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Re: Van Siclen/Van Sicklen Controversy revisited”
Posted by: Richard Alan McCool (ID *****7472) Date: November 21, 2002 at 09:41:55
In Reply to: Re: Van Siclen/Van Sicklen Controversy revisited” by Ed Gusman of 1585

Dear Ed,

Just for the record...when you said, "Now you are cloning Van Curen's research by attempting to connect the affidavit Cornelius Van Siclen with the Cornelius Van Sicklen married to Femmetje Vandeveer and Catherine Johnson...As gently as I can put it - the 'affidavit Cornelius Van Siclen' is not the same Cornelius Van Sicklen that you have born in 1726 and dying before 1806[.]," please note that Doug and I reached our conclusions quite independently of one another--in terms of the pre-Canadian existence and generations of your ancestors. I came to understand that your Cornelius VS, husband first of Femmetie Vanderveer, then Catherine Johnson, was the ancestor of the Wappinger Falls, New York VSs, back around 1990 when noted genealogist Harry Macy, Jr., FASG, FHSNY, FGBS, shared his research on this family with me. Mr. Macy is the Editor of the prestigious New York Genealogical & Biographical Society's quarterly The Record. If you will not listen to Doug or me, you should at least listen to Mr. Macy.

Subsequent to this, Mr. Macy located and provided to me the correspondence dated during the 1870s, of a son of Cornelius VS and his first wife wife Femmetie, or Phoebe, Vanderveer(NYSL Special Collections) with Teunis G. Bergen. Teunis G. Bergen was the source used by J. Waddel VS for that rendition of the Brooklyn VSs that is so flawed concerning our shared branch of this family. If you have not familiarized yourself with Bergen, you should probably do so. Much of what you try to build based upon J. Waddell, is, in fact, based upon Bergen (please see the "Making of America" series through Cornell University for Bergen's work. Then compare).

Please also note that I have a double-interest in this particular branch of the family as this includes the Linington (Linenton, Linnington etc., blah, blah, blah). This is because both Bergen, and J. Waddell VS, following Bergen, screw-up on the VS-Linington marriage here and the Samuel "Linnington" involved is the brother on my direct ancestor John Linington, of Hempstead, then New Lots, Long Island.

That is, while I am following the family of Ferdinandus Reinerse VS, I am also following the contemporaneous family of John Linington, father of Samuel Linnington and John Linington (brothers, despite how each chose to spell their surnames). Parts of this Samuel Linnington-Maria VS family went to Canada just as parts of the Cornelius VS-Catherine Johnson family did--and at the same time. This is not a coincidence, Ed.

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