Posted By:A. Brown
Subject:Credibility of Franklin Bearce
Post Date:November 29, 2001 at 07:11:45
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Forum:Bearse Family Genealogy Forum
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Since the fairy tales told by Franklin Bearce regarding Augustine Bearss and "Mary Hyanno" seem to persist in spite of all evidence to the contrary, and no amount of evidence to the contrary is convincing enough to those determined to cling to romantic notions of their Indian and Gypsy heritage, I thought it would be useful to examine some other, less controversial aspects of Franklin Bearce's manuscript in order to gauge his credibility.
Therefore I spent a couple of days investigating the alleged genealogy he gives of his MOTHER, Mary Ellen Blaine.
The results were fascinating, and show with little effort that as a researcher, Bearce was lazy, careless, and in some instances, a deliberate liar. His tale of the origin of the Yaunts family name resembles his Bearce Indian stories and will come as a great surprise to the Yaunts family members. It is as ludicrous as it is false. The Hoover family is completely mixed up, much of it stolen from the genealogy of Herbert Hoover, to whom he is not even related.
He gives completely different versions of his Yaunts line in his two manuscripts, with no comment or correction, and although the story of his grandfather James Blaine, is partially true, being the first cousin of Secretary of State Blaine, his middle name was not Gillespie, showing that Bearce didn't even know his grandfather's full name. So much for the accuracy of oral tradition.
I could go on and on, but leave it to anyone truly interested in establishing the credibility of Franklin Bearce to follow this line of inquiry themselves.
A. W. Brown