"In 1805, a branch of those families, Cornelius and his wife, Hannah Van Sicklin, together with their children Mary, Ferdinand, Sarah, and Elizabeth arrived in upper Canada from the United States and took up residence in the **LAWSON** Settlement........
I'm wondering who created this plaque and caused it to be affixed to the cemetery gate?"
I have no idea. I assume it was probably one of Ferdinand Van Sicklin's descent. Mary, of course, is Maria of the Fishkill baptism, and wife of Luther Eastling. Eddy will refute that because of the exact spelling of Mary vs Maria. Records and documents mean nothing to him. Family tales and exact spelling is all that matters. Personally, I don't understand his rationale in coming up with the "Van Siclen" exact spelling in the first place. True, it appears in the contents of the DAR application/affadavits more than any other spelling, but it appears less than 50%(about 1/3, if I remember right). His precious DAR documents also contain the spellings "Van Sickle" and "Van Sicklin". Clearly, the family was uncertain about how it should be spelled, so how can Eddy be so certain? The cemetery is a real mix. The name on the gate is "VAN SICKLEN". The name on the plaque is "VAN SICKLIN". Cornelius' stone says "VAN SICLEN". John's stone says "VAN SICKLEN". Ferdinand's stone says "VAN SICKLIN". The Brighton family themselves, father and sons, could not agree on how to spell the name. Yet Eddy still claims that a one letter difference in spelling of a name indicates a different and unique family. He is definitely lost in the Twilight Zone.
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