Can Diane Bradley be marked as non-existant?

+6 votes
The profile for Diane "Moytoy" Bradley is almost completely empty as the various bits of information about her have been refuted and removed.  She was initially created through the import of an undocumented gedcom.  At present she only seems to exist as a Find-a-grave memorial and in .  Internet messages that claim she was the wife of a man named John Bradley who lived in Rutherford, NC in the second half of the 18th century.  Other claims state that she appears on a 1746 deed in Orange County, VA.   There is no record of any Cherokee person by this name at any time.  No Cherokee women are documented by name from this period.  There never was a "Moytoy" family.  Chief Corn Tassel had no known daughters, and the dates given for her birth and death would make her a contemporary, not a child.  

Can she be marked as non-existent or merged into a real Diane Bradley (if one exists)?
WikiTree profile: Diana Bradley
in Genealogy Help by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (507k points)

3 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer

Please check out the Disproven Existence Project.

At that link, you'll find this list of steps you should follow:

{{Disproven Existence}} is for profiles of people that research has shown never existed. The purpose of this project is to oversee its use. Disproven Existence is the "next step" for profiles with {{Uncertain Existence}}[1] that have
  1. substantial evidence that the person did not exist (except... see below),
  2. buy-in from profile managers/descendants (e.g., G2G discussion),
  3. project approval (both this project and projects relevant to the profile), and
  4. no "real" profiles attached.
  1.  If the profile is not already tagged with {{Uncertain Existence}}, please add it while coordinating 1-4. The exception would be if you are adding {{Disproven Existence}} to a profile for someone whose existence has already been disproven by professional researchers and the profile includes citations to their scholarly, peer-reviewed, published works. Even then, you should first post notice in G2G (tag the surname, DISPROVEN_EXISTENCE, and appropriate project or projects).
    Note: If the profile is included in (and categorized under) a known fraud or fabrication, that is sufficient proof to meet #1. It remains sufficient unless substantial evidence that the person existed is presented during discussion (#2).
{{Disproven Existence}} should only be used on profiles that have been disconnected from the proven line. Profiles that have not yet been disconnected from the valid lineage should use {{Uncertain Existence}}.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Susan Laursen

It looks like you've already completed the first step: "is for profiles of people that research has shown never existed." (emphasis added)

If you have the research to show it, you need to open a G2G thread making the suggestion to add disproven to the profile and solicit feedback.  After a fair amount of time, then you should make the changes (step 2, "buy in" from PMs, relatives, etc).  And of course, project approval.  On the G2G thread that you start, you'll want to tag it with .FALSE_ANCESTORS  or DISPROVEN_EXISTENCE in order to get notice to the project leader(s).

+3 votes
She is buried at Madisonville Cemetery, in Tennessee. There is no photo, only the name Diane Moytoy Corntassel Bradley - 1753.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
There was no such place in 1753, and the cemetery didn't exist until 1837 so unless somebody moved her there, that's not possible.
+4 votes
Thanks to all who have provided info on this woman.  It looks like she was actually a woman named Diane Johnson, Johnson-71362,so I will initiate a merge.
by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (507k points)
Thanks for working on this. I'll remove project protection
Actually the profile manager is unwilling to merge.
I've disconnected her from her various fictional relationships and reproposed the merge.

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