I do not know which particular families were a part of Anjou's
genealogical forgery. I know that Heinemann's and possibly Mann's work and
others were affected because no one was aware at the time of this forgery by
Anjou and I suppose they relied heavily upon what he did for much of their
information. As with any forgery the key is always -- if it sounds too good
to be true, it usually is. Genealogical forgeries are very much like a
firearm's forgery -- if it looks perfect with everything too perfect, then
it probably is a forgery.
The one note on Anjou's work is -- it is still cataloged in the LDS
Library. Can you believe that! The one comment is that it centered around
New England families and their links to the old world, especially to royal
lineages. Let's face it, for $5,000 he would create a lineage for your
family that pointed towards your ancestor as being a king, duke, earl of
I am also sure some of his stuff has even fallen into what I have, what
you have and what most of the other 200 odd families affected by his work
have. It will also probably take a lot more research of original documents
to get rid of it and even them some will remain.
What amazes me about Heinemann's work is that it, for the most part, is
central to the KY branch of the DANIEL family and it should have possibly
stayed in that area instead of branching out into other branches of the
DANIEL Family. I think it was there that he started running into problems,
especially when he moved out of his element -- into the southern branches of
What most do not realize is that DANIEL means DANIELL, DANIELS,
McDONALD, McDANIEL and even O'DANIEL and there was not just one common
ancestor but probably hundreds who came into this country at various times
and under various circumstances. It also was not until the advent of the
20th Century that the spelling of this and many other family names began to
be standardized and really it was the passage of the Social Security Act in
1937 that was what really standardized the spellings of family names.
Take my ROBINSON Family. Since colonial times it has been spelled
ROBISON, ROBESON, ROBERSON, ROBERTSON and even ROBBENSON -- all in the same
family. It was not until about 1875 that my family began using the
standardized spelling of ROBINSON. Try tracking that stuff through the
records. The family name DANIEL was no different.
John R. Clarke
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----- Original Message -----
From: "James Calvert" <jcalvert(a)jps.net>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: [DANIEL-L] Point of Order
With your many years of research in genealogy, you may be the one to whom
of us should address questions on the Gustav Anjou forgeries. On
about two days ago there was a lisitng of the families for whom Anjou had
created forgeries. A Daniel family was on the list.
Do you know what segment of the Daniel family was represented in this
when it was published? Has anyone retraced his steps to see what
was valid and what he invented?
As you know, portions of the Calvert family were duped by a couple of
in the 1930s and we are still trying to sort everything out. Many of
having to retrace research of the '30s and document our lineage.
difficult when you have stories of connections that cannot be proven
through Mrs. O'Gorman's research.
Now, I find out the Daniel family may have the same problem. I do not
the Quaker Daniel families were involved, but would like to be
At 07:54 PM 1/1/02 -0500, you wrote:
> OK, I will bite. If that is so, then who is the father of Robert
>that married Margaret Price? If Capt. William DANIEL's two
sons did not
>have any issue then who is the father of James DANIEL of Middlesex
>VA and how could Mann's reference be so mistaken. Also, who
>and Robert DANIEL of Middlesex County, VA mentioned by Mann - not
>references he listed could have been fabricated. Only Gustav
>John R. Clarke
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>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Mike Slaughter, Midwest Engraving" <midwest(a)duo-county.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 6:11 PM
>Subject: RE: [DANIEL-L] Point of Order
>> To John Clarke and others:
>> It isn't your fault that you have the information that the Capt.
>> Daniel who died in Middlesex Co., VA was 1st married to
>> England. That information has been irresponsibly passed down
>> checking its veracity for a long, long time.
>> Several years ago, the Daniel Family Association of Northern Kentucky
>> disbanded) sent an excellent researcher to England to find
>> this very family. Her (Martha Baker Pelfrey) findings were
>> the William Daniel who married Dorothy Forth in England died
>> in England and Dorothy Forth remained there. Payne is
correct in that
>> two sons had no issue.
>> Please don't take this as flaming anyone. Just trying to help undo the
>> circle of bad information that keeps us hopping!!
>> Thanks for posting the excerpts from Mann and Mann. I have portions of
>> book and though it has some errors, it also has some information I
>> seen anywhere else. Also, thank you for the professional way
>> the material. It is very helpful when someone quotes a
>> the complete bibliography of the source.
>> Happy Hunting to All,
>> --Sheryl Neal Slaughter