My Auntie C in New Hampshire sent me this email today. In a fit genealogical fervor, fueled by Susie Q's and Peeps, she made a monumental discovery...
"I have just traced our Sisson ancestors back TO THE TIME OF William the Conqueror (b. 1027, d. 1087), going back through the Richard Warren (1585-1628) line. I say " TO THE TIME OF" because we are related, through Richard Warren, to the STEP-daughter of William the Conqueror. Her name was Gundred (1053-1085), Princess of England of Flanders, and because she married William Earl of Surrey de Warren (1036-1088), we can trace forward to Richard Warren, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, one of our Mayflower ancestors. Richard Warren's daughter Sarah Warren and her husband John Cooke had a daughter, Sarah Cooke, who married Arthur Hathaway. Sarah & Arthur had a daughter, Lydia Hathaway, who married James Sisson, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
Being crashingly disappointed that we were not directly related to William the Conqueror, I went back to Gundred (1053-1085); her mother Matilda (1031-1083); to Adelaide (Alix Adele) (1009-1077), Princess of France; to Robert the 2nd (972-1031), King of France; to Hugh Capet (956-996), King of France; to Hugh "The Great" (900-956), Count of Paris of France; to Robert the 1st (died in 923), King of France, who married Adelaide (Adelheid), Princess of the Franks (born circa 824) whose father was Louis the 1st (778-840) of the Franks, whose father was Charlemagne (742-814), Holy Roman Emperor.
So-o-o-o-o . . . although we're not related to William the Conqueror, we're related to Charlemagne!"
I always felt like I should have been royalty...who screwed me out of my birthright!?!