Problem with Hillman-1528 and Hillman-726

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I just read the latest WikiTree Family News about Marie Antoinette.  I got curious and did the Relationship Finder and was surprised to find two bothers listed with the exact same name.  This is extremely surprising, except in the case of the first child dying young, but that isn't the case here.  So I expect an error has been made.

I don't have time to work on this but don't want the thread to become lost and forgotten.  Would anyone be interested in helping Richard Flanagin (manager of Hillman-1528) and me (manager of Hillman-726) unravel this mystery by finding sources, etc.?  It would be appreciated very much.

WikiTree profile: Samuel Hillman
in Genealogy Help by Carol Lillevang G2G4 (4.6k points)

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I am confused, they don’t seem the same to me, is Hillman-726 the correct profile?
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

I didn't mean to imply that they were the same.  Just that one of them must contain at least one error because of there being a duplication of a child's name in one family. 

For example:  Does one actually belong with different parents?  Or is one a composite of multiple errors (perhaps the name itself is one error)?  Etc.

I could really use some help with this puzzle.

Families don't usually name a second child with the name of an earlier born, when the earlier born is still living.  Exceptions, as always, do occur.  The most notable exceptions would be:

  1. same father, different mothers
  2. same mother, different fathers
  3. different middle names

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