The point is that I believe in developing evidence for each claimed ancestral link.... and if it isn't there, we have to let go of the claims.
"If the dates don't fit, you must acquit," to paraphrase Johnny Cochran.
Example:I was for several years attached to the theory that my 3rd great grandfather Asa Beall (=Beale, Beal, Bell), born in Maryland in 1781, was the person of that name mentioned in the wills of Charles Beall and (Charles' father-in-law) Joseph Beall of Montgomery & Frederick Counties, Maryland.My Asa married in Frederick County in 1806, and his wife's family lived in the same vicinity as Charles Beall & his kin. (The Bealls, incidentally, are a big Scottish clan, some of whose branches spread to Wilkes County, North Carolina, and far beyond.)
The only things that didn't fit were (a) that my Asa named none of his many daughters Tabitha (after Charles' wife), (b) that my Asa was rather young when he was named as co-executor of the 1798 will of his putative grandfather Joseph Beall, and (c) that Charles & Joseph were rich by the standards of the times, having numerous slaves, while my Asa displayed no particular evidence of wealth as he pioneered in Jefferson County, Ohio on a farm acquired in the public land sales of the "First Seven Ranges."
Eventually, I found that there was another Asa Beall, seven years older, in Washington & Bourbon Counties, Kentucky, whose descendants claimed that HE was the son of Charles and Tabitha (Beall) Beall.Deeds in Kentucky matched the instructions in Charles' will that real estate was to be purchased "in the backlands of Virginia" for his children from the proceeds of the sale of his plantations in Maryland.Asa's family Bible information, submitted to the DAR, showed that he was seven years older than my guy, and therefore somewhat more appropriate a choice as co-executor of his grandfather Joseph Beall's estate.Moreover, others of the known children of Charles and Tabitha appeared in the same part of Kentucky.As the clincher, the family Bible identified the Kentucky Asa's parents as Charles & Tabitha.Consequently, I had to abandon my theory as to my Asa's parentage, and continue the quest.
It's painful to blot out names that one has placed, with hope, on the pedigree chart, but I feel that we must never let fables overcome reality.
Accordingly, I appreciate the information with which we may test the competing theories of Ann (Nancy) (_________) Sale as a Schell, or not.