Ole Larson's Folks

Category: The Ancient Past

In my articles on ancient history (1, 2, and 3), I had a lot of fun claiming the great-grandparenthood of famous and infamous figures such as Saint Olaf, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, Isabella the She-Wolf, Old King Cole, and the emperor Claudius, among many others. As I have already admitted, the three lines leading from me back to these ancients all have links that are controversial or doubtful. Up until the mid-twentieth century, both amateur and professional genealogists were highly…

There is an excellent Wikipedia article on the entire Plantaganet dynasty. If you don’t want to read all of it, scroll down to the section on the family’s decline. Better yet, start a little earlier, with the Wars Of the Roses. These were multiple conflicts, mainly between branches within the Plantagenet bloodline. I continue to be quite impressed with Wikipedia. While articles on politics or current affairs are sometimes biased, there are often lively discussions of any controversies between contributors…

Well, not as in “raised by wolves,” but the nickname is still an apt metaphor for her life and career. The quintessential femme fatale. I speak of our approx. 20th great-grandmother, Isabella of France (c. 1294-1327). She was the daughter of King Philip IV of France, and in time, sister of three more French kings. Isabella of France, as portrayed by Sophie Marceau in the 1995 film, “Braveheart” N.B. In the film, Isabella is the love interest of Sir William…

In the previous post, we uncovered a whole new line from my mother, Reatha Myers Larson, back to the royalty of medieval Europe, by way of a scheming duke named Henry Stafford. This  time, the line is linked to Dan Myers’ father, and wouldn’t you know, it shows that Dan’s father and mother were distant cousins. Incidentally, this brings us into royalty a century or so later than previous connections, and gives us literally hundreds more documented ancestors. I am…

In exploring the Revolutionary war patriot Philip Myers (German immigrant, and my 4th great-grandfather), naturally I am curious about the pedigree of great-grandma, his wife Martha Bennett. The Wyoming Valley book shown earlier gives a skeletal sketch of her patrilineal ancestors back to colonial Massachusetts, not far from the Colby’s. Specifically, my 8th great-grandpa along these lines is Samuel Bennett (b. 1611) who immigrated to Weymouth, Massachusetts from Weymouth, England around 1630 with his father Edward Bennett (about the same…

About a month ago, I announced that I was “nearly finished” tracing all the threads of the European nobility to which a certain ancestor of Dan Myers had led me. At that time, Dan’s pedigree had over 800 names in my records. It took all this time, but now I really have finished, and the count stands at over 1,000! In the course of adding these names, and cleaning up some data problems, Anna Moen’s pedigree also increased to over…

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