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Re: New Idea
Posted by: Jerome Lafayette Saint John (ID *****2034) Date: January 11, 2012 at 08:45:04
In Reply to: New Idea by Robert St. John of 1821


Richard must have been EXTREMELY desolate, being that he waited until "1920" until marrying again!

The one thing that leaves me uneasy about attaching Matthias Sension to the St. Johns of England, is the spelling of the surname. Richard spelled his St. John, as did Matthias' supposed brother. It has never been modified. So how can we account for Matthias "Sension" appearing in the registry at Cole Abbey, then in MBC in New England for his entire life? If we suppose that he was illiterate, then Oliver should have been as well.If Matthias was born into this noble family then he should have known how to spell his surname.

Why has Matthias not shown up on ANY ship rolls? We do not even have any confirmation that he arrived from England.

What we do have is that Mary Tinker married a Matthias "Sension" in Windsor, Berkshire. No mention of Matthias' wife is made in the New World.

But the glimmer of hope in postulating this theory is the fact that Sension turned into Saint John here in the States. Also, that Capt. Joseph St. John had the COA engraved on his cemetery tablet (OR, someone else had it engraved at a later date for him!) How would someone explain that?

I do maintain as I have since enjoining myself to this research,that there is a connection between us and that noble family out of Normandy. This belief comes from that of my grandfather, who never left the state of Vermont in his lifetime, nor attended a higher school of education, always maintained that our St. John family was related to "royalty." I believe that this is folklore that has been passed down and maintained throughout our history.

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