Help needed to reverse merges that predate 2012
Helper # 73564
Concerns John Davis L4SN-MYVK -- to be called John #1
married to Nancy Leach; John’s parents in FT are Archibald Buchanan Davis and Kesiah Dixon. [These are not the correct parents for John #1 and I don’t think they are correct for John #2. Archibald’s son was John S Davis and had North Carolina connections. Maybe this is all a bigger mess than I know. See Archibald LXMD-YVF] Temple work for John #1 was done between 1996 and 2010 – but I cannot see the history before 2012.
My husband is related to John #1. The daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, married into my family
As I worked on this couple and discovered Nancy’s real maiden name, I discovered a duplicate couple. I believe the death date currently in FT for John #1 is incorrect. I have traced him and Nancy to Knox County, Indiana where she died in 1887, he appears in a local city directory published in 1888 (info gathered for the publication before that) and then I lose him. He was a wagonmaker – easier to trace than a farmer.
And Concerns John Davis 2HS8–LZD -- to be called John #2
John # 2 currently has 2 wives in Family Tree (Nancy Leach and Emily Drake), to whom he is married concurrently, but the marriage dates are different and the families are in different states. Obviously John #2 has a confusing past in Family Tree. 4 of his temple ordinances were done before new.familysearch. I cannot see any change history before 2012. I do note that John #2 has the alternate names of John R Davis and John M Davis, which alternates according to my research of John #2 and Emily, belong to John #2.
John #2’s parents in FT are Benjamin Davis and Sarah G Gilstrap. These parents really belong to John #1. This leads me to believe that John #2 and another version of John #1 were merged in the past.
I have researched the John #2 with a wife Emily and found that later in life he began using the name John R Davis. He and his wife are buried in Cowley County, Kansas. I have not added sources on purpose. I want to wait and add them after the Johns have been surgical separated by a FamilySearch wizard (you). [If you want to see how unhappy John #2 is about this confusion, just look at his picture at findagrave.com (John R Davis died 1899 in Cowley County, Kansas. You need a smile in the complicated work you do.]
My goal is to know who each John Davis was originally intended to be and have their temple work restored to them. I did not want to do any merging and make the water muddier. If you can separate them and notify me of their ID#’s, I am willing to put the pieces back together and get the sources connected to the correct John, and add the sources I have accumulated. If after separating them, you prefer to do the needed merges, I am okay with that. I just want to know any new ID#s so I can add the sources.
Please feel free to contact me if we need to discuss any aspect of this case. I have tried to make this as clear as possible. I thank you profusely!