Today, I’m sharing information that proves a relationship to be false. Sadly, I don’t know how the connection came to be in my research. I’m diligently trying to document everything. It’s tough when I’m compiling information from so many different sources. In any case, I found a relationship error. I need to remember the error so that I don’t repeat it again. (And hopefully, others won’t either.)
My proven 2nd great grandfather is Charles Gordon:
Birth: Oct 1801 in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: 22 Mar 1873 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States
Charles married Jane Fickle:
Birth: 6 Dec 1803 in Monogalia, Virginia, United States
Death: 3 Jun 1865 in Worthington, Franklin, Ohio, United States
At some point in my research, Charles was linked as the son of:
Nathaniel Charles Gordon
Birth 1755 in Virginia, USA
Death September 12 1809 in Wilkes County, Georgia, USA
Birth 1759 in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
Death 7 Oct 1835 in Jones County, Georgia, USA
Two things finally jumped out at me as to the fact that this might not be a correct relationship and I should investigate further. The first was that Charles was born in Pennsylvania. Now, it’s possible that Nathaniel and Nancy could have been in Pennsylvania in 1801, but as they moved further south (to Georgia), I think that’s not likely.
The second thing was that Nancy would have been 42 years old when she gave birth to Charles. Although it’s entirely possible to have babies that late in a woman’s life, when the birth year is 1801, it’s a red flag for me to investigate.
So, I decided to look through my source information. I had source information for Charles’ marriage to Jane Fickle. No parents are listed. I noticed that the remaining sources were census records back to 1850 and the cemetery record which listed no parents other than “Gordon”. So, I personally had no information saying who Charles’ parents were. And, I have no idea how I incorporated Nathaniel Charles and his family into my tree. Note to self, don’t do this again.
So then I decided to work ‘backward’ if you will. I decided to investigate Nathaniel Charles Gordon’s source information. I checked Ancestry.com first to see what citations people used for him. I found several references to Nathaniel being a Revolutionary War soldier. That’s cool.
Then I discovered a story about Nathaniel. Now I don’t mean to be rude, but it was hard to read. Someone copied an email into the story field and didn’t adjust any paragraph spaces or line breaks. Just thought I’d remind others to add spaces for easier reading. In any case, in this story, there was information about the children of Nathaniel Charles. I did not find ‘my’ Charles among them. At the end of the page was a link to further information.
On David S Payne’s Genealogy page at RootsWeb, he identifies the children of Nathaniel Charles and Nancy Gordon. He provides some source information. He also lists when and where the children were born. The family was in North Carolina by 1794. Could they have gone to Pennsylvania in 1801? It’s possible. But not probable. Additionally, I kept finding no documented (or attempted document) that links Charles Gordon (1801, Pennsylvania) to Nathaniel Charles.
|Now that I’m sure I have the wrong relative linked in Roots Magic, It’s time to take them out.|
I think I’m safe to say that my 2nd great grandfather is not the son of Nathaniel Charles and Nancy Gordon. So, it’s back to the drawing board. And that’s okay. Now to amend my records.