Friday, January 31, 2014

How is Selena related to Justin? #trivia

Selena Marie Gomez is Justin Drew Bieber's first cousin 21 times removed's husband's 21st great granddaughter.  

Justin Drew Bieber 
   →  P. Mallette 
his mother →  D. Dale 
her mother →  V. Henry 
her father →  Marguerite Louse Babin 
his mother →  Charlotte Babin 
her mother → Marie-Élisabeth Poirier 
her mother →  Élisabeth-Charlotte Arseneault 
her mother →  Jean Baptiste Arseneault 
her father →  Marguerite Bujold 
his mother →  Joseph Bujold 
her father →  Elisabeth Melancon 
his mother →  Marie-Marguerite-Anne Mius d'Entremont 
her mother →  Philippe Virginie Mius d'Entremont 
her father → Béatrice Coligny d'Entremont 
his mother →  Gaspard II de Coligny, comte de Coligny 
her father →  Louise Marie de Montmorency 
his mother →  Anne Pot 
her mother → Guy de Pot, baron de Saint Pol 
her father →  Jacques Pot 
his father →  Catarina d'Anguissola 
his mother →  Beatrice Visconti 
her mother → Galeazzo II Visconti, duca di Milano 
her father →  Bernabò Visconti, signore di Milano 
his brother →  Donnina Visconti 
his daughter →  Sir John Hawkwood 
her husband → Antiocha Hawkwood 
his daughter →  Alice Coggeshall 
her daughter →  Thomas Tyrell 
her son →  Elizabeth Tyrrel 
his daughter →  Anne Darcy 
her daughter → Sir Thomas Moyle, Speaker of the House of Commons 
her son →  Anne (Amy) Moyle 
his daughter →  George Kempe 
her son →  Sarah Jane Julian Shipp 
his daughter → Mary Stott 
her daughter →  John Stott, Sr 
her son →  Mary Callahan 
his daughter →  Darby Callahan 
her son →  Edward "Red Ned" Callahan 
his son →  Zelphia Cornett 
his daughter →  Samuel Brack Cornett 
her son →  Laborn Cornett 
his son →  John William Cornett 
his son →  Wallace Frederick Cornett 
his son → Ernest William Cornett, Sr. 
his son →  D. Cornett 
his son →  A. Teefey 
his daughter →  Selena Marie Gomez 
her daughter

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Shut up Peg! Why is the name Peggy short for Margaret?

 “Margaret” has spawned a bewildering variety of nicknames, from “Margot” to “Daisy.” 

The name itself is a variant of the obsolete word “margarite,” meaning “pearl” or “precious stone.” It is apparently of ancient Asian origin, filtered through Greek, Latin, Teutonic and Old French. 

It became a very popular given name in medieval England and Scotland, where it was conventionally taken to mean “pearl.” 

Since “Margaret” is quite a mouthful, nicknames soon spun off from it. Perhaps the strangest is “Daisy.” It’s a pun dating to a time when “margaret” was also an English slang term for the ox-eye daisy. It became an independent first name during the 1900s fad for flower-based names. 

More common were such shortenings and diminutions as “Maggie,” “Meggie” and “Meg.” Some etymologists say that the diminutive “Maggie” form came first, with “Meg” following as a shortened form; others say the shortened form “Meg” came first, with “Maggie” and “Meggie” following as diminutive forms. Nobody really knows. 

What we do know is that “Peg” is an altered form of “Meg,” and “Peggy” is an altered form of “Meggie.” 

“Meggie” and “Meg” were distinctively Scottish nicknames, so “Peg” and “Peggy” probably were, too. 

But no one knows why the “M” was changed to a “P.” (A theory about Celtic-language influence has proven fruitless.) They are similar consonant sounds; maybe the change was inspired by a nonsense-rhyme nickname like “Meggy-Peggy.” 

Interestingly, the same morphology can be seen in nicknames for “Mary.” “Molly” is a pet form of “Mary”; “Polly” is a variant form of “Molly,” with the “M” also mysteriously changed to a “P.” 

It’s unusual for a nickname to become an independent first name by itself. But “Peg” and “Peggy” have done so (apparently first occurring in the U.S.), no doubt aided by their lack of clear connection to “Margaret.” 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Betty, Elizabeth, Bethany and Bethia!

Betty is a common diminutive for the names Elizabeth and Bethany.[1] In the 1600s and 1700s it was more often a diminutive of Bethia.[2]   


Rubie Irene Nichols Hancock #TombstoneTuesday

She was born in Floyd County and was a daughter of the late Rufus Samuel and Mamie Collins Nichols.   

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Woods.She was retired from the dietary department at Blue Ridge Nursing Center and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. 

Graveside services were conducted Monday at Trinity Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Paul Holt. Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

#MysteryMonday #MysteryoftheWeek Millie Vaughan Bourne

My mystery of the week is Midred Vaughan Bourne, wife of William Emmett Bourne. She is my Great Great Grandmother.

Why are there so many Johns in the family tree???

According to the English naming scheme... The scheme goes first son after father of father, second after father of mother, third after father's oldest brother, and so on; the girls were named the same only after mothers.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

#FotoOpFriday My Heritage Family Crest

Here is a nifty little crest I made. 
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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mystery of the Month

Mystery Monday      

Its not Monday yet but...  
The following photos were sent to me in hopes of finding answers.
The question???    

Are these photos of my great great aunt Anne Cora Nichols and her son-in-law Thomas Sherman?
If you know the answer please spill...

#FollowerFriday Barbara Schmidt

This week's follower is Barbara Schmidt, blogger and genealogist.
Thanks for the Follow Barb :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday Cowboy Baby

Here is an old photo of me with a cowboy hat. And its so old that that is all I can tell you about it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

66. Ezekiel S. Jones #WednesdaysWall #ancestorlist

My Wall for the day is a tall one.
I am looking for the ancestors of Ezekiel S. Jones. Ezekiel is the father of Martha Ann Jones and the husband of Elizabeth Prindle. He is also the Grandfather of Ezekiel Hawkins Nichols.  I have seen it spelled Ezekial too.
Been looking for a long time and found nothing yet.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Six Genealogical Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Genealogical Degrees of Kevin Bacon

The Genealogy Game

You have probably heard about the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Well, I altered it a little bit and made it a genealogical connect the dots to show his relationships to six of the stars of his movies. Just for fun...

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges is Kevin Bacon's fifth great aunt's ex-husband's nephew's wife's 7th great nephew.
Kevin Bacon
→ Ruth Hilda Holmes
his mother → Dorothy Frances Smith
her mother → George Campbell Smith
her father → Francis Shubael Smith
his father → Moses Rogers Smith
his father → Shubael Smith
his father → Shubael Smith
his father → Mercy Smith
his daughter → Peter Newcomb
her ex-husband → Simon Newcomb
his brother → Andrew Newcomb
his son → Mercy Newcomb
his wife → Grace Eames
her sister → Anthony Eames
her son → Hannah Lenthal Ames
his daughter → Hannah Griswold
her daughter → Emerson Elisha Brown
her son → Prairie Frank Brown
his son → Harriet Evelyn Brown
his daughter → Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr.
her son → Jeff Bridges
his son

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is Kevin Bacon's 13th cousin once removed.
Kevin Bacon
→ Edmund Norwood Bacon
his father → Helen Atkinson Comly
his mother → Robert Comly
her father → Charles Comly
his father → Rebecca Comly
his mother → Stacy Budd
her father → Thomas Budd
his father → Thomas Budd, Sr.
his father → Ann Clapgut
his mother → John Claypole, Master of Horse
her father → John Claypoole, Sir
his father → Lady Dorothy Claypoole (Wingfield)
his mother → Elizabeth Wingfield
her mother → William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
her brother → Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford
his daughter → Elizabeth (de Vere) Stanley, Countess of Derby
her daughter → James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
her son → William M Stanley
his son → William Stanley (1)
his son → Richard Stanley
his son → Elizabeth Standley
his daughter → Henry Leighman Lawrence
her son → William Thomas Lawrence
his son → James Ogden Lawrence
his son → Francis "Frank" Lawrence
his son → David Vernon Lawrence
his son → G. Lawrence
his son → Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
his daughter

Can you guess which movies they have in common?

See if you can remember what movies his relatives did with him.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is Kevin Bacon's 22nd cousin once removed.
Kevin Bacon
→ Edmund Norwood Bacon
his father → Ellis Williams Bacon
his father → Thomas Pryor BACON
his father → Edmund Pryor BACON
his father → David BACON
his father → Joseph BACON
his father → David Bacon
his father → John Bacon
his father → John Bacon
his father → Martha Bacon
his mother → Ann Foxwell
her mother → Robert Shelly, I
her father → John Shelley
his father → Mary Shelley
his mother → Sir William Fitzwilliam
her father → Thomas Fitzwilliam
his father → Margaret Fitzwilliam
his mother → Thomas Dymoke, King's Champion
her father → Sir John Dymoke, King's Champion
his father → Sir John de Dymoke, Usher of the Exchequer
his father → Dionisia Dymoke
his mother → Sir Hugh du Plessis, Knight
her father → Jean du Plessis, de iure uxoris 7th Earl of Warwick
his father → Pierre I du Plessis, Seigneur du Plessis, des Breux et de La Vervolière
his brother → Guillaume I du Plessis, Seigneur du Plessis, des Breux et de La Vervolière
his son → Pierre II du Plessis, Seigneur du Plessis, des Breux et de La Vervolière
his son → Guillame III du Plessis, Seigneur du Plessis, des Breux et de La Vervolière
his son → Pierre III, Seigneur du Plessis
his son → Jean du Plessis
his son → Mandé, Seigneur du Plessis
his son → Sauvage, Seigneur du Plessis
his son → François I du Plessis, Seigneur des Breux, de La Milaudière, de La Carrelière
his son → François II du Plessis, Seigneur des Breux, de La Carrelière et de Thou
his son → Jean du Plessis
his son → Charl Prieur du Plessis
his son → Jean Prieur du Plessis, SV/PROG
his son → Jean Louis du Plessis, b2
his son → Anna du Plessis, b2c1
his daughter → Charl Theron, b4c6
her son → Magdalena Petronella Theron
his daughter → Susanna de Wet
her daughter → Willem Wouter Theron, SV/PROG
her son → Charles Jacobus Theron, b13
his son → Daniel Theron, b13c1
his son → Charles Jacobus Theron
his son → Charlize Theron
his daughter

Robert Wagner

Robert John Wagner is Kevin Bacon's wife's first cousin thrice removed's husband's nephew's wife's first cousin once removed's ex-husband's ex-wife's son's ex-wife's 4th husband.
Kevin Bacon
→ Kyra Sedgwick
his wife → H. Sedgwick
her father → Helen Sedgwick
his mother → Rev. Endicott Peabody
her father → Marion Cabot Peabody
his mother → George Cabot Lee
her brother → Alice Hathaway Roosevelt
his daughter → Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA
her husband → Corinne Roosevelt Robinson
his sister → Theodore Douglas Robinson
her son → Helen Rebecca Robinson
his wife → Helen Schermerhorn Astor
her mother → Emily Van Alen
her sister → James Laurens Van Alen, III
her son → Louise Astor van Alen
his daughter → Alexis Mdivani
her ex-husband → Barbara Hutton
his ex-wife → Lance Reventlow
her son → Jill Arlyn Oppenheim
his ex-wife → Robert John Wagner
her husband

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning is Kevin Bacon's 17th cousin.
Kevin Bacon
→ Edmund Norwood Bacon
his father → Helen Atkinson Comly
his mother → Lydia Towsend Atkinson
her mother → George Tatum Atkinson
her father → John Atkinson
his father → Samuel Atkinson
his father → Hannah Atkinson
his mother → Abigail Shinn
her mother → Hannah Shattuck
her mother → William Shattock of Boston
her father → Samuel (or William or John) Shattuck
his father → Demaris Hopkins
his mother → Mary Hopkins
her mother → Anne Poley (Wentworth)
her mother → Thomas Wentworth,1st Baron Wentworth of Nettlestead
her father → Anne Wentworth
his mother → Sir James Tyrrell, Kt.
her father → Dorothy Boteler
his sister → Margaret Harmon
her daughter → Elizabeth Leonard
her daughter → Sir Samuel Lennard, Kt., MP
her son → Mary Lennard
his daughter → Margery Bellingham
her daughter → William Chambers
her son → William Chambers
his son → John Chambers
his son → Keziah Chambers
his daughter → Edward Pankey
her son → Nancy Jane Covington
his daughter → John Alva Covington
her son → Nellie Grace Arrington
his daughter → Richard Adler Arrington, Jr.
her son → R. Arrington
his son → H. Fanning
his daughter → Dakota Fanning
her daughter

Bridget Fonda

Bridget Jane Fonda is Kevin Bacon's 11th cousin once removed.
Kevin Bacon
→ Ruth Hilda Holmes
his mother → Dorothy Frances Smith
her mother → George Campbell Smith
her father → Francis Shubael Smith
his father → Moses Rogers Smith
his father → Shubael Smith
his father → Shubael Smith
his father → Elizabeth (Pierce) Smith
his mother → Daniel Pierce
her father → Anthony Pierce
his father → John Pearce
his father → Richard Pearce, of Providence
his brother → Capt. Michael Pierce
his son → Mary Holbrook
his daughter → Elizabeth Holbrook
her daughter → Berthia Nichols
her daughter → Levi Nichols
her son → Nancy Nichols
his daughter → George Nichols Seymour
her son → George De Villers Seymour
his son → Eugene Ford Seymour
his son → Frances Ford Fonda
his daughter → Peter Seymour Fonda
her son → Bridget Jane Fonda
his daughter

Mellawalka Nichols Wilson #TombstoneTuesday


Monday, January 20, 2014

Who were the Jacobites?

The word Jacobite comes from the latin Jacobus (Jacob's), or James' from the Royal House of Stuart. The followers of the James' (James V through to VII) were therefore known as Jacobites. Jacobitism is, however, more than merely a belief that a different person has best right to the throne. It is also a radically different understanding of the place which the monarch and the monarchy have within society. Jacobites reject the idea that the king has his authority delegated to him by Parliament. Many hold that the king's authority comes directly from Almighty God.
Jacobites were adherents of the exiled branch of the Stuart Dynasty who sought to restore James II and his descendants to the English and Scottish thrones after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Theoretical justification for the Stuart claim was found in the writings of the Nonjurors, who maintained the principles of hereditary succession and the divine right of kings. But the Stuarts' continued adherence to Roman Catholicism, the rash and incompetent leadership of their military ventures, and the duplicity of foreign courts cost the Jacobite cause much support.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Blog of the Month

A selection of fantastic genealogy blogs that will probably come in handy for your research.
#Recommended Reading.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Elvis Aron Presley #CousinOfTheWeek

Elvis Aaron Presley[a] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician, and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King".
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley and his family moved toMemphis, Tennessee, when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, when he started to work with Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and bluesRCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged byColonel Tom Parker, who was to manage the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number-one hit in the US. He became the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service: He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special, Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely deteriorated his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Presley is one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including popblues andgospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music,[5][6][7][8] with estimated album sales of around 600 million units worldwide.[9] He was nominated for 14 Grammys and won three, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Elvis Aron Presley is my 14th cousin.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Martha Collins (BARTLETT) 
her mother →  Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING) 
her mother → Henry D. King 
her father →  Pvt. John King, Revolutionary Soldier 
his father →  John King 
his father →  Philip King 
his father →  Alice King 
his mother →  Isaac Dean 
her father →  John Dean 
his father →  William Gilbert Deane (1568-1634) 
his father →  Walter Deane 
his father →  John Deane, Jr. 
his father →  Thomas Denne 
his brother → William Denne 
his son →  Catherine Denne 
his daughter →  Thomas Gookin 
her son →  Catherine Gookin 
his daughter →  Captain Thomas Warren, I 
her son → Robert Warren 
his son →  Robert Warren II 
his son →  Robert Warren 
his son →  S. John Warren 
his son →  William D Warren 
his son →  Mary Louisa Hood 
his daughter →  Minnie Mae Dodger Hood 
her daughter →  Vernon Elvis Presley 
her son →  Elvis Aron Presley 
his son


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