It's not everybody Bonnie, it's only 3 or 4 self-proclaimed bastions of the genealogical community, within our family, who are quite prejudiced and afraid of the fact that their blood might be tainted with a drop of Indian blood. Perhaps this comes from their own grandparents!
Like you, I (and many many more Bearces) was told from the time I was able to think that I was descended from an Indian Princess! This was pounded into my head and that of my siblings, and cousins by my parents and grandparents! NONE of them ever heard of a Bearce (I come from a maternal line) and NONE of them ever knew who this Indian Princess was! However, I was raised on that fact and raised to be proud of having that drop of Native American blood in me!
In as much as I am a year younger than God, I can honestly say, and I know that you, and many others will agree, that when I was taught this information about my heritage and ancestors, not even God had thought of computers and the internet yet. So, there was no way for anyone to know anything about Franklyn and his manuscript.
As a New Yorker, I have been to the NYPL Genealogy Library and read Franklyn's manuscript a few years. It is tedious to read to say the least. I personally, have taken to saying, when it comes to Franklyn's story about Mary Hyanno and Augustine Bearce that:
"You just can't make this stuff up"! LOL
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