Royal ancestry: Plantagenets and Tudors
One of the known links between the families that I am researching and royalty depends on a series of mother-to-daughter links from
Catherine Carey, the daughter of
Mary Boleyn (who was the sister of the
second of Henry VIII's wives, and had been Henry's mistress before her marriage to
William Carey) through
Katherine Clench to my 5th great grandfather
Ancestry of Catherine Carey
Each of Catherine Carey's grandparents (
Thomas Boleyn and
Elizabeth Howard) was descended from
Edward I, who had lived some 2 centuries earlier, or was descended more recently from Edward III. (The University of Texas hosts a site with more information on the genealogy of the Plantagenets.)
The main family names in this part of the tree are:
Pedigrees of this tangled aristocracy can be found in many places, but I have never seen anything approaching a complete one.
Of these ancient families, the
Cary family at least is still extant. One living Cary whom I have met is my thirteenth cousin twice removed.
If you would like to know more, please contact me. I would be particularly interested to hear from anyone researching Knollys, Pellat, Hippisley, or Clench families.
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