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
Once again, let me state that I have never QUOTED VERBATIM any
material that I know to be your original work, whether published or
Karen J Matheson
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
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
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
I apologize if you took my letter as a
reflection on your reputation. It certainly wasn't meant to be
----- Original Message -----
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