I don't plan on being drawn into an extended discussion. But some things must be said.
You say fair is fair. Ok how about this. I like and expect my name to be spelled correctly. Marcus Van Huren is my name. If it is spelled Marcus Van Buren that is not me. If spelled Marcus Van Curen that is not me. If Maria Van Siclen is spelled Maria Van Sicklen, Maria Van Sicklen is not the lady married to Luther. If Maria Van Siclen is spelled Maria Van Siclen, Maria Van Siclen is the lady married to Luther.
Now tell what is wrong with spelling someone's name correctly. Everything I read in the postings has pointed at you as the one who has created a meaningless issue over the exact spelling of names. I must have overlooked something Mr. Gusman said because I canít find where he even responded to you about exact spellings. Absolutely names should be accurately spelled.
I rechecked Gusman's postings with the three affidavits and noted that Ferdinand always spelled Van Siclen as Siclen. Fanny spelled Van Siclen as Siclen 3 times; Van Sickle 1 time; Van Sicle 1 time. What I read is a women accidentally left the "n" off Sicle, something I frequently do, and who also demonstrated a few moments of uncertainty when she spelled Sickle. Those events prove nothing. Fanny went on to use the spelling Van Siclen. Mariaís spelling of father Van Siclen shows the correctness of Mariaís spelling in her bible. Mariaís spelling of Van Siclen, as in father Van Siclen, is good enough to prove to me the correctness of the spelling in the 1907 affidavits and proves that Mariaís spelling the name as Van Siclin was an oversight, nothing more or less. Certainly nothing to get worked up over as you have done.
In any event, what difference does it make. The Van Sicklen name didnít appear a single time in any of the affidavits. I donít understand how you even came up with that name for the wife of Luther.
You seem to be so tightly wired over the whole exact spelling thing that you have lost sight of reality and arenít able to distinquish between the occasional misspelling of a name versus the accepted spelling of a last name.
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