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Hannah (Dilatush) Layton

On this day, 17 June 1874, Hannah (Dilatush) Layton passed away. She was my 4th great-grandmother.

Born in 1810 on Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, Hannah Dilatush was the daughter of  Jacob Dilatush and Esther “Hester” Cox, who had married in 1807. Hannah was the second known child of the couple. Their first child, Henry Dilatush, was born in 1808 and died that same year.

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Diarmait Mac Murchada

Diarmait Mac Murchada in “Expugnatio Hibernica”

On this day, 1 May 1171, Diarmait Mac Murchada passed away. He was my 27th great-grandfather through his daughter Órlaith of Leinster and my multi-times great-grandfather through many, many lines via his daughter Aoife “Eva” MacMurrough’s granddaughters: Matilda “Maud” Marshal, Isabel Marshal, and Eva Marshal. (I started getting a headache from trying to trace all these connections. What a tangled web of familial connections…)

Born circa 1110, Diarmait Mac Murchada was a son of Donnchad mac Murchada, King of Leinster and Dublin. His father’s grandmother Derbforgaill was a daughter of Donnchad, King of Munster and a granddaughter of Brian Boru.

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The Abbots of Abernethy & Dunkeld

My genealogical researches have uncovered dozens of devout ancestors. This is the fourth installment of a series of posts titled “Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful”, documenting the lives of those who have served God.

In the previous post of this series, I presented the life and times of Rev. Joseph Hull.  This one focuses on family members who served as either the Abbot of Aberbethy and the Abbot of Dunkeld.

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Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester

On this day 850 years ago, Robert “le Bossu” de Beaumont, passed away. He was my two-times 25th, two-times 26th, and three-times 27th great-grandfather.

Born in 1104 in Leicester, England, Robert was the son of Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan and 1st Earl of Leicester, and Elizabeth de Vermandois. It is believed that young Robert was the younger of identical twins; his brother was named Waleran. The two boys joined older sisters Emma de Beaumont, born 1102, and Isabel de Beaumont, born circa 1103.

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Rev. Joseph Hull

My genealogical researches have uncovered dozens of devout ancestors. This is the third installment of a series of posts titled “Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful”, documenting the lives of those who served God.


In the previous post of this series, I presented the life and times of William Christian, a vicar on the Isle of Man.  This one focuses on the life of Rev. Joseph Hull.

Joseph Hull, my 12th great-grandfather, was born in 25 April 1594, in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He was the youngest child of Thomas Hull, a yeoman, and Joane Peson/Pysing (spelling varies).

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