How should I remove middle names from people of the 1700's?

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A profile manager managing many of my ancestors from the early 1700's has added middle names to 4 generations. They were all created in 2012 and 2013 and none are sourced. I have sources for all of them. I have 8 sources for my 4X G grandfather, 4 records for my 5X g grandfather, and 1 record each for my 6X and 7X g grandfather. The records were 2 wills, 2 estate records and 10 deed records. In none of these records is a middle name used. I believe he got his information from an unsourced tree on the web. How should I go about changing this? He has never answered a message from me on other matters though I know he is active.
in WikiTree Help by Don Allen G2G2 (2.6k points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

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In this kind of situation, it might be best to start by adding a profile message on a couple of the profiles saying something like "What is the source for Benjamin's middle name of Dean, as shown here? As near as I can determine, it does not appear in any of the records, and middle names were very unusual before about 1800. Lacking a source, I intend to remove the middle name within the next few days."  The profile message will generate an email to the profile manager(s) and will be visible to any passersby who happen to visit the profile.

What happens next depends on the response you get. If there's an objection, then at least you will have initiated interactive communication with the profile manager. If the profile manager responds favorably, or doesn't respond at all, you can proceed to remove the middle names from those profiles -- and it probably would be OK to remove middle names from other profiles by this same manager without first creating a profile message, as long as your edit summary clearly indicates what you are doing and why.  (When you remove a middle name for which there is no valid evidence, do document your action and the reason for it in an edit summary.)
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
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If you have messaged them previously and they have not answered, the 1700s profiles should be open and therefore you could edit them yourself and leave citations to your sources for doing so in the biography.
by Amelia Utting G2G6 Pilot (187k points)

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