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Re: inf on Charles Darwin (Evolution theory)
Posted by: Tim Darwin Grana Date: September 24, 2001 at 23:51:00
In Reply to: Re: inf on Charles Darwin (Evolution theory) by Sophie Darwin Shoaf of 337

Sophie, many thanks for your posting. My sister was also at the Tenn reunion this year and has already shown me the paperwork-- and that's the problem. It's a neat conjecture, but unproven: basically, the claim is that William Darwin (1707-1786) was the son of another William Darwin ("William Darwin Senior"), whose existence is supposed from the 1746 Indenture between Hardy and Darwin in Louisa County, VA. Even assuming this is correct (and I think it is probably an error), there is then a further assumption about this otherwise unknown William Darwin that he is the same William Darwin who was 'underage' in an English will in 1679, and was the son of Thomas Darwin (son of William Darwin of Cleatham 1580-1644, ancestor of Charles Darwin). It would be splendid if all these assumptions were true -- but does anyone have any real documentation? There are many, many problems with these assumptions. It is assumed this particular Thomas Darwin emigrated with the Bland family to America in 1647, but he (and his son William) are definitely in England in 1679, when they are beneficiaries of his mother's will. No one can demonstrate that the whole conjecture cannot be true, but on balance it seems to me unlikely, and certainly very far from demonstrated. But then, I tend toward caution in genealogy, it's very easy to make errors, and to rush to conclusions

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