Richard More, Mayflower Passenger - Bigamous Marriage? How to List Father?

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Mayflower passenger Richard More's profile was recently updated and a couple questions arose:

1. Richard's baptism records him as being the son of Samuel More, however it is widely thought that Jacob Blakeway was his father. Richard's mother, Katherine, did not dispute this and neither did his "father", Samuel. So ... should Samuel be listed as the father because he is named as such in Richard's baptism record? Or should the more likely (but not proved) natural father, Blakeway, be listed and marked uncertain (as is the case right now)? Or should we leave the father blank and marked unknown as Richard's paternity is most definitely unproved/uncertain (unless there are DNA results out there somewhere)?

2. It has been asserted in the book "Mayflower Bastard" by David Lindsay (pub'd 2002) that Richard had a bigamous marriage to Elizabeth Woolnough which produced a daughter, Elizabeth. Mayflower and Magna Carta Projects reliable sources (Anderson, Richardson and Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations) do not recognize this marriage as being that of Richard More of the Mayflower and Anderson speculates there were two Richard More's in Salem at the time of this marriage (see the research notes on Richard's profile). Should the disputed wife and daughter be detached (with notes attached to each profile about their possible connection)? Note: if this relationship is severed, the image of the Moore/Woolnough marriage at Stepney should also be detached from Richard's profile.

Thoughts on this? I will leave any changes/detaching to the Project leaders or PMs to complete. Thanks!
WikiTree profile: Richard More
in Genealogy Help by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (203k points)

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I am in favor of leaving Jacob Blakeway marked uncertain.

However, I think the speculative (not Mayflower accepted) marriage and child should be removed with appropriate sections in the biography.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
It would be interesting to see what his descendants dna shows. Then depending on the results. One would be his biological father and one would be his adoptive.

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