Think I found a duplicate of John Williams (early 1700s), advice needed before merge (new to WikiTree)

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Hey everyone I'm new to WikiTree so I'm not sure what to do here.

I was researching some dead ends in my tree and came across this DAR Lineage Book that was sparse on details but seemed like a good source.

https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE96844

Specifically p124 under "BERTHA  WILLIAMS  (MRS.  CLYDE  BRUCE

AITCHISON)" .

I was able to go a good amount down the tree and even found existing profilesI could select instead of creating new ones.

Then I found what I'm pretty sure are duplicate profiles:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Williams-17351

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Williams-16758

Also worth noting (maybe) that Williams-17351 was previously merged with Williams-52536

Almost everything lines up except the date and location of birth which is off by quite a bit.

All the listed sources in both profiles are links to paid sites so I can't verify.

I found a find a grave that agrees with the DAR Lineage Book on the date but no sources to check

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134043535

I found another site that has an entirely different date (just one year off from the DAR)

https://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:John_Williams_%28203%29

I did find one source that seems to agree with that one

http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/roxbury_b12a.htm

What would you all suggest I do here?

Thanks

Robert Aitchison
WikiTree profile: John Williams
in Genealogy Help by Robert Aitchison G2G Crew (300 points)

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I would recommend more research.

There was a John Williams s. Parke and Priscilla, b. June 6, 1706, in Roxbury Massachusetts<ref> Roxbury.Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB190/i/7787/380/141321351</ref>

There is no record of a John b. 08 DEC 1714 in Lebanon, or any where else in Connecticut

Considering the gravestone of John d. 1774 says he was age 68 (b. 1706). Yes they look like duplicates.

Add the birth source I mentioned above to both profiles. Then propose the merge, in the comments mention that the birth date on -16758 is incorrect to see the bio. Correct birth is June 6, 1706, in Roxbury Massachusetts

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