Posted on Facebook 21 October 2015
Amanda Wells writes:
“Wow I just discovered that the Dodds my ancestors were given 1070 acres and named the land Maison Dieu which meant House of God in NSW…. I knew they were revivalists although they were Presbyterians (Calvinists from Scotland) they were touched by John Wesley and revival. They came as early settlers from Roxburghshire, Scotland, sent out as ministers. He married his wife on my birthday ….. LOL”
LIE. Claims Wells has made about her ancestry are entirely false and fanciful. She has constantly claimed that she is descended from “revivalists”, “evangelists” and “ministers of the gospel”. Having been employed by the Government to inform interest groups about our early Australian history, being a researcher of family and Australian history for over 15 years and a full time genealogist for almost ten years I find her constant fraudulent claims about her genealogy to be distressing. No one has the right to re-write history or to re-invent others’ life stories in an effort to fool the public. For the record the only “preacher” in her ancestry is the father-in-law of the brother-in-law of her second cousin once removed!!!!! Hardly a close relative! NONE of our direct ancestors were preachers, or ministers of the gospel despite her claims.
Firstly, the discerning “follower” would have to be asking themselves why someone who has been claiming publicly for years “that she has done her Family Tree” would be claiming that she has “just discovered” this new information about her ancestors. The Dodds family history is very well researched and has been widely available in public libraries, archival facilities, and even on the Internet for many, many years. However, perhaps Wells has just announced this new discovery to give her an opportunity to once again use other people’s names and stories to promote herself. The post appeared in the lead-up to an Australian Prophetic Council’s “Summit” in an effort, no doubt, to impress and boost her credentials by claiming an ancestry of “religious” people.
The Dodds who established “Maison Dieu” were NOT our direct ancestors. Our direct Dodds ancestors were NOT preachers, revivalists, or ministers of the gospel. They were NOT “sent out as ministers”, but were in fact, farmers. Our closest direct Dodds ancestor, in fact, had a most inauspicious and regrettable life story quite removed from that which Wells has concocted in order to promote herself. To corrupt history is mischievous and inexcusable under any circumstances.
Vulnerable people have again been duped by Well’s nonsense and bought into the fantasy. Lorraine Popp’s comment that Well’s “story” is no doubt the reason that Wells “can serve God so fully”, though well-meaning, has no basis in reality and the writer should ask herself how “God is being served fully” by people who are speaking nonsense.
A caution for all readers. Plagiarism is never an acceptable practice but when it is carried out in connection with genealogical studies it is bound to lead one down the wrong path. Corrupting history is a disgraceful practice. Sites such as Ancestry.com and others ought to be viewed with a certain degree of cynicism and should be used only as a guide when searching for one’s own ancestry. The constant plagiarism of material is tantamount to a dangerous game of Chinese Whispers. The only competent manner in which to search for your ancestry is to obtain PRIMARY DOCUMENTS and then those should be used along with secondary information to establish the bona fides of the individuals. Recently after my explaining to a young man that the “story” he had heard about his ancestor which had him descended from someone “famous” was indeed not true, and after providing him with the actual facts, he indignantly replied “Well I am going to believe the other story because it’s more interesting”! Believing a story because you like it or because it seems more interesting OR because you want to use it to promote your public persona, will NOT make it true.
Making such false claims when speaking in churches and calling oneself a “Pastor” is simply mocking people who are entitled to expect be able to trust those who speak to them in the “name of God”. Discerning people MUST ask themselves how they can possibly believe that people who say they are hearing from God and allegedly repeating His words and yet are lying about so much of their personal life are REALLY speaking anything but the wild imaginings of their own mind. And discerning Christians should be questioning their own Pastors as to WHY these people are being invited to preach in their churches.
A shepherd who does not know what a wolf looks like is not a true shepherd!