I'm just trying figure out who Richard Marsham married and why Charles Beaven called him "brother."Also the identity of Mary, Charles Beaven's wife - was she Mary Brooke and if so, who her father was. I'm doing that examining the families of these men (as well as that of their children and wives).This can be pretty difficult when people married so many times.I've even seen a will (not in this case) where a so-called brother turned out to be the brother-in-law of a man's wife's step-sister!
I'm also trying to "follow the land" to see if that can reveal relationships.
I figured out the thing that had been nagging at me - it is that the Paca family *may have been* related by marriage to John Edmondston, who was an apprentice or servant of John Horne, as was Richard Marsham (supposedly). That is probably a red herring, but who knows. I say *may* because Mary Parker, Robert Paca's second wife, is traditionally given as William Parker's daughter.But I've seen two different abstracts of William Parker's will.His will transcript in American Wills Proved in London, pp. 25-26 doesn't include a daughter Mary.The transcript in English Origins of New England Families, Vol. II, p. 833 does include her, but the author of the article used an abstract by Horatio Gates Somerby, the notorious genealogy fraud.Somerby was actually a competent researcher when the mood struck him and when he wasn't fabricating documents for wealthy clients, and lots of his work was spot-on.But, because of his reputation, all his work must be checked and re-checked. So, in this case, was he correct or not?
These families were sooooo inter-married that it's really hard to sort them out.You have to go one piece at a time.
Anyway, as far as you know, no one has mentioned any documents that give the first name of Charles Beaven's first wife, let alone her actual identity, correct?