Information about Martha Sands or William Miller?

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I have hit a snag and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on how to proceed. So here is my slightly shortened long story. I have been fairly consistent with matching my tree to Family Search's Tree and I was feeling that was confirmation that what I was finding was correct. Don't worry, I am not taking information from there and putting it here... I was just checking as I go after the fact and things were lining up. Now I have hit a bump in two of my ancestors: Martha Sands who married Evans and William Miller, father of Joseph Sherill Miller. Let's talk about Martha Sands and maybe that will help me figure out what to do in similar situations in the future.

From what I have found, 

Martha Sands was in the household of Jesse Sands and Eliza Sands in 1850 in Dunklin County, MO. 

In 1860 Eliza (now Moore) and some of the children were in the household of David Moore in Dunklin County, MO. 

By 1870 Martha was in the household of I.B. Evans still in Dunklin County, MO. They had begun their family at this point.

Family Search shows:

Martha Sands in 1850 in the household of Jas Sands in TN and then married to David Moore by 1860 in MO. However, I do not find Martha on the 1860 Census (there is a daughter named Martha but she is under 10 years old).

Recently I have started adding source information to the FS Tree when I have it, but I have not changed family connections there. How do I handle this situation here on Wiki Tree and what should I do on Family Search?

Thank you all for the wonderful answers you have given me in the past. I do appreciate you all. It's nice to feel like I belong even as I learn.



WikiTree profile: Martha Evans
in Genealogy Help by Anita Turner-Ayres G2G3 (3.6k points)

1 Answer

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The 1860 census shows the mother married to David Moore, and Martha is with her,and that is a verifiable source. It also shows Isaac who Martha later marries.

What sources have been used on the FS tree? It is possible there are two Martha’s and they have been mixed up.
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (639k points)
Thanks for answering so quickly. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I had taken a breakfast break after I posted the question.

So, Family Search uses an 1850 Census in Tennessee. I'll include a link at the bottom. They also use the 1860 Census that I use showing them in the house of David Moore. It's actually her parents that are confusing me. It is possible that two Martha's have been confused but I don't know how to reconcile the confusion. I think I am correct in believing that Jesse and Eliza are Martha's parents who later marries Isaac B. Evans. I don't know about the Martha who was born to Jas and Mary Sands in TN.

Actually the 1850 Census in TN shows Mary E Evans not Martha E Evans as the child. Which kind of further substantiates a mix-up. Also FS shows a 1860 Census with James as head of household in Dunklin County, Missouri. He has 3 teenagers in his home but no wife Mary and no daughter Mary or Martha are listed with him in this Census.


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