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Gateway Ancestors to Nobility


I have listed here my gateway ancestors to European nobility along with the secondary sources where these lines can be traced. The full source citations for the abbreviated sources listed with each ancestor can be found at the bottom of the page. I have divided the presentation into two sections:

1) Proven lines that are recognized as legitimate

2) Potential lines that need more documentation


Proven Ancestors

BULKELEY, Mrs. Jane (ALLEN) (never immigrated, 1st wife of Rev. Peter Bulkeley, of Massachusetts)

  • RD 500; MC5; RD600; PA3

    BULKELEY, Rev. Peter, of Massachusetts

  • RD 500; MC5; AR7; RD600; PA3; MCA

    COOKE, Mrs. Elizabeth (HAYNES), of Massachusetts

  • PA2; PA3

    CONWAY, Mrs. Martha (ELTONHEAD), of Virginia

  • RD 500; RD600; PA3; MCA

    EDWARDS, Mrs. Agnes (HARRIS) (SPENCER), of Connecticut

  • RD 500; AR7; RD600; MCA

    GODDARD, William, of Massachusetts

  • RD 500; PA2; RD600; PA3; MCA

    HUTCHINSON, Mrs. Anne (MARBURY), of Rhode Island

  • RD 500; MC5; AR7; PA2; RD600; PA3; MCA

    HUTCHINSON, Mrs. Katherine (HAMBY), of Massachusetts

  • AR7; RD600; PA3; MCA

    MAGRUDER, Alexander, of Maryland

  • RD 500; RD600

    MAVERICK, Mrs. Mary (GYE), of Massachusetts

  • AR7; PA2; RD600; PA3; MCA

    MELLOWES, Mrs. Martha (BULKELEY), of Massachusetts

  • MC5; AR7; RD600; PA3; MCA

    STRATTON, John (never immigrated, husband of Anne Derehaugh)

  • RD 500; RD600; Bradley, Hal, "A Royal Descent for John Stratton," NEHGR 160:2 (Apr 2006)

    STRATTON, Mrs. Anne (DEREHAUGH), of Massachusetts

  • Battle, Robert, "English Ancestry of Anne (Derehaugh) Stratton of Salem, Massachusetts," NEHGR 155:4 (Oct 2001); RD600; PA3; MCA

    THORNDIKE, Mrs. Elizabeth (STRATTON), of Massachusetts

  • RD 500; RD600; Bradley, Hal, "A Royal Descent for John Stratton," NEHGR 160:2 (Apr 2006)

    WILLIAMS, Mrs. Frances (DEIGHTON), of Massachusetts

  • RD 500; MC5; AR7; PA2; RD600; PA3; MCA


    Potential Ancestors*

    DILKE, Susan, of Virginia

  • Wilson, York Lowry, A Carolina-Virginia Genealogy (Aldershot, England: Gale & Polden, 1962.); Kingsbury, Susan Myra The Records of the Virginia Company of London (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1906-1935.); Harvey, William, The Visitation of Norfolk in the Year 1563 (Norwich: s.n., 1878-1895.)

    FAIRBANKS, Jonathan, of Massachusetts

  • Hunt, John G., "Notes on Families of the Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire...," The American Genealogist 40:4 (Oct 1964); Clay, C. T., "The Family of Lacy of Cromwellbottom and Leventhorpe," Miscellanea, v. 28 (Leeds, England: Publications of the Thoresby Society, 1928.)

    GRISWOLD, Michael, of Connecticut

  • French, Robert Lewis & Esther Griswold, The Greswold Family: Twelve Generations in England (Wethersfield, Connecticut: The Griswold Family Association, 1999.); "Shuckburgh Pedigree," Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, vol. 3, 2nd Series (London: 1890.)

    HINTON, John, of Virginia and Maryland

  • Wilson, York Lowry, A Carolina-Virginia Genealogy (Aldershot, England: Gale & Polden, 1962.); RD500; RD600

    WATERS, Richard, of Massachusetts

  • GGE; Threlfall, John B., The Ancestry of My Children (Madison, Wisc.: J.B. Threlfall, 1970.)

    WINDHAM, Edward, of Virginia

  • Wyndham, Hugh Archibald, A Family History, 1688-1837: The Wyndhams of Somerset, Sussex and Wiltshire (London: Oxford University Press, 1950.); Windham, Amasa Benjamin, The Windham Family of England, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas (Sandy Springs, Georgia: 1982.)


    *Note: The Dilke and Hinton connections are suggested in secondary sources. John Hinton was in Virginia and was enumerated with Clement Dilke. Colonial records coupled with onomastic analysis suggest that the line is probable. Michael Griswold's parentage is likely correct, but is not fully proven. Richard Water's parentage is proven. The question is whether his maternal 2nd great-grandfather married Margaret Brandon. This is stated in secondary sources, but is not yet proven. Richard Williams' ancestry is based on one undocumented article in the NEHG Register and is still lacking proofs. Jonathan Fairbanks' ancestry is sound. The question is whether his maternal great-grandmother, Margaret, wife of Brian Farrer, was a daughter of John Lacy of Cromwell Bottom, England. Edward Windham's ancestry is proven. The question is whether he is the father of Edward Windham of Virginia. Research is ongoing in primary records. As it currently stands, these seven lines are probable. They are neither proven nor disproven. They are included as a stimulus to further research. The remainder of the database is sound insofar as I have been able to determine. Yet, much is based on credible, yet secondary sources, and as such, is open to interpretation and subject to change. I welcome any evidence that either proves or disproves the asserted relationships in my database.

    Sources:

    AR7: Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (7th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.)

    GGE: Waters, Henry Fitz-Gilbert, Genealogical Gleanings in England (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969.)

    MC5: Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215 (5th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.)

    RD500: Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993.)

    RD600: Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.)

    PA2: Faris, David, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists (2nd ed., Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999.)

    PA3: Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004.)

    MCA: Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.)


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