It is good to analyze and verify your data from time to time. On Ancestry.com, I had found a family tree posted by another researcher and there were birth, marriage, and death records provided for Joshua to support their research. The birth date provided was in 1723 (which was correct), the marriage date was 1782 and the death date was given as 1756. Joshua and Lydia had one son, Reuben, born in 1775. See the problem? There is no way Joshua could have a child nearly 20 years after his death (maybe today with the advances in science, but not in the mid-1700s). Learning a considerable amount about naming patterns, I set out looking for another Joshua in Farmington. I knew there had to be a reason for the existence of the 1756 death date. I found there were two Joshua Roots (cousins). I have to do a little more research to link the Revolutionary War records to my Joshua.
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Author - Dr. Kathryn M. Watts
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