Wednesday, January 7, 2015


ROYAL ROOTS – And Other Interesting Relations
For Sarah and Denise as they Depart for London and Paris

            Thought that your visit to the Tower of London and the Royal Palaces would be a bit more interesting if you had some personal connection to people and events.  I’ve long been skeptical of genealogies that connect us ordinary folks to Royalty, but recently I’ve come to believe such connections may be possible.  First, our family DNA results support the paper trail we have used to trace our roots; and Second there are some new statistical studies that demonstrate that rich (well fed) people of the past produced more children who had children who had children, etc. than did the more numerous poor.   This is the British Island equivalent of the Genghis Khan effect in which geneticists discovered millions of the conqueror’s male descendants living around the globe.


HENRY TUDOR VIII and MARY KATHERINE BOLEYN – Your 11th and 12th  great grandparents.  Mary was Anne Boleyn’s older sister, and Henry’s mistress.  Their son Henry (called Cary) was the King’s son.  Henry arranged the marriage of Mary to Lord Cary, and the boy used the name of his step-father.  King Henry was exceedingly proud of his bastard son, who had looks, intelligence and courage.  He didn’t make Henry an heir, but gave him multiple titles, honors, and one of the richest heiresses in England as a wife.

 HENRY HUNSDON CARY (1526-1596)) and ANN MORGAN (1529-1543) – were the parents of John Hudson Carey (1556-1606).

            JOHN HUNSDON CARY, JR. (1577-1666) and MARY HYDE (1554-1627) – were the parents of John Richard Cary and Ann Carey.

            ANN CAREY (1600-1668) married ROGER DANIEL III (1600-1680) – They were the parents of JOHN DANIEL I who married ELIZABETH STREET, and immigrated to the Virginia Colony.

            JOHN DANIEL I (1626-1679) and ELIZABETH STREET – were the parents of Sarah Clare Daniel.  John was among the earliest settlers of the Isle of Wight in Virginia.

            SARAH CLARE DANIEL (1666-1724) and CALEB LINDSEY (1664-1717) were the parents of William Lindsey.

            WILLIAM LINDSEY (1695-1768) and JANE CHEW (1700-1784) were the parents of James William Lindsey, Sr.

            JAMES WILLIAM LINDSEY, SR. (1725-1799) and MARY CARLETON (1735-1837) were the parents of James, Jr.  He was born in Virginia but moved to Arkansas.

            JAMES WILLIAM LINDSEY, JR. (1762-1831) AND RACHEL BURKET  (1768-1831) were the parents of Burkett Lindsey.  Another of their sons, Elijah was the Father of the Methodist Church in Arkansas.

            BURKETT W. LINDSEY (1808-1894) and HARIET SERENE WILLIAMS (1814-1888) were the parents of Sarah Adeline Lindsey.  Their son Asbury Monroe Lindsey fought in the Civil War with John Thomas Heard.

Home of James Addison and Sarah Adeline Lindsey Heard in Dry Creek Louisiana -- Burned in the 1980's

            SARAH ADELINE LINDSEY (1840-1925) and JOHN THOMAS HEARD (1845-1912) were the parents of my grandfather, James Addison Heard.

            JAMES ADDISON HEARD (1870-1946) and CLORA FRANCES NOLEN (1880-1968), my grandparents were the parents of 12 children, including Myrtis Lee Heard.

            MYRTIS LEE HEARD (1912-1995) and WILMER HENRY “JACK” JACKSON, SR. (1909-1990), are my parents, the grandparents of my daughters, and the great grandparents of my grandchildren.  You can calculate the rest.

CONFIDENCE LEVEL – We are very confident of the Lindsey Genealogy back to the marriage of Sarah Clare Daniel to Caleb Lindsey, and Sarah Clare’s Father John Daniel I.  Whether John was the son of Ann Carey and Roger Daniel III is debatable, with a number of pieces of evidence supporting the connection.


            While visiting the Tower of London, ask about Thomas Wyatt (The Younger) who was beheaded there on April 11, 1554.  Thomas was a strong protestant, and led a revolt against the Catholic Queen Mary Tudor, in hopes of making her younger sister Elizabeth Tudor Queen.  Elizabeth declared herself loyal to her sister Mary, and Tom’s revolt failed and he was imprisoned and beheaded.  Tom’s father, Thomas Wyatt (the Elder) was imprisoned in the Tower along with Anne Boleyn during Henry III’s reign.  He was accused of being one of her lovers.  However, he was cleared and released.  Tom, Sr. was a close friend of Henry VIII.  Both men were avid poets, hunters, soldiers and lovers. We may well be doubly descended from Thomas Wyatt.  Our Heard (my Mother’s Family) and our Jackson (my Father’s Family) both trace Wyatt roots.

THOMAS WYATT, SR. (1503-1542) and ELIZABETH BROOKE (1503-1560) didn’t get along well, and only had three children, including Thomas, Jr. He was your 14th and 15th great grandfather.

            THOMAS WYATT, JR. (1521-1554) and JANE HAWTT (1522-1600) were the parents of nine sons and two daughters.  Their two youngest sons were George and Frances.  Both Elizabeth Brook and Jane Hawte were rich heiresses from high-ranking families with royal bloodlines.  The Wyatts were among the new rich created by the Tudors.  After Tom Jr. was beheaded, the family lost their lands and wealth and fell upon hard times.

            GEORGE WYATT (1550-1624) and JANE FINCH (1555-1644) had 8 children, including Haute Wyatt, named for his grandmother’s family.

            HAUTE WYATT (1594-1638) and his wife ANN COX (1607-1632) had two children.  With his second wife BARBARA ELIZABETH MITFORT (1598-1626), he had four, including his oldest son Edward (1619-1670) and a younger son George (1622-1671).  I will trace the Heard Family descent from Edward and then the Jackson Family descent from George.  Edward is your 11th and 12th great grandfather on the Heard Line, while George is your 12th and 13th great grandfather on your Jackson Line.

Wakefield Plantation Site of Early Wyatt Plantation in Virginia

            EDWARD WYATT (1619-1670) and JANE CONQUEST (1622-1698) had six children, including Conquest Wyatt.  Conquest Wyatt sought wealth in the American colonies, immigrating to Virginia where he established a plantation in Gloucester County.

            CONQUEST WYATT (1655-1720) and SALLIE PATE had nine children, including Francis Wyatt.

            FRANCIS WYATT (1680-1746) and ELIZABETH KENNON (1680-1725) had seven children, their eldest being William Wyatt, known as “the Mariner.”  William was a planter and a shipper in early Virginia.  William died on a voyage in Sulawesi, Tengah, Indonesia.

            WILLIAM WYATT (1701-1751) and ANN (1675-1718) had four children, including a daughter, Frances Wyatt. 

            FRANCES WYATT (1736-1767) and JOSEPH HEWELL, SR. (1728-1812) had five children, including William Wyatt Hewell.  William Wyatt fought in the Revolutionary War, and moved his family from Virginia to Georgia. Was also an ancestor of the wild west lawman Wyatt Earp.
The Gravesite of William Wyatt Hewell -- Revolutionary War Soldier

            WILLIAM WYATT HEWELL (1756-1842) and FRANCES JOUETT DAVENPORT (1763-1839) had seven children, including Jesse Wyatt Hewell.  Born in Virginia, Jesse Wyatt died in Georgia.

            JESSE WYATT HEWELL (1793-1852) and MARTHA PATSY BERRY (1795-1882) had 12 children.  We have letters Martha wrote to her daughter Mary Susan Hewell, after Mary Susan moved from Georgia to Dry Creek, Louisiana.

Heard Home in Dry Creek, Louisiana, Built by Mary Susan Hewell and Jesse Holloway Heard & enlarged by their son John Thomas Heard and his wife Sarah Adeline Lindsey

            MARY SUSAN HEWELL (1822-1903) and JESSE HOLLOWAY HEARD (1818-1890) had ten children.  Eight are buried in the Dry Creek Cemetery.  Their eldest son, John Thomas Heard inherited the farm in Dry Creek.  He fought in the Civil War, and surrendered after the siege of Vicksburg.  He returned and married the sister of his comrade -- Asbury Monroe Lindsey.

            JOHN THOMAS HEARD (1845-1912) and SARAH ADELINE LINDSEY (1840-1925) had nine children, including my grandfather, James Addison Heard.
Clora Frances Nolen when she was a student of her future husband James Addison Heard.
 JAMES ADDISON HEARD (1870-1946) and CLORA FRANCES NOLEN (1880-1968) had 12 children, including my mother Myrtis Lee Heard (and you know the rest).

CONFICENCE LEVELS --  We are very confident of the Family genealogy as far back as FRANCES WYATT HEWELL.  All of the Wyatt connections from Thomas to William are relatively sound.  The link between Frances Wyatt and William Wyatt is the weak one.  Our Kent relatives have letters and Bible records that support this connection, however, DNA evidence would be of great value.

OUR JACKSON, COX, AND WYATT CONNECTIONS -- In England and Virginia there was a connection between the Cox, Hicks, and Wyatt families that included several marriages.  The common ancestors of my mother and father are HAUTE WYATT (1594-1638) and his second wife BARBARA ELIZABETH MITFORT (note that Haute’s first wife was Ann Cox. I will trace the Jackson connection from them.
           HAUTE WYATT (1594-1638) and his first wife ANN COX (1607-1632) had two children.  With his second wife BARBARA ELIZABETH MITFORT (1598-1626), he had four, including his oldest son Edward (1619-1670) and a younger son George (1622-1671).  The descent from Thomas Wyatt to Haute Wyatt is the same for both lines and not repeated here.

         GEORGE WYATT (1622-1671) and his wife SUSANNAH R BAYNHAM (1623-1726) were the parents of Henry Wyatt, Sr.
Henry Wyatt, Sr. 's Gravestone

          HENRY WYATT, SR. (1647-1705) and his wife ALICE (1651-1780) were the parents of Henry Wyatt, Jr.

          HENRY WYATT, JR (1708-1780) and his wife MARY WYNNE (1708-1790) were the parents of Frances Wyatt.

          FRANCES WYATT (1719-1790) and her husband SAMUEL HICKS (1714-1741) had five children, including William Hicks.

          WILLIAM HICKS (1745- after 1826?) and his wife ELIZABETH HARRIS (1748-1853) were the parents of Jerimiah K Hicks.  The Hicks family was Quaker.

                JERIMIAH K HICKS (1781-1843) and his wife SUSAN ANN “SUCKEY” LIVERET (1785-1851) were the parents of 12 children, including Elizabeth Susan “Betsy” Hicks.

ELIZABETH SUSAN “BETSY” HICKS (1807-1870) and her husband THOMAS J. COX, JR. (1812-1868) were the parents of eight children, including Susan Jane Cox.  The Cox and Hicks families moved from North Carolina to Georgia and to Clarke County Alabama, and then to Winn Parish Louisiana.  Until the Revolutionary War, both families were Quakers.

SUSAN JANE COX (1834-1900) and her husband STEPHEN PUGH JACKSON (1821-1894) were both born in Clarke, Alabama, and married in Winn, Louisiana.  They had three children, including Isaac Thomas Jackson (who is my great grandfather).

ISAAC THOMAS JACKSON (1685-1932) and his wife MARTHA ARDELLA DEAN (1855-1912) were married in Winn Parish and moved to the farm in Red River Parish still owned by his descendants.  They were my great grandparents.  They had eight children, including John Seaborn “Sebe” Jackson.

JOHN SEABORN “SEBE” JACKSON (1881-1950) and his wife IDA BELLE ADAMS (1887-1908) lived in the house still standing on their farm, which is still owned and inhabited by their descendants.  Their children were Theo, Wilmer “Jack, Sr.” John Clinton “Clint,” Lorena, Cecile, Johnnie Marvin, Ida Ola “Iola,” and Sarah Elizabeth.  They were my grandparents.

Wilmer Henry "Jack" Jackson, Sr. when a student at Northwestern State University

WILMER HENRY “JACK” JACKSON, SR. (1909-1990) and his wife MYRTIS LEE HEARD (1912-1995) were the parents of WILMER HENRY “JACKY” JACKSON, JR. and FRANCES RUTH JACKSON.  You can finish the story.

CONFICENCE LEVELS – As with the Heard-Wyatt connection, the early and recent sections of the Jackson-Wyatt lines are accurate.  We know the Wyatt descent from Thomas to Haute is accurate; and we know the Jackson line from Frances Wyatt to our Red River Jacksons is well established.  The weak links are between Frances and Haute.  Probably only DNA will settle the question.

            Since the Noble and Royal Families intermarried (ceaselessly), if you establish a firm link to one royal line, you will find multiple connections to other Royals.  From both the TUDORS, and the BOYLENS and the wives of the WYATTS (BROOKE, HAUTE, FINCH, and CONQUEST) we have multiple connections to the PLANTAGENET Kings, including WILLIAM THE CONQUOR.  Through the Plantagenet wives, we are connected to Royal FRENCH lines, specifically the CAPETS.  Finally, multiple lines attempt to connect to CHARLAMENGE, Emperor of the Franks, through his son PEPIN.   From the British Royals, PLANTAGENET, TUDORS, STUARTS,  and WINDSORS you can calculate relationships to modern British Royals. For example, we are distantly related to both Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Isabell Capet -- The She Wolf

Edward I
Pepin Martel, King of Franks

HOPE YOU ENJOY this genealogical travel tour.  Don’t get overly excited about these connections.  Remember, if they came to the colonies, our ancestors were having some difficulties succeeding in the “Old Country.”  The whole purpose of pursuing family history is to make a stronger connection to the actual history of places and periods.  As you visit places in England, connect and enjoy all you will learn.  HAVE A GREAT TRIP.

William of Normandy & England

1 comment:

  1. Hello! Thanks for the article! I've been trying to decide myself if I am royally related going through Edward Wyatt and Jane Conquest. On your page you write that they had six children including Conquest Wyatt. What I'm hoping for is the names of the other five children, because I appear to be related to an Elizabeth Ann Wyatt who married an Edward Maxey. On many websites it is said that Elizabeth Ann is a daughter of Edward Wyatt and Jane Conquest, but then on many others, it fails to mention her at all, only giving up the name of Conquest Wyatt. Do you happen to know if Elizabeth Ann is indeed a child of Edward Wyatt and Jane Conquest? It's driving me quite mad haha Thank you!