20170920 The Guy R Cook Report What’s on our Mind

20170920 The Guy R Cook Report What’s on our Mind is about the recent email that had the subject line of :

Who Do You Think You Are? (Fleming Family, Part I)

That email goes on to reveal that I’m descended from Royalty in England, and the notes are there for the books researched to validate that statment, here you go. –

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If you are descended from Orthello Fleming (or his mother, Anna Elizabeth Eastman Fleming), you have several medieval English and Scottish kings as your ancestors.  I discovered this connection while researching for proof that John Alden (who came to Plymouth, Mass. with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620) was one of our ancestors.  Now, after considerable time and effort, I am satisfied of our direct descent from this royalty to our middle class family.  How is this possible?

In  “Tracing Your Aristocratic Ancestors” by Anthony Adolph, a professional genealogist in the U.K., it states, “If you have any British ancestry at all, then it is virtually impossible for you not to have at least a small dose of aristocratic blood.  Working back through your own family tree, the number of ancestors doubles at each generation.  Just going back to AD 1200, we each have over 33 million ancestors.  The population of Britain in 1200, however, was only about two million.  King John (1167-1216) is statistically likely to be the ancestor of everyone of British descent living today.  There is a very real benefit to discovering an aristocratic connection: a fantastic, ready traced family history that might stretch back centuries.” 

In England, under primogeniture, the only beneficiaries of aristocratic blood were likely to be senior heirs.  The daughters of the king would marry an earl, whose daughters would marry a knight on down to merchants and clergy.  Early immigrants to America were motivated by religion and not about class distinction.  

The attachments show the line starting with my mother, Iva Fleming McLellan, back almost 30 generations, 1,000 years, to those kings. This information is from  Family Search (which is free). Note that it goes through Benjamin Gould, husband of Lydia Alden.  The family back to Lydia Alden and John Alden has been proven with birth, death, and marriage certificates and historical reference books.  I have numbered the line carriers back to King of England, William the Conquerer, pages 1-3.

The second grouping is pages 1A and 2A.  This is the line that branches off to the kings of Scotland starting with (#16) Elizabeth Howard’s husband (A) Sir Henry Wentworth. 

The attachments in Part II are for additional information and is from Ancestry.com which shows the parents, spouse and applicable child for each of the line carriers and where they lived.  

Some items of interest:

Ann Dearbaugh (#11) and her daughter, Anne Stratton (#10) were the first in the line to immigrate to America (Salem, Mass.) in the 1630s.  

Two aunts of Deliverance Towne (husband of John Stiles #8) were executed on a charge of witchcraft in Salem, Mass. in 1692.

King John (#24) is famous for signing the Magna Carta in 1215 which established the rule of law in the English-speaking world.  Some of our ancestors were the barons who enforced these rules.

John Howard (18) was a knight who died on crusade in Jerusalem in 1436.  Richard Plantagenet (#23) was one of the wealthiest men in Europe and also a knight who went on crusade. His son, Sir Richard of Cornwall (#22), was illegitimate. 

King Henry I (#27) had 21 illegitimate children and two legitimate.  Empress Matilda (#26) was one of those two.  His father was William the Conquerer (#28),  the Norman. who invaded England in 1066.

On the Scottish side, Isabel (#J) was the illegitimate daughter of William I of Scotland, called William, the Lion (#K)  Her first husband was Robert Bruce III.

Malcolm III, King of Scots (#N) had two children, a daughter, Maud (#30) who married King Henry I (#27) of England and a son, King David (#M) of Scotland.  Malcolm’s wife, St. Margaret, has a chapel built in her honor by Edinburgh Castle.  Her head was once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots, taken to France and lost during the French Revolution.  

You can find endless more trivia on the internet.

Genealogists don’t accept FamilySearch or Ancestry websites so I verified EACH person in our line with information from books, such as: (some titles shortened for brevity) 

Zaccheus Gould of Topsfield, Descendants of Robert Stiles, North America Family Histories  1500 to 2000, A Book of Strattons, Plantagenet Ancestry, Americans of Royal Descent, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, The Baronetage of England, The Dormant and Extinct Baronage of England, Burke’s Peerages, The House of Cornewall and Magna Carta Ancestry.

I hope you have found this of interest.  After I accidentally made the discovery of our ancestry, I thought I should share the information with our family.  As you can see, I do not have e-mails for everyone so perhaps you can pass this along. Also, I know some do not regularly check their messages.  I would like the future generations to be aware of this connection to royalty.  It would certainly make British history more interesting.  And, in conclusion, because we are related to these kings, we are also descended from Charlemagne–but that is too far back, even for me.

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