I, then, would like to request a supervisor to collapse all the 1500 and all the 1617 Edward Gilmans, and the John Gilmans from ca. 1624. There are multiple birth dates for the Johns, so I don't know how clean the collapse would be. Collapsing these three individuals should be relatively easy and be a good start for the many Edward 1525 profiles.
If a supervisor would like to collapse the Edward Gilmans from 1525, 1557, and 1587, that would be a bonus, but it is not easy work. I don't know what one does where there is a tradition of naming them Edward I, II, III, etc. I have not seen evidence that any of them used those numbers personally (and I have seen no evidence that Edward of 1500 even existed), so how to decide who is Edward IV, is beyond me....
For me to do it by communicating with everyone who ever slapped a *.GED file onto the wiki would take weeks! I suppose that is reasonable for the 1525, 1557, and 1587 Edward tangle, but swift action on the 1500 and 1617 Edwards would be relatively simple and non-controversial.
Gilman notes: Edward of 1587 (1638 immigrant to the U. S.) is common to a large slug of Gilmans, and Edward's sister, Bridget (Gilman) Lincoln is a good candidate for an ancestor to Abraham Lincoln.
Thank you, bkm