July 31, 2001

Thanks for the article on Drake's means of reckoning his position. I read it with deep interest, for you see, my 11th great uncle, JOHN WHEATLIE/WHEATLEY who was born 31 May 1547, sailed with Drake on this voyage.

Common ancestors: JOHN WHEATLEY/WHEATLEIGH and MARY ......

JOHN WHEATLIE/WHEATLEY the navigator was born 31 May 1547 Wells, ?Somerset. His brother FRANK WHEATLEY was born same place Mar 1562.

DOROTHY WHEATLEY was chr 1591 @ Maiden Newton, Dorset

ELIZABETH BLISS was christened 1615 Maiden Newton

ELIZABETH WILMARTH was born 4 Apr 1647 Braintree, Mass

DAVID FULLER was born 11 Sep 1667 Rewhoboth, Mass

JEDEDIAH FULLER was born 10 Jul 1713 Attleboro, Mass and he is Rev War Vet

JEPTHAH FULLER born 29 Jun 1756 Mansfield, Conn, Rev war vet

DAVID G. FULLER born abt 1796 near New Vernon, NY

MELINDA FULLER born 18 Jul 1819 Wallkill, NY

CORNELIA WOOLSEY born 22 Oct 1847 Shawangunk, NY

JOHN HIRAM RADCLIFFE born 8 Feb 1879 Poughkeepsie, NY

LUCILLE RADCLIFFE born 13 May 1923 Larchmont, NY

and finally, I share my birth date with my 2nd great grandmother, MELINDA, for I was born 18 July 1943 at Portchester, NY. My full name ALAN REED TOMPKINS

Thanks again.
I am an armchair navigator,

ALAN R. TOMPKINS

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