Advice on father of Daniel Stillwell (1687-1766)?

+2 votes

Sources conflict on the father of Daniel Stillwell (1687-1766), [Stillwell-206]. I'd appreciate getting opinions on which father may be the most likely, and whether or not to mark the relationship as "certain".

Currently, the father on the profile is Daniel Stillwell Esquire [Stillwell-387], marked as "uncertain".

One conflicting source has the father Thomas Stillwell [Stillwell-46], although that source says "There may be errors in this issue."

I'm leaning towards keeping the father as is, and marking the relationship as certain.

Thanks in advance for any help.


Terry (Stillwell) Morse

WikiTree profile: Daniel Stillwell
in Genealogy Help by Terry Morse G2G Crew (850 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

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Ancestry has a Daniel Stillwell with the same birth/death years and a spouse of Catherine Lazelere.  Father Daniel David Stillwell 1653-1720  Mother mary Mott 1653-1719
by Michael Sackett G2G6 Mach 1 (14.9k points)
+4 votes

Hi. Until now, this profile had not been adopted into the New Netherland project. I changed that, as it's clearly in scope for New Netherland. smiley

Reading the profile and checking the sources there,  I don't see conflicts between sources. The various sources are 19th- and early 20th-century books, which aren't exactly ideal (they don't qualify as reliable sources for pre-1700 profiles), but for this family they are what we have...

What I see in the profile is that several books identify this man (born 1687 on Staten Island) as a son of Daniel Stillwell and Mary Mott. And there are a couple of other books that indicate that a Daniel Stillwell, son of Nicholas, was born in 1696 on Staten Island. He can be assumed to be a different person. It was very common for New Netherland families to include several male cousins with the same first and last name. Since the sources agree, I think it's reasonable to say that the man born in 1687 was the child of Daniel Stillwell and Mary Mott, but I wouldn't mark that "certain" because the sources are weak.

Things get interesting when the wives come in. The WikiTree profile gives this man born in 1687 two wives, Mary Poillon and Catharine Larzalaer, but the sources seem to give these two women different husbands, both named Daniel Stillwell. Teunis Bergen says that the man born in 1696 married Mary Poillon. And Dewitt Stillwell says that the man born in 1637 married . Neither of these sources assigned both wives to the man born in 1687.

So, what is the evidence that one man married both wives , and what is the evidence that the man who married those wives is the son of Daniel Stillwell and Mary Mott who was born in 1687? It's chronologically possible that they were the same man, but the fact that it's possible doesn't make it "certain." The necessary evidence could come from wills and deeds (I've not dug into those), but sometimes it isn't possible to determine which of two cousins of the same name had a particular marriage or children. Unless and until there is a convincing basis for answering that question, I don't believe you can mark anything on this profile as "certain."

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1m points)

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