Researching can take painstakingly tiny steps. Every link can take hour to years to document or prove. it can feel like you crawl inch by inch. Then once in awhile you encounter a published family account and this can speed you up incredibly. This is what happens when you hit Royalty.
Royalty has always documented itself. In discovering my Royalty line, I find I am drawing bounderies in my research. I am not flying to England or France to verify information. I will remain here in my comfy chair at the computer and consider the enormous amount of Royal information to be true. I don’t know what I would prove passed the work of others in this case.
Wiki has some great pages devoted to each of them. I provided the Wiki links to each Royal and the reading is an eye opener. The wives were incredibly surprising. I think I had a preconceived idea of the wives sitting pretty on a throne being doted on their every wish. No, they were a lot of fun.
My favorite is Eleanor of Aquitaine. She led armies in the Crusades. Somehow I doubt she was riding sidesaddle. She also had her marriage annulled, citing that she produced no sons for her husband. How commendable for her to simply bow out. Interestingly, she married King Henry 2 of England 8 weeks later. Somehow I suspect they had already met before the annulment. Interesting woman, my Ancestral grandmother.
I hope you enjoy reading the Royalty page on this blog. I have also added the lineage for cousin bait. Love finding cousins. I have not added the lineage as yet to the lineage program on this blog. But you can get started with the Royalty page here.
It can be hard to feel a connection to your Ancestral grandparents. That is why I adore finding physical connections to their lives. When I find a home that they lived in, I can point it out and say, “That’s where they lived. They were really here. It’s more than a name and date on a piece of paper!”
I had already followed my family tree to John Wildes. I descend from his first wife, Priscilla Gould. He soon remarried, Sara and that wife was hung as a witch. John married a third time, to a woman whose husband had been hung as a witch.
Fascinated with the Witch trials, I learned I came from near 6, I think, important families from that era and I spent my time checking out those facts. I overlooked Priscilla, John’s first wife.
Running into cousins online, I fell into some wonderful information. Priscilla Gould was daughter to Zaccheus Gould. He was a founder of Topsfield,Massachusetts and his home still stands. This is incredibly significant as I now have yet another family home still standing. This makes five homes standing that I have found so far. All are on the national register.
Zaccheus Gould’s home in Topsfield,Massachusetts, click here.
He is my 9 Greats, Grandfather. And I can’t wait to go take a peak and a picture of this home.
Here is my Lineage.
Susannah Allen > Ruth Balentine > Sara Kohler > Inez (Allen) Kohler > Mary (Page) Allen >John Page Jr. > Mary (Newcomb) Page > Capt John Newcomb > Ebenezer Newcomb > Sara (Wildes) Hayden > Priscilla (Gould) Wild > Zaccheus Gould