Richard, first let me say that I would love to know the truth about John of New Haven. Whether he is descended from Herts or not really doesn't matter to me. I just believe it to be true. I don't tell people that I am descended from a line of knights anyway. As a matter of fact my family hasn't been what you would call well to do for at least 200 years. I am however descended from John of New Haven. I started out looking to trace my anscestry back maybe 150 years. E.J. Brockett's book helped me connect the dots. I still had to track down the birth and death certificates. He just pointed me in the right direction. I grew up in New Haven. I now live in North Haven. My family has lived here for almost 400 years. I've done some local research myself. I've found the houses that my anscestors lived in. I've visited countless cemeteries. I now own a Civil War era letter written to my Great great grandfather from his brother(Thanks to a kind soul named George). It's a good hobby and I enjoy it. E.J. Brockett's book will help others find information as well. He has made some errors. Does that discount the whole book? You've made up your mind. John of New Haven Isn't descended from Herts. Should the rest of us stop looking? I don't think everyone is convinced. Isn't this what genealogy is all about? My children can say that they are descended from one of the original New Haven Colonists. One of the original planters in Wallingford. A man of great accomplishments here in Connecticut. They like that. Was he a gentleman, a yeoman, or a pauper? I don't think it matters. I don't think too many of us believe he was somebody's servant. Isn't that as farfetched as you say E.J. Brockett was? Nobody is going to know for sure unless something new turns up. That's the fun part. It's the searching. Isn't it?
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