Noble Ancestry Leads to the Saint in Your Family
Are you related to a saint? Would you know where to look to find out if you are? Lineage records and works on the royal or noble ancestry of Americans command the attention of researchers hoping to learn if they are descended from one of the early saints.
Since all of the 275 saints identified in Alan Koman’s 2010 book, “A Who’s Who Of Your Ancestral Saints,” are in the direct line, or are the aunts or uncles of 24 royal or noble figures possessing American descendants, the task facing the researcher is clear: Consult the accepted works of royal/noble lines to determine if your ancestry intersects to one of theirs.
A major link for many searching for their saintly ancestor is through the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, and several books are available just for those who can trace their pedigree through these lineage records.
Noble Ancestry – More than Charlemagne
A considerable amount of literature exists on the subject of royal and noble ancestry, and you may find your relatives go back to another noble line. “Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists” describes 398 pedigrees of colonial Americans that are traced from one or more of the following ancestral lines: Saxon and English monarchs, Gallic monarchs, early kings of Scotland and Ireland, kings and princes of Wales, Gallo-Romans and Alsatians, Norman and French barons, the Riparian branch of the Merovingian House, Merovingian kings of France, Isabel de Vermandois, and William de Warenne.
“The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History,” updated and expanded in 2008 by author Gary Boyd Roberts, outlines the pedigrees of no fewer than 688 American lines to royal/noble ancestors. “Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry” has three volumes to help link you to your noble past. In just the second edition, nearly 900 new Dudley descendants are included through the sixth generation. It is an essential work, even if you already own the first edition, as likely several million Americans can prove their descent from this noted governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The Saint in Your Family (Not Just Your Mother)
Finally, if you are able to climb your family tree high enough to establish your relationship to an American with royal or noble ancestry, you may be just one step away from discovering your saintly forebear. If your forebear is related to one of the 24 figures in “A Who’s Who Of Your Ancestral Saints,” your connection is secured.
Following are the names of historic men and women of the European Middle Ages with people in their family trees whom Christianity has recognized as holy:
- Aethelred II “the Redeless,” King of England
- St. Alfred the Great, King of Wessex and England
- St. Edgar “the Peaceful,” King of England
- Edmund “Ironside,” King of England
- Edmund I “the Magnificent,” King of England
- Edward “the Elder,” King of England
- Edward I, King of England
- Eleanor of Aquitaine, who married (1) Louis VII, King of France and married (2) Henry II, King of England
- Eleanor of Castile, who was the first wife of Edward I, King of England
- Bl. Eleanor of Provence, who married Henry III, King of England
- Henry II, King of England
- Isabel of Mar, who was the first wife of Robert I the Bruce, King of Scotland
- Isabella of France, who married Edward II, King of England
- John Stewart of Balveny, First Earl of Atholl
- Mathilda (aka Eadgyth) of Scotland, who married Henry I, King of England
- Mathilde of Flanders, who married William I the Conqueror, King of England
- Matilda of Huntingdon, who married (1) Simon de St. Liz, Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton, and married (2) David I, King of Scotland
- Philippa of Hainault, who married Edward III, King of England
- Robert I the Bruce, King of Scotland
- Robert III Stewart, King of Scotland
- Saher de Quincy, First Earl of Winchester, Magna Charta Surety, and Crusader
- Stephen of Blois, King of England
- William de Plumpton, Knight and High Sheriff of Yorkshire
- William I the Conqueror, King of England
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