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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

32 and 33. John Nichols and Martha Ann Jones #52ancestors

And its like week 32 of the 52 weeks of ancestors challenge and that brings me to ancestor number 32. the father of Ezekiel H. Nichols and the start of generation 6. my great great great grandparents. Ezekiel H. Nichols was the son of John Nichols and Martha Ann Jones according to Ancestry records, and he was the father of James Ira Nichols and George Haden Nichols. When Zeke died of acute influenza, George filled out the death certificate and listed Zeke's parents as Ezekiel and Martha Jones. this was the only time i ever saw him named Ezekiel so i figure it was maybe a preferred middle name that his children and family knew him as while his first name would have been the legal name that was on legal records.

Zeke's father, John Nichols was born about 1814 according to ancestry and family search in Bedford county, virginia. Ancestry trees named his parents as Isaac Nichols and Rhoda Bond. Isaac and Rhoda also lived in Bedford. John married Martha Ann Jones the daughter of Ezekiel S. Jones and Elizabeth Prindle. The Prindle family were a branch off of the Pringle family of Scotland of Ireland. still know documentation on the family of Ezekiel Jones.

John's son George married Melinda Young daughter of Moseley Young in Floyd, Virginia.

John passed away in 1861 in Floyd, Virginia....


Monday, July 28, 2014

Henry Dickens #52Ancestors

Henry Dickens-19166 was born about 1515 in Of, Great Creaton, Northants, England. He died in 1542. He was buried in 1542. He married Mrs Henry Dickens-19167 about 1533 in Of, Great Creaton, Northants, England.  

Henry Dickens is my 14th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  William Wright, III 
his father →  John Wright Jr 
his father →  John Wright, Sr. 
his father →  Anne Minor - Wright 
his mother → Col. John Washington 
her father →  Amphyllis Washington (Twigden) 
his mother →  Anne Twigden 
her mother →  William Dickens 
her father →  John Dickens 
his father → Henry Dickens 
his father

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Balmuto #52ancestors

 Sir John Glen was born at of Balmuto and Inchmartin, Scotland. He married Margaret Erskine, daughter of Sir Allan Erskine and Isabel Inchmartine. Sir John Glen died before 1419. 

John Glen
  • Parents: Robert Glen, Margaret Bruce
  • Wife: Margaret Glen (born Erskine of Inchmartin)
  • Wife: Unknown Glen
Children include
  1. Margaret Glen. Married Andrew Ogilvy
  2. Mariotte Glen. Married John Boswell
  3. Isabel Glen. Married Walter Ogilvy of Lintrathen
  4. Christian Glen.
  1. Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 396; County Genealogies & Pedigrees of Berkshire, Families, by Wm. Berry, 1837, p. 33
  2. Unknown author, Irvine of Drum, by D. A. McCormick, 1989, p. 23; County Genealogies & Pedigrees of Berkshire, Families, by Wm. Berry, 1837, p. 33.

Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Balmuto is my 14th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  Mary Whitledge Grant 
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, Eighth Baron of Balquhain 
his father → Elizabeth Ogilvy 
his mother →  Sir Walter Ogilvie of Auchleven 
her father →  Isobel de la Glen 
his mother →  Sir John Glen of Inchmartin and Balmuto 
her father    


Monday, July 14, 2014

Sir Marmaduke Constable, "the Little" #52ancestors

Sir Marmaduke Constable, "the little" (c.1458 – 20 November 1518) was an English soldier descended from the Hereditary Constables of Chester, hence the surname of the family. He descended from Robert FitzJohn (son of John) or le Constable (-c.1216), Lord of Flamborough, who was the brother of Roger FitzJohn (aka Roger de Lacy).


Marmaduke was the eldest son and heir of Sir Robert Constable (died 23 May 1488, Flamborough, Yorkshire) and his wife Agnes Wentworth (died 20 April 1498, Flamborough) who had married on 2 January 1458. His brother John became Dean of Lincoln.

He was in France with Edward IV in 1475 and with Henry VII in 1492, in spite of the fact that he fought for Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. He was High Sheriff of Staffordshire and Yorkshire (1488 and 1493), was in high favour with Henry VII of England and Henry VIII, and led his kinsmen (including his four sons) and retainers to the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Flodden
In Flamborough church one may still read a rhyming epitaph describing Constable's life and prowess.

Family life

He was twice married. Firstly to Margery FitzHugh, sister to Alice and Elizabeth FitzHugh. The marriage produced no issue.

He married secondly to Joyce Stafford and by her left several children when he died on 20 November 1518.

Children of Constable and Joyce Stafford:
Sir Robert Constable (c.1478-1537), knighted at Blackheath, and executed for treason for taking part in the Pilgrimage of Grace.
Sir Marmaduke Constable (c.1480-1545), of Everingham, was knighted after the battle of Flodden, and was at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. He was a knight of the shire for Yorkshire and then for Warwickshire, and was a member of the Council of the North from 1537 until his death.
Eleanor Constable (c.1485-1527), married 1st John Ingleby of Ripley, Yorkshire and had a son William Ingleby. She married second Sir Thomas Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley (1472-1533) and had 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their daughter Muriel Berkeley married Sir Robert Throckmorton.
Sir John Constable of Kinalton, knighted at Flodden
Sir William Constable of Hatfield, knighted at Flodden
Another noteworthy member of this family was Sir William Constable (died 1655) who was a signatory to the death warrant of Charles I of England.
From thePeerage.com:
Sir Marmaduke Constable married, secondly, Joyce Stafford, daughter of Sir Humphrey Stafford.
Sir Marmaduke Constable lived at Flamborough, Yorkshire, England.
Child of Sir Marmaduke Constable and Joyce Stafford
* Eleanor Constable+ d. 1525
Member of Parliament, Known as the Little. Born in 1443 was in France under King Edward IV and at the taking of Berwick of which he was made captain. He shared with his four sons in the glory of Flodden, 1513, being then 71 years of age, his nephew Marmaduke Constable of Cliffe was possibly also there. His distinguished services were acknowledged in an autograph letter to him from Henry VIII. He died in 1518. The death of Sir Marmaduke Constable, as quoted from Memorials of the Wars of the Roses by WEHampton, for the Richard III Soc by Alan Sutton Publishing "A story relates that in his old age, seated in his garden overlooking the sea, he inadvertantly swallowed a frog in a glass of water, wherof he died. His death occurred on Nov. 20, 1518.".


Marmaduke Constable is my 14th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Martha Collins (BARTLETT) 
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 (Brent) Bartlett 
his mother →  Margaret Peshall 
her mother →  Anne Peshall 
her mother →  Anne Sheldon 
her mother →  Muriel Throckmorton 
her mother → Eleanor Berkeley 
her mother →  Sir Marmaduke Constable 
her father

Friday, July 11, 2014

28. Leander "Lee" Wade Akers and 29. Nora Ellen Taylor Akers #52ancestors

My 2nd great grandfather is number 28 on my ancestor list. Lee Akers is the husband of Nora Ellen Taylor Akers and the father of my great granddad William. Lee and Nora are buried next to each other in Grayson County, Va.

Born LeAnder Wade Akers, 1874, to Asa "Acy" Floyd Akers and Catherine C. Duncan, Lee married Nora Ellen Taylor.  Lee was 24 when he married Nora in Pulaski County, Va.

He was born in Floyd County, Indian Valley District, 1880 census says he was 8 then so that would make him born in 1872.

He was living in Pulaski County in 1900 where he was an iron ore miner and going by the name Lee.

He registered for the WWI draft in 1918 at the age of 43 when he was living in Fries, Va. in Grayson County.

In 1920 he was living in Fries, Grayson County, Va., and working in a cotton mill....

……3. Akers, Leander Wade
b. 11-15-1874 VA, s/o Asa Floyd & Catherine C. (Duncan) Akers.
1880 Floyd Co., VA, Indian Valley District, H317: Leander W. 8 yo son, b. VA.
1900 Pulaski Co., VA, Hiawassee Twp, H167: Lee Akers, 25 yo w/m iron ore miner, b. May 1875 VA, m. 6y, rents house, can not read/write, HOH.
1910 Pulaski Co., VA, Hiawassee Twp, H322: Lee Akers, 38 yo w/m foreman ore worker, b. VA, M1 14y, rents house, can not read/write, HOH.
1918 WWI Draft Registration Card: Leander Wade Akers, 43 yo w/m of Fries, Grayson Co., VA, b. November 15, 1874, mill work for Washington Mills of Fries, Grayson Co., VA, nearest relative: Nora Ellen Akers of Fries, Grayson Co., VA, tall height with brown eyes & hair.
1920 Grayson Co., VA, Old Town District, 212 Cliff Ave, Fries Town, H163: Lee A. Akers, 43 yo w/m cotton mill carder, b. VA, can not read/write, HOH.
1930 Grayson Co., VA, Providence District, 74 Railroad Street, Fries Town, H163: Lee A. Akers, 49 yo w/m cotton mill plumber, b. VA, 24 yo when married, HOH.

………+ Akers, Nora Ellen
b. 3-1879 VA.
1900 Pulaski Co., VA, Hiawassee Twp, H167: Nora 21 yo wife, b. Mar 1879 VA, m. 6y, 3 ch with 3 living.
1910 Pulaski Co., VA, Hiawassee Twp, H322: Nora, 31 yo wife, b. VA, M1 14y, 8 ch with 7 living.
1920 Grayson Co., VA, Old Town District, 212 Cliff Ave, Fries Town, H163: Nora 38 yo wife, b. VA.
1930 Grayson Co., VA, Providence District, 74 Railroad Street, Fries Town, H163: Nora E. 48 yo wife, b. VA, 16 yo when married.

Nora Ellen Taylor Akers was born in Virginia. about 1879. In 1900 she was a 21 year old wife, married six years and with 3 children living in Pulaski. She was 16 when she married... around 1884.

*note: Nora Ellen Taylor should not be confused with Nora Ellen Akers who was Lee's sister b. 1889.  or Nora Z. Akers who was a cousin of Lee. Leander should not be confused with his son Lee either. **

AKERS, Lee 16 Nov 1874 23 May 1956 double stone with next 
AKERS, Nora Ellen 18 Mar 1885 24 Jan 1941  
*dates may be wrong. 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Sir William Harris, High Sheriff of Essex #52ancestors

William HARRIS (Arthur HARRIS2, William HARRIS1) was born BET 1490 AND 1556 in Prittwell, Essex, Eng-High Sheriff of Essex, and died 15 SEP 1556 in Prittwell, Essex, Eng. He married Joanna COOK in Prittwell, Essex, Eng. She was born 1500 in Bocking, England, and died in England.
He married Joanna SMYTH 1515 in England. She was born in Norton, Essex, England, and died in England. He married Anne or Agnes RUTTER 1536 in England-. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=fox2&id=I093979 Had a descendant at Jamestown, VAhttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~harrisessex/WilliamHarrisJamestown.html     
William Harris, High Sheriff of Essex is my 13th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Jim Nichols 
his father →  Ezekiel Hawkins Nichols 
his father →  John Nichols 
his father → Rhoda Bond Nichols 
his mother →  Sgt. Wright Bond, Revolutionary Soldier 
her father →  Page Bond 
his father →  William Bond 
his father →  William Bond 
his father → Dorothy Bond 
his mother →  Sgt. John Harris, Sr. 
her father →  Sir William Harris, Kt., of Crixsea 
his father →  Arthur Harris 
his father → William Harris, High Sheriff of Essex 
his father   

Sunday, July 6, 2014

27. Margaret Elizabeth Johnson Linville #52ancestors

Margaret Elizabeth Johnson m. Robert Lee Linville in Surry County, NC. They were the parents of my great grandmother, Ida Mae Linville.  According to Find A Grave her name may have been Martha...

It is unclear who her parents were, but her father's name is given as David Johnson. The Linvilles of North Carolina were close friends of the Boones and Robert's grandmother Hannah Morgan Linville was the sister of Daniel Boone's mother, Sarah Morgan Boone.  

Sarah's son George married the daughter of William D. Linville, the founder of Tanglewood Park in North Carolina.  

Ida Mae was the mother of ten children, one of whom was my grandfather.





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