Of the more than twenty books, volumes and manuscripts that E. Hortense SHELDON pulled her quotes from there are many obvious errors. There are conflations of the various families like the mixing up of John (8) of Providence with John (13) of nearby Kingstown, Rhode Island.
“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.” Mahatma Gandhi Young India 1924-1926
I have always loved this quote and in genealogical research we see how errors propagate and often take on a life of their own. Of the 24 quotes there are a couple I want to draw attention to beyond the ones above. These two are from the “notorious” for errors Joel Munsell’s “American Ancestry”.
And the second one published a few years later
In the last one the assertion that Isaac SHELDON (1) came from Weymouth is not unreasonable particularly if he was at Dorchester first as this is the path of the Rev John Wareham and many others. But if Isaac was placed in the wrong group then this may be incorrect. More research on this is needed.
However this newly discovered letter along with the DNA evidence and 7 mentions collected by E. Hortense agree that Isaac (5) and John (13) are indeed brothers. I am going with that until new evidence comes along to prove otherwise. There is a long discussion in E. Hortenes’s book about whether there was an Isaac (1). She proved to me that there was one. The following excerpt from the History of Deerfield by George SHELDON published in 1895 is particularly interesting.
This is another perfect example of the controversies that surround Isaac (1). This one has him coming with Rev. WAREHAM, but I tend to believe this is incorrect and that his association is with the group from Warwickshire that accompanied Rev. HEWITT. Maybe like the letter on which this post is based—we will discover some new information that will shed more light on the truth.
Please note that the Rev. Henry Olcott Sheldon who wrote the Sheldon magazine was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on 15 September 1799 and was descended from John (8) of Providence, Rhode Island. Whereas Samuel Sheldon of this letter was born 10 Mar 1766 in Suffield. So Samuel was at least one generation closer to the information and of the Isaac (1) & (5) line.
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