Does anyone have access to this Plantagenet Book for a look up?

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I believe there is some material in these  books on my RICHARDS family, from Pitminster/High Ham Somerset, England.  Connected to the Thomas RICHARD b1596 who immigrated to the US  It would be great if you could share it with me.

I am particularly interested in what is in the first book as it is not available anywhere in Australia.

  • Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, David Richardson
  • Great Migration Begins 
in The Tree House by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (216k points)

Marlyn Lewis's site is normally a good substitute for the Richardson books.  He's got Thomas

but no Richardson citation, so I'll be surprised if he's in the book.  Searching the Google preview

doesn't produce anything either.


Thanks for the reply and tip.  It has been quoted as a source by another researcher, hence my request.  I did try the preview already.
Am i reading Marlyn's site properly?  Doesn't look like any sources quoted for Richards or grandmother Alice Lewis?
Yes you're right, you do have to be careful with Marlyn's site.  When he cites Richardson's books and similar as his sources then he is perhaps to be trusted, but there are times, as in this case, where he cites dubious websites or nothing at all, that he's really no better than any other unsourced genealogy sites you find online.

I put a note in the profile about a Thomas Richards was aboard the Mary & John in 1630, which was a voyage that was organized and funded by the efforts of Rev John White and the settlers founded the town of Dorchester, MA and a few years later Windsor, CT. If you are really interested in researching him I found this ancestry site which summarizes the story - supposedly the passengers were either related to or known by Rev. White. and Pitminster is close enough to Dorchester it's a plausible connection.

Update: his wife is in Great Migration Begins, apparently she was a witch, p. 1579.

I did check my Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry volumes but couldn't find anything on the Richard(s) name. I'm not sure about Douglas Richardson's other books such as Plantagenet Ancestry.
Thanks everyone

2 Answers

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Just to note:  Plantagenet Ancestry is by Douglas Richardson.  I don't have access to the books noted, but I believe April does.  Perhaps she'll see your message and can look it up for you.  I did a search for Thomas Richard in the Plantagenet Ancestry book on Google, but it came up with no results (so I don't think he's in there, as RJ noted).

by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (547k points)
Yes you are right Darlene, sorry about that.  And I thought I cut and pasted the title! Oops.
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My Plantagenet Ancestry -- through a Mayflower descend. who married in Boston -- is documented in 4 locations.  One of these may help

  1. Douglas Richardson, “Plantagenet Ancestry of Edward Raynesford (1606-ca 1680) of Boston, Massachusetts,” in New England Historic Genealogical society REGISTER, Vol. CLIV (Apr 2000), No. 614, pp. 219 -226.
  2. Roderick W. Stuart, Royalty for Commoners.  (Baltimore, MD:  Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992), pp. 37, 38, 39, 40; 65, 66, 70, and 223.
  3. Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, MD:  Genealogical Publishing Co, 1985), pp. 50, 609.


by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (235k points)
Thanks Janine, just not sure that I can get my hands on them easily in Australia.  I will try.
I've had luck with Interlibrary loan here in the states. I wish I could be of more help.

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