Who wants to prove me wrong about the birth place and parents?

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I don't mean continuously say I am wrong. I mean finding the correct Georgia census for Abimilec Pate. The correct census will be one in a Pate household with a son aged ten years or ten years to fifteen, depending on what month he was born. There is already one in North Carolina with the rest of the family. If no one wants to put forth the effort to find him like I am, then we will stop trying altogether. Just leave him to history.
WikiTree profile: Abimelec Pate
asked in Genealogy Help by Howard Rankin G2G6 Mach 3 (31.3k points)

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The first census for Georgia is 1820 but aside from that, your challenge presupposes that you have the correct birth year for Abimelec. That date is based on unsourced trees.with parents that have already been disproven. The 1830 census gives a range of  1780 -1790 for his birth.

There are a number of  Pates living in Georgia in 1820 but he may have left already as I can't find him there. That's unfortunate because his location in Georgia might give better clues to his family connections.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (782k points)
And there are lots of people born before 1800 whose parents will never be positively identified.  Unless a family owned property, left a will, or involved guardianship there just aren't many records.  In many cases the best you can do is outline circumstantial evidence - "John Doe married Mary Roe at place xxx in 1818.  In 1820 John, age about 25 is  on the census at place xxx, living next to James Doe, age about 45.  James is on the census at place xxx in 1810 with a son aged about 15" - that might support a relationship.  It's just way too easy to assume that a same-name person is a relative.
His daughter, Sarah Pate, was in a guardianship. Look at his profile picture that Kelly Hardcastle put up there.

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