Should William Ballard of Andover's wife be named Grace (Unknown) on WikiTree?

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We know that the William Ballard of Andover married a woman named Grace, but we do not know her maiden name.  A couple of possibilities have been proposed (see profiles for William and for Grace Lovejoy and Grace Berwick). 

Possibilities Grace Lovejoy and Grace Berwick

1.  Shall we create a profile for Grace (Unknown) and include the information about the possibilities for her maiden name (with links to the two profiles)? 

Note: there were women named Grace Lovejoy and Grace Berwick, and their profiles contains info about parents, etc.  So we do not want to merge these into the profile for Grace Unknown.

2.  Assuming we have a consensus about creating Grace (Unknown), would anyone like to take on the project?  (I am unable to spend much time on WikiTree right now).

Thank you in advance!

WikiTree profile: William Ballard
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Cynthia B G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
I am not sure that I understand what the benefits of creating Grace Unknown would be. Might it not be easier just to make a note on William’s profile that his wife was Grace and that there are currently two possibilities under consideration?
I think the main benefit would be to clarify that we do not know Grace's last name at birth.  With both Grace profiles attached, it looks like he married two different Graces (and we would explain the current research and link the new (Unknown) profile to both possibilities).
I agree that it is confusing with both Grace profiles attached as wives, but why not just unlink those relationships and explain the uncertainty in the profile?

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+1 vote
I am happy to unmarried Grave Lovejoy from William Ballard, I will add a note to bio stating her marriage to him is not confirmed.
by Jeanie Roberts G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
She should probably be Grace Unknown.  I would definitely remover Grace Berwick as a spouse as she has ancestors and is unproven.

Jeanie - in case you haven't seen it, there is a fairly recent article on John Lovejoy and his sister Grace - possible but unproven wife of William Ballard.  You might want to use it in any notes on her.

NEHGS: 163: p. 31 Requires subscription.

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