Can an Arborist look at this #2

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https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hall-1146

The detached wife

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mullins-94

the children on the profile are attached to both parents.

I can find no evidence that Mary Mullins, as given on the profile ever married 

WikiTree profile: Mary Hall
in Genealogy Help by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (597k points)
recategorized by Steve McCabe
I tend to assume parents are married when they produce a number of children
I could find no evidence proving she is the mother
Sir William, I too tend to make that assumption (I guess I'm just an old fashioned girl), however I would never enter profile data or write anything in the biography that is based on such an assumption ... we still require sources here, don't we?
That is the target to aim for. But if a couple make/have a lot of children, there is a choice on their part whether or not they chose to go through a civil or religious relationship commitment.  It is not uncommon to fail to find the proof of marriage and one then has a choice whether to describe them as married or not. The failure to find the proof is not proof they were not married. I tend to assume they were.

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All of this is duplicated on Ancestry.com with Edmund West as the source.   His birth, marriage to Mary Mullins and all is supported.

This is why we ask that people do not remove references to Ancestry.com.  Looking at what was originally on the profile helped me find the "source".
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (706k points)
selected by Kay Wilson
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While it shouldn't be regarded as proof of anything, there are multiple user-submitted trees on FamilySearch showing her marrying Isham Hall in Virginia in 1766.

by Fred Remus G2G6 Mach 4 (40.7k points)
BTW, I checked their sources and all they show are references to similar submissions at FamilySearch, or equally questionable sources at Ancestry.  Bottom line, I found no solid proof of anything, but several different people seem to believe she married Isham Hall.

But wikitree diligence cry Sources ! Sources ! We should not assume. Often we find that one bad ancestry tree is seized and cloned repeatedly by many users sad

Of course, Eddie, and my point exactly.  Based on dubious sources, we can't just assume the marriage info is correct.  But neither can we assume, again with no evidence, that she never married.  What I would do in a case like this is show the marriage and children given in the unverified trees, note the sources, and state in the bio section that better sources are needed.  Remember - a source is where your information came from, reliability of that source is another question entirely.
That's why I hollered for an Arborist. The wikitree member who detached is no longer here and left no reason for the activity.

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