To you "old-timers", I send Newyear's Greetings for a Happy and Prosperous 2007.Newcomers, likewise.
This message is posted by me as a part of my personal ongoing battle against typos and, in general, mind-slips when you're thinking one thing and your fingers type another. I suffer from this, - we ALL do from time to time. But I want to START from this point of error-entry into the data, and move toward traps that tell you something that OUGHT to be ROCK-BOTTOM truth and believable as truth if ANYTHING is to be believed in our search for error-free data.
Newcomers beware of these genealogical DEMONS. Pay attention to people who are savvy enough "old-timers" to be able to point out such error and the story that goes with the matter and validates the CHANGE from the, as it turns out, BAD ERROR, fomented and perpetuated by the appearance of "impossible to disbelieve", considering the source.
You'll say, "What IS the man trying to get over to me here?
I have told the old-timers about how we first thought that Jeremiah Fly (#19) married Mary Z. Pipkin. Why did we think so? Why the Marriage (alphabetized) record book said so. Right?--Right. Wrong. Yes Wrong.
Wrong.The book said so, yes, but inspecion by me in the Nasville/Davidson Co. Metropolitan Library of the ACTUAL BOND many years ago revealed that the Court Clerk looked at the bond wherein the Bride was named ZILPHA, ZILPHA appeared no less than THREE times.Mary? Not ONCE.The word was "marry". This PRIMARY DOCUMENT is WRONG. She was simply named "Zilpha (none) Pipkin.Let ALL her records that we diseminte from our work and latter-day findings show her as ZILPHA.
Another error I have spoken about has to do with the full nmae of William Fly b. 17 Nov 1799, firstborn of Jeremiah and Zilpha. He was William (None) Fly married to Nicea (None) (Sooter) Fly. The birthdate above came to me from Sooter-research people, purporting to be from a Sooter-family Bible entry. William Fly did NOT have a middle name.He was NOT born on the date now shown on his (latter-day) placement grave-marker. He did NOT bear the middle name shown on the marker. Grandson Calvin Emory Henderson placed the marker in the 1960's. I participated in the discussions that took place at the time of this conversation, but Rev. Henderson in the end got it wrong. It's there on the marker for ALL to see and take as irrefutable truth. Only trouble is 'taint so.
Jesse (None) Fly, b. 18 Oct 1789 #22 had a tombstone, citing date of death and his lifespan so stated as to calculate a birthdate 18 Oct 1789.The stone got proken, but reassembled it was readable.The original stone has been supplanted by a new one, but the stated lifespan was, regrettably, miscalculated into a 1790 birth year. This is a mistake. It needs changed. It probably won't get chamged. In 100 years this marker will be taken for unquestioned documentation of Jesse's data. Alas. The truth will probably be lost.
There are quite a few OTHER KNOWN PROVABLE errors "out there". But perhaps I've said enough for now. We'll keep on interpreting what we find, and we propose to continue searching for everything that seems to bear on the family history.
Tell us what you know from your branch's "oldsters" before they are gone. I am still celebrating Linda Glaus's collaboration these several years; and a fairly elaborate hypothesis has been firmed-up.