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Re: John Brockett of New Haven
Posted by: Richard Arwen (ID *****2032) Date: August 14, 2005 at 05:51:42
In Reply to: Re: John Brockett of New Haven by Ron Brockett of 575

Ron: Likely my final words on the subject. I agree with most everything you say. Your use of E.J.'s book, most of which is undocumented, is as it should be - a door opener. It is not a final authority. All published genealogies contain errors. But it is unfortunate that work which is demonstrably untrue gets published. Future generations tend to treat it as gospel and take doctrinaire positions from which they will not be moved. If one believes a certain lineage to be the truth, they should be able to follow up with facts and/or reasonable circumstantial evidence to support that position. Otherwise, especially if they publish without correction, they needlessly lead future generations down blind alleys.
I, too, have New Haven connections. Thirteen of the names on the map of "New Haven in 1641" are my ancestors, including Davenport's wife. I have more knights, barons, dukes, kings, etc., than I can count, none of which has brought me fame or fortune. But, being a one-time history teacher, finding them has been great fun. Richard


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