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Re: Peter Sinclair of Chatham, NC

Jean Grigsby:
I don't believe I misinterpreted your statement at all.  In actuality, I do not recall having seen your book re: Peter Sinclair and son John in the Family History Library--if you published it in 1996, it may have been as much as a year later before it was available on the shelves.  I have, however, seen your book on your family line and I did purchase your 1997 update some years ago.
I have been in contact with MANY family members who have shared information.  In all cases, I have taken the information provided and tried to verify it with ORIGINAL RESEARCH and DOCUMENTATION.  These are the sources I have quoted.  This is not copyrighted material, but public records available on microfilm free-of-charge to all who care to research.  As a researcher living in the Salt Lake City area, I am fortunate to be able to frequently research in the largest genealogical library in the world.  Obviously, this material is available to all--you, me, Bart, James, etc. etc.  There is bound to be duplication of information!
If I was not able to find confirmation through public records, I have sited the source and who I received it from; i.e., family bible record in possession of so-and-so.  As an author, I have been more than responsible in quoting my sources.  You are not cited as a source in my book, as you have never provided me with any information.
I have also NEVER represented to any of the family members of this line that I am a descendant--quite the contrary--they could all tell you that I have expressly stated to them that I am NOT a descendant.
I am sorry to hear that you are entering the hospital again.  I can understand you not wanting to continue this "conversation."  However, your comments damaged my reputation, whether intentional or not.  I feel entitled to respond more fully.
Once again, let me state that I have never QUOTED VERBATIM any material that I know to be your original work, whether published or unpublished.
Karen J Matheson
-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Grigsby <jgrigsby@bcni.net>
To: sinclair@jump.net <sinclair@jump.net>
Date: Thursday, March 04, 1999 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: Peter Sinclair of Chatham, NC

I have accused you of nothing.  I do, however, have in my possession the first letter you wrote to me when you found all of my material in the LDS library in Salt Lake.
At that time you were unsure of your own lineage (which is not that of Peter Sinclair).   As I have a large number of LDS members who subscribe to my works, I try to see that their library gets a copy of all my published works - including the volume Sinkler-Sinclair-St. Clair UPDATE 1996 which included the chronology of Peter Sinclair of Chatham County, North Carolina and his son, John Sinclair of Anson County, North Carolina.  This derived originally from a compilation of all my records and about 20 years of research by about 20 descendants of this branch.  I sent my compilation to Bart Sinclair who redesigned it with his wonderful computer expertise, added documentation that was new and sent it back to me to be printed for the good of all.
You state that you do not know who originally did the research.  As an author, it is your responsibility and legally it is your responsibility to document where your material was derived from. 
I am entering the hospital again today and do not wish to continue this subject.  I was just letting you know that there have been numerous packages sent to me with material purporting to be your research that my subscribers recognized as my work.
I have ordered a copy of your book.  I hope it is new material and I will be the first to congratulate you on new material as that is the goal of all of us.  It is necessary that I know what is in the book in order that I do not spend my time duplicating the work of others.
Many people have contacted me wanting permission to use my work.  I recently sent about 200 pages to a descendant of a Virginia branch who wants to publish her own book.  Since it is her line, I feel that it is only right that she do so.  I gave her permission only on the condition that she give credit to the list of people I gave her who had spent the past 20 or so years researching the line.
I apologize if you took my letter as a reflection on your reputation.  It certainly wasn't meant to be such. 
Jean Grigsby
----- Original Message -----
From: Matheson
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 11:53 PM
Subject: Re: Peter Sinclair of Chatham, NC

As Jean Grigsby has posted a message to this mailing list containing implications that are injurious to my reputation and good name, I would like to state unequivocably to the members of this list that I have not purchased, seen, been given, or had access to any manuscript which she has prepared, or may be in the process of preparing, regarding Peter Sinclair of Chatham County, North Carolina.
Karen J Matheson