My immigrant ancestor, ARCHIBALD GREENFIELD, (first) married HANNAH STARR circa 1714, perhaps in Rhode Island or Massachusetts; he also married MARY GAUTIER in Salem on 31 Dec 1757. The Internet is filled with information stating that Archibald was born 24 Nov 1692 at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, the son of ARCHIBALD GREENFIELD and CHRISTIAN BOOKLOSS.
I have a record for an ARCHBALD GREENLEAVS, baptized 24 Nov 1692, at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland (source: ScotlandsPeople website; jpg photocopy of original baptismal record.) His father was ARCHBALD GREENLEAVS, but the mother was not recorded. No Archibald GreenFIELD was baptized on that date in that town in Scotland. If researchers are correct concerning our ancestor, then he changed his name or it was incorrectly spelled on his baptismal record.
My ancestor is alleged by many to have divorced Hannah Starr and to have married (secondly) SARAH BACON on 31 May 1733 at Salem, and (thirdly) MARY PLATT on 1 Oct 1740 at Huntington, NY.Does anybody have a source for the claim that he divorced Hannah Starr? Or did she simply die?I have found marriage records for "Archibald Greenfield and Sarah Bacon" and "Archibald Greenfield and Mary Platt" at FamilySearch.org. How can we be sure that this is my ancestor and not another Archibald Greenfield? His last will and testament mentions the following: wife Mary and her son Thomas "Gauter"; son James; son Starr Archibald; daughter Elizabeth Alger (my ancestor, married to Roger Alger III of Lyme, CT); and assorted grandchildren and a nephew. We know then, that his last wife was Mary (--) Gautier. How do we know that he had two wives between Hannah and Mary? Can anybody cite sources indicating this?