What should be done about unproven parentage of Peter Patee?

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Peter Pattee "showed up" in Haverhill, MA in 1677 asking for some land to settle on,  He apparently had left his wife behind in Virginia.  I don't know much about this family, but I had adopted his son's orphaned profile because his daughter married a Haskell.His parents are listed in his profile as Deric Pattee and Marie DuPrie who were born in France but are listed as residents in London at the time of Peter's (possibly Pierre)'s birth.  There is some speculation that they were Huguenots.  In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in a series of articles titled Peter Pattee of Haverhill, Massachusetts. a Journeyman Shoemaker and his Descendants, Vols.146 and 147, starts on v.146 pg315, the authors (Scalisi and Ryan) claim that the Old World origins of Peter Patee are undetermined.  Would some project be interested in him or does it simply need to be documented in his profile that his parents are not confirmed. I don't think I have the research skills or Wikitree experience to deal with it..
WikiTree profile: Peter Pattee
asked in Genealogy Help by Peggy Moss G2G6 (9.8k points)
edited by Peggy Moss
If Peter showed up in Massachusetts in 1677 after having left his wife in Virginia, then the mother of his son Richard, born 1675 in Virginia, is not Sarah Guile but the unnamed first wife.

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I believe the following reference is Peter's birth record:

"England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VWZ7-KMH : 11 December 2014), Derrie Pety in entry for Pierre Pety, 22 Feb 1645, Baptism; citing p. 44, Spitalfields, London, record group RG4, Public Record Office, London.

The first name is Pierre, AKA "Peter", and the last name is phonetically the same. The date of birth is the same in London. This source lists parents as Derrie Pety and Marie Pety. This registry includes all Nonconformists, which includes Hugeonots, but in 1645 this would also include Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Quakers.

answered by Jeff Gentry G2G6 (6.1k points)
Added the above reference to the profile.
Thank you,  Those are the parents that are listed in the wikitree profile,  I did see that your family search source existed, but I couldn't find it yesterday.  I'll have to read some more. articles

Here is another reference. They are definitely Huguenots.

The registers of the French Church, Threadneedle Street, London, vol. 2, Publications of the Huguenot Society of London, vol. 13, 1899

There are plenty of occurrences of Derec Petit (around 50, with various spellings), including:

- the marriage of Derec Petit and Marie Duprié on 25 Mar 1644 (pages 7k, 26t)

- the baptism of Pierre Petit on 22 Fev 1646 (1645 old style) (104w)

There are occurrences of Derec Petit with another wife (Farbu), also in vol. 1, but he is not said to be a widower in his marriage record, so this could be another person. He is said to be from Bar-le-Duc, and died between 1665 (where Marie Duprié is a witness and is called "femme de", not "veuve de", 177v) and 1666 (when Marie Duprié remarries, 47u).

It remains to prove that Pierre Petit born in London is indeed the same person as Peter Pattee of Haverhill...

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