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My connecting John and William as brothers is based on fairly circumstantial evidence. 1) Each shows up in the court order books about the same time - 1720's. 2) John's estate inventory looks like the household of someone recently married - no cribs, no children's clothing, etc. The same could be said, I suppose, for an older couple with no children, so it's not impossible that John was Thomas' brother. On the other hand, Thomas began to show up in the records in 1680, so one would really expect to see something of John before 1723 if he were Thomas' brother. If he were Thomas' son, 1723 probably works well. Lastly, the estate has a good paper trail except for guardianships, of which there is no record. No children? I'd assume so. 3)William Marders (d. 1750) named a son John. In honor of his brother?