Armed with my new attitude of considering online trees a valid source, I took the time to send messages to everyone on Ancestry.com and NewFamilySearch that has Lydia Orr's parents as Christopher Orr and Martha Watkins notifying them that there is an error in their trees. I did it with the attitude of trying to make the online trees better. I provided them with the source information so that they could evaluate it themselves. This is a case that I am actively investigating so I want the right info out there on the internet.
Just in case you are curious about what evidence I actually have to disprove Lydia being a daughter of Christopher and Martha, Lydia Orr was listed as an orphan in the 1805 Land Lottery in Georgia. Because she was an orphan she was entitled to a draw. Christopher and Martha Orr died in 1830 so if they were her parents she wouldn't have been an orphan in 1805. In 1965 Christopher Orr's Bible was still in existence and a transcription was published in the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly. Lydia was not listed.
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