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  • #51 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: Final Changes to the Last Third of RD600

    Gary Boyd Roberts

    Published Date : October 10, 2000

    In this 50th column I wish to review the last changes I made to the final third of RD600 before handing the manuscript in late August to my colleague Alicia Crane Williams for book preparation. Columns #43, #44, and #49 included new immigrants and perhaps some corrections to these descents from King John of England (d. 1216) and earlier Plantagenet, Norman or Anglo-Saxon (all English), Scottish, French, or other sovereigns; I shall now cover descents of immigrants in RD500 which I or others have altered. The first of these is a new Marmion-Bernacke-Cromwell-Fitzwilliam-Sotehill-Markenfield-Calverley line from King John to William Wentworth of N.H. and Christopher Lawson of Mass. I developed this descent independently of Wentworth research by Paul C. Reed commissioned by former NEHGS trustee Shirley Goodwin Bennett, but plan to show it to them in Salt Lake City in November. Paul has apparently reconstructed the Wentworth patrilineal line as presented in the first edition of Magna Charta Sureties and vol. 1 of the 1878 Wentworth genealogy. David Faris and Douglas Richardson have undertaken Calverley research based in part on vol. 6 of Publications of the Thoresby Society, and visitation or compiled pedigrees that seem to be accurate cover the Markenfields, Sotehills, and Fitzwilliams.

    A second Marmion descent from King John extends through the Fitzhugh, Tunstall, Pudsey, and Grosvenor families to Henry Corbin of Virginia, whose descent from Amy de Gaveston is covered in the 2nd ed. of Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists (PASCC2), and whose Grosvenor, Pudsey, Tunstall and Fitzhugh ancestry is well covered in the forthcoming Magna Charta Ancestry (MCA) by David Faris and Douglas Richardson. Also outlined in MCA is a new line from William I the Lion, King of Scots (d. 1214) via de Ros, la Zouche, and Tyndall for Mrs. Margaret Tyndall Winthrop, fourth wife of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founder (also given new detail in MCA is the likely parentage of Margaret of Teschen, the "nearly royal" wife of Sir Simon de Felbrigg). MCA identifies Margery, wife of Godfrey Hilton, Baron Luttrell, as Margery Willoughby, daughter of Sir Hugh Willougby and Margaret Freville, based on a Nottinghamshire visitation; Margery, an ancestor of Mrs. Katherine Hamby Hutchinson of Mass., was a granddaughter of Sir Baldwin Freville (and Maud ----), 9th in descent from Henry II (d. 1189) and Countess Ida.

    For child Mayflower passenger Richard More I had to revert to the descent, first outlined by Sir A. R. Wagner in the 1970 Register, from Ada of Scotland, niece of William the Lion, via Hastings, Grey, Talbot, l'Archdeacon/Archdekne, Lucy, Hopton, Corbet, and Cresset. For Harvard president Rev. Charles Chauncey and Mrs. Mabel Harlakenden Haynes Eaton of Hartford (wife of John Haynes, only colonial governor of both Mass. and Conn.), MCA offers an "improved" descent (based in part on vol. 1 of Baker's Northamptonshire, p. 123), via de Ferrers and earls of Derby, Chester, and Gloucester, from Henry I of England (d. 1135) for Sir John Bigod. In addition to the forthcoming Magna Charta Sureties, with many new Faris or Richardson discoveries, I have also long been privy to the ongoing Ancestors for Twenty Generations [of his children] study by Brice McAdoo Clagett. Among his most recent notes to me were corrections to two lines in the early part of RD500. In the descent of Henrietta Fielding, daughter of novelist Henry Fielding and wife of colonial engineer James Gabriel Montrésor, Elizabeth (Leveson) Aston was not the daughter of Margery (Wrottesley) Leveson, and the best line is now from Edward III via Lane, Parr, Fitzhugh, Neville, and Beaufort. Additionally, the best line for Nicholas and Henry Lowe of Md. and their aunt, Lady Jane (Lowe) (Sewall) Calvert, Baroness Baltimore, is no longer through Harpur, Pierpont, Thwaites, Knyvett (Knevet), Grey of Ruthyn, Holand, John of Gaunt and Edward III (the mistaken parentage was that of Alice [Grey] Knyvett/Knevet), but rather via Cavendish, Hardwick, Pinchbeck, and Greene to Sir Thomas Greene, 8th in descent from Edward I, ancestor of the R.I. Marbury sisters through his first wife Philippa Ferrers, and father by later wife Marina Beler of Anne (Greene) Pinchbeck.

    A line on which I should appreciate reader input is that from Robert II, King of France (d. 1031), via dukes of Burgundy, counts of Ponthieu, d'Estouteville/de Stoteville, Say, and Dabridgecourt, to ---- (prob. Elizabeth) Dabridgecourt, wife of Ralph Staverton, mother of Elizabeth (Staverton) Burgoyne, great-grandmother of Thomasine (Burgoyne) Shute, and great-great-great-grandmother of Gov. William Leete of Conn. The possibility of this line was first brought to my attention by Mrs. Gerald (Sarah) Polkinghorne of Minneapolis. Europäische Stammtafeln includes Estouteville and Ponthieu charts, Say and Dabridgecourt entries in The House of Commons, 1386-1421, vol. 4 of the Victoria County History of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and The Topographer and Genealogist 1 (1846), plus Charles Kerry's history of Bray (p. 62 esp.) and visitations of Hampshire and Berkshire, with discrepancies, suggest that the mother of Elizabeth (Staverton) Burgoyne was an Elizabeth Dabridgecourt, probably the daughter (on largely chronological grounds) of Thomas and Beatrice (---) Dabridgecourt, granddaughter of Sir John and Joan (Lynde) Dabridgecourt, and great-granddaughter of Sir Nicholas Dabridgecourt and Elizabeth ----, daughter and heir of Sybil de Say. Heraldic discrepancies in Dabridgecourt coats have been brought to my attention, but I still think this line probable.

    Two last notes: (1) for Louis IV of France descendant Thomas Bradbury of Mass. (RD500, pp. 461-62), I await a speculative descent from a much later king that will, I hope, be developed by "Kenneth W. Kirkpatrick" on this website or elsewhere; (2) a final deletion, unfortunately, is Christopher Tilghman of Va., probably a nephew, not grandson, of the Christopher Tilghman who married Anna Sanders, whose parents in turn may not be John Sanders and Anna Whetenhall (see, among other sources, Elizabeth M. Tilman, Getting to the Roots of the Family Tree: The Story of a Saxon Family, 3 vols. [1997], vols. 2 and 3, esp. the chart at end of vol. 3, opposite p. 1139).

    My next column will be the long version of a "sidebar" on royal descents, royal cousins and the current British royal family that I composed for an upcoming issue of the magazine Ancestry. It is reprinted in this longer version with Ancestry's permission and in its shorter version will, I hope, bring new readers to this website as well.

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