> Primary sources: (First order) documents and records made AT THE TIME OF > OCCURRENCE, BY A WITNESS TO THAT OCCURRENCE.
It reads as though the Primary source might apply to the Certified Bible entries by Maria Van Siclen. Recognizing that the accuracy and reliability of the Bible entries is directly dependent on the integrity and careful copying of the Notary. In any event, it is the only document availble about the marrage and surname of Maria Van Siclen and her father Van Siclen....consequently until another document at some future date makes an appearance (such as the original Bible)I am compelled to accept as factual data the Certified Bible entry.
> Secondary sources: (Second Order) A source removed from the original by Time, third party, or retrospective records recorded at a later date.
The affidavits of Violetta Voorhees, Fanny Eastling Kelly and Ferdinand Easting could most accurately be described as Secondary sources. The fact that the deponents took an oath prior to the documents being notarized could be said to place them into the Primary source. Fanny and Ferdinand while they were growing into adults (Cornelius died when Fanny was 13 and Ferdinand was 22)knew and talked with their Grandparents Cornelius and Catherine Johnson as they testified- ergo their comments about Cornelius Van Siclen being a Rev. Vet. The affidavits are the only documents currently available which provide names for their grandparents and parents of Maria Van Siclen. It is one thing to allege that notarized affidavits are filled with error - quite a different endeavor to prove the presents of a single error let alone "filled with errors". The affidavits, including Violetta's which contained the Certified Bible entry, had been submitted in 1907 to the DAR and were uncovered in the DAR records about two years ago.
Perhaps you recall that I wrote that my objections to the genealogy containing the Van Sicklen/Eastling link would be less vociferous if the Eastling linkage had included source notes revealing that there existed notarized documents that refuted the Van Sicklen/Eastling linkage.
Quaternary sources (Fourth Order): This one accurately describes the quality of the opposing speculations that have been applied to Maria Van Siclen and her fathers origins.