Monthly Archives: February 2017

March On, March On

On this last day of Black History Month and in anticipation of Women’s History Month starting tomorrow, I am taking a break from documenting our families’ history to talk about some bigger issues…


I am a rural raised, rural residing, heterosexual, higher educated, middle class, middle-aged, white women.

I was brought up in a household poor in income but rich in spirit. Despite growing up in a lower-bracket financially, I worked hard and studied hard, eventually earning two degrees.

I am married to my longtime love; together, we are raising caring, compassionate children. I am very spiritual, identifying as a Christian, and am grateful for the goodness God has given me.

All in all, I am what would be termed one of the “privileged” people, because I understand that, for the most part, the cards are stacked in my favor. Granted, I might not hold all the cards, but I have been dealt a pretty good hand.

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Roger de Mortimer

On this day, 26 February 1360, Roger de Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March and 4th Baron of Mortimer died. He was my 21st great-grandfather.

Roger de Mortimer was born on 11 November 1328, to parents Edmund Mortimer and Elizabeth de Badlesmere.

In 1330, the family lands and titles were stripped from the Mortimer family after Roger’s paternal grandfather, Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, revolted against the Crown and was hanged. The next year, 1331, Roger’s father, Edmund died. Consequently, Roger de Mortimer grew up with uncertain prospects.

However, the king was sympathetic to young Roger. As Roger de Mortimer matured, he gradually was able to restore the family estates and honors. About 1342, Roger de Mortimer was granted Radnor Castle, along with the lands of Gwrthvyrion, Presteign, Knighton, and Norton (all in Wales); these were put under the care of his stepfather William de Bohun, Earl of Northampton until Roger de Mortimer’s maturity. In 1343, Roger de Mortimer received the old family baronial seat at Wigmore, Herefordshire.

On 12 September 1344, at the age of 17, Roger de Mortimer distinguished himself at a tournament at Hereford.

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Herbert II of Vermandois

On 23 February 943, Herbert II of Vermandois died. He was my 33rd great-grandfather.

Herbert II was the son of Herbert I of Vermandois and Bertha of Morvis. When Herbert I died in 907, Herbert II inherited his father’s estate, adding it to the holdings of the Abbey of St. Medard, Soissons. Herbert II then assumed the role of lay abbot, thereby entitling himself to the income of these combined estates.

Herbert II of Vermandois married Adela of France, daughter of Robert I of France. Adele’s dowry included Meaux, France.  Together, Herbert II and Adele had eight children: Eudes, Adalbert I, Adela, Herbert “The Old”, Robert, Luitgarde, Hugh, and Guy I.

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Yaroslav I of Kiev

On this day, 20 February, 1054, Yaroslav I “The Wise” of Kiev died. He was my two-times 30th great-grandfather through his grandson Philippe I and through his grandson Hugh.

Yaroslav was the son of Vladimir “The Great” and his third wife, Rogneda of Polotsk. As a youth, Yaroslav was sent by his father to rule the northern lands near Rostov. In 1010, Yaroslav served Novgorod as vice-regent.

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Afonso III of Portugal

On this day, 16 February, 1279, Afonso III of Portugal, died in Lisbon. He was my two-times 24th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Constance of Portugal and though his grandson Afonso IV (both children of his son Denis).

On 5 May 1210, Afonso III was born in Coimbra, Portugal.  He was the second son of Afonso II and Urraca of Castile.

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