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Thursday, May 29, 2008

1648 :: Birth of Samuell Pearson


On this date in our family history . . . the 29th day of May . . . in the year 1648 . . . it is recorded that Samuell Pearson is born in Georgetown, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Samuell is a 10th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .




Essex Institute Historical Collections
By Essex Institute, Peabody & Essex Museum
:
"80 4 Samuel Pearson Deacon John80 born 29 5 mo 1648 married in Newbury 6 Dec 1670 Mary Poore she died 27 Oct 1671 He married 2 in Haverhill 16 April 1672 Dorcas Johnson of Haverhill Child by wife Mary baptized in our church 80 21 Mercy3 b 27 Oct bapt 10 Dec 1671 m 24 Jan 1693 4 James Thurston of Newbury "



1780 :: Massacre of the Waxhaws


On this date in our extended family history . . . the 29th day of May . . . in the year 1780 . . . it is said that Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacres Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals . . . allegedly after the continentals surrender . . . 113 Americans are killed . . . this Buford is a great-grand-uncle of our William Paschal Henry (1836-1912) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The True Andrew Jackson
By Cyrus Townsend Brady
:

"His boyhood experiences were strenuous in the extreme and gave a further twist to his natural Celtic dislike to the British On the twenty ninth of May 1780 Colonel Tarleton with his rangers fell upon four hundred American Continentals and militiamen mainly Virginians under Lieutenant Colonel Abraham Buford and what has been called the Massacre of the Wax haws ensued The history of the resulting conflict is "


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Spain and Portugal handbook for travellers By Karl Baedeker (Firm)


On this date in our family history . . . the 25th day of May . . . in the year 1085 . . . Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo back from the Moors and establishes direct personal control over the Moorish city from which he has been exacting tribute, and ending the mediaeval Taifa's Kingdom of Toledo . . . this is the first concrete step taken by the combined kingdom of Leon-Castile in the Reconquista by Christian forces . . . this King of Leon and Castile, who proclaimed himself Emperor of All Hispania, is a 25th great-grandpa (via both his daughter, Urraca, as well as his daughter, Teresa) to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Spain and Portugal handbook for travellers By Karl Baedeker (Firm): "In Uixtnry Toledo flrst appears as the capital of the brave Carpelani Livy xxxv 7 mentions Toletum as a email town but strong on account of its situation which was taken by the Romans in BC 192 Under the VISIGOTHS whose king Athanagild transferred his court hither in 5 J7 Toledo became the centre of the religious and political struggles between the Arians and the Catholics Numerous church councils were held here On the conversion of King Reccared p xzxviii to orthodox Catholicism in 687 the Catholic clergy obtained the prominent position which they have since held in Spanish politics The city walls date from the reign of Wtiiuba 678 For nearly four centuries 712 1085 Tolailota was one of the chief strongholds of the Моовз at first under an Kmir subsidiary to the Caliph of Cordova and ultimately 103"

1803 :: Ralph Waldo Emerson


On this date in our extended family history . . . the 25th day of May . . . in the year 1803 . . . Ralph Waldo Emerson is born in Boston, Massachusetts . . . Emerson is said to be a 19th great-grandson of Eleanor of Aquitaine . . . who is believed to be a 22nd great-grandma of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

American Poetry
By Percy Holmes Boynton, Howard Mumford Jones,
George Wiley Sherburn, Frank Martindale Webster
:

"Text not available"

Friday, May 23, 2008

1758 :: Birth of Miriam Brackett


On this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of May . . . in the year 1758 . . . Miriam Brackett is born in Berwick, York County, Maine . . . this Miriam is the future wife of Morrell Hobbs (1753-1826) . . . and she is a 2nd great-grandma to Thomas Warren Alonzo Smith (1866-1920) . . . who is the maternal grandpa to the Mother of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


from
Brackett Genealogy
Descendants
of
Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth
and
Captain Richard Brackett of Braintree.
With Biographies of the Immigrant Fathers,
Their Sons, and Others of Their Posterity
By
Herbert Ierson Brackett


Philip I of France

On this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of May . . . in the year 1053 . . . Philip I of France is born . . . this future King of France, the son of Henry I of France and Anne of Kiev, is a 25th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

Memoirs of the Queens of France By Annie Forbes Bush: "During the first nine years of her marriage Anne addressed fervent and unceasing prayers to heaven for the gift of a child at length her supplications were granted in 1053 and she gave birth to Philip afterwards king of France in "

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

1656 :: Birth of Charles Lee


On this date in our family history . . . the 21st day of May . . . in the year 1656 . . . Charles Lee is born at Cobb's Hall in Northumberland County, Virginia . . . this Charles is a 2nd great-grand-uncle to General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) . . . and a 4th great-grandpa to General Jubal Anderson Early (1816-1894) . . . and he is also a 4th great-grandpa to William Paschal Henry (1836-1912) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

AND . . . this Charles Lee is the father-in-law of Thomas Buford, Jr. . . . who was born on this date . . . the 21st day of May . . . in the year 1682 . . . in Lancaster County, Virginia . . . Thomas' wife, Elizabeth Metstand Lee, is a 1st cousin three times removed to General Robert E. Lee . . . and Thomas and Elizabeth are 3rd great-grandparents to General Jubal Anderson Early . . . and they are 3rd great-grandparents to the above mentioned William Paschal Henry . . . who is a 4th cousin twice removed to General Robert E. Lee . . . and a 4th cousin to General Jubal Anderson Early . . .

AND . . . this Charles Lee is a 7th great-grandpa to Robert E. Henry, Jr. (1930-1997) . . . who is born on this date . . . the 21st day of May . . . in the year 1930 . . . in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Robert E. Henry is a 6th great-grandson of the above mentioned Thomas Buford . . . and a 4th cousin five times removed of General Robert E. Lee . . . "Uncle Bob" is the only brother of the mother of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

Stratford Hall and the Lees Connected with Its History
Biographical, Genealogical and Historical
By Frederick Warren Alexander
:

"Charles Lee Founder of Cobb"

Monday, May 19, 2008

Princess Anne of Kiev weds King Henry I of France

On this date in our family history . . . the 19th day of May . . . in the year 1051 . . . at the Cathedral of Rheims in France . . . Princess Anne of Kiev becomes the bride of King Henry I of France . . . this King and Queen of France are believed to be 26th great-grandparents of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

A History of France By George William Kitchin: "In 1051 King Henry having lost his wife Matilda daughter of Conrad the Salic and fearing lest in choosing another he might be entangled in some hidden snare of forbidden degrees sent an embassage to the most distant prince of whom he could hear Jaroslaf duke of Russia whose capital was Kiev His messengers came back bringing Anne the duke"

1687 OR 1688 :: Anne Wheeler


On this date in our family history . . . the 19th day of May . . . in the year 1688 . . . according to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register . . . Anne Chase Mus(Silloway) nee Wheeler dies at about sixty-six or sixty-seven years of age . . . presumably somewhere in Massachusetts . . .


The New England Historical and Genealogical Register: "Aquila Chase brother to Thomas Chase m Anne Wheeler daughter of John Wheeler of Hampton removed in 1646 to Newbury where he d Aug 29 1670 aged 52 His widow Anne m Daniel Mussiloway June 14 1672 and d May 19 1688"


Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs also says Anne died in May of 1688 . . . however . . . according to . . .

as well as an SAR Application . . . Anne died 21 April 1687 . . .


This Anne, who was first married to Aquila Chase (c.1618-c.1670), is a 4th great-grandma to Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873), a former Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court whose picture was used on the $10,000 bill 1928-1946 . . . and she is a 6th great-grandma to First Lady Frances (Mrs. Grover) Cleveland . . . and a 7th great-grandma to E.E. Cummings . . . and Anne is also a 5th great-grandma to William Thurston Merrill (1816-1898) . . . who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

Vladimir II Monomakh

On this date in our family history . . . the 19th day of May . . . in the year 1125 . . . Vladimir II Monomakh dies . . . this Grand Prince of Russia is an 11th great-grandpa of Ivan the Terrible . . . and is currently believed to be a 26th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

A Short History of Russia By Lucy Cazalet: "Text not available"

"Vladimir was a scholar and left a book of Instructions for his sons in which he exhorts his children to have the fear of God in their hearts to be true to their word not to be slothful but to judge the people in person and to be free in the entertainment of envoys and visitors whether they be rich or poor humble or important for it was by them that good or evil report was circulated 16 HISTORY OF RUSSIA "

Count Stephen II of Blois

On this date in our family history . . . the 19th day of May . . . in the year 1102 . . . Count Stephen II of Blois is killed in the Battle of Ramla in Israel at fifty-seven years of age . . . this Stephen, a son-in-law of William the Conqueror, is believed to be a 25th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The monks of the West from St. Benedict to St. Bernard By Charles Forbes Montalembert, Charles Forbes René de Tryon Montalembert, Aurélien Courson, Francis Aidan Gasquet: "Text not available"

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Eleanor of Aquitaine weds Henry II of England

On this date in our family history . . . the 18th day of May, which was Whitsunday in the year 1152 . . . a recently divorced Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Henry II of England at the Bordeaux Cathedral in Aquitaine, France . . . the future King of England is only 19 years of age, and the wedding is "without the pomp or ceremony that befitted their rank" . . . this Eleanor and Henry are believed to be 22nd great-grandparents of our Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

Medieval Europe from 395 to 1270 By Charles Bémont, Gabriel Monod, Mary Sloan, George Burton Adams: "Text not available"

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sir Edward de Stafford is beheaded

On this date in our family history . . . the 17th day of May . . . in the year 1521 . . . Sir Edward de Stafford is beheaded on Tower Hill in London, England as per the wishes of King Henry VIII . . . this Sir Edward is believed to be a 13th great-grandpa to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archæological Society By London and Middlesex Archaeological Society, Middlesex Local History Council: "sons two son Edward de Stafford KG was restored to all his father"

Death of Oda

On this date in our family history . . . the 17th day of May . . . in the year 913 . . . Oda, widow of the Duke of the Eastern Saxons, dies at one hundred and nine years of age . . . this Oda is believed to be a 32nd great-grandma to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

A Dictionary of Saintly Women: "duke of the Saxons son of Ecbert and St Ida and Oda daughter of Billung and Eda They went as pilgrims to Rome and brought thence the relics of the holy Popes Innocent and Anastasius to enrich the new monastery of Gandersheim which they had founded 852 They had twelve children one of whom Bruno is regarded as the founder of the house of Brunswick Another Otho the Illustrious was duke of Saxony and father of the Emperor Henry the Fowler See ST MATiLDA 2 Ludolf died in 866 Oda lived through the whole of the 9th century and part of the Юth and attained to the age of one hundred and nine She was born in the reign of Charlemagne and lived until after the birth of her great grandson Otho the Great Five of her daughters were veiled nuns living in her house at Brunshausen but as they were joined by others the place was soon too small for them and Oda r"

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kings Henry III captured during Battle of Lewes

On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1264 . . . during the Battle of Lewes (which took place in Sussex, England) . . . King Henry III of England is captured, making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England . . . at this time, Simon is married to Henry's younger sister, Eleanor . . . King Henry is a 20th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . and Simon and Eleanor are 22nd great-grandparents of the same Josephine . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Eye-witness Being a Series of Descriptions and Sketches in which it is Attempted to Reproduce Certain Incidents and Periods in History, as from the Testimony of a Person Present at Each By Hilaire Belloc: "THE BATTLE OF LEWES MAY 14 1264 On May 14 12G4 Simon dt Montfart his rebel Barons and their a lica from London though losing the Uft of their battle in She Dooms above Lenta were sueccssful upon their right and so gained the day taking prisoner the King himself In this way the nobles and the wealthy of London who had already partially sueeeeded against John and had obtained from him the signing of Magna Charta laid a foundation for what uas nwA later to boume the aristooratie eomtitution of England "

Henry I is crowned King of France

On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1027 . . . Henry I is crowned King of France at the Cathedral of Rheims . . . in popular imagination the cathedral of Rheims has been best known as the coronation church of French kings for over five hundred years . . . this crowning of our King Henry at Rheims Cathedral by the archbishop was the first of many such corronations . . . after Henry I, however, every king of France, save two, was crowned at Rheims by the presiding archbishop of Reims until 1825 . . . in all, twenty-nine kings were crowned at Reims between 1027 and 1825 . . . until the end of the Middle Ages the actual ceremony was not a public event but took place in private at the high altar in the crossing of the cathedral and was attended only by the six bishops and the six barons who were the peers of France . . . at the end of the ceremony the newly crowned king was presented to the people from atop the choir screen for acclamation . . . this King of France is a 26th great-grandpa of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

French Cathedrals, Monasteries and Abbeys, and Sacred Sites of France By Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Joseph Pennell: "flftVl ID II y "

1722 :: Margaret Roberts weds Francis Paschal Kirtley


On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1722 . . . 23-year-old Margaret M. Roberts becomes the bride of Francis Paschal Kirtley in Falmouth, Spotsylvania County, Virginia . . . this Margaret & Francis are 2nd great-grandparents of William Paschal Henry (1836-1912) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


The Family of Early
Which Settled Upon the Eastern Shore of Virginia
and Its Connection with Other Families
By Ruth Hairston Early
:


"and Elizabeth Buford Early m William Kirtley eldest son of Francis Kirtley and Margaret dau of John Roberts ST of St George"


1667 :: Sarah Clough weds Daniel Merrill


On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1667 . . . 20-year-old Sarah Clough becomes the bride of 25-year-old Daniel Merrill in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Sarah and Daniel are 4th great-grandparents of William Thurston Merrill (1816-1898) . . . who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


The Ancestry of Walter M. Thurston
Giving Some Account of the Families of
Carroll, De Beaufort, Merrill, Moore, Mosbaugh,
Pearson, Pine, Poore, Reynolds, Van Kruyne, and Von Bauer
By John H Thurston, Walter M Thurston
:


"DANIEL MERRILL Nathaniel i son of Nathaniel and Susanna Merrill of New bury Mass born there Aug 20 1642 lived in Newbury Salisbury and Haverhill Mass married May 14 1667 SARAH CLOUGH dau of John and Martha Clough He died March 27 1717 Children "


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sancho IV de Castile

On this date in our family history . . . the 13th day of May . . . in the year 1258 . . . Sancho IV de Castile is born . . . a future King of Castile and Leon, this Sancho is believed to be a 21st great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Beginners Spanish reader, with exercises By Lawrence Augustus Wilkins: "salvar to save Sancho Sancho IV 1258 1295 king of Castile son of Alphonso X whom he dethroned in 1282 He took Tarifa from the Moors Sometimes called el Bravo sangre blood "

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ebles I of Rheims

On this date in our family history . . . the 11th day of May . . . in the year 1033 . . . Ebles I of Rheims dies . . . this Count of Rheims and Roucy is thought to be a 27th great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Fenwick Allied Ancestry Ancestry of Thomas Fenwick of Sussex County, Delaware By Edwin Jaquett Sellers: "990 EBLES I who succeeded as Count of Reims and de Rouci in right of his wife Beatrix daughter of Rainier IV Count of Hainault ped 13 and Hedwige sister of King Robert He died May u 1033 They had ALIX or ADELAIDE who married Hilduin Count de "

William II de Warenne

On this date in our family history . . . the 11th day of May . . . in the year 1138 . . . William II de Warenne dies in England . . . this 2nd Earl of Surrey is believed to be a 24th great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Official Baronage of England Showing the Succession, Dignities, and Offices of Every Peer from 1066 to 1885, with Sixteen Hundred Illustrations By James William Edmund Doyle: "WILLIAM DE WARENNE II son of William I Earl of SURREY & WARENNE Lord of Lewes Reigate & Conings burgh Lord of Bellencombre & Mortemer in Normandy B before 1071 "

"succ as 2nd Earl of SURREY June 24 1089 Patron of Lewes Priory Knight before Jan 1091 deprived of the earldom about Oct 1101 restored 1102 Commander of the Third Division of the King"

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cecily de Weyland weds Sir Bartholomew de Burghersh

On or before this date in our family history . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1335 . . . Cecily de Weyland becomes the bride of Sir Bartholomew de Burghersh . . . they are believed to be 22nd great-grandparents to Faye Dunaway . . . as well as 18th great-grandparents to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Memorials of the Order of the Garter, from Its Foundation to the Present Time Including the History of the Order; Biographical Notices of the Knights in the Reigns of Edward III. and Richard II., the Chronological Succession of the Members ... By George Frederick Beltz: "Text not available"

Maud de Lacy

On or before this date . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1288 . . . Maud de Lacy, widow of Sir Richard de Clare, dies in Lincolnshire, England . . . Lady Maud, Countess of Lincoln, is believed to be a 20th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . . part of our line of descent is shown in the second image on this page, i.e. . . . Maria Horsmonden and William Byrd are 6th great-grandparents to Josephine . . .

Devonshire Wills A Collection of Annotated Testamentary Abstracts, Together with the Family History and Genealogy of Many of the Most Ancient Gentle Houses of the West of England By Charles Worthy: "by Henry I had been forfeited by a subsequent attainder The Manor of Dunsford seems to have descended from Robert Sachville to his nephew Philip Causbeuf whose daughter and heir Amisia brought it in marriage to her husband Robert de Blackford John son of Robert de Black ford sold the Manor of Dunsford with the advowson of the parish church which had been dedicated as the church of St Mary by Bishop Broncecombe 2gth July 1262 to Bishop Peter Quivil or Quiril of Exeter as agent for Maud daughter of John de Lacy Earl of Lincoln and widow of Richard de Clare Earl of Gloucester in or about the year 1284 in order that it might form a portion of the magnificent e"

The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants with the Pedigrees of the Founders of the Order of Runnemede Deduced from the Sureties for the Enforcement of the Statutes of the Magna Charta of King John By Charles Henry Browning: "PEDIGREE XXVIII JOHN DE LACIE a Magna Charta Surety had MAUD DE LACIE m Richard de Clare Earl of Gloucester and had GILBERT DE CLARE Earl of Hertford and Gloucester d 1295 who had ALIANORE DE CLARE m Hugh le Despencer Jr d 1326 and had EDWARD LE DESPENCER second son d 1342 who had EDWARD LE DESPENCER KG Baron Spencer d 1375 who had THOMAS LE DESPENCER Earl of Gloucester d 1400 who had ISABEL DESPENCER m Richard Earl of Worcester and had ELIZABETH DE BEAUCHAMP m Edward Neville KG d 1476 and had GEORGE NEVILLE Baron Abergavenny d 1492 who had GEORGE NEVILLE KG Baron Abergavenny d 1535 who had URSULA NEVILLE m "

1403 :: Katherine Swynford


On this date in our distant family history . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1403 . . . Katherine de Roet dies in Lincolnshire, England . . . her tomb, and that of her daughter Joan Beaufort, are under a carved-stone canopy in the sanctuary of Lincoln Cathedral, but their remains are no longer in them, because the tombs were despoiled in 1644, during the English Civil War . . . this dowager Duchess of Lancaster is currently believed to be a 16th great-grandma of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .


The Dictionary of National Biography
By Sidney Lee
:

"revenues Lancaster Annalts Henrici IV p 814 Catherine died at Lincoln on 10 May 1403 and was buried in the angel choir of the cathedral Her tomb bore the arms of England with those of Roelt gules three cathe rine wheels or She gave the cathedral a number of chasubles and other vestments figured with silver wheels in allusion to her arms Ardueologitt liii 23 49 By John of Gaunt Catherine was mother of John Beaufort earl of Somerset d 1409 Henry Beaufort qv cardinal and bishop of Winchester Thomas Beaufort duke of Exeter qv and Joan who married Ralph Neville earl of Westmorland 1 1 children took the name of Beaufort from the castle of that name in Anjou where they were born Through her son John Catherine Swynford was great great grandmother of Henry VII SIR THOMAS SWTNFORD 13C8 P 1433 t he "


THE NUMISMATIC CHRONICLE, AND JOURNAL OF THE NUMISMATIC SOCIETY:

"to happen However as Froissart goes on to say Catherine Rouet remained Duchess of Lancaster and second lad in England as long as she lived She was a lady accustomed to honours for she had been brought up at court during her youth Katherine died on May 10th 1403 having seen her children legitimated by Act of Parliament in February 1 397 She was buried in Lincoln Cathedral the scene of her second wedding where also her daughter Joan Countess of Westmoreland was interred but a few years afterwards It is needless to trace the history of her sons but it may be observed that the coats of arms which they had hitherto borne were then changed on their legitimation and they assumed France and England quarterly within a bordure gobony argent and azure Their badge of the portcullis was as Willement 5 observes evidently the type of the c"

Scraps from my scrap-book.
Comprising rambling recollections of cardinal Wiseman, and other scraps
By Scraps
:

"The reader will remember that the Duke"

"Mm or her sons From Lingard we find that Swynford was a knight"



Katherine Swynford is the subject of Anya Seton's novel Katherine (published in 1954) and of Alison Weir's biography Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess. Swynford is also the subject of Jeanette Lucraft's historical biography Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress. This book seeks to establish Swynford as a powerful figure in the politics of 14th-century England, and an example of how a woman could manipulate the social mores of the time for her own interests rather than just as the sexual temptress that previous writers have portrayed. See also . . .

Friday, May 09, 2008

Luitgarde de Cleves weds Arnulf I of Holland

Sometime in the month of May in our family history . . . in the year 980 . . . Luitgarde de Cleves marries Arnulf I de Holland . . . Luitgarde and Arnulf are believed to be 30th great-grandparents of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Historians' History of the World A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise and Development of Nations as Recorded by the Great Writers of All Ages By Henry Smith Williams: "younger archbishop of Treves and the elder Arnold married Luitgarde sister of Theophano the wife of Otto II emperor of Germany 983 The empress Theophano after the death of her husband and during the minority of her son Otto III enjoyed a large share in the administration of the empire and her alliance with the family of the count of Holland induced her to use her influence over the mind of the young emperor to obtain for Dirk a grant of all those states as an hereditary fief which he had hitherto enjoyed in usufruct only Dirk II died in 988 COUNT DJKK U From a manuscript at Egmond The grant of Otto III rendered it unnecessary that Arnold should obtain the emperor"

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Constance of Burgundy weds Alfonso VI the Brave

On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of May . . . in the year 1081 . . . Constance of Burgundy becomes the bride of Alfonso VI the Brave, King of Leon and Castile, and Emperor of All Hispania . . . Constance and Alfonso are believed to be 25th great-grandparents of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

MacMillan's Magazine edited by Sir George Grove, David Masson, John Morley, Mowbray Morris: "more on the reality The truth is that French influence did not enter Spain for the first time with the Bourbon dynasty nor were they the first French family to occupy a Spanish throne In the twelfth century Castile and Leon had been carried to the line of Burgundy by the marriage of Urraca that is to say Mary little as the two words resemble one another with Raymond of Burgundy the Crusader who helped to take Toledo from the Moor Her mother belonged to the same house as her husband The monks of Cluny who accompanied Constance of Burgundy to the Court of Alfonso the Sixth played as great a part in Spain as the administrators the soldiers and the men of letters of the epoch of Louis the Fourteenth The descendants of Urraca and of Raymond of of Burgundy interm"

Sir William de Beauchamp

On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of May . . . in the year 1411 . . . Sir William de Beauchamp dies while "seized of the Castle" Abergavenny . . . this Knight of the Garter is a 16th great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Excerpta Historica Or, Illustrations of English History By Samuel Bentley: "grounds on which he considered himself entitled to it The Castle of Abergavenny was possessed by the House of Hastings Earls of Pembroke for upwards of a century and on the demise of the last Earl without issue in 1439 it passed to Sir William Beauchamp fourth son of Thomas Earl of Warwick but in what manner he obtained it whether by entail or by purchase has never been clearly ascertained He was summoned to Parliament by the title of William de Beauchamp de Bergavenny and died seized of the Castle in May 12 Hen IV 1411 leaving Richard his son and heir then fourteen years of age It would appear from the reference to the inquisition on the death of Joan widow of William Beauchamp Lord Abergavenny in the Printed Calendar in the 14 Hen Vl 1435 6 that she then held the Castle probably in dower Her"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Earl Hamelin de Warenne

On this date in our family history . . . the 7th day of May . . . in the year 1202 . . . Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surry, dies . . . aka Hamelin Plantegenet, he is believed to be a 23rd great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Dictionary of National Biography By Sidney Lee: "at OF SURREY d 1085 See GUNDKADA WARENNE HAMELIN DE EARL OF WARENNE or SURREY d 1202 was an illegitimate son of Geoffrey Plantagenet count of Anjou d 1151 and was therefore half brother of Henry II The name of his mother is unknown His importance dates from the rich marriage which he was enabled to make by the goodwill of his half brother the king In 1163 or 1164 he married Isabella de Warenne see under WARENNE WILLIAM DE third EARL OP SURREY Robert of Torigny Chron Stephen Henry II and IHchard I iv 221 dates the marriage in 1164 but there is a Comes de Wrarenne mentioned in the Pipe Roll of 9 Henry II 1162 3 who can only be Hamelin and 3o2 "

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Dirk II de Holland

On this date in our family history . . . the 6th day of May . . . in the year 988 . . . Dirk II de Holland dies in Abdijkerk, Egmond Aan den Hoef, Noord Holland, Netherlands . . . Dirk is currently believed to be a 31st great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The Historians' History of the World By Henry Smith Williams: "THE FIRST DIRKS I IV 912 1049 To the lands which Count Dirk already held Charles IV of France sur named the Simple added the abbey of Egmond with its dependencies from Zuithardershage to Kinnem By the cession which this prince made to the emperor Henry I of the whole kingdom of Lorraine those lands as well as the remainder which Count Dirk possessed became a fief of Germany in 974 Nothing further is known of Dirk than that he built a church of wood at Egmond dedicated to St Adelbert and founded there a convent of nuns The time of his death is uncertain but it is generally supposed to have occurred in the year 923 Hardly had Dirk II established himself in the government after the death of his father when he was obliged to march against his rebellious subjects in West Friesland whom he overcame and forced "

1864 :: Our Joseph survives the Battle of the Wilderness


On this date in our family history . . . the 6th day of May . . . in the year 1864 . . . Private Jos. H. Nettles is a member of Hood's Texas Brigade as they fight at the Battle of the Wilderness alongside Confederate General Robert E. Lee (who is a 4th cousin six times removed to the Keeper of this blog) . . . Nettles is reported as wounded in the leg on this date, while a very large number of fellow Texans lose their lives . . . this Joseph Helidorah Nettles (1832-1890) is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The Battle of the Wilderness
By Morris Schaff
:

"Just as they start Lee catches sight of them and gallops up and asks sharply What brigade is this The Texas brigade is the resolute response General Lee raised himself in his stirrups so said a courier in The Land We Love only a few years after the war uncovered his gray hairs and with an earnest yet anxious voice exclaimed above the din My Texas boys you must charge A yell rent the air and the men dashed forward through the wreckage of Hill"

"where Gregg first struck Wadsworth That night the Texans who had suffered so severely collected the dead they could find dug a trench near the road and buried them And when the last shovelful of reddish clay and dead leaves was thrown they tacked a board onto an oak whose branches overhung the shallow trench bearing the inscription Texas dead May 6th 1864 Field said in a letter to his friend Gen EP Alexander that a single first lieutenant was all that was left of one of the companies WR Ramsey of Morton Pa who was in Wads "

"Text not available"


And from The Handbook of Texas Online . . .

Hood's Texas Brigade rallies around General Lee. May 06, 1864. On this day in 1864, in one of the most moving incidents of the Civil War, Confederate general Robert E. Lee ordered the celebrated Hood's Texas Brigade to the front, and they in turn ordered him to the rear. During a critical moment of the fierce Battle of the Wilderness, as the Southern battle line was crumbling, Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, was heartened to see the Texas Brigade, under the command of John Gregg, arrive on the field as reinforcements. With a cry of "Hurrah for Texas!" Lee ordered them forward against the Union army and, carried away by his enthusiasm, began to lead them into the charge. The Texans, unwilling to risk their idol in battle, stopped and gathered around him, yelling "Lee to the rear!" and held onto his horse until he withdrew. The Texas Brigade suffered severe losses, but the Union army was once more fought to a standstill.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Elizabeth Plantagenet

On this date in our family history . . . the 5th day of May . . . in the year 1316 . . . Elizabeth Plantagenet dies in Quendon, Essex, England . . . this Elizabeth, a daughter of Eleanor of Castile, is believed to be a 19th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants with the Pedigrees of the Founders of the Order of Runnemede Deduced from the Sureties for the Enforcement of the Statutes of the Magna Charta of King John By Charles Henry Browning: "was in March 16 1321 2 He m November 14 1302 Princess Elizabeth Plantagenet b 1282 d 1316 widow of Sir John Earl of Holland and daughter of EDWARD I KING OF ENGLAND by his first wife Lady Eleanor daughter of FERDINAND III KING OF CASTILE AND LEON the son of KING HENRY III and grandson of KING JOHN OF ENGLAND and had "

King Afonso III of Portugal

On this date in our family history . . . the 5th day of May . . . in the year 1210 . . . Afonso III of Portugal is born in Coimbra in the Kingdom of Portugal . . . this future King of Portugal is currently believed to be a 22nd great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The Tourist in Portugal By William Henry Harrison, James Holland: "Text not available"

The Tourist in Portugal By William Henry Harrison, James Holland: "of regent but on the death of his brother was proclaimed king The great blot on the memory of this prince is his base ingratitude in putting away his wife Maud who says the chronicler married him when he had nothing and taking in her place Beatrice illegitimate daughter of Alfonso X of Castile The Pope resented the act and denounced it but the death of the unhappy Maud put an end to the controversy He had some difficulty in making the various fortified "

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Queen Matilda of England

On this date in our family history . . . the 3rd day of May . . . in the year 1151 . . . Queen Matilda of England dies at Hedingham Castle in Essex, England . . . aka Countess of Boulogne, this Matilda (aka Maud) is believed to be a 25th great-grandma of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

Lives of the queens of England from the Norman conquest By Agnes Strickland: "No Text"

Lives of the Queens of England from the Norman Conquest With Anecdotes of Their Courts: Now First Published from Official Records and Other Authentic Documents, Private as Well as Public By Agnes Strickland: "Text not available"

Friday, May 02, 2008

Blanche of Artois

On this date in our family history . . . the 2nd day of May . . . in the year 1302 . . . Blanche of Artois dies near Paris, France . . . the death of this former queen regent of Navarre fosters rumours that Guichard had in fact poisoned his former benefactor . . . the case, however, is closed two years later, when the main accusers, Jean de Calais and Noffo Dei, retract their former imputations . . . this Blanche is believed to be a 20th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

The mediæval court in the Crystal palace, described by M.D. Wyatt and J.B. Waring By Matthew Digby Wyatt, John Burley Waring: "The custom of burying the heart the body and even the viscera of the dead in different localities was very common during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and Blanche d Artois wife of Edmund Earl of Lancaster who died in 1302 and whose body was buried at Paris and her heart at Nogent 1 Artault is commemorated by a diminutive effigy now preserved at St Denis near Paris a fact which appears to indicate the meaning of these small statues viz that they were in all probability raised only over a portion of the deceased and that portion probably the heart since many of those now remaining though unfortunately mutilated have their hands crossed over their breasts holding a heart this however is mere surmise and their exact intention still remains to be clearly eluc"

Baron William de Braose

On this date in our family history . . . the 2nd day of May . . . in the year 1230 . . . Baron William de Braose dies in Wales . . . The Chronicle of Ystrad Fflur's entry for 1230 reads :: In this year William de Breos the Younger, lord of Brycheiniog, was hanged by the Lord Llywelyn in Gwynedd, after he had been caught in Llywelyn's chamber with the king of England's daughter, Llywelyn's wife. . . . this William is believed to be a 21st great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Antiquities of Shropshire By Robert William Eyton: "Text not available"

The Dictionary of National Biography By Leslie Stephen, George Smith, Sidney Lee, Henry William Carless Davis, John Reginald Homer Weaver: "London with his sister and performed homage William de Braose remained a captive in Llywelyn e hands In 1229 he purchased his freedom with three thousand marks the promise of his daughter Isabella in marriage to Davydd ab Llywelyn with Builth as her wedding portion and an engagement not to fight against Llywelyn for the future Dun staple Annals p 117 But during his captivity William had won the love of Llywelyn"

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Edmund FitzAlan

On this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of May . . . in the year 1285 . . . Edmund FitzAlan is born at the Castle of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England . . . this Edmund is believed to be a 19th great-grandpa of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this blog . . .

The History and Antiquities of the Castle and Town of Arundel Including the Biography of Its Earls, from the Conquest to the Present Time By Mark Aloysius Tierney: "Text not available"

Queen Matilda of England

On this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of May . . . in the year 1118 . . . Queen Matilda of England dies (at the age of 38) at Westminster Palace in London, England . . . burial is in Westminster Abbey . . . this Matilda is the wife of King Henry the Fowler . . . and is thought to be a 24th great-grandma to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Lives of the queens of England from the Norman conquest By Agnes Strickland: "No Text"

"son again Resigned and perfect in all the duties of her high calling the dying queen remained during this trying season in her palace at Westminster 1 lonely though surrounded with all the splendour of royalty enduring with patience the separation from her beloved consort and children and affording to the last hour of her life a beautiful example of piety and self denial She expired on the 1st of May 1118 3 passionately lamented by every class of the people to whom her virtues aud wisdom had rendered her inexpressibly dear According to the most ancient chroniclers the king her husband was much afflicted when the intelligence of Matilda"

Happy May Day!

The Ladies' Companion: "Oh May with all thy flowers and thy green Bight welcome be thou i iu fresh May CHAUCER So sang the father of English poetry the old man eloquent laid dead amongst the tombs before the altar of St Bennet"

The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Embracing the Anniversaries of Memorable Persons and Events, in Every Period and State of the World, from the Creation to the Present Time By Joel Munsell: "1515 HENRY VIII and queen attended by nobles went a maying and were entertained by the noted forester Robin Hood to assert then liberty 1517 A riot among the London apprentices "

The Ladies' Companion: "Henry the Eighth rode a Maying with his Queen Katherine from Greenwich over Black heath to Shooter"

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