Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm a Magna Carta Sureties Descendant

Well, it is always neat to confirm a really cool lineage and now I have confirmed one -- a lineage to one of the Magna Carta signers. I have some other alternate lines that will trace back, including another line to another signer - Robert de Roos.

The actual lineage looks like this (starting at my Mallory branch):

5. Dr. William Law Van Horn - Mattie Parry Mallory: Biography
6. Dr. William Wesley Mallory - Rosannah Margaret Parry
7. Lt. John H. Mallory - Virginia Gilmer
8. William Mallory - Lucy Harrison
9. Philip Mallory - Lucinda Pynes
10. Thomas Mallory - Elizabeth Higgason
11. Captain Roger Mallory - [--?--]
12. Rev. Thomas Mallory, B.D. - Jane [--?--]
13. Rev. Thomas Mallory, D.D. - Elizabeth Vaughn
14. William Mallory, Knight - Ursula Gale
15. William Mallory, Knight - Jane Norton
16. John Mallory, Knight - Margaret Thwaites
17. Joan Constable - William Mallory, Knight
18. John Constable, Knight - Lora Fitz Hugh
19. Margaret Umfreville - John Constable, Knight: Biography
20. Thomas Umfreville, Knight - Agnes Gray: Biography
21. Thomas de Umfreville, Knight - Joan de Roddam: Biography
22. Robert de Umfreville, Earl of Angus/Baron of Prudhoe - Lucy de Kyme: Biography
23. Elizabeth Comyn - Gilbert de Umfreville, Knight/Earl of Angus in Scotland: Biography
24. Elizabeth de Quincy - Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan: Biography
25. Roger de Quincy, Knight/Earl of Winchester - Ellen of Galloway: Biography
26. Saher de Quincy, Earl of Winchester - Margaret de Beaumont: Biography

Saher de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, was born in 1155. (1) He was the son of Robert de Quincy Lord of Buckley and Fawside and Orabella de Leuchars. (1,2) In 1175 Saher, married Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert "├Ęs Blanchemains" unknown 3rd Earl of Leicester and Pernel de Grandmesnil. (1,2,3) Saher de Quincy Earl of Winchester was created Earl of Winchester in 1207. (3) Saher de Quincy was one of the twenty-five sureties of the Magna Charta, for which he was excommunicated. His singular christian name of Saher, or Saier, is a likely a corruption from the Saxon Segher, Sigher, or Seagar, a Conqueror. Eliza S. Quincy refers to him as "John de Quincy, created Earl of Winchester by King John, 1207. He was a leader of the Barons who forced John to sign the Magna Charta. (1)" He died on Sunday, 3 November 1219 in Damietta, Holy Land, at age 64 years. (1)

1. Sewell Genealogy Site.

2. Barlow, Lundie W. "The Ancestry of Saher de Quincy, Earl of Winchester", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume CXII (January 1958).

3. Cokayne, George E. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the UK, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. volume VII. London: The St. Catherine Press, 1929).

4. Directory of Royal Genealogical Data.

5. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Family Album

The Rev TD Jakes wrote this piece and Gayle shared it with me, so I thought it would be neat to share it with our fellow genealogists.

"Pull out that old family photo album and scan the faces. The people on these pages brought you to this point. Their lives are the cornerstones of your life. Their sacrifices are your mandate to continue invest in yourself—and in all that comes next. Just as they formed your foundation—your work lays a foundation for lives after you.

"Your family album is a picture of the tenacity and strength in your DNA. It is a study in perseverance. Secrets of survival that course through your veins.

"To settle for less than you are capable of is to squander not just your life—but their lives—and your legacy to future generations. One generation's position is the next generation's reposition. Picture that."

Rev. TD Jakes (Thought of the Day)