From Nathan Mollett (paternal ancestor) who married Tamsey Stafford, I'm related to the Staffords of England. The Staffords can trace their lineage back to Robert de Toeni, a standard bearer for William the Conquerer at the Battle of Hastings. Robert de Toeni was the younger brother of Ralf de Tosney, a Norman noble. After the battle was won, Robert managed to secure several land holdings with 80 knights - amongst them was a town called Stafford (or "town by the river"). He was awarded a castle built in his honor and he named it Stafford Castle after the town and took Stafford as his surname. They become quite wealthy and influential - Shakespeare's mother was an Arden from neighboring county Cheshire and she married a Stafford. Unfortunately, the main branch runs afoul of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and accuses him of taking royal liberties. Humphrey Stafford is executed while on his way to trial and the main branch is stripped of its holdings which are given to a lesser branch. When they are restored to their titles and holdings by a later king, they don't have the circumstances to support either and the lesser branch gets to keep them. John Stafford (1712-1788) moves his family to Fermanagh, Ireland and buys a piece of land for his homestead. They make quite a bit of money there before moving to the US through Virginia where Tamsey meets Nathan and they marry in Giles, VA. Fun fact: Nathan's father, Noah, was a British soldier sent to fight the Continental Army, but becomes a turncoat and is later awarded land in Montgomery County, WV.