Question Box: Our Most Famous Ancestor

DFH Volume 1 Issue 17

Last week’s quiz: 

Who is the most famous ancestor in our Wilber Dayton, Sr. lineage?  [Hint: he was an ancient grampa; there was a world-famous historical event involving him in the year 800 A.D.]

ANSWER: 

Our Dayton grampa is no less than Charlemagne, 1st Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.  On Christmas Day 800 A.D., while Charlemagne was kneeling at the altar he was crowned “Emperor of the Romans” by Pope Leo III at Rome’s Old St. Peter’s Basilica.  [My dad would have been mortified to know that he was descended from a Catholic].  You can find a detailed account of his life and career at Wikipedia or other webpages on the internet.  He is my 38th great-grandfather.  The path from Wilber Thomas Dayton, Sr. to Charlemagne is as follows:

Wilber1 T DAYTON, SR,

Nancy2 GOODNOW,

Thomas3 GOODNOW,

Stephen4 GOODNOW,

Abigail5 WILSON,

Hopestill6 RICE,

Daniel7 RICE,

Edward8 RICE,

Edmund9 RICE,

Thomas10 RICE,

William11 RICE,

Katherine12 HOWARD,

Thomas13 HOWARD,

John14 HOWARD,

Robert15 HOWARD,

John16 HOWARD,

Margaret17 SCALES,

Robert18 SCALES,

Egeline19 DE COURTNAY,

Hugh20 DE COURTNAY,

John21 DE COURTNAY,

Robert22 DE COURTNAY,

Renaud23 DE COURTNAY,

Reginald24 DE COURTNAY,

Ermengarde25 DE NEVERS,

Renaud26 II of NEVERS,

William27 I of NEVERS,

Adele28 of FRANCE,

Constance29 of PROVENCE,

William30 II of PROVENCE,

Constance31 of PROVENCE,

Charles32 CONSTANTINE,

Louis33 the Blind of ITALY,

ERMENGARDE34,

LOUIS35 II,

Lothair36 I of ITALY,

Louis37 I the Fair of FRANCE,

CHARLEMAGNE38

Can you memorize all the grampas?  If you tell anyone that Charlemagne is your 38th (or 38th -42th) great grandfather will they believe you?  Probably not, but it’s true.   Quite impressive.  We have European nobility by the 100’s.  William the Conqueror,  some Henry’s, lots of Edwards, some Louis’ , most European countries.  Nobility married nobility.  They crossed national boundaries; whole books have been written on lineages.  The challenge is to link a latter-day ancestor into the nobility somewhere.  Then it’s off to the races.  They pop up everywhere.

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