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Re: Why does everyone think our information comes from Franklyn?
Posted by: David Harding (ID *****6509) Date: September 08, 2008 at 21:03:37
In Reply to: Why does everyone think our information comes from Franklyn? by Bonnie Delcourt of 157

Pretty much all of us are eager to seriously consider any concrete evidence that anyone can provide. My memory may be failing me here, but I think that all the accounts I have seen fall into one of two categories. In one group are the detailed claims clearly derived from Franklyn Bearce's document. In the other group are vague claims that we had one or more Wampanong ancestors, but without the specifics that are needed for genealogical research.

As an aside regarding Franklyn's claims, people seem to fall into three camps. 1) Those who accept his story, citing various plausibility arguments. 2) Those who look at his clearly incorrect statements and conclude that although there may be some truth in what he wrote, we cannot count on anything. 3) Those who look at his errors and dismiss everything he wrote as false.

Almost everyone here is interested in data, hard or soft. We would be delighted to hear exactly what your grandmother told you and when, especially if it was before the date of Franklyn's treatise. Most people have never actually read either the original or directly derived reports, but the story still circulates.

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