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From: Connie Sheets <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] familysearch.org
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:37:42 -0800 (PST)
I'm confused. The AF entries for Charlotte Ferre indicate her parents, her date of birth (1812), her date of death (1879) and that she married Cyrus Stratton. As you have indicated, they don't reference a Byington connection at all.
What exactly is it from these entries that you feel is evidentiary in your argument? That the submitters knew she died in 1879?
There are 3 names and addresses of submitters listed, the earliest having submitted in 1983. Have you attempted to contact these people to find out how they know she died in 1879? (One of them, BTW, may have passed away last month; certainly a person of the same name passed away in Utah last month).
Personally, I would want to try to contact these folks, or their children/whoever has their files, to see how they know she died in 1879 (since she would have lived for many years and died under a name other than Stratton). They may have evidence in their possession that would either contradict or confirm your conclusions.
In the absence of that, I don't see how you can consider your research complete, or use Ancestral File as a source for your argument, other than to mention that as early as 1983, Ferre researchers apparently knew (although we don't know how) that Charlotte died in 1879 (and then I'd want to see a discussion explaining how you know there was not a Charlotte Stratton who died that year).
But, perhaps I'm too nit-picky <g>.