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.
Not being able to read the old writing can lead to mistaken results, as well as not knowing the full meaning of the use of "old time" wording.ReplyDelete