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Re: John Brockett of New Haven
Posted by: Ron Brockett (ID *****2923) Date: August 13, 2005 at 14:01:55
In Reply to: John Brockett of New Haven by Richard Arwen of 575

Richard, it seems that there are many unanswered questions regarding the parentage of John of New Haven. Adrian points out many of these. And Adrian has certainly done his homework a thousand times over. But he hasn't turned up proof that John of Caswell's son didn't come to New Haven either. If he stayed in England where is the record of his death? Where is the record of Mary's death ? Who were their children? Why is there no record of them in Hertfordshire, a place that holds an awful lot of records? We may never know. We can't go back 400 years to find out. You say , "a man of this character would not have been made welcome among Davenport's Puritans". You can't know the circumstances under which everyone on the Hector sailed. That's just speculation. I don't know either. Nobody does.
You say it's very possible he worked as a hired servant for one of the wealthier members of Davenports congregation. That's tougher to believe. He was an educated man. While Adrian and I don't agree on who John was I don't think he's ready to bet the farm on it.Not without evidence. You say John's descent from Whaethampstead families is incorrect. I don't think there's enough evidence to make such a bold statement. I think more needs to be uncovered.


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