I descend on a line from Barzillai HOLT, great-grandson of Nicholas HOLT of Andover (immigrant by 1637). Based on Durrie's (1864) "Genealogical History of the Holt Family in the United States" and my own research, I don't appear to have any problems with this line (at least none that I know of). My question here is with regard to Barzillai's wife, Elizabeth GOSS.
Durrie does not give us the parents of Elizabeth, but Andrew Ford, in his 1896 "History of the Origin of the Town of Clinton, Massachusetts, 1653-1865," shows the Elizabeth GOSS who married Barzillai HOLT to be the daughter of John GOSS & Mary WOODS. I don't see any particular reason to doubt this source as his work appears documented and credible. But now the path tread becomes uncertain because it's partly based on undocumented secondary sources...
Dea. Henry FARWELL & Olive WELBY
_Joseph FARWELL & Hannah LEARNED
__Samuel WOODS & Hannah FARWELL
___John GOSS & Mary WOODS
Olive WELBY has fabulous ancestry, well documented in numerous publications, including the most recent edition of Douglas Richardson's "Magna Carta Ancestry: a Study in Colonial and Medieval Families" (2005. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD). There is no doubt Olive WELBY married Dea. Henry FARWELL and had a son Joseph FARWELL, but from this point, I start depending on the files at WorldConnect and the LDS Ancestral File. These files are consistent in supporting the above line (connecting Mary WOODS, wife of John GOSS, to Olive WELBY), but does anyone know if the documentation for this connection has been published anywhere?
I'd love to accept the connection, as is, but I've learned my lesson about not accepting secondary sources when it comes to connections to historical figures or celebrities. And while I'm prepared to do the work to document the connection, myself, I can't see duplicating the effort if someone has already done it.