Bloggers are a creative bunch of people. Not only does writing about our ancestors open us up to new possibilities with our research, even playing with words gets us to think about who to research. I had a feeling that the optional weekly themes would do that, and it was certainly evident with the Week 2 theme: King.
Several people went with the “royalty” route. Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods gave a brief history of one of her possible ancestors, Robert the Bruce. Valerie Hughes on Genealogy With Valerie used “king” as a location and wrote about Francis Thornton Strother because he was born in King County, Virginia. Penny Bicknell on A Branch Too Far went through the origins of the word “king,” which lead her to highlight her grandfather. Similarly, Yvonne Demoskoff of Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog wrote about her ancestor Louise Roy, because “Roy” means “king” in French.
I, too, went with the surname. I wrote about my third-great-grandmother Mary Ann King, daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Payne) King and wife of John Murnahan.
Who did you write about this week? Leave a note with a link in the comments below. (Be sure to include the person’s name and a little bit about them. It makes it easier for others to scan through and spot names that they’re researching!)
Upcoming Optional Themes:
- Week 3 (Jan 15-21) – Tough woman
- Week 4 (Jan 22 – 28) – Closest to your birthday
- Week 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 4) – Plowing through
Elvis — Elvis Sturdivant SHIFLETT
Prince Albert Burnett — not a King but he married a Queen! #18 (#2 for 2015) http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-18-prince-albert-burnett.html
Elvis and my Dad!
ha, I wanted to write about Elvis and my Dad, too… but he didn’t want me to. My Dad I mean. not Elvis 😉
Having achieved writing about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, I decided to continue on the same line as previously. This is week 53 in my new 100 ancestor challenge (no time limit this time). It features the amazing story of my grandfather whose death changed the course of my life. It involves Dunkirk, Egypt, a bridge in Italy and the Enigma Machine.
What a fascinating story–and also a great piece of genealogical sleuthing!
Very cool story, Simon. Loved it.
I followed the theme! https://rosneath.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/52-ancestors-week-2-king-pedro-the-cruel/
SCHALIN, Whilhelm (1859-1952)
Fleeing a Tsar (as close to a king as I could get!)
I wrote about my 2nd great grandfather Joseph D. King. I have been working to prove or disprove that two sets of records are actually for the same person. I made some progress last week and I am waiting for additional records I have ordered that may finally solve the mystery; in the meantime, I blog about the circumstantial evidence I have found.
As the reference was made to ‘Kings’ being born in January, I had to think this one through. I really wasnt sure who to write about.
The origin of the word ‘King’ is germanic for kin and kin, is of course family. Additionally, the reference to ‘Kings’ gives by Amy relates to birthdays during the month of January.
Next Tuesday would have been my Grandads 95th birthday. As such, my 2nd post of 2015 is in his memory, a big big part of my ‘kin’ and as such, a King in my eyes.
Please have a read!
A brick wall…
Thoughts about my given name fit the #2 theme and genealogy in general:
Did not use the theme this week. I had wanted to find out as much as possible about my would-be uncle who died as an infant, Clarence Francis Brennan.
I did not see my link come up.
LOWELL, Reuben is an ancestor of mine descended from King Edward I of England.
PLANTAGENET–King Edward III–A Surprising Discovery
Sarah CHAPPELL, Bath, Somerset, England (1832-1863)
Shocking Tragedy — The Story of Sarah Chappell:
Mine is not theme based.
In trying to stay with the themes, I tackled a brick wall, Rebecca Jane KING, who may (or may not) have been the spouse of my supposed paternal 4th great-grandfather in Belmont County, Ohio. https://hollieannhenke.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/52-ancestors-2-rebecca-jane-king-of-cabbages-and-kings/
Patrick Napier, Chirugeon, to King Charles I
Dr. Patrick Napier, Surgeon to Colony of Jamestown, Virginia
Sue at Tracks Of My Georgia Ancestors
52 Ancestors#2Two Chirugeons~One for King~One for Colony
DRISKILL — “Susan Driskill, Civil War Widow” on Green Family Archives
Susan Driskill Latham had to make a fresh start as a young Civil War widow.
LIVERS — “Arnold Livers, Page of the Backstairs” on Green Family Archives
My somewhat legendary ancestor was a page to James II of England.
You can’t tell by the title but I was able to work the theme into my post this week. It wasn’t planned but as Amy says we can be a creative bunch.
MEDER & SCHWARTZ – 52 Ancestors: #2 The Brewery Worker and the Midwife
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Cathy, I like (your post, of course), but I also like the annotations in your screenshots. One of the good things about a challenge like this, and reading other blogs on a like subject, is picking up good ideas. Fascinating reading!
KING, John Gordon 1908-1968
With the arrival of a grandson, a whole new genealogy puzzle was presented. The research on the King family has just started.
I used the “King” theme, writing about my maternal 4th great grandfather, Jeremiah Campbell, who fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
It’s clear that Thursday is going to be blog reading day–ha. I really enjoy reading everyone’s entries. I also like to post comments on some of them, however I think I’m going to post my comments on this page under the link to the blog. The way some of these blogs are set up (and it is no fault of the blog poster), they ask for more information to sign up to make a post than I’m comfortable giving out. Or else they’re sometimes just a PIA to work with–heh. Anyway, that’s why my replies will be here. –labwriter
I have had tried to leave so many comments on other people’s blogs and most often am thwarted by their requirements as well. On the other hand, having had my own blogs for several years now, I was (and still am, but figured out how to stop it) getting so much spam that it almost defeated the purpose of having a blog. If only there was simple solution to this aggravating problem. As a writer, I really enjoy comments on what I write. As a reader, I want to be able to leave comments on the blogs I read, so I like your solution, Labwriter.
Richard of Kentucky, are you my KING? Richard, Oh, Richard, who is your Queen?
King Henry VII – Henry Tudor
My ancestor fled from a king to a new land (at the invitation of another king): https://pastprologue.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/week-2-vaclav-jirsak-1715-1793/
This week I wrote about my paternal 5th great grand uncle, Nehemiah “King” Wood (1770-1824): http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/01/nehemiah-king-wood-jr-52-ancestors-in.html
Thanks for the shout out! I love the themes … have the next several weeks planned!
I went with a connection to royalty. This ancestor was a lady in waiting to Queen Hedvig Eleonora of Sweden.
SALINA, Beata Jacobine
I had to cheat a bit to stick with the theme. I’ve written about Robert Wallace Lockie, the brother of my 3rd great grandmother. The poor man was certainly no stranger to tragedy.
Thus week, I looked at WIlliam Bradford as part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge over at The Buttermaker and the Midwife. He’s not a king, but he was an original Mayflower Pilgrim and was prominent in the Plymouth settlement. Check out his story here:
Although the subject of my story this week was not a king himself, he was certainly related to kings and was so much more fun to write about than would his more kingly family members. Here is my story of William Longespee, illegitimate son of King Henry II:
I had every intention of writing about a “King” surname, but got sidetracked by a mystery! I love genealogical mysteries, almost as much as I hate not being able to solve them. 😉
I wrote about my immigrant ancestor James Wombwell (1821-1898). Not a king, but used the theory of 6 degrees of separation to connect him to one.
SMITH (Ann Marie/ Anna Mariah Smith Butts)
This article has no connection to King that I can see at all. But I am starting a series on the four civil war letters written home by my great-grandfather Henry Allen Butts to his wife Annie. The letters help decode these two people, as well as give me a chance to talk about some of the most exciting moments of the Civil War.
Martin Luther had a connection to King Henry VIII, but since I wrote about him in week 13 last year, I thought maybe his son, Paul, had a connection to a king. He was the court physician for a number of German Prince Electors, but that was as close as I could get!
Paul Luther – A Doctor and an Alchemist – 52 Ancestors 2015 #2
Loyal to the King
I wrote about my Aunt Sarah because she shares a birthdate with Elvis. She was my Dad’s oldest sister and she died tragically young during an operation.
It is incredibly difficult to create a family tree full of Italians because they go by many different names in their life times. For example, my aunt was born Rosaria Cuba but the family surname was eventually changed to Cubba (and not at Ellis Island). I try to include as many aliases as I can for each person.
Melba Lee Gwyn McCarther, my Godmother and 1st cousin 1x removed http://howdidigetheremygenealogyjourney.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2015-edition-2-melba-lee.html
Most Azoreans will eventually end up related to nobility and then to Kings. This is one of my links to an kingly ancestor. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-2-goncalo-vaz-botelho-descendant-of-a-king/
SCHNEIDER – Margaret Ann (Schneider) Boe
I shared a memory of my maternal grandmother which relates to Martin Luther King, Jr.
BADE – Hans Hinrich Bade
One of the only two Kings I had in my Database. Actually, I was very surprised to find any.
KING – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #2 Marie King 1921 – 1951 by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
I wrote about a bastard son of the English King Edward I.
KIDD, Claibourne – my 4th great grandfather. Born in Tennessee and died in Missouri. I didn’t follow the theme of the week…chose him because I like his name!
DE CRESPIGNY Philip (1704-1765)
My sixth great grandfather who is listed as being present at the proclamation of King George 2 in 1727.
I wrote about my 3rd-great-grandfather, MIchael Czonsikowski, who family lore identified as a Duke: “Michael Czonsikowski: We Have a Noble in the Family?” http://bit.ly/1yoyywB
ADAMS, Welcome Calfy — My 2nd Great Grandfather, a regular Houdini in public records. http://bit.ly/1AddPdt
Not a direct ancestor as I’m blogging this for residents of my One-Place study place. #2 Mary Ann Ashworth, lady of leisure, inheritress of coal mines and endower of church and school. Nothing to do with Elvis.
Direct ancestors will follow later, honest.
I didn’t follow the theme this week. I wrote about Sarah Hemingway, my 3x great grandmother, with whom I share a birthday. She came to America a widow with 7 kids.
SPEAK – Charles Speak (November 19, 1804/5-1840/1850), Church Trustee – born in Washington Co., VA, died in Lee Co., VA, married Ann McKee
Moses Monroe Curtis – the King is a stretch! lol
SPENCER, Thomas – stood up for the Quakers http://mymaineancestry.blogspot.com/2015/01/standing-up-to-persecution-52-ancestors.html
DUREY, Annie Alice – from Kent, England to Winnipeg, Canada
such a newbie! I forgot the link:
I too wrote about possible royal connections. http://thelucidcenter.com/thewebtreesgenealogist/?p=446
Mary Vivian? CROUDSON? An 5th-great-grandmother with no proven name, and some suggestive evidence for her origins. This always happens to me when the Shenandoah Valley is involved!
SLY, John E. no King’s found on this tree.
LOUIS VIII, King of France – died young after a short reign
ROYALTY in the family –
My 63rd great grandpop, King Darius of Persia https://themixthatmakesupme.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/darius-i-the-great-king-of-persia-52-ancestors-2/ . 😉
James Cruickshanks Geddes – in the Service of King and Country
My grandmother, Magdalena Wehner Arnold (b. 26 Oct 1897, d. 19 Nov 1930)
Just starting the 52 Ancestors challenge so kicking off with this:
Charlie M. King from Terre Haute is the mystery man I chose to write about for Week #2. The challenge was very helpful for me to get back into research!!
Alfonse FALCONE – King (of the family, malapropisms, and the bad joke.) I consider my Step-dad a real king. He married my mom who had four small children, added a son to our family of all girls and helped us all become the people we are today.
For the King Challenge week 2 I choose to use my “fille du Roi” or Kings Daughters with my ancestress, Madeleine Després wife to Nicolas Audet. This was a fun challenge and got me excited about my French-Canadian roots!
My 33rd Great Grand Uncle – King Rudolf of France
The earliest known ‘king’ or head of our family, John Jefferson Gaither
When a VASSALL marries a KING – Oh, I had fun with this one!
A little late for this week! This was a tough one for me.
I chose King Duncan I of Scotland because Shakespeare immortalized him in MacBeth and he is possibly an ancestor of both my Great Grandfather Kells and his wife.
My 5th great grandfather was a loyalist and fought for the King of England during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Adam Brouwer – Ancestor of a Future “king.” https://patriciarohn.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/week-2-2015-adam-brouwer-ancestor-of-a-future-king/
My grandmother told me the story of how her grandfather, a Methodist minister, was murdered and his body was dumped in the Tennessee River! This week, I uncovered a newspaper article that revealed some surprising new facts to this story. I shared the story here: http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/01/body-thrown-in-tennessee-river-reuben-h.html
This is the story of my ancestor Joseph Kingsbury and his relationship with the first church in Dedham Mass in 1638.
I’m a little late, but it’s very timely that my #2 post goes up on the 220th anniversary of the death date of the man I’m blogging about: 4th g-grandfather Lewis Palmer (1795-1879). https://rememberal.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/lewis-palmer-1795-1879-in-the-kings-service/
James Larkin King http://wp.me/p43WgZ-9f
Some Kings: Marie Louise King (1852-1934), Oliver King (1829-1899), Joseph King (1831-1904)
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=660
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=463
ROY – #2 Louise Roy
Arundel Sidney Arthur King (1877-1938)
During my research for this post I discovered that Arundel was a ‘kissing cousin.’
Not following any theme here, just posting the death certificate of my great-grandfather. http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/william-doyle-52-ancestors-amenuensis.html
Week Three – One Tough Lady
I’m not sure how to provide this post to you before just adding it to the comments of your post for that week, but since I finally completed my weekly post before the deadline I wanted to share it.https://trovandofamiglia.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/custode-iacobucci-george-one-tough-lady-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-and-blogging-101/
Hi! You don’t need to “provide” me the post. Just leaving a link in the comments is fine. Each Thursday, I post that week’s recap. You’re welcome to leave your link there. BTW, you might want to consider including your ancestor’s name so that others will be able to spot it easier. You never know when a cousin is going to be looking!
Here is my post for week 2
Surnames – BUDD & KING – Puttenham Surrey England
BAYLY, James. (1730-1793) My Grandpa Bayly Finkbiner’s first name is actually a family name that we can trace back to 1718 in America. James Bayly, was a wagonmaster in the Revolutionary War.
Lord John LISLE, Regicide of King Charles 1 of England. Instead of being a king, he killed one.
FAULKNER, Martha McBride – New York, Michigan – Lived in the shadow of her husband, died too young
Melvin Jones (1926-1995)
CARBONNET, Madeleine, a King’s Daughter / Fille du Roi
I almost wrote about my King’s Daughters too…I love the art work you included in your post! What a great way to set the scene!
Thank you, Jessica!
ARMSTRONG, Catherine, (married name Leahey) potentially a disinherited daughter of landed gentry. http://hoosierfamilylineage.blogspot.com/2015/01/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-2.html
HULME, Edward “King” (1818-1904) http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/52-ancestors-2-edward-king-hulme.html
Geer, Martin Luther Jr. I have no royalty, King, or Elvis in my family but I have a Martin Luther.
The “King” in my family.
I’m way behind due to “life” . Sharing my COLGAN family this week.