Can any of the Salsman experts out there shed some light on the following question?
My wife is descended from Jesse L. Salsman (b: 1819-20 KY; d: 1887-88 MO; m: Jane Driscoll).In my research, I had concluded that Jesse was the son of George Saltsman and his wife Keziah, and that George was the son of Peter Saltsman and his wife Catherine.However, I’ve noticed that other researchers list Jesse as the son of Peter and Catherine, and as a brother to George.
As I was beginning my research, I knew about Jesse first, then stumbled upon George and Keziah, and then found out about Peter and Catherine.It seemed natural to me that Jesse was George’s son, and the data that I gathered about Jesse and George seemed to fit that hypothesis rather well.
When I noticed other researchers assigning Jesse to Peter and Catherine, I re-analyzed the information I had.But, after doing so, I still ended up feeling that the weight of the evidence (all of it circumstantial) pointed to Jesse belonging to George and Keziah.
Can someone out there summarize the line of reasoning for putting Jesse as the son of Peter and Catherine?I’m wondering if there is something I haven’t considered, or if there is some evidence or piece of information that I don’t know about that tips the analysis in favor of Peter and Catherine being his parents?Or, is this just a case in which the strength/weakness of the evidence is such that reasonable people could well draw differing conclusions?