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Friday, August 18, 2017

Stenkil Ragnvaldsson, King of Sweden

Stenkil Ragnvaldsson, Kung av Sverige is your 29th great grandfather.
   →  Mom
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father →  Burrell H Hancock
his father →  Rhoda Lawrence Hancock
his mother → Susan Frances Lawrence
her mother →  Rhoda P O'Bryan
her mother →  Pvt. Drury Holland, Revolutionary Soldier
her father →  Charles Holland
his father →  Peter Holland
his father →  Nehemiah Holland
his father →  Francis Gabriel Holland
his father →  John Philemon Holland
his father →  Henry Holland
his father →  Henry Holland
his father → Thomas Holland
his father →  Henry Holland
his father →  John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter
his father →  Elizabeth Plantagenet, Duchess of Exeter
his mother → John of Gaunt
her father →  Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of England
his mother →  Jeanne de Valois
her mother → Marguerite d'Anjou, comtesse d'Anjou et du Maine
her mother →  Mary, Queen of Naples
her mother →  KUN Erzsébet of the Kumans, Queen consort of Hungary
her mother →  Erzsebet of Galicia, Russian Princess
her mother →  Mstislav "the Daring"
her father →  Mstislav Rostislavich "the Brave" prince of Novgorod
his father → prince Rostislav I Mstislavich
his father →  Christina Ingesdotter of Sweden
his mother →  Inge the Elder, king of Sweden
her father → Stenkil Ragnvaldsson, Kung av Sverige
his father


EOIN AKA JOHN MACNICOL of the Highland Clan MacNicol may be a direct ancestor through my paternal line and it is believed that my YDNA is directly descended from MACNICOL CLAN CHIEFS as it is highly probable that most of the MacNicol clan is descended from the first chief of the clan hy tradition...

Having found a profile created on Geni.com I was surprised to learn that the whole world tree has already linked me to him through my Grant line,,,,  and in only about 21 generations... could JOHN MACNICOL be my 21st great grandfather?.. the world may never know.....

Eoin MacNicol is your 15th great uncle's grandfather.

→ POP 
your father → Rufus Samuel Nichols 
his father → Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother → Michael O. King
her father → Margaret (Wright) King
his mother → James GRANT Wright
her father → Mary Whitledge Wright
his mother → William Grant, of Crichie
her father → Elizabeth Grant
his mother → Jean Erskine
her mother → Sir Alexander Erskine, Baron of Gogar
her father → Margaret Campbell
his mother → Elizabeth Stuart, Countess of Argyle
her mother → Margaret Montgomerie
her mother → Alexander Montgomerie of Auchterhouse, 1st Lord Montgomerie
her father → Agnes MacDonald of the Isles
his mother → Margaret Macdonald dau. of the Lord of the Isles
her sister → Roderick MacLeod, 5th of Lewis
her husband → Margaret MacNicol
his mother → Eoin MacNicol
her father



My Y DNA goes back to the MacNicol Clan of Scotland which means that part of me is a highlander. At some point in time someone in the clan changed their last name and one of their descendants, probably Simon Nicholls moved to Maryland and was my immigrant ancestor. That is my story and i am sticking to it...


According to various traditions, the MacNeacails once had possession of Lewis before losing their lands to the MacLeods through the marriage of a MacNeacail heiress.[7] In the 17th century, John Morison of Bragar stated as much when he wrote: "... Macknaicle whose onlie daughter Torquill the first of that name (and sone to Claudiusthe sone of Olipheous, who likewise is said to be the King of Noruway his sone,) did violentlie espouse, and cutt off Immediatlie the whole race of Macknaicle and possessed himself with the whole Lews ...".[7][8] Similarly, the garbled Bannatyne Manuscript indicates that the MacNeacails held Lewis from the Kings of Mann, and that the clan's possession of the island terminated though the marriage of an heiress to a MacLeod. The manuscript also states that a branch of the MacNeacails held Waternish on Skye before the MacLeods. Other traditions associate the MacNeacails with the mainland in Assynt and Coigach; the ruins of Caisteal Mhic Neacail ("MacNeacail's Castle") near Ullapool may well corroborate these links.[7] . Producing a description of Assynt to accompany the Statistical Account of 1794, Rev William Mackenzie drew upon a local tradition that the district had been granted by the Thane of Sutherland to one 'MacKrycul', in recognition of his service against Viking cattle-raiders. The local belief that MacKrycul was the 'potent man' from whom the MacNicols descended is seemingly backed up by the MS. 1467, in which the first of two Nicails - living approximately in the mid-twelfth century - is listed as the son of 'Gregall'.
The History of the MacDonalds may well refer to a member of the clan, when it states that a "MacNicoll" was killed on North Uist by Olaf the Red. Olaf ruled the Kingdom of the Isles until his death in 1153. Since the reference to MacNicoll appears after an account of Godfrey Donn, during an episode which took place in about 1223, the story of MacNicoll's death may actually refer to Olaf the Black, rather than his grandfather Olaf the Red. Another tradition which may refer to the MacNeacails concerns the coat of arms of the MacLeods of Lewis. In the 17th century, the Earl of Cromartie recounted the traditional explanation of the arms: that the Kings of Norway had the MacLeods man two beacons, one on Lewis and one on Skye, to guide the king's ships safely through the islands. Since the MacLeods appear to have gained Lewis long after the Hebrides was incorporated into the Kingdom of Scotland, the tradition may well refer instead to the MacNeacails. If this is the case, then the MacLeods of Lewis not only inherited their lands from the MacNeacails, but also aspects of their heraldry.[7] The actually heraldry borne by the medieval clan is, however, unknown.[9]


If you need more info on the MACNICOL CLAN...


Robert FitzWalter of Woodham, Baron of Little Dunmow, Surety of the Magna Carta

Robert FitzWalter of Woodham, Baron of Little Dunmow, Surety of the Magna Carta is your 23rd great grandfather.
   →  POP
your father →  Rufus Samuel Nichols, R-CTS1751
his father →  James "Jim" Ira Nichols, R-CTS1751
his father → Ezekiel Hankin Nichols, R-CTS1751
his father →  John Nichols, R-CTS1751
his father →  Judith Nichols
his mother →  Richard Hatcher
her father →  William Hatcher, Jr.
his father →  William Hatcher, Sr.
his father →  Edward Hatcher, Sr.
his father →  Marian Mary Hatcher
his mother →  Capt. Christopher Newport, Admiral of Virginia
her father → Christopher Newport, Sr.
his father →  Christopher Richard Newporte
his father →  Mary Allington
his mother →  Mary Ellen Cheney
her mother →  Elizabeth Cokayne
her mother →  Ida Cokayne, Baroness
her mother →  Alianore de Grey
her mother →  Ankaret le Boteler
her mother →  Ela de Herdeburgh
her mother →  Ida de Clinton
her mother → Ela FitzWalter de Longespee
her mother →  Walter FitzRobert, Lord of Little Dunmow
her father → Robert FitzWalter of Woodham, Baron of Little Dunmow, Surety of the Magna Carta
his father


Friday, August 11, 2017

John Fitzrobert de Stokes, 3d Baron Warkworth, Magna Carta Surety

John Fitzrobert de Stokes, 3d Baron Warkworth, Magna Carta Surety is your 22nd great grandfather.
   →  Mom
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father →  Burrell H Hancock
his father →  Rhoda Lawrence Hancock
his mother → Susan Frances Lawrence
her mother →  Rhoda P O'Bryan
her mother →  Pvt. Drury Holland, Revolutionary Soldier
her father →  Charles Holland
his father →  Peter Holland
his father →  Nehemiah Holland
his father →  Francis Gabriel Holland
his father →  John Philemon Holland
his father →  Henry Holland
his father →  Henry Holland
his father → Thomas Holland
his father →  Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter
his mother →  Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
her mother →  Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland
her father →  John de Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby
his father →  Ralph de Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby
his father →  Euphemia FitzRobert de Clavering
his mother →  Robert de Clavering, 5th Baron of Warkworth & Clavering
her father →  Roger FitzJohn of Warkworth
his father → John Fitzrobert de Stokes, 3d Baron Warkworth, Magna Carta Surety
his father


Wednesday, August 9, 2017



Thanks to Team Brian for all their hard work and support in our research... 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017



THOMAS the MAYFLOWER PILGRIM 11GG Rogers (1571 - 1621)
11th great-grandfather
John THE WEAVER Rogers I (1606 - 1691)
John JR Rogers (1640 - 1732)
son of John THE WEAVER Rogers I
daughter of John JR Rogers
Sarah Witt HARBOUR (1695 - 1778)
daughter of ANN Rogers WITT
Jane Harbour WITT (1736 - )
daughter of Sarah Witt HARBOUR
William Witt (1758 - 1839)
son of Jane Harbour WITT
Mary Elizabeth Witt HANCOCK (1783 - )
daughter of William Witt
Peter Simon 3X Hancock (1822 - 1891)
son of Mary Elizabeth Witt HANCOCK
Samuel Austin 2X Hancock (1853 - 1895)
son of Peter Simon 3X Hancock
BURRELL HENRY Hancock (1890 - 1966)
son of Samuel Austin 2X Hancock
Garnett Edgar Hancock (1919 - 1994)
son of BURRELL HENRY Hancock
MOM HANCOCK (1945 - )
daughter of Garnett Edgar Hancock

Friday, August 4, 2017

DR. RENALD RENE DE LA FORCE #FamilyHistoryFriday

FOUND a new blog, to me at least, about my newly found bloodline the De La Force line from LaForce, France...
and the father or grandfather of my seventh great grandmother Sarah LaForce,,,,

Dr. Rene LaForce was apparently a Hugeonot who lead a group from France to Virginia and settled his family in America. His daughter or granddaughter married Booth Napier and had a daughter named Mary who married Sgt. William Vaughan, a revolutionary soldier and my sixth great grandfather.  

Perhaps the force is with me after all.  



BOOTH NAPIER, SR. 7xGG #FamilyHistoryFriday

Booth was born 1 October 1692 in New Kent Co., VA. He was the oldest child of Robert Napier and Mary Perrin. The Register shows the following: Bouth son of Rob' Napier & Mary. his wife borne ye 1st of Oct. 1692.[1]
Booth was named for his paternal grandmother's family and old records show his name as Bouth. He also used that spelling when writing his name.
Booth was remembered in the 16 March 1694/5 will of his mother's father, Richard Perrin when he was two and a half years old.[2]
The godfather of Booth Napier, John Page of Gloucester Co., VA wrote his will in April 1709 and died in 1710. He gave Booth the following: "To my godson Bouth Napier, son of Robert Napier formerly of New Kent County, twenty pounds, six months after my decease to buy him a young negro."[3]Unfortunately Bouth's name was misprinted as "South" Napier when Mr. Waters book was printed and spawned a totally mythological extra child. This error was repeated in Ivan Napier's book (1968, p. 38)[4]
Booth married about 1720 to Sarah, her maiden name is unknown. Sarah born about 1700 was dead before 10 February 1773 the date that Booth signed his will.
Booth lived lived a long life witnessing the reigns of five English monarchs and most of the Revolutionary War. He lived among famous and wealthy families and knew Thomas Jefferson prior to Jefferson's presidency. Booth was probably more closely acquainted with Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, who was elected a vestryman of St. James Parish Church on 18 January 1747/8 which was also Booth Napier's church.[5]
Booth passed away between December 1779 and January 1780 in Goochland Co., Virginia at the age of 88 years and 2 months.[6][7]  


Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Gloucester, Surety of the Magna Carta

Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, 5th Earl of Gloucester is my 19th great grandfather.

   →  POP
your father →  Rufus Samuel Nichols, R-CTS1751
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols
his mother →  Michael O. King
her father → Margaret (Wright) King
his mother →  James GRANT Wright
her father →  Mary Whitledge Wright
his mother →  William Grant, of Crichie
her father →  Elizabeth Grant
his mother →  William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain
her father →  William Leslie, Ninth Baron of Balquhain
his father →  John Leslie, 8th Baron of Balquhain
his father → Elizabeth Ogilvy
his mother →  Sir Walter Ogilvie of Auchleven, Kt.
her father →  Isobel de la Glen
his mother →  Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Balmuto
her father → Margaret Bruce
his mother →  Robert I the Bruce, King of Scots
her father →  Robert de Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale
his father → Lady Isabel de Clare, of Gloucester and Hertford,
his mother →  Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, 5th Earl of Gloucester
her father


Friday, July 28, 2017

Richard FitzRoger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford, Magna Carta Surety

Richard FitzRoger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford, Magna Carta Surety is your 20th great grandfather.  
   →  POP 
your father →  Rufus Samuel Nichols, R-CTS1751 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father → Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother →  James GRANT Wright 
her father →  Mary Whitledge Wright 
his mother →  William Grant, of Crichie 
her father →  Elizabeth Grant 
his mother →  William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain 
her father →  William Leslie, Ninth Baron of Balquhain 
his father →  John Leslie, 8th Baron of Balquhain 
his father → Elizabeth Ogilvy 
his mother →  Sir Walter Ogilvie of Auchleven, Kt. 
her father →  Isobel de la Glen 
his mother →  Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Balmuto 
her father → Margaret Bruce 
his mother →  Robert I the Bruce, King of Scots 
her father →  Robert de Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale 
his father → Lady Isabel de Clare, of Gloucester and Hertford, 
his mother →  Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, 5th Earl of Gloucester 
her father → Richard de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford 
his father   


Research has shown that my paternal ancestors from the MACNICOL clan of Scotland have the same Y-DNA as me and my NICHOLS ancestors.  Um in other words I am a descendant of the Clan MacNicol.  



Of the ancient races of the West and North which have been dignified with the title of the Great Clans, only one may be said to have fallen entirely to pieces in the course of time. The fact speaks volumes for the vitality of these warrior tribes, and the healthiness of the seemingly hard conditions amid which they lived and struggled. The conclusions of Skene in his Highlanders at Scotland have not always been approved by later writers, but it is worth noting that he identifies Clan Nicol with the Kairinoi of the early geographer Ptolemy. Skene identifies the Ness district of the Norwegian sagas with the region in the north-west of Scotland now known as Edyrachillis, Duirinish, and Assynt, and he declares that "the most ancient Gaelic clan which can be traced as inhabiting these districts is the clan Nicail or MacNicols". In the article on "Assynt" in the Statistical Account of Scotland, the Rev. William Mackenzie records that "Tradition and even documents declare that it was a forest of the ancient Thanes of Sutherland. One of these Prince Thanes gave it in vassalage to one Macrycul, who in ancient times held the coast of Coygeach, that part of it at the place presently called Ullapool. The noble Thane made Assynt over in the above manner as Mackrycul had recovered a great quantity of cattle carried off from the county of Sutherland by foreign invaders". Mackenzie adds in a note, "Mackrycul is reputed by the people here to be the potent man of whom are descended the Macnicols, Nicols, and Nicolsons". According to the Gaelic genealogical manuscript of 1450, on which Skene founds so much of his writing regarding the clans, this account is probably correct, for in that manuscript the descent of the Clan Nicail is traced in a direct line from a certain Gregall, who is obviously the Krycul of the tradition. Further, as the letters r and n are interchangeable in Gaelic, it can easily be seen how Macrycul became MacNicail or Mac'Nicol, of which the English translation is of course Nicolson. The recovery of the great herd of Sutherland cattle from Norwegian invaders is believed to have been accomplished by Macrycul or MacNicol of Coygeach some time in the twelfth century. To accomplish such a feat he must have been at the head of a considerable army or clan, so the probability is that the race of Krycul or Gregall had been chiefs at Ullapool for a long period before that. This would take their ancestry back to the days of Malcolm Canmore at least.
About the time of the battle of Bannockburn the line of the MacNicol chiefs ended in an heiress who married Torquil, a younger son of MacLeod of the Lewis, and the pair obtained a Crown charter of the lands of Assynt and others which had been the MacNicol property. From this marriage descended fourteen successive MacLeod lairds of Assynt. It was one of these MacLeods of Assynt who in 1650 earned the execration of the Highlanders by handing over the Great Marquess of Montrose to the Covenanting Government at whose head was his implacable enemy, the crafty Marquess of Argyll. MacLeod was then in money difficulties, which perhaps explained his willingness to earn the Government reward. Ten years later his chief creditor, the Earl of Seaforth, foreclosed his wadsets and took possession of the Assynt estates. Still later Assynt was purchased by the Sutherland family. The more northern part of the old MacNicol country remained in other hands till MacLeod of Edyrachillis and Morison of Duirinish took occasion to engage in a feud, whereupon their neighbours the MacKays, then at the height of their power, stepped in and wrested these estates from both families, and from that time Edyrachillis and Duirinish became parts of the Lord Reay's country.
Meanwhile, on the death of the last MacNicol of Coygeach, Assynt, Edyrachillis, and Duirinish, the chiefship of the clan had by patriarchal law, passed to the nearest male of the race, and the seat of this line was afterwards removed to Scoirebreac, a beautiful spot on the coast of Skye near Portree, Here they appear to have shown their piety, prevision, or ostentation by benefactions to the religious house, of which the ruins may yet be seen on an island at the head of Loch Snizort. A small chapel on the south side of the main buildings is still known as MacNicol's Aisle, and within it is to be seen the effigy of a warrior in conical helmet and long quilted coat or habergeon, who must have been a man of much power in his time.

Of one of these chiefs of Scoirebreac a tradition is recorded which furnishes a curious illustration of the ancient ideas of clan honour and the rules of blood vengeance. The chief concerned, known as MacNicol Mor, from his great size, was one day engaged in a warm discussion with MacLeod of Raasay, his neighbour across the sound. At the height of the debate MacLeod's servant came into the room. The two were talking in English, so the man did not know the meaning of what was said, but under the impression that a serious quarrel was on foot, he drew his sword and dealt MacNicol a blow from which he died. To decide how the deed should be avenged and a feud between the two families avoided, a meeting of chiefs and elders was at once called. These men of wisdom decided that as the MacNicol chief had been slain by the hand of a menial MacLeod, the Laird of Raasay should be beheaded by the meanest of MacNicol's clansmen. The humblest of the latter was found to be one Lomach, a maker of horse panniers, and by him Raasay was duly put to death. The execution took place near Snizort. At the fatal moment the victim was in the act of speaking, and so deftly did Lomach take off his head that as it rolled down the hill the onlookers distinctly heard the sounds "ip ip" from its lips. From this circumstance the little mount was afterwards known as Cnoc an h-ip. It is satisfactory to know that the sacrifice of the Laird of Raasay prevented all further shedding of blood between the MacLeods and the MacNicols.

Stories of the MacNicols of Scoirebreac come down to the beginning of the nineteenth century. About that time, according to the author of the letterpress in Milan's Clans of the Scottish Highlands, at a banquet of the clansmen given to celebrate some joyful occasion, there was a call for the bards to come to the upper end of the room. Convinced of the hopelessness of the summons MacNicol of Scoirebreac exclaimed, "The bards are extinct !" He was promptly taken to task by one of the company, Alastair bui' Mac Ivor, who retorted, "No, they are not extinct, but those who delighted to patronise them are gone".

While the seat of the MacNicol chiefs was in Skye there were many of the name scattered throughout the county of Argyl1, and of these there were several individuals whose characteristics or exploits have been perpetuated in tradition. One of them, reputed to be a seer, obtained the name of Gualan Crostadh from his rule never to look behind him. For the same reason he was also known as "an Teallsanach" or the Philosopher. As might be expected of such a personage, a crop of stories was long extant regarding him. Another of the clan, Gillespie MacNicol, attained fame by a rescue he effected at somewhat serious cost to himself. After the last Jacobite rising a widow's son had fallen into the hands of the of "red soldiers", as Government troops were called, and they were carrying him off, when the redoubtable Gillespie came to the rescue. Attacking the soldiers, he slew one or two, put the others to flight, and set the captive free. Unluckily, as he did so, he received a swordstroke in the face which carried off his nose.

Strangely enough, notwithstanding the evident importance of the MacNicols in their early days, the clan seems never to have had a tartan. After the beginning of the fourteenth century, when the heiress of the early line of chiefs married a MacLeod, they seem to have merged in the following of that clan, and probably they adopted the MacLeod tartan.

Among members of the clan who have attained more than local repute was the Rev. Donald MacNicol, whose best known work was his defence of the Highlands against the accusations made by Dr. Samuel Johnson in his Journey to the Hebrides. Of the same period also were the Rev. Francis Nicoll, D.D., Principal of St.Leonard's and St.Salvator's Colleges, St.Andrews, and Robert Nicoll, the poet who became editor of the Leeds Times in 1836. Still later were the Nichols, father and son, professors, one of astronomy and the other of English literature at Glasgow University. There was also Alexander Nicolson, the Gaelic scholar who died Sheriff-Substitute of Greenock in 1893. He is chiefly remembered by his revision of the Gaelic Bible and his collection of Gaelic proverbs. One of the ablest journalists of recent times, too, was Sir William Robertson Nicol, founder of The British Weekly and "discoverer" of Sir J.M. Barrie and other well-known writers.

It should be noted that the lowland name Nicholson, once represented by the Nicholsons of Carnock, a family now merged, with the Shaws of Greenock, in that of the Stewarts of Blackhall and Ardgowan, are not of the MacNicol clan. Their name, like that of the English Nicholls, is derived from the original form Nicholas.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk, Surety of the Magna Carta

Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk, Surety of the Magna Carta is my 21st great grandfather.

→ Mom
your mother → Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father → Burrell H Hancock
his father → Samuel Austin Hancock
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock
his mother → Brice Edwards
her father → Olive Edwards
his mother → Capt Joseph Martin, Sr., of Albemarle
her father → William Martin, merchant of Bristol
his father → Capt. John Martin, of Pale Park
his father → Thomas Martin, of Parkpole
his father → Robert Martin, of Athelhampton
his father → Lady Marie Martin
his mother → James Daubeney
her father → Alice Hill
his mother → John Stourton, of Preston, MP
her father → Jane Basset, of Sapcote
his mother → Joan Beauchamp, Lady
her mother → Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick
her father → Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick
his father → Maud FitzJohn, Countess of Warwick
his mother → Isabel Fitzgeoffrey
her mother → Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk
her father


Friday, July 14, 2017

Roger le Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk, Magna Carta Surety

Roger le Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk, Magna Carta Surety is your 22nd great grandfather.
   →  Mom
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father →  Burrell H Hancock
his father →  Samuel Austin Hancock
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock
his mother →  Brice Edwards
her father →  Olive Edwards
his mother →  Capt Joseph Martin, Sr., of Albemarle
her father → William Martin, merchant of Bristol
his father →  Capt. John Martin, of Pale Park
his father →  Thomas Martin, of Parkpole
his father → Robert Martin, of Athelhampton
his father →  Lady Marie Martin
his mother →  James Daubeney
her father →  Alice Hill
his mother →  John Stourton, of Preston, MP
her father → Jane Basset, of Sapcote
his mother →  Joan Beauchamp, Lady
her mother →  Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick
her father → Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick
his father →  Maud FitzJohn, Countess of Warwick
his mother →  Isabel Fitzgeoffrey
her mother → Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk
her father →  Roger le Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
his father


Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The following is a newspaper article from 1895 about my third great grandmother Deborah SHINAULT.

THE YADKIN VALLEY NEWS, Thursday, March 28, 1895
The Witch of the Chestnut Ridge Dead 
A correspondent gives the following account of the death of a noted character in this section. Deborah Johnson, nee Shinault, died at her home on Indian Graves Gap in Chestnut Ridge, a few days ago. she was 88 years old and had practied her craft since a young girl. She has relieved the palpitation of many young hearts in their first experience in courtship by assuring them that their suit would be finally successful. Many people came great distances to ascertain who was the thief when losing property or money, and many are the miraculous stories told of finding things by following her directions, such as bunch cotton burried in a swamp, money hid in hollow stumps, &c &c , One man, not many years ago, rode 18 miles and back to find out which way he should un his smut machine, whether with or against the sun. she advised him to run it with the sun. He returned home, followed her directions and succeeded in getting up a good flouring mill.



Friday, July 7, 2017

William III "Brito" d'Aubigny, Lord of Belvoir, Magna Carta Surety

William III "Brito" d'Aubigny, Lord of Belvoir, Magna Carta Surety is my 23rd great grandfather.
   →  POP
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins)
his mother →  Martha CALLIE Collins
her mother →  Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING)
her mother → Sarah Ann King (Bartlett)
her mother →  Reuben S. BARTLETT
her father →  John??? Garner Bartlett
his father →  WILLIAM BARTLETT
his father →  WILLIAM BERKLEY
his father →  Margaret Bartlett
his mother →  Margaret Brent
her mother →  Sir John Peshall, 1st Baronet
her father →  Thomas Pershall (Pearsall) (Persall)
his father → Isabella Pearsall
his mother →  Mary Rolleston
her mother →  Anne Talbot
her mother →  Lady Elizabeth Butler
her mother →  James 'the White Earl' Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond
her father →  Anne Butler, Countess of Ormond
his mother →  Maud de Ros, Lady Welles
her mother →  William de Ros, 2nd Lord de Ros of Helmsley
her father → William de Ros, 1st Lord de Ros of Helmsley, Joint Lord and Warden of Scotland
his father →  Isabel d'Aubigny, Heiress of Belvoir
his mother → William IV "The Lion" d'Aubigny, Lord of Belvoir
her father →  William III "Brito" d'Aubigny, Lord of Belvoir
his father


Friday, June 30, 2017


When Elizabeth 3X Edwards was born in 1818 in Franklin, Virginia, her father, BRICE EDWARDS, was 42, and her mother, JANE RAKES, was 37. She married PETER SIMON 3X HANCOCK on December 24, 1839, in Patrick County, Virginia. They had 13 children in 23 years. She died on December 14, 1894, in Floyd, Virginia, having lived a long life of 76 years, and was buried in Floyd, Virginia.  

Floyd County, Virginia Deaths, 1883-96

Given NameElizabeth
Death Date14 Dec 1894
Cause of Deathheart disease
ParentsBrice & Virginia Edwards
Place of BirthFloyd Co., VA


  3. GENI  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eurogenes EUtest V2 K15 Admixture Proportions

Eurogenes EUtest V2 K15 Admixture Proportions

This utility uses the Eurogenes EUtest V2 K15 model, created by Davidski (Polako). Questions and comments about this model
should be directed to him at his Project Blog.

Kit Number: A393554   Elapsed Time: 16.38 seconds


Friday, June 9, 2017

Eurogenes_ANE K7 Admixture Proportions

Eurogenes_ANE K7 Admixture Proportions

This utility uses the Eurogenes ANE K7 model, created by Davidski (Polako). Questions and comments about this calculator
should be directed to him at his Project Blog. Revised 2014-Sep-12

Kit Number: A393554   Elapsed Time: 12.50 seconds


Friday, June 2, 2017

HOWARD E NICHOLS 1936 - 2017

  Howard E Nichols, 80, of South Highway 150, Linwood passed away Saturday March 25, 2017 at Hinkle Hospice House.   

  A funeral service will be 2 pm Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Ron Pennino. Entombment will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Mary Mitchell, Peacock Drive Lexington   

  Howard was born October 26, 1936, in Floyd Va., to Rufus Nichols and Mamie Collins Nichols. He retired from Lexington Furniture Industries. 

  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Maynard Nichols and Valentine Nichols; and sisters, Peggy Hoback, Hazel Woods, Irene Hancock, Elsie Isom, and Hettie Dunford.   

  Surviving are his wife, Lorene Hancock Nichols of the home; sons, Raymond Nichols and James Nichols both of Lexington; daughters, Marlena Nichols Fleeman (Ronald) of Linwood and Shirlie White of Virgina; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother Wilburn Nichols of Virginia.

Friday, May 26, 2017


DNA CIRCLES are supposed to be ancestors only right? Suddenly finding my CIRCLES have people I dont know a path to. It looks like those walls I cannot break through have clues on the other side.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thomas Bartlett, Mayflower Child?

DNA has proven that Thomas Bartlett who married Margaret Brent is my ancestor and by the way how exciting is it to have DNA confirm your paper trail? But now a rumor surfaces that Thomas is a descendant of the Mayflower? My first guess of course, is from Richard Warren whose daughter Mary married Robert Bartlett who came over on the Ann, or is it Anne? Now as Robert was born around 1603 and Thomas was born about 1645ish, the relationship should be easy to find right?

Well, have not found a birth for Thomas but his son William was born about 1690 and apprenticed out at the age of eight, so Thomas must have been born about 1670 or earlier and his wife Margaret? She is rumored to be born about 1645. Now she may have married a younger man but what are the odds right? Thomas Bartlett AKA Thomas Berkeley is rumored to be born about 1635 but his son William is proven by documentation to be born about 1690 when his mother is rumored to be about 45 and his father is rumored to be about 55. Highly possible, but unproven.

Now if Robert was born at 1603 and Thomas may have been born about 1635 this would mean that Thomas is most likely a son of Robert or he was born later and is a grandson. Right? It works in theory but the sources for Robert Bartlett's descendants dont mention a son or grandson named Thomas....

Furthermore, Robert was born in England and died in Plymouth while Thomas was in Stafford County,  Virginia in 1690 and in Westmoreland County in 1667 and in 1676 Thomas is mentioned in his father in laws will.

[1676 ENGLAND: Will 22 Jul 1676: Will of William BRENT … dau Margaret, wife of ThomasBARTLETT of Evesham [Worcestershire, England (100 mi nw of London)] [Va Mag of Hist & Biog. Vol 6 pub 1898]



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