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Ancestry.Com Creating Major Errors in Research
Posted by: Linda Harris (ID *****4970) Date: March 12, 2012 at 16:04:07
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I don't know if anyone besides myself is as upset with the mess Ancestry has created with misinformation due to badly transcribed census records, to their little HINTS on the right side of the page when opening certain names.

Joseph Dorsett's son Elijah and his descendants are posted on Ancestry with the biggest errors which makes me crossed eyed.

Please, PLEASE, once and for all we do not know the name of Joseph Dorsett, Sr.'s wife in SC. A deed exist with a Joseph Dorsett and an Abigail Dorsett witnessing a deed. WHO came up with her name being Abigail Thomas? The only Abigail Thomas I could find in SC records was the wife of John Thomas. IF she isn't one of the 5 daughters of Joseph's, then she must be his daughter-in-law. One thing I am sure of, she isn't Elijah Dorsett's mother, for none of his five daughters, Mourning, Evelina, Frances, Anna, or Lucinda are named Abigail. Anna Richardson Dorsett, Elijah's first wife, followed family naming patterns and if Abigail had been her mother-in-law, she would have named a daughter as such.

Elijah's second wife was Mary Ann Emerson, daughter of John Savage Emerson and Sarah Barneycastle. After the death of Elijah Dorsett, [which occurred during the Civil War] in CHATTOOGA COUNTY, GA, [NOT JOHNSON CO, GA] where his will was probated during the Aug Ct, 1867, Mary Ann Emerson Dorsett removed to Arkansas, then to Nacogdoches Co TX.

There are two George Washington Dorsetts born ca 1854 in GA. The one who removed to Nacogdoches Co TX, having married a Sarah E and had three children born in LA before joining his mother and siblings in Nacogdoches was the son of Elijah Dorsett. Thanks to Ancestry, his information pops up on the right side of the pages on Ancestry when you search the name, which is confusing, if you are a novice researcher. The other George Washington Dorsett remained in Ga.

Some posted his father's name as James Elijah Dorsett of NC. Do not confuse this man [or any Dorsetts of Pike Co GA] with the Elijah Dorsett of Pendleton District,SC; Anderson Co SC; Hall CO. GA.; Campbell CO GA or Chattooga County GA.

Whew! I have now done my best to lead those who follow in the right direction.

Good luck!

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