When I was 16, I used Burke's Landed Gentry to demonstrate that the published ancestry of my ancestor William Wallace, back to the brother of the Scottish national hero, was a fabrication. I've been sniffing out bogus medieval pedigrees ever since.
Spending two weeks at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I learned to read the old German script as I found a wealth of records for my Schmeeckle ancestors.
I discovered the European origin of my Amish Zimmerman ancestors; that led to an article published in Mennonite Family History. More recently, I traced my mother's mother's mother's (etc.) lineage back to Cornish miners, and beyond that, if I've arranged the puzzle pieces correctly, to the Prideaux family, with connections to several Magna Carta barons and their counterpart, King John.
I have a Master's Degree in History. While in graduate school, I stumbled across the official 1776 definition of "happiness," as used in the Declaration of Independence. In my master's thesis, I trace the 2000-year-old "family tree" of the Declaration. A published summary is here.
DNA testing shows that my Amish Zimmermann ancestors (19th-century immigrants to the mid-west) are from the same Amish Zimmermann family from Steffisburg, canton Bern, that settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
William Clark, representative to the Connecticut General Assembly 1705-18, member of the Governor's Council 1719 and 1721, representative again in 1723 (Speaker of the House) and 1724 .
Peter Burkhalter, delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention 1776, member of the Pennsylvania Assembly 1776-77 and 1784-88.
Prince Tobey, delegate to the Massacusetts General Court in 1782, 1783 and 1785.
William Hoagland, "Governor" of the squatter communities west of the Ohio River in the 1780s.
David Deshler, member of the Committee of Observation of Northampton Co., Penn. (the county's effective government with the dissolution of royal authority) 1774-76, delegate to the 1787 Pennsylvania convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution.
People Who Did Bad Things
Everybody's family tree contains stories that we aren't proud of. I think it's healthy to acknowledge the bad as well as the good in our family heritage, and perhaps it's good to keep in mind that those who are remembered for their misdeeds probably had their good points.
Thomas Pope couldn't get along with his neighbors; he finally left Plymouth after being fined for "vilifying the ministry."
John Schmeeckle's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with John or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #231202
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3b1b1, FTDNA kit #231202
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John:
John, your message to me stating "Hi Juliet, please be aware that, ever since the beginning, "United States" has been a special term meaning the central government, while "United States of America" (USA) means the the union of the various states." This seems to be contradicted on Wikitree G2G forum: "United States of America...a functioning nation with three distinct forms of government"  The Declaration of Independence stated the same as being written July 4, 1776, "by the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in GENERAL CONGRESS assembled." They titled it "United States of America" while being assembled in the newly declared governmental body the "GENERAL CONGRESS" which produced the historic document.
But the comments (which also has sources) are about Philippa directly, and not about Elizabeth FitzRoger. I can (also) add the comments in the G2G thread about Elizabeth FitzRoger, but it seems strange to delete them from Philippa's profile (where there are questions regarding her parentage). The comments show the Grenville (Thomas) link as well (from Burke's Peerage).
Hi John, I was surprised to find that relationship finder found a connection as most of my relatives emigrated to Canada! We are 16th cousins 1x removed via Honor Tregartha, your 15th Great Grandmother and my 16th Great Grandmother. A key relative in my line was Sarah ( Marie Madeleine ) Allen who was captured in Deerfield, Massachusetts and taken to Canada. It is a fascinating story. You have an amazing
Profile of genealogy research so you too may be interested in learning about her
Kind regards, Angela (Boyer) Cortner
Hi John - any help on any line of mine is totally appreciated & needed. I inherited 18 totes of genealogy & over 1000 pedigree charts when my mom passed. I am desperately trying to get them online & verified & just accounted for! I love help from others as I am housebound now due to health! any other lines I will gladly add you. It lightens the load & lets me learn things! Thanks again! I have been dna'd but don't quite know all the uses of this info. Have lots if German & Danish in my line that leaves me shaking my head at my lack of a foreign language. I just do English & Texan. Am Army brat. Have 7 on Mayflower, 1 at Jamestown & 2 Civil War ancestors. Have had direct line ancestor in every conflict since Plymouth. was HS history teacher but not since '88. Thanks
Hi John This is on ancestry.com. A person posted it and I do not want to list her name w/o her permission I have a historical account of the early "Planters" of Jamestown, which CPT. J. Raleigh Croshaw did have his wife Unity; however, he did spend a considerable amount of time with the Powhatan as an interpreter.... and his first wife was speculated to have passed away during the "Starving Time". Historically, he DID have a Powhatan wife. Raleigh's son, Col. Joseph Croshaw was the one who married Rachel, Matachanna Powhatan, Croshaw. She had a Powhatan mother. They had a daughter named Unity. Col. Joseph Croshaw had 5 wives at least, and his first wife was a Native Woman. Rachel was also the mother of Toby (Totopotomy) West, son of Lord Delaware, Thomas"
Hi John, I am descendant from Thomas' son, Jonathan. My mother was a Tobey. Lots of Tobey descendants out there! I was lucky enough to get to Sandwich and other Massachusetts towns as well as Connecticut following lines. Great fun.