I've traced my family tree to the 1700s Yorkshire, England.
Thomas Fowler B: Abt. 1744 England Marriage: 1766 Stillingfleet to Jane Hare, Yorkshire and he was living in Thorganby at the time
Thomas' decendants were all from Thorganby, Yorkshire, England. I looked on both Ancestry and FindMyPast and I could not find any matches for any Fowlers before 1744 in this town so they must have been from somewhere else. I also could't find any matches for Thomas Fowler either. He probably wasn't born in Thorganby in that case.
I took a look on FindMyPast and I found two good matches! However, I don't know how we are going to decide which one is the right one.
I found one match from Nether Poppleton and one from Fulford. Fulford is closer to Thorganby but I think there could have been a road either way. 1744 matches the marriage certificate better. John is a new name in our line but Robert is not.
How can I make this decision?
I followed the suggestion in the answer. Here's what I came up with:
What records are available for Thorganby?
Parish records from 1653-2007
Borthwick Institute in York, The Family History centre in Hull North Yorkshire County Archives in Northallerton
No 'Fowlers' found in Thorganby church records 1632-1699 Earliest 'Fowlers' found 1704 in Thorganby - may not be our family
Thomas & Jane Fowler had 3 children: Robert 1767 Ann 1773 Margaret 1793
Married 15 Oct 1766 Jane age 24 1742
How is that the correct marriage? Was the only marriage record +/- 10 years in Yorkshire where a Thomas Fowler married a Jane
- Thomas Fowler was not born in Thorganby
- He was living in Thorganby in 1766
- He married 15 Oct 1766 in Stillingfleet
One source indicates that he was probably born abt 1744 - 1745.
Most people got married around age 25 so a likely rage is 1741 +/- 5 years.
There is one record match for 1744 which matches the marriage record.