Mary (Boleyn) Stafford
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Mary (Boleyn) Stafford (abt. 1501 - abt. 1543)

Mary Stafford formerly Boleyn aka Carey
Born about in Hever Castle, Kent, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1520 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1534 (to 19 Jul 1543) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Chilton Folis, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Nov 2008
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Mary's (c. 1499/1500 – 19 Jul 1543) sister was Ann Boleyn. She is also a direct descendant of Edward "Longshanks" I through their mother, Elizabeth Howard (1480-1539)[1]. Mary's date of birth has never been firmly established. But some historians claim she was Anne's younger sister, while her children believed she was the elder ... as do most historians today.

Rumored to have been a mistress of Francis I of France,[2] she was mistress to Henry VIII, before Ann married the Tudor king. Although Henry obtained a papal dispensation, this affair would later be used to finish Ann Boleyn. It was rumored that Mary bore two of Henry VIII's children, but there is no proof and they were not acknowledged.

Mary Boleyn was married twice: in 1520 to Sir William Carey,[3] and secretly in 1534 to William Stafford, a soldier of good family but few prospects. This secret marriage to a man considered beneath her station angered both Henry VIII and her sister, Queen Anne, and resulted in Mary's banishment from the royal court; she spent the remainder of her life in obscurity.



  • Richardson, D. (2013). Royal Ancestry, II. p. 57.

See also:


  • Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 Colonial Families of the United States of America, Volume VII, pp. 74.

  1. See photo of Edward I's descendants.
  2. Claimed by the French king himself. Francois called her his "English mare."
  3. According to Alison Weir, Henry VIII may have been the one to arrange this marriage. Carey did quite well at court, but unexpectedly died from illness.

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This is crazy one of the biggest world conspiracies is directly related to me by blood! Mary boleyn first born catharine Carey is my 15th great grandmother not removed! I don't know how to feel about this! That King Henry viii could be related to me by direct descended if Mary boleyn was in fact king Henry viii mistress.
posted by Keith Bailey
Came across this interesting youtube video by chance
posted by Heather Jenkinson
Hi Profile Managers, Please note there is a Suggestion that needs your attention. Thank you kindly.

posted by Paula (Hawkins) Reinke
Isaac, that's about the size of the situation and I doubt there will ever be any actual proof. Sadly, some of the DNA type genealogy sites have all sorts of bad info and even scholars are going from myth and rumors.
posted by Mark Cary
Mark, I don't think anybody is saying they were married-- are they? Rather, that Mary was Henry Tudor's mistress. (Which is not rumor or speculation.) You're correct that whether or not Henry VIII fathered Mary's first two children, Henry and Catherine, is unproven by genealogy standards... but it's not really cricket to call it mere rumor and speculation either. There's a non-flimsy though circumstantial argument.

But, regardless Henry VIII shouldn't be listed as married to Mary Boleyn. You're surely right about that. How do we handle illegitimacy, or known-uncertainty, on this site?

Of course the best result would be eliminating the uncertainty. Thank you for your offer of DNA. It would be great if your paternal Carey haplogroup could resolve the paternity uncertainty for all the later Careys, and enthusiastic researchers.

The problem of course is the Tudor donor!

Who are the candidates?

Presumably only:

1. Edmund Tudor 2. Henry VII 3. Henry VIII 4. Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales 5. Henry Fitzroy, natural son of Henry VIII by Bessie Blount 6. various stillborn sons of Henry VIII by multiple women, who may have known graves?

Am I missing anybody? We can't go back before Edmund because he may be the natural son of Edmund Beaufort (known to be his mother's lover before his birth) and NOT of his nominal father, Owen Tudor, right?

This has got to a y-haplogroup test only, right, as 15 generations is too far back for any "regular" DNA test to give meaningful insights?

posted by Isaac Taylor
I'm not certified for changing this profile, but noticed she now shows as married to Henry Tudor?! This as well as them having a child is just rumor and speculation. The marriage was never official or proven. I'm willing to help with any DNA testing of individuals that are definitely descended from these individuals, since I should be carrying the Y-DNA from my male ancestors.
posted by Mark Cary
She needs a spruce - up since my last edits way way back. Extra writers plz!
posted by Bree Ogle
Boleyn-4 and Boleyn-97 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth, same husband, same daughter, death in same year. Please merge. Thanks,
posted by Vic Watt
Boleyn-77 and Boleyn-4 appear to represent the same person because: I inadvertently added her, then noticed she had a profile. She was married to my 13th Gr. Grandfather, William Cary.
posted by Mark Cary

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