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Re: Ebenezer Bill/Patience Ingraham, CT 1726
Posted by: Jerilyn Marshall (ID *****2086) Date: September 29, 2002 at 12:25:53
In Reply to: Ebenezer Bill/Patience Ingraham, CT 1726 by Joanne Hunt of 297

The birthdate for Samuel Bill (b. 1719) is given in Ledyard Bill's book History of the Bill Family. It has been considered a standard source (although sometimes inaccurate). That probably explains the proliferation of a birthdate that is obviously incorrect. Many people just copy things to the web with no explanation or indication of which data are more accurate. From what you have listed there may even have been two Samuels, and the one b. 1719 may have had different parents. Or perhaps Ebenezer had an earlier wife who was the mother of Samuel.

It seems likely that Ledyard Bill recognized something unusual in this birthdate. He says Samuel was "the eldest son, as is supposed of Ebenezer and Patience (Ingraham) Bill...". That phrase "as is supposed" seems to indicate doubt, and perhaps he was just including the information someone else had given him.

Jerilyn


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