I am the other Don Eddins.Please note that I have changed my email address, since our comcast email addresses were so similar.
I have often wondered if there was another William.I have recently received some original work that one of my ancestors compiled during her lifetime (d about 1985) and she along with those who provided her with information contended that my line fell through William (b 1662?, d 1732) to his son Theophilus to his son William to his son Benjamin to his son Washington (b 1788 or perhaps 1781); and continuing on down a few more generations to me.
According to many Eddins researchers, William (b 1662) had a son named William (b 1698?, d 1754).These researchers show that my line follows:William (b 1662?) to William (b 1698?) to Benjamin (b 1735) to Washington, etc.In the will of William (b 1698?) his sons are listed as:Jacob, Benjamin, Theophilus, Isaac, John, Joseph, Abraham and William.I believe children are very often mentioned (listed) by family members during conversation and in documents from the oldest to youngest.If this assumption is correct then it seems improbable to me that Benjamin, the second son listed in William's will, would have been born as late as 1735.
Again, if children are most likely to be mentioned from oldest to youngest, then my line being from William (1662?) to Theophilus to William to Benjamin seems to make logical sense.
I would appreciate any comments on this matter.
Frankly, I am so confused regarding the ancestral chain prior to Benjamin that I am about ready to "give up" -- the William to William to Benjamin just seems unrealistic to me.