After much research…

After spending a good amount of time on ancestry.com I have found out:

My 15th great grandmother was Cecily Bonville, 7th Baroness Harington and 2nd Baroness Bonville. Her notable descendants include Lady Jane GreySir Winston Churchill, as well as those who are living today which include Prince William of Wales, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

Lady Jane Grey (12th great grandmother) was Queen of England for 9 days. In 1553 her family attempted to place her on the throne after the death of King Edward VI. She was imprisoned by Mary Tudor and might have been spared had not a second rebellion erupted in 1554 in which her father played a leading role. Jane was executed. The whole plot was called Wyatt’s rebellion and her father was one of the only ones to escape with his head.

My 11th great grandfather was John Aldred. He wasn’t a big name, but there’s a funny story. He and his wife were involved in a domestic dilemma which surely caused acute embarrassment to his clerical family. It seems that he was absent from home for some time, and, thinking him dead, his wife remarried one Edmund/Edward Boutman on February 2, 1596. John’s reappearance and the resulting dilemma were addressed by Bishop Redman during his visit to the Diocese of Norwich in 1597; he noted, “Ann Aldrige. For having two husbands living.” The problem was resolved, and she returned to her husband, John Aldrich.

My 14th great grandmother was Lady Margaret Wotten Marguess of Dorset. She was the godmother of Queen Elizabeth I.

My 12th great grandfather was Tobias Matthew, Archbishop of York.

My 8th great grandmother was Rebecca Rolfe, aka Pocahontas aka Matoaka. She was captured by the english and held as a prinsoner until John Rolfe took a fancy to her. They were married on April 5, 1614, and lived for two years on Rolfe’s plantation, Varina Farms, which was located across the James River from the new community of Henricus. They had a child, Thomas Rolfe, born on January 30, 1615. The Virginia Company decided to bring Pocahontas to England as a symbol of the tamed New World “savage” and the success of the Jamestown settlement.In 1616, the Rolfes traveled to England, arriving at the port of Plymouth on June 12. In March 1617, Rolfe and Pocahontas boarded a ship to return to Virginia; the ship had only gone as far as Gravesend on the River Thames when Pocahontas became gravely ill. She was taken ashore and died. It is unknown what caused her death, but theories range from smallpox, pneumonia, or tuberculosis, to her having been poisoned.

My 9th great grandmother was Penelope Van Princis of Amsterdam. She married John Kent and set sail for New York. The ship wrecked and her husband was too sick to make the journey to a nearby town. She stayed behind alone with him while the other survivors went ahead. A band of Indians came along and killed her husband and gravely injured Penelope and left her for dead. “The wife’s skull was fractured and her left shoulder so hacked that she could never use that arm like the other she was also cut across the abdomen so that the bowels protruded these she kept in with her hands. After the Indians were gone the wife revived and crawled to a hollow tree or log where she remained for shelter several days one account says seven subsisting on what she could find to eat.” She recovered and finally made it to New Amsterdam (New York).  She met and married Richard Stout, eventually had 10 kids, settled Middleton, Monmouth County, New Jersey, and lived to the age of 110.

My great grandfather fought in both World Wars.

~ by accordingtoleanne on July 27, 2011.

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