It’s been a good day in genealogical research.
First my brother discovers we have a direct blood-related ancestor that came over on the Mayflower. This guy:
He has the dubious distinction of fighting the first duel ever in America, and sounds like he was in and out of trouble a number of times. I think I have an inkling of why he was sent far, far away from England. 😆
And then, oh joy of joys, this man is officially part of my family:
King Henry the Eighth. How funny to discover he’s in my family tree, just as I finish watching season 2 of The Tudors on Showtime! Since none of his children produced children of their own (at least not any of his three legimate children), the link to my family is through the sister of his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Joanna “the Mad” of Castile, a queen in her own right. My first mad relative. So that’s where it comes from!
Here’s my ancestress, Mad Joanna:
And then, to top it all off, I discover I’m also related to another of King Henry’s wives, Anne of Cleves. Her father, John III of Cleves, is a direct blood ancestor of mine, though my line descends through Anne’s sister, rather than Anne herself.
Some of you know a desire of mine is to find a royal ancestor and duplicate her portrait with me wearing replica of her gown. I may have found my subject with Joanna of Castile – or I could do Isabella I. She’s the queen who funded Christopher Columbus’ trip to find America, and she’s also directly contributed to my genes.
And since I’ve only just found this royal connection, who knows which branch of royalty I’ll end up discovering next?