Saturday, January 17, 2009

That's "Your Majesty" to You


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!?!



Sarah said...

ooo I love genealogy.
I found that most impressive.

Anonymous said...

So if you ever have a daughter, her name would be Gundred, right?


Anonymous said...

We are also the ggggggg(however many you can fit in) grandchildren of James Sisson! Small world

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful legacy..

Not Afraid to Use It said...

That is so cool! One day, I will resume my family tree research. Sadly, diapers take up too much of my time. LOL

Becky said...

That is SO cool!

And your post title was genius!

The Right Blue said...

How neat to learn stuff like this about your ancestors. For my family, I only know about three or four generations back.