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Re: True connection of John of Caswell
Posted by: Richard Arwen (ID *****2032) Date: August 25, 2005 at 05:01:04
In Reply to: Re: True connection of John of Caswell by Michael Fleming of 575

Prof Brockett did a new page on New Haven John (www.brockett.info/London/JohnofNewhaven.htm). This is probably one of those instances when "it couldn't be anyone else," and that thinking leads to Edward of Dunton. But the Archive shows all known possibilities.
Re: EJ's book.....I received my copy in 1967, and it's weaknesses were at once apparent. He said it took him four whole years to produce, and I knew that wasn't enough time to properly research and record that many families. And it is virtually undocumented. My line (William #198) was included and with the wrong father, when it wasn't even connected to the NH line. It was a dozen years before I found absolute proof of the true lineage. Because of the book, there are still family members who can't accept any other version than EJ's. Although he had apparently hired researchers (claimed he did, anyway), it is obvious that he depended on letter writing to various Brocketts to fill in many families. I think he did get most of them right, though.
But you are right - it's time to move on. He has never asked for financial assistance, but Adrian must so far have spent thousands to get all the wills and other documents he has accumulated. Maybe we need to have a bake sale or something to raise additional funds for him to spend on research in England. I sent him $ for a time, but health problems and reduced income have forced me to discontinue that. Perhaps, as Pollyanna might say, something will turn up. Arwen


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