One quick point that I felt needed to be addressed:
Mr Gusman insists that the notary's certification of the Bible entries must be acurate, and accepted without question...based upon the "legal" value of the document.When I spelled her name "MARIA VAN SICKLEN" in my FTM website of this family, Mr Gusman responded with name calling and bold accusations of tampering with and altering her surname from the "VAN SICLEN" he insists is the one and only spelling, to the "VAN SICKLEN" that the family began with.He claims I altered the name to make her fit into an unrelated family.Going back to the notary's certification that MUST be considered acurate:Maria's maiden name is certified twice in this document, but never spelled exactly "VAN SICLEN".So...doesn't that make him guilty of doing that which he has accused me of?Tampering with and altering the spelling of Maria's maiden name as certified by the notary of entries taken from the family Bible.If you read back carefully through this thread, Mr Gusman regularly interprets and alters information from the documents to serve his own purposes, "flag waving" carefully selected pieces that aid his cause, and deliberately ignoring pieces that contradict his claims.Mr Gusman sees himself as the only person on earth qualified to interpret data, and becomes angry and combative when when people do not "swallow" his baseles and illogical conclusions.
Conclusion:Since the Bible(believing the certification of same), itself, contains 3 different spellings of the surname...Van Siclen, Van Siclin, and Van Sicklin...The exact spelling of "VAN SICLEN" is Ed Gusman's personal choice and is unproven.Without the restriction of exact spelling, the door opens to the records providing the date matches that prove Maria's true lineage.
The claim that a bible of a couple married in 1814 must have been printed before 1814 is false.Normally, people did not buy a family bible then get married. More often, they got married, maybe even had a few children, then bought the book and made the "catch-up" entries, including their own birth dates.Question is still: When was the book printed, and who, in reality, wrote the entries, and when.