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This is an index of family branches, but please scroll down for some family history, and DNA as well.

Note: Aunt Nora Headley Bendon's grandson, Gene Pursell, the Irish Tenor on the Lawrence Show, passed away on 31 Oct 2014. I have a vido of him singing on TV posted on the Headlee and Smith link below. He brought happiness to many.

I moved my DNA news to the DNA section below.

My cousin Ron Potter found a book you can download free about his great-grandfather's aunts The Hall sisters, Sylvia and Rachel, being taken by Indians in a Masacre of 1832. Even future president Abraham Lincoln was among the soldiers who hunted for the captive sisters. I read it all the way through in one sitting! Click here for the new page about the Hall girls.

Also, I have added a new webpage to the Headlee page, of the only towns named Headley in England. They are all near the seaport of Portsmouth. Our Richard Headley came to the colonies with Samuel Drake, son of John Drake of Plymouth, so I included Drake genealogy charts, as Richard married two of Samuel's daughters, Hannah and Mary. I also added a map of Hedley-on-the-Hill, where Richard Headley was probably born, according to Headley researchers.

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Henry Corbin, Rowles ancestor, Henry was born 1629, Hall End, Warwickshire, England, died 2 Jan. 1676/7 Buckingham House, Middlesex Co, Virginia. A colonial merchant, Justice, Burgess and Member of the Council in the Virginia Colony, Henry married Alice Eltonhead. Both are descendants of Lady Godiva. Through Alice, I am a Founding Member of SDLG: the Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva. If you are interested in a lifetime membership through Henry and Alice, I will be glad to help with proof if I can. For membership, please contact Davine.


Rowles Family Page

Barbara's My Heritage Webpage

Which will be my only homepage if Ancestry dot com cancels Rootsweb home pages, as they did genealogy dot com.

Barbara's Ron Potter My Heritage Webpage
with Potter pictures.

Original Blizzard and Pool Page on Rootsweb


Barbara's South Carolina Ancestors

Headlee and Smith of Iowa.

Maps of towns named Headley in England

The only towns named Headley in England.

Genealogies of Dudley family in Virginia Robert Dudley and Elizabeth Ransom of royal descent, our DNA proven ancestors, are on this page in google books, ancestors of my great-grandmother Mary Ann Dudley Neel of Tarrant Co, Texas. Please give it time to load.


Source of some of our royal ancestors are from the book at the flashing Genealogy dot com link below Royalty for Commoners The lineage to Lady Godiva is also in this book. However, I also used the Bible as a main source back to Abraham and Sarah.

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Tree of Tillman & Barbara's ancestors
This tree is only direct ancestors and siblings. See Weaving Webs tree for extended families.

Weaving Webs Tree at Rootsweb.
We are not related to everyone on this Family Tree. This is my full working gedcom.

Jennings and Rowles Tree of Judy Richardson
Judy is my cousin and genealogy partner on the Rowles family history since 2000.

Descendants only, tree of Lady Godiva at Rootsweb.
Cousins Donna Kay Weiss and Barbara Neel Blizzard are SDLG Founding members.
My Lady Godiva Tree at GenCircles
A website owned by MyHeritage and Legends bank etc.

Barbara's tree at MyHeritage site.
Everyone is connected to me by blood or marriage.

Ron's family tree at MyHeritage
My cousin Ron has been my genealogy partner on the Headley family since 1970's.

THIS IS THE GATE to 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 gggreat-grandfather William F. Smith came to Missouri but moved on to Iowa, and my paternal gggreat-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 ggreat-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, is an Irish name,) went to Denton college for women and became a schoolteacher. Ione was the great-granddaughter of 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 our grandparents are Rameses the "Great" Pharaoh of Egypt, Emperor Charlemagne, and the great Spanish warrior "El Cid," Rodrigo Diaz, and are in the book Royalty for Commoners, 4th Edition. I am descended from Lady Godiva who made her famous bare-back ride to prove the innocence of her husband. And William Marshall the undefeated knight, Regent of England, through four of his daughters. But, an Irish Bishop cursed William and all his male descendants died within a few years, so all of his 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 D. 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.

Autosomal DNA testing of Barbara Neel at DNA.Ancestry shows 98% European: 36% Irish as the largest grouping, 32% Great Britian, and 20% Scandinavian and the rest Euroean with 2% European Jewish.
As you may know, I am the Administrator of three FTDNA projects: Maryland, NYState, and Blizzard DNA. However, I recently tested at DNA.Ancestry to discover connections there, and am so glad I did! I have matches proving we come from Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins through both of my maternal grandparents Clyde Headley and Sybil Newman. Clyde descends from John Snow and Mary Smalley, and Sybil descends from John's sister Sarah Snow and William Walker, also John and Jerussa Mann Headdlee. On my dad's side: Thomas Hill and Mary Percy; John T. Neel, Sr. and Martha Lemmons, connected Wm. Alexander Neal and their sister Ellen Neel O'Conner as dau. of John Neel and Sarah Hutchins aka Hutchinson; 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.

The thing that makes me so happy about having tested at DNA.Ancestry is that so many of my relatives tested there that were missing at FTDNA. 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 Ramson. 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' Tia who descends from Thutmoses I, Pharaoh of Egypt.

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 our ancestor 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.

Family Talent

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 tacher. 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!

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