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Gateway Ancestors are descendants of Magna Carta Surety Barons

The WikiTree Category, "Gateway Ancestors" refers to Colonial immigrants descended from Magna Carta surety barons, as documented in Douglas Richardson's book, Magna Carta Ancestry pub. 2011.
Those Gateway Ancestors are the focus of this project.
The term "Gateway Ancestor" is also used by genealogists to designate descendants of royalty. For purposes of this project, the term is limited to the use Douglas Richardson gives it.

Links to WikiTree's Magna Carta Project

  • Magna Carta Team Base Camp - this is where we track completed trails and trails under construction, from Gateway Ancestors to their Magna Carta surety baron ancestors.

Gateway Ancestors - Project Checklist

  1. Choose a name from the Gateway Ancestors below and search for the lowest ID# profile
  2. Link the name to the profile you found, see Adding Links to Profiles
  3. Add Category -- double brackets Category: Gateway Ancestors double brackets at top of profile
  4. Merge duplicates you find -- initiate a merge
  5. Delete computer-generated text - what to delete from a profile
  6. Add Sources
  7. Create a biography from the sources
  8. Add footnotes
  9. Add images -- include title, description, copyright
'Gateway Ancestors' refers to American colonists who are descended from a Magna Carta surety baron, documented in Magna Carta Ancestry - A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. They are also listed in Douglas Richardson's 2013: Royal Ancestry: a Study in Colonial & Medieval Families, Vols. 1-5. Either of these two sets by Douglas Richardson are preferred for source documentation on Gateway Ancestors.
Google Books has a free search of Magna Carta Ancestry and Mr. Marlyn Lewis' website includes some Gateway Ancestors and all of the Magna Carta barons - two free alternatives to purchasing the books.

Gateway Ancestors List

The following profiles are under project management protection of Magna Carta Project. If you need to merge a profile on the list, contact April Dauenhauer to temporarily remove the protection. and facilitate the merge.

Link a Name in the List to its Profile

When you find a matching profile, create a link: double brackets surname dash ID# pipe surname, given name double brackets. The vertical line in the middle is called a pipe - find it above the Enter key on your keyboard. Let's keep the same order of the name - surname, [title], first name. If the name turns red after saving the link, check the ID# and spelling of the surname.
  • Add Category: Gateway Ancestors at the top of the profile, using the double brackets at each side of the category. Return to the list here to make the profile name into a link.
  • If the person settled one of the New England colonies - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut - before 1640, please also add {{PGM}} as a courtesy to our sister project Puritan Great Migration, (if it is not yet categorized).
Married women are listed in two place: under their LNAB and also their married surname - please add the link to their profile ID# in both places.

Additional Gateway Ancestors (to be confirmed)

Profiles listed below are not on Richardson's list but may have sufficient documentation to show they are linked to the Surety Barons. Once confirmed they are moved to the confirmed Gateway Ancestors list. Please add your ancestor's name below and link their name to their profile. To be confirmed, documentation needs to be on the profile and on each of the profiles that link them to Surety Barons. Include a section on the profile listing the names linking to the barons, (in link format to make it easy to evaluate and confirm).


  • Edward Prideaux and his brother James Prideaux, both of Camborne, Cornwall. Their descendants became Cornish miners, some of whom migrated to southwestern Wisconsin, USA, in the 1830s and 1840s. My research has established (at least to my own satisfaction) that they are great-grandsons of Ann Moyle, who has proven descents through her mother and grandmother from Bigod, Clare, Malet, Quincy, and William Marshal. -- John Schmeeckle
I have put my evidence for their ancestry on the workbook page.


Henry Awbrey, John Awbrey, and Thomas Awbrey are ready for review. These sons of William Awbrey are Gateway Ancestors connected to Magna Carta surety baron Saher de Quincy as follows:
  1. their mother was Elizabeth (Johnes) Awbrey,
  2. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Johnes,
  3. Thomas was the son of Henry Jones,
  4. Henry was the son of Mary Berkeley,
  5. Mary was the daughter of Susan FitzAlan,
  6. Susan was the daughter of William FitzAlan,
  7. William was the son of Joan Neville (badged),
  8. Joan was the daughter of Richard Neville (a badged descendant of MCSB de Quincy)
I have posted this also to the workbook page. Documentation is on each profile. I did not copy the above to each profile (as I had received guidance from Peter about such lists on profiles: "please don't"). Noland-165 01:01, 17 May 2015 (EDT)
Henry Awbrey, John Awbrey, and Thomas Awbrey are now in Category:Questionable Gateway Ancestors; see also this G2G discussion

From JSS: There is another lineage that also quickly connects to Richardson:

Henry, John and Thomas Awbrey, immigrants to Virginia
  1. their mother was Elizabeth (Johnes) Awbrey,
  2. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Johnes,
  3. Thomas was the son of Elizabeth Herbert, wife of Henry Jones,
  4. Elizabeth was the daughter of Matthew Herbert, who is mentioned with ancestry in Douglas Richardson's books.

Potential Gateway Ancestors (more research needed)

I have put what evidence I have for their ancestry on the Potential Gateway Ancestors page; hopefully others will eventually come along and add to it or provide contradictory evidence.

Notes on the Potential Gateway Ancestors

If anyone knows of contradictory evidence to any current profiles in our project or potentially in our project, please add it to Popular Errors.

Images: 1
Barons and Bishops watch King John sign Magna Carta
Barons and Bishops watch King John sign Magna Carta

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On 21 Feb 2017 at 16:24 GMT T (King) K wrote:

The line of John Hardy of Isle of Wight Co., VA has been disproven by the heralds of the College of Arms in London. They found not evidence of the so-called marriages to Stanley and De la Pole wives or that these wives were indeed descendants of Magna Charta Sureties as the parents named for these wives are not known to have had daughters by those names. Weis latest edition of The Magna Charta Sureties does not list this Hardy family.

On 13 Aug 2015 at 13:47 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

part 2 of 2

See Potential Gateway Ancestors (for information about trails for Gateway Ancestors not included in Richardson).


April/John - is that correct?

Cheers, Liz

On 13 Aug 2015 at 13:46 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Chase - just from my experience of having one of my ancestors labeled Questionable (which is how I got involved in the Magna Carta project)...

A profile in the "Questionable Gateway Ancestor" category is any profile for a person not listed by Richardson but who is connected in WikiTree to a Magna Carta surety baron. Kind of a holding pen for any such profile. The profile is removed from the category if a false connection is found (and removed). If the connections are valid, or potentially so, the Questionable Gateway Ancestor is considered a "Potential Gateway Ancestor".

(part 1 of 2)

On 12 Aug 2015 at 14:28 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

I think it would be helpful to add a discussion of "Questionable Gateway Ancestors" here - eg what is it used for and how it differs (if it does) from Potential Gateway Ancestors.

On 18 Mar 2015 at 13:57 GMT Nae (Lockhart) X wrote:

Please add the categories:

Category:Virginia Colony Category:North Carolina Category:South Carolina Colony Category:Carolina Colony Category:Maryland Colony

and also Category: US Southern Colonies British

This is a fantastic page! I've linked it to the British Colonies resource page. You can probably go farther with the categories and link this to the northern colonies as well...

THANKS! And thanks for a great page! Nae

On 18 Nov 2014 at 02:10 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Thank you for all of us who have worked/are working on the project, Jillaine. We like being appreciated.

On 17 Nov 2014 at 23:29 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Can I just say? WHOAH! This is an awesome project! Thank you April and project volunteers for what you're doing here!

On 6 Nov 2014 at 21:08 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Updated the Culpepper group for clarity and disambiguation, with text, footnotes, and the comment box. Moved some comments on the list here to the profile.

On 21 Oct 2014 at 16:35 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Linked Jane (Greene) Pole who can be traced back to William Malet

On 11 Oct 2014 at 21:50 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Thank you Sandy. Mainwaring-24 is sourced and edited now.

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