Maria WAKEFIELD, dau of Sidney and Philura (CUTLER) WAKEFIELD.
Tried to sort out our WAKEFIELD's yesterday. They moved around MA to ME to NH to VT and NY. One secondary source, a history of Newport NH seems to nail them, and yet the 1850 census for Washington County, Vermont seems to shift their timbers and eliminate a generation. Silas, the minister in Montpelier, son of Elias and Johanna, is too young in the census to be the father of our Sidney.
Elias gs is next to Sidney's in the Cutler cemetery. Confusion about whether Elias is a brother, a father, or grandfather to Sidney is not resolved by their dates. It is most convenient--with the census largely in view to say that Silas and Sidney are brothers, sons of Elias and Johanna (CUTTING) [Joina in the census] and that they are living with their daughter Matilda who m. John CLARK, instead of their grandaughter.
Convenient genealogy? I don't know. Seems fraught with danger, headed for a genealogist's pet peeve.