Philo Dibble Sr. KWJ5-25V
Another patron continually attaches a spouse (Charlotte Cole, LR64-K4X) to this early Church leader. However, I have posted in Philo's collaboration page a discussion about the validity of this spouse. I am needing assistance from FamilySearch in this matter to resolve the issue.
- Charlotte Cole was married to her husband during the time of what appears to be an Endowment House sealing in 1874 to Philo Dibble.
- Because Charlotte was married to her husband when that sealing took place, I have referred to an adoption sealing practice as the explanation -- when the members thought that by "sealing" women to early Church leaders they would be granted Heaven's blessings. See https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/article/my-ancestor-is-sealed-to-an-unrelated-early-church-leader (there are additional citations in those guidelines)
- The same patron who wishes to attach Charlotte to Philo has stated in a private message to me that Charlotte was briefly separated from her husband (Robert Thomas Mills), due to immigration issues, during the time the Philo sealing took place. Later, says this patron, Charlotte reunited with her husband when Robert immigrated. I was not given evidence about how this patron knew that. This patron uses it as reasoning that Charlotte was a plural wife and should be attached to Philo. However, even if this brief separation were true, I cannot imagine that the Church (even then) would have allowed a regular marriage to happen with a still-married woman who had children with another man and was only briefly separated due to immigration issues.
- Therefore, if I look at the facts and not conjecture or loose storytelling, it makes the most sense that Charlotte was an adoption sealing to Philo, since she was married to her husband Robert to the end of her life.
- If we follow this reasoning, we would detach Charlotte from Philo, which follows the Church guidelines to not attach adoption sealing relationships.
Could I get a response from FamilySearch as to what to do with this case? Philo Dibble Sr. is listed in Church history as an important figure. Most well-known is his help in recording what happened with the revelation found in D&C 76 -- https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/1993-05-29/section-76-contains-a-series-of-visions-142401