Disproven Existence Notice - Mary Catherine Blyzzard

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I'm proposing the profiles of Mary Catherine Blizzard, and her purported husband Thomas Griffin Lewis  for Disproven Existence status.  Actually, I posted the intent on her profile 14 Sept 2017, so that plus the next seven days should be adequate notice:

Mary Catherine Blyzzard and Thomas Griffin Lewis are both amalgams of some real persons and some misinterpreted documents.  The real persons have their own separate profiles which are linked in their biographies.

WikiTree profile: Mary Catherine Blyzzard
asked in Genealogy Help by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (251k points)
edited by Jack Day
I dunno Jack, maybe you should wait the full 16 months, you know, to be sure and all ;-)
That's the gestation length of a rhinocerous....

1 Answer

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Could she be a Buzard or Buzzard?

I actually went to school with some kids with that surname in Holmes County, Mississippi, back when wheels were square, and we walked uphill both ways to school. I have not heard the name in years but that is what came immediately to mind when I saw this post.
answered by Gigi Tanksley G2G6 Mach 2 (24.8k points)
Gigi, thanks for the good thinking -- it's exactly the kind of question genealogists ask.  In this case, there really was a Blizzard family, and there really was a Catherine who is mentioned in a Blizzard will, but when you read the will properly, you realize she was the wife of a business associate of Giles Blizzard who wrote the will, not the his daughter.  So the Catherine Lewis in the will was not really a Blizzard at birth, but rather an Edelen.  And she was never Mary Catherine;  people in that era (1600s) rarely used multiple names like that.   

One reason for keeping Mary Catherine Blyzzard as a fake profile (unlinked from all parents, spouses and children, so she doesn't appear in any family trees) is because she exists in just about every popular genealogy -- you'll find her in geni, ancestry.com, my heritage, etc beause so many people simply repeat things rather than doing research.  Since she exists elsewhere, she is likely to be re-created on WikiTree by people copying form other sites.  This way, when someone tries to create a new profile for Mary Catherine Blyzzard, WikiTree should tell them, "we already have one.

While the real Catherine Edelen married a real Thomas Lewis, there is also a fake Thomas Griffin Lewis with fake facts who is married to the fake Mary Catherine Blyzzard.  Thomas Griffin Lewis will be getting a "disproven existence" notice for the same reason, in accordance with WikiTree policy.

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