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Re: Sinclair, St Clair
Thanks for sharing that with us! It's wonderful! :) and what
a great attitude! :)
At 06:17 PM 19/09/99 -0400, you wrote:
Frederick E. Dean became very interested in researching our history in
the 1920's. He had 4 young children of his own at the time and was a
Baptist Minister. His search continued until the early 1970's when he
could no longer physically travel to gather information. This interest
was sparked by his Uncle Seth Dean, who had started researching his
genealogy years before. Great Uncle Seth died in 1927 and left his
material for my Grandfather to continue. My Great Uncle Seth was
very proud of his heritage and instilled a deep appreciation for this in
my Grandfather. Just when my Great Uncle Seth began his search, I
do not know, but it lives on in me.
My interest in genealogy began about 2 years ago, 12 years
after my Grandfather died at the age of 95. He would be so proud to
know someone is following in his footsteps. I only wish that I
would have realized my interest while he was alive as I could have picked
his mind. But I was busy with my own young family and the present to even
think about the past. What I have now instead are notebooks, files,
letters and pictures that he left behind. Volumes of information
that he wanted to share. Some of the letters I have were from
branches not directly related to us, but branches just the same.
Everyone was willing to help him and share what they had with him.
And he felt they were all family and treated them as such.
My Grandfather was willing to share what he
found with anyone willing or wanting to know. He never would have
held back or charged for his work as he felt it was for all in the
families to know. Would I share all of his and my Great Uncle
Seth's work? No. Some of the letters, notes and stories are not
something I feel need to be shared unless they pertain to someone
directly. But, I would however share names, dates and places.
We all have to start somewhere, and it is through helping one another and
sharing that we do this.
I will never publish my Grandfather and
Uncle Seth's work as I don't feel they would want me to profit from what
is everyone's right to know; Their heritage.
Below are exerts from my Grandfather, Dr.
Rev. Frederick E. Dean's, work. They were written in 1951 to his
children and extended families.
"My interest for study of family history looks back and forward.
Back to those from whom we spring, and whose characteristics we
inevitably share and forward to our children, to whom, in spite of
ourselves, we are passing on this heritage we have received. We can
revise and update our heritage as it filters through us to our children,
but it will inevitably carry something, from our past, as well as our
I am convinced that it behooves us to consider the roots from which we
spring, the better to understand the spreading branches which we bear. In
other words Family History.
When young, we are too busy and eager with life to care whence we came,
or how. When we begin to wonder, our best sources of information
may have gone, and we even have difficulty remembering dates and places
in our current family story.
There will never be time to do this all at once, so I'm gathering up some
of the bits and scraps collected through the years with your help, and
with the help of others now gone, in the hope that you will continue to
provide information, and that someone will volunteer to "take
over", now or later, and develop the material. My zipper note
book and open files are fat with sketches, letters, clippings, pictures,
etc., but they hold no extra time. Neither does my
"retirement", and I am not ready for a retirement that
does. I hope to be around for a few years yet, but no one
knows. Suppose we get our heads together and find a way to gather,
conserve and extend family information for our children. They may
not care much about it now, but some of them will be very grateful some
I miss my Grandparents and the knowledge they took with them. With each
day that goes by that I find new information or read about our history in
this site, that we are so lucky to have, I think of them and remember my
Grandfathers wish that someday someone will "take over" and
continue his quest.
We are all "family" here on the Sinclair list and therefore
should all be willing to share what we have and help those around
us. We descend from many branches of the same tree and as far as I
am concerned, that makes you all "MY FAMILY".
Thank you for your time and Thank you for this site,
Barbara Kyler (A Proud Sinclair)
PS: To John and the rest of the family: Thank you for your
kind note, Chris, regarding our web page. In the interest of
keeping with my own beliefs expressed in the letter above, here is the
family history that I have compiled through various sources including
those here on the list. A special Thanks to Gary M. Sinclair who
provided me with his family branch. I have made every attempt to
leave names and dates of living relatives out of this data base. If
anyone can add to or has mistakes to point out, I will correct them as
soon as possible. Here is the web page address as well as my own
personal e-mail address. I look forward to hearing from the rest of
our family on this site and that it can be an on going and comprehensive
starting point for family members researching their own family
Thank you again,