52 Ancestors – Week 37 – Mistake

Back to catching up again.

We all make mistakes. Life happens but sometimes we need to ask ourselves can this really be true. There are a couple of men in my family tree that drive me absolutely batty.

The first one is Beverly Beardsley, see Beverley Beardsley number one was born in approximately 1775 and died in 1815. Beverley Beardsley number 2 (his son) was born in 1815 right before his father died and lived until 1897. This has caused all sorts of confusion in online family trees. Thing is it is pretty easily verified as there is a Probate and Guardianship for the children of Beverley Beardsley and Ada Curtis. Unfortunately it was perpetuated for so long that there are many mistakes in trees out there.

The other man that drives me batty is Obadiah Coolidge. There are many men named Obadiah Coolidge but the one that I am interested in is Obadiah Coolidge who may or may not be the son of Josiah Coolidge and Mary Jones Coolidge.

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My Obadiah Coolidge profile is the top one. As you can see, I have him still living as of 1839 and his daughter Hannah’s will being probated. I am not sure when he was born or if the parents listed are his but they are listed as his parents in the book The Coolidges of Watertown, Massachusetts and the documentation is sketchy.

It also doesn’t help that he also had a son named Obadiah. There is a huge amount of confusion as to both his birth and death dates. One day I will figure it out but I feel we need to be careful when clicking those leafs that make the discoveries easy. We need to evaluate each and every hint.

I hope to one day to figure out this brickwall and when I do the victory will be sweet.

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