WE ARE THE CHOSEN by Della M. Cumming, ca 1943: In each family we are called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, the breathing of life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: 'Tell our story.' So we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
At the age of 11, Sharon's family moved to California with the promise of a new job for her father, Tom. They settled in Fremont, California, where Sharon met her future husband Leonard Payne at a horse ranch. Leo, as he was known, was born 09 April 1951, Hayward, California, son of Leonard LaVerne Payne and Deloris Cavelle Cutsinger. From this union was born:
Sharon and family currently reside in Tennessee.
Sharon's ancestry traces back to Norman, Medieval, Scottish, Renaissance England and, (she is a direct descendant of the Royal Stewart family,) King James I of Scotland. King James being her 17th great grandfather. King Edward IV and Sharon are first cousins 15 times removed, making her a third cousin 13 times removed to Henry VIII. Sharon's ancestry, going back through King Edward, can be traced to Dolfin FitzUchtred, born 1105, Raby, Durham, England and Adelaide Durham, born about 1110 in Staindrop, Durham, England. Adelaide is the daughter of Bishop Walcher Durham aka Earl of Northumbria. Dolfin and Adelaide are Sharon's 28th great grandparents.
There were 25 Surety Barons in the forefront of the opposition to King John who were entrusted by the terms of clause 61 of Magna Carta to ensure the king’s compliance with its terms. Sharon is related to 24 of the 25:
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Sharon is 23 degrees from Olivia Newton-John, 15 degrees from Eunice West, 23 degrees from Frankie Avalon, 20 degrees from Joan Blondell, 17 degrees from Stockard Channing, 21 degrees from Jeff Conaway, 19 degrees from Lorenzo Lamas, 23 degrees from Dinah Manoff, 20 degrees from John Travolta and 22 degrees from Jan Hellier on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.