Many, many people have helped in creating this family history.
First and foremost I thank Ken Dean of Great Shelford, my second cousin, once removed, for his original research over the years and his continued assistance
Then, Art Evans of Toronto, my second cousin, who visited Ken in the mid-1990s and collected and distributed much of this information. This was my start.
And finally, Dorothy (Dean) Belliss, my aunt, who will be 100(!) this May (2011), and who, in addition to providing written stories of the Dean family’s return to Scotland during the First World War, continues to recall very detailed information.
… and her daughter Dianne Thomas who provided original documents and continues to trample through cemeteries.
On a broader scale, my deep thanks for heroic work on the Cambridgeshire Dean Tree by over a dozen Dean relations from all over the world who willingly share their findings. These are (in order of my discovery):
John Maris, England www.marisancestry.co.uk;
Robyn Smith, Australia;
SueBrown, New South Wales, Australia;
David Taylor, England http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/tree/?member_key=2070916;
Stephen Alley, England;
Paul and Leslie Gates, DerbyUK http://porpoisehead.net/gedview/;
Eden Maher, Newcastle, Australia;
Liane Francis, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia;
Maureen Allen, Rodborough, UK;
Roz (Elbourn) Bainbridge, Sydney, Australia;
Wallace James Kirkpatrick, NSW, Australia http://www.genealogy.kirkpatrickaustralian.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I10169&tree=TKG;
Kevin S. Thompson, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia http://www.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=kevthompsonfamily&view=9&ver=7;
Margaret Richardson, Hertfordshire, UK, http://knebworth.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=knebworth&view=9&ver=155;
Beverley (Matthews) Callaghan, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia;
Joan Hall-Hudson, Laurentians, Quebec;
Valerie Breen, Seattle, Washington; and
Patricia Webb, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Much of their work is based on the pioneering work of Gregory Lauder-Frost, F.S.A.,(Scot), the eminent Scottish genealogist (& parliamentarian), assisted by Gordon Boundy a relative of David Taylor, one of my correspondents. http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/ancient_scottish_families.htm#1351
Gregory Lauder-Frost, is the great grandson of Sarah Ann Dean (b. ~1855), the great granddaughter of John Dean and Esther Turner.
The late Gordon Boundy, the son of William Boundy and Evelyn “Bessie” Dean (b. Oct. 15, 1910 in Great Shelford), was the 4th great grandson of John Dean and Esther Turner via their son William Dean and Sarah Cock.