Thanks Phil. I guess the index numbers won't do me much good if the index has been discredited, but does it name any sources? If so, that would at least give me a direction in which to hunt.
My query on another list brought forth this response:
"You do not have the correct order and the right people in your list. It should be: Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster Mercy Prence and John Freeman Edmond Freeman and Sarah Mayo Mary Freeman and Samuel Hinckley Shubeal Hinckley and Mary Smith Mercy Nancy Hincklet and Benjamin Whitney Isabella Whitney and Increase Blethen"
This writer later named his source for this info as "a book in the Mayflower Library: "Hinckleys of Maine" by Marlene Alma Hinkley Groves Penobscot Press information is found on page 20 & 21 about Shubeal and Mary Smith pages 30 and 31 for Mary Mercy Hinckley and Benjamin Whitney"
Do you (or anyone else) know which are the correct Hinckley parents for the Mercy who married Benjamin Whitney? The five generations books only name Seth and Shubeal, but not their wives and children. I had a Lydia Bangs down as Shubeal's wife (undocumented source). Did he have more than one wife? Did both he and Seth name a daughter Mercy? I'm confused now. I would love to clarify this and cite documentation so I can be confident of my line.