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by Michael L. Dunton
I "met" Richard
online in my genealogical searching. I do not recall if he found me
through the family Web site that I manage or if I found him. Our email conversations led to us
beginning the Dutton-l email list that I have moderated since it was
created in the Spring of 1997. As many of the list "old
timers" will tell you, Richard kept conversation going. He was
the first to greet new members and always willing to look up information
for family searchers.
On November 10, 1999, Dick
made the following, and I believe final, email posting to the list:
Hi to all my dear cousins, DUTTONs,
DUNTONs & Zachariah DUTTONs (proved and potential).
The bad news is that I have been
diagnosed with MDS, a rare but fatal disorder of the bone marrow. There
is no cure and no real treatment. In the short time since the diagnoses
the disease has already progressed to full blown Leukemia. I start on
chemo Monday but the outlook is not good. SO BE IT!
Other than the obvious, my main
problem is that I have no family member or close personal friend
interested in genealogy or DUTTON Heritage. To try to assure that all
the work that I have put into this project is not lost and wasted I have
uploaded my entire master list of 249,430 connected individuals to the
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Program. Of those 249,430 individuals, 34,466
are blood relatives. This file can be found at:
Feel free to use this data in any
responsible manner to try to connect all our cousins worldwide. The data
is not perfect. The only data I can personally guarantee is my direct
line from me to Thomas Sr. (abt 1619/1622-1687). Most of the rest is a
compilation of data researched and documented by a large number of very
fine genealogists. The areas of known and obvious problems are in the
medieval times from data derived has a better handle on this area of our
distant heritage than anyone else I know.
Happy Hunting Gang,
In creating this tribute to Dick, I
learned so much more about the man than I knew when he was living. He was
a very humble man! Please use the links at the top of the page and
you will understand what I mean.