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Re: Van Siclen/Eastling, Exact spelling
Posted by: Gusman Date: August 13, 2001 at 17:29:28
In Reply to: Van Siclen/Eastling, Exact spelling by Van of 1585

Last year you told me there was a Cornelius Van Sicklen buried March 19 1850 where you now have Cornelius Van Siclen buried. Last year you said that Annette/Hannah Lawson, died in 1850 and was buried with Cornelius Van Sicklen.

Who is the woman, if any, buried with the Cornelius Van Siclen you say is buried in the Van Sicklen cemetery in Murray Ontario Canada.Recall that the affidavits said that the father of Maria Van Siclen had two wives with Catherine Johnson being his first wife.

A burial date March 19 1850 for a Cornelius Van Siclen is not conclusive evidence that the Cornelius Van Siclen buried in Murray was the father of Maria Van Siclen.

Your evidence on the surface appears relatively strong but is based on a coincedental date of death in the same month and year as the father of Maria Van Siclen.

You may find additional Cornelius Van Siclen's in Canada or where ever but you must still prove that a connection exists as father and daughter between whatever Cornelius Van Siclen you uncover and Maria Van Sicklen who you allege married Luther Eastling in 1824.

What is missing in the puzzle of you death record for Cornelius Van Siclen who died in March 1850 the basis for Fanny's comment in the affidavits that Cornelius Van Siclen "died at an extensive old age". Age 74 was not even considered to be extensively old in the years Fanny wrote her affidavit. Keep in mind that Fanny born in 1837 was 13 years old and probably heard from her mother Maria that Fanny's grandfather Cornelius had died. In like manner, Ferdinand was 22 when his grandfather Cornelius died. Extensively old implied ages in the 90's.

The age of your Cornelius Van Sicklen (74- born 1776) doesn't fit for a Rev. war Veteran either. I trust the description of Cornelius Van Siclens Rev. War Service as described by Ferdinand and Fanny in their affidavits much more than I trust your research. Not that you haven't done a voluminius amount of research but because the record of Cornelius Van Siclen's war service may have been lost by a careless clerk or even burned in the fires which destroyed so many of the Rev. Vet. records.

Both Fanny and Ferdinand said that Cornelius Van Siclen was a Rev. war vet. from NY. They didn't say if he fought for the British or the Colonies. I have just always automatically assumed that Maria's father fought for the Colonies, however nothing has been uncovered showing which side of the war he fought on. You have any evidence that he didn't fight on the British side? Do you have any evidence that his service record wasn't destroyed in the 1800 or there about by the fire known to have destroyed many Rev Vet records? Is it possible that you should be searching Canadian records?

It is encouraging to hear that you have begun to expand your horizons. Perhaps you found a younger brother of Maria Van Siclen's father. Anything is possible. I will be sending for the LDS record you mentioned.


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