Here is Franklin's letter to Jacobus. I think this was the second time Jacobus
attacked Franklin's manuscript. I have changed it only in that I have corrected
spelling where necessary and adjusted punctuation for clarity. Any words that I
added for clarity are in brackets. The two words I couldn't make out are guessed
at and placed in parenthesis with a question mark. In one part, when talking
about the Indian name of Mary Yanno, he left out the full name and substituted 5
dashes. I don't know if he was unwilling to share such a personal thing with
this man who had slighted him, or if he wanted to challenge the expertise of
Jacobus by daring him to provide it. Thanks to Sharon for finding this and making
it available to all of us. --Wyatt--
Nov. 12th 1938
I am advised in letters from professional genealogists that you have once again
attacked "OUR WHITE AND INDIAN ANCESTORS" in the Oct. issue of the AMERICAN
GENEALOGIST. [I] have not read the article but am advised that you still persist
in stating in the A.G. that Mary Yanno was not the wife of Austin Bearce and that
Mary Sissell was not the second wife of Josiah Bearce and the mother of his 11
children. You are all wet on these statements, Mr. Jacobus She was Mary
Yanno. She was known all over the Cape by her Indian name of "Mary -----." I
know what that name is Mr. Jacobus.
Of course, [you are trying to act like] Otis of OTIS PAPERS, who founded a
Masonic Lodge at the Cape, knew everyone and all about them, and was of the same
generation as Josiah Bearce 1st, did not know what he was talking about. [Well
then] Mr. Jacobus, Who did Austin marry? And who was Mary, second wife of Josiah
It is certain that had Austin married a white woman of the colony, he would have
been on record either in the old East or West Church. Mr. Jacobus, where did
Austin get 5 private property parcels of some of the best land in Barnstable
County? Not from the court that's for sure. He was not a freeman until 1652.
He brought no wife with him. There were no Jewish women in the colony until
after 1650, and she was not a negress. Who could she be but an Indian Mr.
I am advised that Mary Sissell's marriage to Josiah Bearce is not on record. I
know her Indian name also Mr. Jacobus. Who was she Mr. Jacobus? You don't know
and I know you don't know.
I don't know who pays you, and I don't give a dam [sic]. I will get a copy of
your Oct. number of the A.G. if I can get [to] a library that subscribes to it.
For shame, Mr. Jacobus, to smear those who lie sleeping. They tell me you are a
money man. Why lie about the (living?) Mr. Jacobus? For money, or to satisfy an
over inflated ego, (yours?)?
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