Cleanup [8 February 2014]
NOTE: The following cleanup has been completed.
My attention was drawn to the Cowans because Person:Jane Cowan (4) has 2 sets of parents. In looking over these pages, I felt that further collaboration would be served by making changes that reflect some of the notes on the pages. My intent is not to resolve the issues of identity of the various Andrew Cowans and their families, but to make the WeRelate pages more closely resemble the notes that are already here.
To that end, I intend to do the following:
I will also add links between Person:Andrew Cowan (20) and Person:Andrew Cowan (4) to indicate that there is strong evidence for them being the same person. If any Cowan researcher chooses to actually merge them, that would be fine with me - I just didn't want to presume to do that myself.
It has been noted that the children listed for Person:Andrew Cowan (4) and Mary Walker are likely drawn from the list of children of Person:Andrew Cowan (5) and his first unknown wife. Therefore, I will remove all these children from Person:Andrew Cowan (4) and merge them with the corresponding children of Person:Andrew Cowan (5). Note that Person:Andrew Cowan (28), currently linked as son of Person:Andrew Cowan (4) is described as more likely being the son of Person:Andrew Cowan (5), so this merge will respect this note.
At the same time, I will move Person:Andrew Cowan (21), who is described as the son of Person:Andrew Cowan (4), from being the son of Person:Andrew Cowan (20) to be the son of Person:Andrew Cowan (4). I will also move his marriage to Mary Renneau from his page to that of Person:Andrew Cowan (26), son of Person:Andrew Cowan (5) of Jefferson, TN, as per notes on Person Talk:Andrew Cowan (5).
I will also move children Person:Sally Cowan (1) and Christopher Columbus Cowan (2) from being the children of Person:Andrew Cowan (20) to be the children of Person:Andrew Cowan (4) - for lack of anything better to do with them (some trees give Andrew and Mary (Walker) Cowan as their parents). I plan to add notes to their pages to indicate the lack of certainty that they are in the right family.
I will remove the other 3 children of Person:Andrew Cowan (20) (Person:Robert Cowan (12), Person:Samuel Cowan (11), and Person:Jane Cowan (4)) and merge them with the corresponding children of Person:Andrew Cowan (5) (Jane is already merged - has 2 sets of parents, which will be fixed).
I will add a note that Person:Andrew Cowan (5) could possibly be the Andrew Cowan baptized in Augusta County in 1741 and called Jr. in 1765 when he was "out of the county" (and a note acknowledging that Jr. might not be the same Andrew baptized in 1741).
I think that is it. I have not yet figured out what I will do with birth years on all the people I merge - I might use my best judgement, as there seems to be little data. I will remove (or modify) notes and tables that become redundant - maybe not all at once. I'm not promising to merge the extensive notes on some of the pages I will merge - I'll see what I feel up to doing, but I might just add a note that pages have been merged without merging the narratives. This will leave some pages with redundant narratives - probably best handled by a Cowan researcher.
If anyone has an objection, or would rather take on this work themselves, please let me know. As I said, my intent is not to resolve identity issues, but to position the WeRelate pages for better future collaboration.--DataAnalyst 03:08, 3 February 2014 (UTC)--Q 23:09, 8 February 2014 (UTC)