Rachel Edwards, John Underwood: no sources, conflicting sources.

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The Rachel Edwards linked below has two sources, both referring to the same Ancestry tree. Since here are no true sources, should she be detached from her purported husband Thomas Underwood?

And while I’m at it, the profile/bio of Thomas is a mess, one paragraph stating he was in Massachusetts in 1636, and another paragraph that he was in Maryland at a much later date, with his wife (unnamed) immigrating to Maryland in 1650. The source for his birth is the same one that mentioned him  living in Massachusetts. I believe that two Thomases have been conflated. Any help here?
WikiTree profile: Rachel Underwood
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The Great Migration has three references to a Thomas Underwood, mostly just in passing. One has a Thomas in Hingham in 1636 joining the church there. Another has one buying land in 1651 in Dorchester. Nothing of his origins. The reference to that work in the profiles you have only points to the 1636 entry that says that there is no indication that he was related to a Martin Underwood but has a brother Joseph. I suspect you are correct in the conflation of two different Thomases. It is interesting that Joseph doesn't have the Great Migration as a source although there are a number of references. They could also be referring to multiple people of the same name.

That one statement attributed to Thomas that he "came over in 1650" would indicate he couldn't be the Thomas in Massachusetts.
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