Ok. It’s possible my Merkle /Snell research might be unrelated to me. Looks like a Margaret Merkell did marry a John Christie but it might not be the same John Christie. If so, that means I’m back to no ancestors as slave owners. It’s fine either way but this is part of the frustrating fun of this stuff.
[Still on the fence, looking for evidence. The connection was made by someone else and while it’s not unreasonable given the dates, a guy going from Scotland and dying in south NJ married in a German-area NY to a woman who was born and died in German-area NY seems suspect.
For confirmation, I will probably have to find the RIGHT John Christie, unless this already is the right one.