Advice needed before changing Mercy Covell profile

+2 votes
I’ve just adopted the profile of my 6th-great-grandmother Mercy, the wife of Ephraim Covell. There are a number of issues with this profile, and I would like to make some major change, but because a number of people have contributed to it I would like some community input before I make them.

Here are the problems that I see:

(1) She is linked to George and Mehitable (Knowles) Brown as her parents. That is very unlikely. George Brown’s will (made in 1721) lists four children, including a daughter, Mercy. But that Mercy Brown married John Walker in 1711, and she was living as his wife as late as 1728 (and possibly much later).

(2) In addition, I have found no reference for the last name Brown. (An Ephraim Covell did marry a Mercy Brown in 1730, but this was after the children shown in the profile were born, and in the case of Thankful (Covell) Nickerson after she was married).

(3) None of the source links lead anywhere. One was a link to Torrey, but Torrey says the wife of Ephraim Covell was Mercy _____.  Another was a link to an SAR membership application, but the Ephraim Covell shown there was a Revolutionary War ancestor, and the present Ephraim Covell’s will was proved in 1753. There was an Ancestry family tree link, and what was apparently that tree shows Ephraim’s wife as Mercy Brown, but its citation for the marriage is the aforementioned Torrey reference.

Here are the changes I propose to make:

(1) Unlink Mercy from her claimed parents.

(2) Change her LNAB to Unknown.

(3) Delete all of the sources and replace them with real ones.

(4) Explain all of the above in a Research Note.

Your thoughts?
WikiTree profile: Mercy Covell
in Policy and Style by Stu Bloom G2G6 Mach 4 (49.8k points)
edited by Stu Bloom

1 Answer

+1 vote

What you propose is something that needs more time to research before changes are made.  I am not disagreeing with you but I have found listings* where she is referred to as Marcy and Merry and being married to Samuel Burgess.  Changes to the current state and this is just me without the documentation to say what the path really is can only lead to additional future work.  If the changes are proven then, of course, they should be made but until a true determination of her name, parents and husband are my feelings are that we should leave well enough alone until the proof is in hand.

* - 

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1

for Samuel Burdge YarmouthTownRecords, 1670-1773; Vol. 3

by Richard Baker G2G3 (3.5k points)
Do you have a specific link for that source? The link just goes to the search page.

Samuel[3] Burgess (John[2] Thomas[1]) of Yarmouth is well documented to have married an Elizabeth, by the birth of their first child in 1704.(Mayflower Descendant 7:246-7)

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