I can understand how you would be confused concerning Archibald's birth records and the identities of his parents.The Internet records I've cited were taken from digitized copies of the actual, ancient, handwritten church records.The parish minister typically added them to the church book whenever a baptism, marriage, or death took place.I paid fees to an online site (ScotlandsPeople.gov) to be able to access them for all of Scotland.
If you look at my previous posted message, I think that child no. 2 (Archibald Greenfield, baptized 1685, son of James and Margreat) is a very worthy candidate.Also, child no. 4, baptized at Spott in 1688.Spott is a flyspeck of a town located just two miles from Dunbar, where most Greenfield genealogists claim Archibald was from.When you visit the Dunbar area, you'll see.I wish you and Matt well there...perhaps they have an historical society that has passenger lists (people who emigrated from Dunbar to the New World), or last wills and testaments (left by Archibald's father?), or deeds (land transactions involving Archibald's family).They might have (published) family histories relating to the Greenfield (or Greenleaves) family.
If you're somewhat of a beginner to genealogy, please beware that there are millions and millions of birth/marriage/death dates that have been copied and pasted into Internet genealogy sites.And an enormous number of them are just wrong.One of these claims that our Archibald GreenFIELD was born or baptized 24 Nov 1692 at Dunbar.If you search the Internet, you'll see this information copied many, many times.However, the handwritten name on the church baptismal record states: "Archbald GreenLEAVES & his wife a child bapt Archbald."Two witnesses are named and the date is 24 Nov 1692, at Dunbar.
I have serious doubts that our Archibald Greenfield was baptized Archibald Greenleaves and then changed his name in the New World.I believe it is more likely he is one of the candidates I listed in my previous post.But that means that he was NOT born in 1692, like many take for granted, but rather 1685 (or another date) to a different set of parents. Good luck on this one, Tiffany.Please remember we need solid sources to prove the ancestry of our (your husband's) guy.