Re: What's the Evidence That the Two Marthas Were One?
Gene, I sure hope you haven't been hurt by the recent wildfires in southern California.While I lived many (far more than I want to remember) years in northern California, I have never been to Ojai except through the 6 million dollar man ;-) I'm now in Reno which is seriously challenged as far as genealogical research goes.
Foolish of me I know, but I have never given thought to how record clerks in early days compiled their remarkable records.I had assumed they worked from earlier records, possibly poorly recorded originally and/or damaged and in need of duplication.Never considered the possiblity of individuals providing information as you have said.The concept is almost shocking.
I do agree with you that the New England states and especially Mass. have the most complete early records of the colonies.VA might have offered a challenge if so much had not been lost in the Civil War.Most of my personal family research focuses on the southern states.
I am not aware of the Silas C. Ide work and I thought I had found everything relavent to William Ide.Is this the New York-Penns-Ohio Valley Ides?The family of the Mohawk Valley Ides?
The Nicholas-begat-Nicholas Ide in 1620 (or 1624) seems to be a case of everyone following the leader who may have made it up -- the same with Martha's surname.To me (if I was doing the initial research) for Nicholas Ide to be named a soninlaw of Bliss, there would have to be a Bliss female in the picture and Martha fits very nicely.This kind of fact-making is all too common in genealogy and then gets swept up as iron-clad.I have been using an Ide genealogy compiled by Herbert W. Cheever in Worcester MA but as to when, it was post-Flanders as he mearly duplicates her research.Another family tree was done as a class project by a Red Bluff High School class into Ide's family and they added to Nicholas' 10 children a Margaret born 1668 and a Samuel 1670!(Doesn't it seem strange that Nicholas did not name a son Thomas after his father-in-law?)
If you can think of another way Nicholas could be Thomas Bliss' son-in-law without being either adopted or married to his daughter, let me know.I know the idea of two Nathaniels, with one dying at the same time his grandfather dies and before the second is born (in such a quick passage of time) is a little far-fetched but....