Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Catherine Carey and Mary Boleyn - Total Surprise

It is always surprising when I happen to find a famous person in our family tree. One of the greatest surprises was Catherine Carey and her mother Mary Boleyn. Yes, the Mary Boleyn.

First it was Catherine Carey whom I came across in our direct maternal family line and learned that she was our 12 times great-grandmother*. I read about Catherine and further studies led me to Catherine parents. She was born circa 19 May 1524 in England to William Carey and yes, Mary Boleyn. What a stunning discovery it was!

Catherine Knollys (Carey)

As you probably know, Mary was a mistress of king Henry VIII (some historians say Catherine was his illegitimate daughter).

Mary Boleyn

And what you probably also know, Mary's sister Anne became Henry VIII's wife.

Catherine Carey was Maid of Honor to Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard, wives of Henry VIII. She married Lord Francis Knollys on 26 April 1540. Catherine was also the chief Lady of the Bedchamber to her first cousin and Anne's daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

Lord and Lady Knollys had 14 children. Their daughter Anne Knollys, Baroness de La Warr is our direct family line*.

This is how the line goes:

Jurita Elizabeth McIntosh (Ledbetter) - our great-grandmother
her mother Hannah E Ledbetter nee Hagood (b. 1839, Georgia)
her father Lemuel Davis Hagood (b. 20 July 1820, South Carolina/ d. 15 August 1909, Fulton, Georgia)
his father James J Hagood (b. 1780, South Carolina/ d. about 1874, Forsyth County, Georgia)

his mother Martha Hagood nee West (b. circa 1755, Virginia/d. 16 Nov. 1829, Pickens, South Carolina)

Hagood mill - built by James Hagood in 1845, near Pickens, South Carolina

her father William West (b. 1704, King William, King William, Virginia/d. 28 June 1796, King William, Virginia)

his father Col. Francis West:

king William County Sheriff (1741), member of the House of Burgesses (1748-1758), fought in the French and Indian War (Colonial defense forces)

his father Capt. Thomas West (b. 1670, West Point, Virginia/d. 1720, West Point, Virginia):

Captain of King William County Militia, county representative in the House of Burgesses (1702-1706)

his father Col. John West II (born 6 June 1632, Chicksack Bellfield Plantation York River, New Kent, Virginia/d. circa 1689, West Point, New Kent/King William County, Virginia):

he was the New Kent County Militia commander in chief in the Colony of Virginia.

The Flag of Colony of Virginia, Colony of England

his father Governor John West I (born 14 Dec. 1590, Wherwell, Hampshire, England/d. 1 March 1659, West Point, King William, Virginia):

in 1613, he graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, England (Bachelor of Arts). In 1618, at the age of 27, he sailed from England to Virginia on the "Bonnie Bess" ship. Later, he settled in West Point, Virginia. John West II was a member of the Virginia Company of London, and a member of the House of Burgesses (1628-1630), Captain-general, Governor of Virginia (1635-1637).

his mother Anne Knollys West (b. 19 July 1555, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England/ d. 30 August 1608, Lansium, Hampshire, England)

her mother Catherine Carey Knollys (b. 19 May 1524, Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England/ d. 15 Jan. 1569, Hampton Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, England).

Hampton Court Palace

*My MyHeritage research

Mary Boleyn: 
By Unknown - http://tudorhistory.org/people/mboleyn/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=213847By Unknown - http://tudorhistory.org/people/mboleyn/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=213847

Catherine Knollys:
By Yale Center for British Art B1974.3.22, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7803507

Hagood Mill: By Bill Fitzpatrick - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21040173

the Flag: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=422339

Hampton Court: By Andreas Tille - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=136095

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