Email: Barbara Neel Blizzard
LINKS: My Neel Family of Texas
Headlee and Smith of Iowa. Maps of towns named Headley in England I used the lineage to Lady Godiva in Royalty for Commoners MY TREES!
My Neel Family of Texas
Headlee and Smith of Iowa. Maps of towns named Headley in England
Headlee and Smith of Iowa. Maps of towns named Headley in England
I used the lineage to Lady Godiva in Royalty for Commoners
THIS IS THE GATE
to my family genealogy online.
I didn't get into this much trouble online all by myself. Ron Potter, earliest partner on the Headley page, resarched our family history as a teenager and gave a copy to his uncle Clyde. Cousin Judy Richardson helped with Rowles genealogy, and Pat Bonneau provided records with Pool genealogy on the original Blizzard and Pool Family page. Other cousins whose help has been relied on in the early days of this web-page are Glenn Headley, Jo Bendon Mercer and Carolyn Headley Stober.
Both sides of my family were early settlers in Missouri in early 1800's. Both were named Smith----neither stayed! Our g-g-great-grandfather William F. Smith came to Missouri but moved on to Iowa, and my paternal g-g-great-grandfather General James Hans Smith was a state senator and congressman in both Missouri and Arkansas and written about in history as a great orator. Later he moved to Texas where he was murdered for his money while in Houston buying supplies for his family and neighbors.
On my mother's side of the family, her g-great-grandfather William D. Rowles was a senator and congressman in Nebraska. (More about them below.)William's son-in-law, Prof. James Walter Newman, was superintendent of schools of Sarpy County, Nebraska. My paternal grandmother, Ione Donalson Neel(without a second "d" in Donalson, as it is an Irish name,) went to Denton college for women and became a schoolteacher. Ione was the great-granddaughter of Senator Hans Smith.
My husband's Pool and Blizzard families have all been within a radius of 30 miles of Lexington County, South Carolina for well over two centuries. The American colonies were a great melting-pot of nationalities. So Tillman and I are both a little of everything, and descend from royalty through our Gunter/Awbrey line, of William Gunter of Abergavenne, as well as other lines.
Among the ancestors of three of my grandparents are Rameses the "Great" Pharaoh of Egypt, Emperor Charlemagne, and the great Spanish warrior "El Cid," Rodrigo Diaz. I also descend from Lady Godiva who made her famous bare-back ride to prove the innocence of her husband. We also descend from Isabel De Clare and William Marshall the undefeated knight, Regent of England, through four of their daughters, Maud, Eva, Isabel and Sybil. An Irish Bishop cursed William, and all his male descendants died within a few years without heirs, so all of William's descnedants are through his daughters.
Our Smith great-grandmothers, Nancy Nora Smith, and Caroline Smith, were both of royal descent but not related to each other. On my father's side, Nancy's father, Al Sidney Smith was the son of Capt. James Hans (Shmidt) Smith, School-teacher from Pennsylvania, was a Senator and Congressman in Missouri and Arkansas as stated above and on the Neel page. Not to be outdone, my mother's great-grandfather William Donaldson Rowles was also a Senator and Congressman of Nebraska, on the Rowles page. And on her mother's side, Caroline's grandparents, William Smith, mentioned above, and his wife and cousin Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith are on the Headley page. William and Betsy were cousins and both descended from the brother of Captain John Smith of Pocahontas fame. Caroline married George W. Headlee who rode with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" tests well over 800,000 genes per person to locate ancestry across all family lines of that person tested. The test consists of Autosomal, family matches, and recent origin before coming to America. The Family Finder DNA test "MyOrigins" results on the origins of ancestral location of recent history within the last few hundred years more or less, show that Tillman’s ancestry is 97% European in origin, and Barbara’s ancestry is 93% European, which included the Brittish Isles.
The only way to match with my cousin Raymond Surwillo was to test with Ancestry DNA, so I did, and we match as first cousins, which we are, as we are children of siblings Hazel Neel Surwillo and James Herbert Neel. Recently Raymond's sister, Linda Maxwell, tested at FTDNA, which proved our grandmother Ione Donalson's line is J-mt-DNA through maternal ancestor Ruth Lambert Pace. Our Neel paternal line was not tested.
As you may know, I am the Administrator of three FTDNA projects: Maryland, New York State, and Blizzard DNA. At DNA.Ancestry I have matches proving some of our ancstors were descendants of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins through my grandmother Sybil Newman. Sybil descends from Nicholas and Constance's daughter Sarah Snow and her husband William Walker. On my dad's side: Thomas Hill and Mary Percy (above;) John T. Neel, Sr. and Martha Lemmons, connected with descendants of Ellen Neel O'Conner proving John and Ellen as children of John Neel and Sarah Hutchinson (Ellen's parents' names proven through church records sent to me by Shannon Weigel) through several matches; Legislator Hans Smith and wife Nancy Owen and beyound to Thomas Owen. Plus, I have a few matches descended from William G. Dudley, grandfather of Mary Ann Dudley, including Capt. Christopher Dudley and Elizabeth Daniel. Christopher descends from multi Royal lines.
I'm so glad we tested at Ancestry because we have multi matches with Doherty/Dougherty/Daugherty which agrees with our y-DNA results, that our Stewart line was originally Doherty. Orignal Irish spelling was O'Dochartaigh as descendants of Cornelius who lived in the 15th century.
My husband, Tillman Blizzard and I tested at FTDNA, as well as my daughter EB, my aunt Geri, her daughter and granddaughter, and our cousins Glenn Headley, Ron Potter, Judy Richardson, Linda Maxwell and Michael Hadley. My husband's cousin Pat Bonneau had DNA of her uncle and herself tested at FTDNA. My daughter EB Blizzard and I tested at Ancestry DNA as well as FTDNA, so, through matches we can be sure the matches with distant cousins prove our lineage with the unique tool at FTDNA of the Chromosome Browser.
This is so exciting, that I must go deeper into this DNA research. So many of my relatives tested there that were missing at FTDNA, plus a few who tested with both companies. In fact, several Dudley lineages prove my father's grandmother, Mary Ann Dudley Neel, daughter of Ransom W. Dudley was indeed the son of William G. Dudley of royal descent from Maj. Robert Dudley who married Elizabeth Ransom, with at least one match of those who allow their tree to be seen by matches. Robert descends from King Edward III of England and also his wife Lady Philippa of Hainault. Both descend from the Pharaoh Rameses (I) and his wife, Queen Sit.re' Tia who descends from Thutmoses I, Pharaoh of Egypt, and Celtic Queen Boudicca.
Genealogy is on the cutting edge of science with DNA testing. It can create great changes in who we thought we were with a simple swab of the cheek. In DNA testing we are actually looking for your earliest proven ancestor and not you per se so that you may remain anonymous if you so choose. The point is matching ancestors. In projects with only surnames listed, you are still publicly anonymous because they only list your surname with your DNA results and no further information. DNA testing changed the history of our paternal Pace line. The Pace Chart of our Pace ancestors William Pace and wife Ruth Lambert, has the same y-DNA as Richard Pace who married Elizabeth Cain, but has been linked with an entirely different Richard Pace line.
DNA testing proved that there were three different Pool/Poole families in early South Carolina. All the Blizzards tested so far are different as well, except for the descendants of Colonial Thomas Blizzard. In this family Tillman Blizzard and the Alabama descendants of Thomas Blizzard are an exac 12 marker match, the limit so far of Thomas' testing. It has also proved that the Pharaoh Ramses II was a Berber from Libya, Just like Johan Peter Pelzer Fry's family who are E-Y-DNA; while Henry Frey and Anna Catherine Levering's descendants are R Y-DNA from Europe. (Ramses is listed in the book Royalty for Commoners with the spelling Rameses.)
The World is a DNA Melting Pot! There is no right or wrong DNA. It is just branches of a genetic tree, but you are a UNIQUE leaf on it somewhere. It's a lot of fun to discover your leaf on the tree.
Our family were basically Bankers, Nurses, Politicians and School Teachers. My daughter Sybillina is an artist as well as a school teacher. My grandmother Sybil Newman was a nurse, and her father J. Walter Newman, was a Professor and Superintendent of Schools in Nebraska, and Sybil's sister was a school teacher. Sybil's mother's father, William D. Rowles, was a Nebraska Senator and Congressman, a descendant of Hon. Edmund Jennings, acting Govenor of Virginia. Her maternal grandfather, John Crowthers, Sr. was president of Towson bank in Maryland, and three of my aunts were also bankers. My grandmother Ione, great-granddaughter of Senator Hans Smith, was a school teacher, and her sister was a published poet. Sybil's cousin Gwen DeLaney (Gwen Delano stage name)was an actress on radio, TV and films. My Welsh Headley relatives were very musical and beautiful singers. The Headley siblings held barn dances on Saturday night at their farm in Iowa. My mother sang "God Bless America" acappella at the Hollywood Bowl on the first I Am An American Day for President Franklin Roosevelt which was broadcast on the radio, 12 June 1939. And my cousin Ron Potter sings in Nebraska. Our cousin Gene Pursell sang on TV, and his sons and grandsons are singers as well. A 1951 video of our cousin Gene Pursell, the very first "Irish Tenor" on the Lawrence Welk Show on TV, is on you-tube. It is out of sync but a rare find and worth the viewing. Gene is the grandson of Aunt Nora Headley Bendon, oldest sister of my grandfather Clyde Hadley, and Ron's mother Golden Daisy Headley Potter. But hey! you knew that, didn't you!
My Welsh Headley relatives were very musical and beautiful singers. The Headley siblings held barn dances on Saturday night at their farm in Iowa. My mother sang "God Bless America" acappella at the Hollywood Bowl on the first I Am An American Day for President Franklin Roosevelt which was broadcast on the radio, 12 June 1939. And my cousin Ron Potter sings in Nebraska. Our cousin Gene Pursell sang on TV, and his sons and grandsons are singers as well. A 1951 video of our cousin Gene Pursell, the very first "Irish Tenor" on the Lawrence Welk Show on TV, is on you-tube. It is out of sync but a rare find and worth the viewing. Gene is the grandson of Aunt Nora Headley Bendon, oldest sister of my grandfather Clyde Hadley, and Ron's mother Golden Daisy Headley Potter. But hey! you knew that, didn't you!
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