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YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

ROBERT & SARAH MCKEE JAMISON OF PHILADELPHIA

You can’t have it both ways! You can’t tell me that Robert and Sarah were married in Ireland, but Robert and Sarah were born in the colonies. You can’t tell me that Robert was a son of John and Abigail(Carter) Jameson of Boston, later Stonington, CT. You can’t tell me that John married Rosanna Irwin and that he was a brother of William Jameson of Maine, whose father was the William Jameson of 1689 Londonderry fame. Was John Jameson a polygamist? Was Miss Carter and Miss Irwin in the same household cranking out kids and really! Could they have been one year and eleven years old, resp., when they started their first pregnancies? I suppose this may be true if you believe in God, and I do. But really, in the normal scheme of things a one year old having a baby!?

I really do try to ignore these tree combinations that occur in too many family histories.  I recently stumbled across another one the other day where a John Jameson is shown to have married first, Rachel Opdyke, and secondly, Margaret White. His second wife had the son, Robert Jamison, who married Sarah McKee. How can that be!? Margaret White was the wife of James Jameson of Essex co., VA.

Then, there is the Robert Jemison, b. 1720 in County Antrim, Ireland, who was married in 1740, Ireland to Sarah McKee, then baptized in 1756, Dublin all the while they’re having kids in Pennsylvania, yet residing in Londonderry, Ireland at the same time. Robert Jr. was born in 1749, Philadelphia. Robert Jemison Sr. died six years later in Bucks Co., PA, but he was in Ireland until 1796. By that time in my life, I’d be pretty settled down. Oh, did I tell you he was an Elder, October 1794, at the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church in Bucks county!? I didn’t! To top it all off like the cherry on a hot fudge sundae, a researcher uses a source from Select Births and Baptism of Ireland showing that Robert Jemison Sr., was a son of John and Ann Jamison. Wait! Wait a minute, here. She’s got John and Abigail(Carter) Jamison as Robert Sr.’s parents. Now I’m really confused. Each of these researchers shown on Ancestry.com’s Family Trees section has their followers as well. Sources be darned! Ohhhh….I want to use that other “D” word instead.

I point all this out not to destroy the intelligence of some probably very fine folks here who are actively involved in their origins, but to promote common sense about what is being wrought out there. This type of research is becoming prevalent without sources and when there are sources it refers you to ten different equally-the-same Ancestry.com trees(I’m including all the services that provide record sources, here). We need more presumptive thought regarding our family ancestors. Why would anyone spend money just to copy another family’s ancestry? Perhaps it’s just easier in a very busy world we live in. I suppose. I spend $300.00 a year for genealogy record services. Even with our pensions and my social security that’s a goodly sum to justify. I’m not complaining. However, what’s the rationale? Why is James Jemison, according to another digger of truth, got him married to Abigail Carter? Huh!? So James was, what?, 59 years old when he and Abigail got hitched and had son, Robert(who married Sarah McKee) when he was 70? Works for me. And where did James come from, anyway? Anybody know?

When I originally commence looking into Jamison and McKee, I recall that I did not add the connection of sons Arthur, Thomas and Robert as the three men of the same name in North Carolina. I did this purposely because I just did not have enough qualifying evidence at the time to do so. Looking on the genealogy Internet sites, now, I see almost everyone has since done that. Where are the sources? You just can’t always use U.S. and International Marriage records to indicate proof of marriage. That source covets family trees that you may be taking data from anyways.

I like to vent. It helps me to marshall my thoughts together. Venting helps to put closure on that impity(you won’t find this in the dictionary(imp-pit-ty)) feeling of outrage. Seems to me, that all these genealogy-based subscription sites could get a handle on these trees and tell their customers, “No sources, no display.” Why foul up someone else’s virgin mind with prefab influences that will only railroad you onto the wrong tracks? Does anyone feel that Rootsmagic, Legacy Family tree, Reunion, Ancestry and MyHeritage, who allow their clients to upload their trees to the web, bear some responsibility in controlling their customer’s data? And that’s a very good question to poll to leave you with.

(C) Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)

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