I recently found that a bastardy bond* was issued against my 5th great grandfather Solomon Patton in Wake County, North Carolina on 13 Feb 1787. Solomon was married and had a houseful of children at the time. So do I just ignore it because there is no way this could be MY ancestor or do I investigate it further to prove or disprove that this is in fact my Solomon Patton? I hope you know the answer to that question. History is what it is and you can't change it. Your job as a genealogist is to report it accurately and objectively.
“It is of the first importance not to allow your judgment to be biased by personal qualities. A client is to me a mere unit – a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning.” [Holmes to Watson, "The Sign of the Four"]*a bastardy bond is a court order requiring the father of an illegitimate child to promise to pay a set bond amount for the upkeep of the child, if it became necessary, so that the child does not become a burden on society.
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