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Re: Richard Shipley 1775 -- not Sibly of Cornwall
Posted by: Chuck Sexton (ID *****5810) Date: March 26, 2011 at 07:39:48
In Reply to: Richard Shipley 1775 -- not Sibly of Cornwall by kebkeb of 3019


Your pain and frustration is shared among many Shipley researchers. The task of following Richard Shipley (1775, TN) is near impossible due to the multiplicity of Richard Shipleys (and Samuel's and Benjamin's and Reuben's) in MD, TN, and KY in that time frame. It has caused confusion that is evident in this forum.

Another of my pet peeves from Ancestry's "hints": There was no "Tennessee" in 1775! Statehood was not achieved until 1796. Earlier records of settlers in that area are variously (and appropriately) described as being associated with North Carolina, the Watauga Association, the Ceded Territory, the Territory South of the Ohio River, etc. Any of those precise record sources can be annotated "(TN)", but the inexactitude of "born 1775 in Tennessee" drives me nuts!

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