I spent the first ten years of my life in the same small town in New Hampshire where some of my family had lived since the 1700s. I grew up in the house where my father was born and that my great-grandparents bought in the late 1800s. Because of the size of the town and the time period (the '70s) I spent most of my free time exploring on my bicycle, and oftentimes I ended up at MeetingHouse Cemetery deep in the woods at the base of Mt. Monadnock, because it was beautiful and quiet and I loved the solitude of it. I loved looking at the graves and wondering about the lives of the people buried there, but at the time I didn't know I was related to so many of them. But there is the start of my love for genealogy.
I am a native New Englander. I am descended from multiple Mayflower families (definitely two, likely three, possibly four, but I don't have all the information yet,) as well as many of the Puritan Great Migration families; I'm still trying to compile a complete list of these ancestors. I am also descended from Banfield Capron, who emigrated from England in 1674 to Massachusetts. Information on that line is well documented by Phil DeSilva on www.capronfamily.com. My maternal grandfather and maternal great-grandparents were all Finnish immigrants, so that is another--more difficult--side of my research. Much of my paternal great-great-grandfather's line came from France by way of Quebec. It's been an education to realize how much easier it is to do research in your own language than one you don't understand.
My family moved to the Carolinas when I was ten, and I have lived there for most of my life. I attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. I owned a bookstore outside of Raleigh, NC for over a decade before closing down in the early part of the 2010's.
Some of My Notable Ancestors
I am directly descended from many Great Puritan Migration Migrants, including--
King Æthelred (AEthelred) "The Unready, Rede-less, King of England"--my 29th great-grandfather (search from my father, Demerse-11 to Æthelred to find the connection) through his daughter Goda. Also my 31st great-grandfather through Margaret Ceannmore (see my connection to her under Saints.)
King Ecgberht (Egbert) "Bretwalda, King of England, King of Wessex"--my 39th great-grandfather (through Albini-39.)
Sir Thomas Beauchamp "11th Earl of Warwick, Marshal of England"--my 19th great-grandfather, a founder Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1348.
Other European Royalty/Nobility
Charlemagne "Karl der Grosse, Carolus Magnus, Charles the Great, Roi des Francs, König des Fränkischen Reichs, Empereur d'Occident, Karel de Grote"--my 37th great-grandfather (through Normandie-32) and my 38th great-grandfather (through Albini-39.) Other lines not listed.
Lothair (Lothar I) "Emperor, King of Lotharingia" Holy Roman Emperor--my 36th great-grandfather (through Albini-39.)
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