I have always found the genealogical gods a bit nasty. It's not enough that you have a tough time proving your own line, but there is always a sibling of your ancestor who has records out the wazoo. Take for instance Abraham5 (Samuel4 William3-2) and his wife Hepzibah Blake. Marriage record? Yup: 27 December 1764. She's got a last name. Children? Yup, all in the town records with birth dates see below:
And did I mention that Abraham leaves a will? Now why does his younger brother, my ancestor, Nathaniel have no marriage or list of children? Despite living in the same town and I'm assuming attending the same church. I know Nathaniel sticks around Epsom until he sells his land there in 1796 [at least that's the only evidence available--he's in the 1790 census at Epsom too.] Nathaniel's three deeds selling land are: Rockingham Co. Deeds 135:77 (1792 with wife Deborah); 142:390 and 144:81 (1796, one of which has wife Deborah). The genealogical gods just love to tease you.