My GGnGrandfather served in F&I and War for Independence : How do I

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Ezekiel Sampson  about 1738 - about 1810
Orange Co., New York, British Crown Colony

and his son Isaac Robert Sampson both served in the War for Independence.

How do I include them in this project?    Thank you

WikiTree profile: Ezekiel Sampson
asked in WikiTree Help by Charles Lovelace G2G1 (1k points)
recategorized by Steve Schmidt
Charles, it appears there is some conflation here. The images uploaded to this profile clearly belong to the MA Ezekiel as does the father attached to the profile. Before you attach it to a project, I would suggest merging this with the other profile for the Mass. Ezekiel and then creating a new profile for your ancestor with appropriate sourcing before proceeding. Looking through the changes for the profile it is also clear that this was originally created to represent Ezekiel from Massachusetts and then gradually altered by you over the last couple of years which has created the current problems with the profile. I am suggesting this course of action because people have attached this profile to their trees as the Mass. Ezekiel and you have turned it into a different person which means their lineages are no longer accurate and that defeats the whole purpose of WikiTree.

You should never make such drastic changes to a profile without considering the consequences to other researchers or the health of WikiTree.

Thank you for your reply Lewis - 26439,

"The images uploaded to this profile clearly belong to the MA Ezekiel as does the father attached to the profile", though non-specifically vague is helpful. 
Thanks for noticing that I pried the two Ezekiels apart after they had been mutually misidentified in the beginning. 
Can you tell they both served in the War for Independence? The nature of my inquiry was to add my ggGrandfathers  (The N.Y. Sampsons, MA Sampsons of that generation are uncles and aunts) to the list of participants in the French and Indian Wars as well as War for Independence.          Ezekiel Sampson b. N.Y.   ca 1738 is the first subject of my inquiry.
     "It is also clear that this was originally created to represent Ezekiel from Massachusetts ":        I followed my tree back to the Isaacs and Ezekiel Sampson and ended up correcting the entry on Wikitree. So the corrections I made were to errors in the original posting. 

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Join the 1776 project and add a sticker to the profile.
answered by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (174k points)
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Deb, you should convert your comment to an answer - because it is - so I (or someone!) can star it as best answer.
answered by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (124k points)
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Hi, Charles,

Any correction in your lineage should have been to disconnect whichever of your ancestors was mistakenly connected as a child to the Massachusetts Ezekiel and then creating a profile for the NY Ezekiel and attaching your ancestor as a child to that profile, not changing the existing profile to represent a completely different individual. As I mentioned, this is because members who came before you would have correctly connected their lines to the MA Ezekiel and changing the profile to represent a completely different person makes their lineage wrong and could be far more difficult to sort out than yours would have been if you had simply created the correct profile for your ancestor in the first place.

You didn't correct the entry, you changed it to represent someone else. Other members can see the changes all the way back to the creation of the profile. This profile was never intended to represent the Ezekiel Sampson who was born in New York.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (489k points)

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