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John Price of Jamestown
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Paulo Ricardo Canedo
2020-06-04 22:45:34 UTC
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Many years ago, Paul K Davis posted a royal descent for John Price of Jamestown in https://groups.google.com/d/msg/soc.genealogy.medieval/LkmvilMSzFY/iqszUiGMEzgJ. The identification of the immigration with the namesake son of Richard Price and Ursula Middleton is based on their their ages matching and on their signatures' similarity. What do you think of this? How seriously should signatures be taken as basis for such identifications?
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2020-06-04 23:44:55 UTC
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Many years ago, Paul K Davis posted a royal descent for John Price of Jamestown in https://groups.google.com/d/msg/soc.genealogy.medieval/LkmvilMSzFY/iqszUiGMEzgJ. The identification of the immigration with the namesake son of Richard Price and Ursula Middleton is based on their their ages matching and on their signatures' similarity. What do you think of this? How seriously should signatures be taken as basis for such identifications?
I think if your case rests heavily on the similarity of signatures; then your case really relies on just how similar and unique they are. It's really no different than any other circumstantial evidence. An onomastic argument based on two records naming "Sasquitchle 7. RamenNoodle" is going to be a lot stronger than two people named "John Smith". No different with the signatures, except that they require every evaluator of this evidence to see the original scans. It also is a little bit beyond the expertise of a genealogist to evaluate the probability that two men with the same name have similar signatures or not unless the similarities are overwhelming.

--Joe C

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