On this day, 21 October 1221, Alix de Thouars, hereditary Duchess of Brittany and Countess of Richmond, passed away. She was my 25th great-grandmother.
In 1201, Alix de Thouars was born in Brittany, France. She was one of two (possibly three) known children of Gui de Thouars and Constance, Duchess of Brittany. Alix had a twin sister named Catherine de Thouars. She also had an older half-brother Arthur I, Duke of Brittany, and an older half-sister Eleanor de Bretagne, the children of Constance’s previous marriage to Geoffrey Plantagenet.
On the day, 15 October 1173, Petronilla of Aragon passed away. She was my three-times 27th great-grandmother.
Born on 29 June 1136, in Huesca, Spain, Petronilla was the only child of Ramiro of Aragon and his wife Agnes of Aquitaine.
Prior to his marriage to Agnes of Aquitaine, Ramiro of Aragon had been the bishop of Barbastro-Roda, When his brother, Alfonso I, died in 1134 without an heir, Ramiro was elected as ruler. Ramiro sought papal dispensation to abdicate his monastic vows in order to secure succession to the throne. After he received dispensation, Ramiro of Aragon married Agnes of Aquitaine in 1135.
On this day, 11 October 1919, Elizabeth R. (Mayhue) Stott passed away. She was my spouse’s 3rd great-grandmother.
Elizabeth R. Mayhue was born 4 November 1837 in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania to parents Parley Mayhue and Sarah Ann McGinnis.
On this day, 250 years ago—9 October 1767, the survey of the Mason-Dixon line was completed.
Starting in the early 1700s, my Noel-Ardinger and Taylor-Thomas lines and my spouse’s Spangler family settled in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland: Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster, and York Counties, Pennsylvania and Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, Maryland—on or near the Mason-Dixon line.
On this day, 29 September 1932, Anna “Annie” L. (Spangler) Kenney passed away. She was my spouse’s 2nd great-grandmother.
Anna L. Spangler was born on 10 September 1863, in Botetourt County, Virginia, to parents Charles David Spangler and Elizabeth Ann (Ann Elizabeth) Bryant.