that Rice is the son of Giles based on a court appointment to inventory the estate.
WikiTree profile: Mary-Ann Whiteaker
in Genealogy Help by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 3 (35.2k points)

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That's a very sparsely sourced profile.  :(

Maybe it's this:

"Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XF6Y-MB9 : 10 February 2018), E Goodwin and Mary Poteet, 03 Jan 1819; citing reference 20; FHL microfilm 549,383.

Personally, I wouldn't use it without solid corroboration.

Oops, just noticed you added this one, and her McCasland marriage.

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (615k points)
edited by Herbert Tardy
I know that that is Mary Ann Rice Whitaker Poteet McCaslin in that record. I just attached it to her file. The bone of contention is Giles Whitaker. I know it was a Whitaker, just can't prove or disprove that it was Giles. The evidence is leaning towards not Giles, based on his death date. *goes back to pounding head on desk*
I don't doubt that you know it, but the sources cited don't show how you know it.  Where's the evidence that Mary Poteet and Mary Ann Rice are the same person?  Or that E Goodwin was Eleazor?

I understand the challenge, and that it's a work in process.  Best of luck!
In reading the Duley Letter, Martha Duley listed the names (or at least last names) of all of the husbands of Mary Ann Rice. Then, by checking the marriage records and her birth date against each other, found in time, each license. Excluding her marriage to a Whitaker. We can then follow as Mary "Mollie" Whitaker married the Poteet. The Poteets also owned land in the same part of Claiborne Co as several Whitakers. Then a marriage record for Mary Poteet to Eleazor Goodwin, Then Mary Goodwin to James Mc Caslin. all at the right time and in Harrison Co., Indiana. I also had information from a separate source that she was buried on the Polly Kitterman farm, which was the married name of her youngest Whitaker daughter. Although Mary Catherine preferred Polly and used her step-father's name of Poteet, rather than Whitaker. She would have been about 5 years old when Poteet became her mother's husband.
Thanks, Katrina, but you don't have to convince me.  Besides, this is not the place to make your case.  I simply commented on what I saw on Mary Ann's profile, and with sympathy for your struggle.  I know you will figure it all out.
Interesting the name Rice comes up in relation to a Whitaker. We have a Jordan Rice Whitaker, brother to John M Whitaker DOB 1811. Since we found the name Rice we have wondered where it came from. Do either of these names sound familiar to you?

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