Cornelius Van Siclen who died Mar 19, 1850 and Cornelius Van Sicklen who died Mar 19, 1850, are the same person.I hadn't noticed the missing "k" before.The "exact spelling" wasn't considered an important factor at the time I first encountered the record, since I am accustomed to working with people who are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of genealogy.Such people are aware of the normalcy of spelling variations within small family groups.Cornelius was baptised Van Sicklen and buried Van Siclen in the Van Sicklen Cemtery, located adjacent to Van Sicklin land.He is buried with John Van Sicklen, youngest son(Twin of Obadiah), and Ferdinand Van Sicklin, oldest son.He purchased his land under the spelling Van Sicklin.Point being that the records of this one cemetery absolutely destroys the "exact spelling" nonsense you have been floating around and trying to confuse people with.As stated many times previous, spelling variation within relatively small family units was common back then.I should know...I transcribe cemetery records.This wasn't about a "new" record for a "Cornelius Van Siclen".This is about the irony that the man you claimed couldn't be Maria's father, because he had a "k" in his name, was actually buried without the "k".Spelling didn't identify who this man was.Matching cemetery record birth dates to New York recorded birth dates for him and members of his family are what identified who he was and who his parents were.Matching the information from Maria's cemetery record/bible entries to Cornelius' death record and daughter Maria's birth record identify her as his daughter.That is how real genealogists find the truth.Not by limiting searches to one exact spelling based solely on a "hunch".Everyone who is serious about Maria's ancestry abandoned the DAR fiction a long time ago.Those who don't care about her true ancestry continue with the myth and live with a dead end that can never be solved.
The affadavit never claimed that Cornelius had 2 wives, only that Catharine Johnson was his "first wife"."First wife" could refer to "only wife" and still be a true statement.I think you have a point, however.Since Fanny and Ferdinand likely knew of their grandmother by her known nickname, Hannah, and given that Violet had told them that Catharine Johnson was Maria's real mother(based on the erroneous marriage record), the assumption would be that Cornelius had been married twice and that the grandmother they knew(Hannah Lawson), was Maria's stepmother, instead of mother, as they had always thought.Just a possible scenario.Whatever the actual scenario was, the "Catharine Johnson" name was created by Violet Voorhees' mistake, and was not known by this family until she introduced it to them.This is obvious to just about everyone, except Eddy.
You won't find another "Cornelius Van Siclen" in Canada that could be Maria's father.While you have limited yourself to the "exact spelling"...a self-defeating restriction....I have searched all possible variations, including Van Sicklen, Van Sicklin, Van Sycklin, Van Sickle, Van Siclin, and Van Sicle.There is only one Cornelius in Canda who could be Maria's father, and cemetery, church and other records prove him to actually be Maria's father.You really should consider taking classes in genealogy research.Your education in this area would benefit everyone.
Extensive old age....from the perspective of a 13 year old.Although Fanny was old when she made the statement, her memory of Cornelius was from her youth...and 74 would have been an "extensive old age".My grandfather seemed "really old" when he died.Conversely, my father didn't seem to be all that old when he died.Reality...my father lived more years, lived to be older, than my grandfather.Point of reference.I was 6 when grandfather died and 47 when father died.The difference in perspective is about the age of the observer, not the age of the deceased."Extended old age" implies Fanny's point of reference, not that Cornelius was in his 90s.You certainly have a knack for reading in extra little details that don't exist.
Maria's father did NOT serve in the Revolution.An error that began as family folklore, gained credibility with the erroneous service record used by Violet Voorhees in her DAR app.Note in Fanny's statement that "I do not remember of ever hearing him speak of his Revolutionary war service".It was a matter of "family history", not a documented "fact".Violet's legitimate connections to the DAR were Cornelius' father, Ferdinand, and grandfather, Cornelius(married to Femmentje Van Der Veer), both of whom served in the Dutchess Militia.Regarding your comment about the possibility that Cornelius' service could have been for the British/perhaps I should be searching Canadian records...I wasn't aware that the DAR admitted descendants of British soldiers.I have searched Canadian Loyalist records...that is how I know that Maria's brother, Ferdinand Van Sicklin(his preferred spelling) served in the War of 1812.Luther Eastling is also recorded.
I have done a "voluminius" research of Revolutionary war records.This includes not only enlistment records, but muster rolls on various dates, commissary records, pension records, battle records, communications of all types, etc.You would be surprised by what is available...and fully indexed.Since most soldiers names appear a number of times throughout the war, the fact that desired Cornelius does not appear at all seems fairly conclusive.
What it boils down to is a case of "Facts"(supported by thorough research) vs. "Family Folklore"(supported only by second hand family statements and false records).In such cases, "Facts" should be used to correct "Family Folklore".One can only hope that eventually the reality will catch up with you....but I won't be holding my breath.