It never hurts to look at a record yourself. A cousin years ago told me they had read a church record of a baptism and that it indicated the first child of a couple was born out of wedlock. There was not a mystery "first father." The cousin had misread the name.
Or else they liked to add a little drama. I'm not certain.
But viewing the record myself took care of the "first father" and got to the bottom of the matter.