I received this, my nineth message from Patricia on 21st January 2011. This email letter is signed by Patty.
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That is all about me. Our family on my mother's side is mainly from Wyoming and Canada and before that, Scotland. One of our relatives in Canada is into genealogy. We have traced our family history in Scotland to the 12th century. One of our Scottish relatives was a doctor and came from a long line of primitive doctors. He saved a Clan chieftain from death or disease many centuries ago with herbal medicines and natural remedies and was awarded the title of Sept for the entire Clan. There is a statue of him in a small town in Scotland, or so one of the researchers told us. Septs were those without a large extended family that relied on Clans for protection and heraldry rights until they were awarded their own family title by a chieftain or noble so as to be part of that clan but with their own separate rights to family, land and heraldry or something similar so I've heard. Anyhow, we were Beatons from the Highlands of Scotland and the Island of Mull and probably herded sheep and cattle and lived in the Highlands versus the Lowlands. There were many famous Beatons that were honorably mentioned down through the centuries or had something to do with the events of the times such as in the story of Macbeth and King Lear by William Shakespeare. Our other famous relative, Mary Beaton was one of the "Four Mary's" who were ladies in waiting to Mary Queen of Scots before she was beheaded. That was a long time ago and it may be a family curse that has followed us around for centuries.
The Beaton's left with the Clearances in Scotland in the 1700's and immigrated to Canada along with other Scottish Clans. Two male relatives and their families moved to the USA before the American Revolutionary War in 1754 and settled in what is now New Jersey and Staten Island where they were farmers just as they had been in Canada and Scotland for centuries. The novel "Last of the Mohicans" is sort of like what they may have experienced and seen or knew about according to one of my relatives because the complicated political events between the French, Indians and British and the settlement of the colonies especially Scottish serfs, immigrants or refugees from Scotland and Canada was accurate. Fort Henry and General Montcalm were mentioned by my relatives as something familiar as well as the ring road around Staten Island that was an uninhabitable swamp and useless for farming where they met some Indians who were friendly or could relate. They were Loyalists or became Loyalists after the war and were no longer welcomed in the colonies or the USA and returned to Canada. There was a lot of complicated politics between the French in Canada and the British colonists at that time and it still goes on to this day. I can't figure it out but our relatives would know more. Our relatives said we also have a French Huguenot relative who immigrated to Canada to Arcadia in the 1600's or 1700's by the name of Poullion. They missed the deportation of Arcadians to Louisiana and remained in Canada somehow. We still have relatives by the name of Rousseau living in New Jersey so I've been told.
My grandmother and grandfather were born in Canada in the late 1800's. He and his brothers moved to the USA and settled in Wyoming and he became a real cowboy that rode the range, went on cattle drives, drove cattle to market and lived the life of a real cowboy. He also did odd jobs in Denver where he helped to build some famous downtown landmarks. He sent to Canada for my grandmother and she moved to Casper, Wyoming, where my mother was born.