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Re: I'm so confused!!!!!
Posted by: Sandra Farmer (ID *****8159) Date: May 18, 2012 at 07:42:37
In Reply to: I'm so confused!!!!! by Richard Atkinson Sr of 652

If you have seen my post on the Telfair site, I think that the evidence for Benjamin being from Wilkinson Co., is pretty strong. Granted it is circumstantial. He did marry in Baldwin Co.

William and Nancy Cook have a son named Benjamin age 9 in his household n the 1860 census. I did not see any other Benjamin's of his age in the area. William and Nancy were already living in Wilkinson in 1850.

I could not check the marriages in Wilkinson Co., as they did not have the marriages for Wilkinson Co. for that time frame available. I use the GA virtual vault which has actual digital images of the marriage books. However, Ancestry does indicate that there was a marriage of William Cook to one Nancy Vann in Wilkinson Co. A researcher on Rootsweb has the date as 20 May 1841. I disagree with this researcher on the maiden name and marriage location of Benjamin and Sarah. This is a great example of why you shouldn't always trust someone else's research. However, I believe the date for William and Nancy's marriage is accurate based on the evidence of the birth of their first child. If you are subscribed to Ancestry, I would definitely verify the date. Elias Vann was probably Nancy's brother.

The fact that you are confused is not unusual. It is never a good thing to completely rely on someone else's work. You can use it to guide your research, but do not accept the data as true unless you can verify it and it fits in with the rest of the data. When you find something like Benjamin Cook was born in Wilkinson Co. and then married in Gadsden co., FL, but lived in Wilkinson Co.; that should raise a warning flag. Why would someone go to Fl to marry and then return to GA. More likely, the person married in the vicinity in which he was found. People tended to marry in the area in which they lived. Usually in the county where the bride was from, but not always. Of course there are always except to any rule.

The problem with Luther being born in Thomas Co., GA is that it is too far from where his wife Rosie was born. If she was in Telfair Co., why would he go so far to marry? It makes more sense that he married where he and his bride lived or at least in a nearby county.

To verify where Luther was born, you can always request his death certificate. Of course that is only as accurate as the information given by the informant. Given the date and his role as doctor, perhaps there was an obituary in the local paper. This may also give you a place of birth.

Hope this helps.

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