Many of us have concluded that Maria Dorothea Egener and Dorothy Greenleaf are the same person. Others are not convinced. I will give here my standard request, as a researcher, to those who wonder about Dorothy Greenleaf. This is addressed to everybody in the world.
We want to know if Dorothy Greenleaf ever married immigrant Philip Verble. Are you the one who has primary evidence about this (yes, you, the one reading this)? If so please share, we will all go look at the evidence ourselves and factor it into our understanding.
The type of evidence we all want to see is:
1. Primary evidence that Dorothy Greenleaf married Philip. OR 2. Primary evidence that Philip married anybody, of any name at all, either before or after 20 January 1747. That is the well documented date of his known marriage to Maria Dorothea Egener, of course. OR 3. Primary evidence that Philip has any children born before 15 November 1747, the well documented birthdate of his son Johann Philip Verble. OR 4. Primary evidence that Dorothy Greenleaf even exists as a real person separate and apart from Maria Dorothea Egener, who was also ever in the vicinity of immigrant Philip Verble.
There are a variety of reports we hear or find concerning Dorothy Greenleaf. All that I have come across thus far have not yielded primary evidence to support them. It is always some-thing like: I saw it in a letter, I heard it from _______, I saw it in a database, I have it somewhere if I can just find it, her name is understood to be Greenleaf because her great-grandson is named Greenleaf Varble, etc. These items are tertiary evidence, or worse, and are not useful for drawing important conclusions!
If Dorothy Greenleaf is, in truth, the ancestor of some of us, we want to properly recognize her. If she is not, we want instead to properly acknowledge Maria Dorothea Egener as the valued mother of all children that immigrant Philip Verble ever had.
We care. Whoever has the requested primary evidence about points 1-4 above, please let us know. You may send to me if you would like, as I have a long list of those who care, and will notify them immediately. Or, you may send to other people. But please get your primary evidence out to somebody who cares!
Until then, I list for myself, one wife of immigrant Philip Verble, being Maria Dorothea Egener, married 20 January 1747, with no children earlier than 15 November 1747.
One last point of interest: Do you know of any report about Dorothy Greenleaf, wife of Philip Verble, which is earlier than that given us by Evelyn Irene Varble Gilworth? Her report is available in the Greene county, Illinois, historical compilation contained in FHL book 977.384/C1 D3h (see article F954). I believe this was published in the 1960's or 1970's, and I understand that Irene herself was born in 1913. Note that her report is secondary evidence, at the absolute very best, and she gave no hint in her report that there exists primary evidence. Understanding who originated the first report may solve our mystery about Dorothy Greenleaf!
Thank you, Clint Jones Bauer 801-544-2055 832 East Village Way firstname.lastname@example.org Fruit Heights, Utah 8403710 March 2001