The theme of this month’s 12 Ancestors in 12 Months writing challenge is “Check It Out!”, something uttered regularly by family historians with each new find, myself included. With each new “discovery”, I regale loved ones and strangers alike with what I learned, whether they care or not. 🙂
So what makes this discovery any different than the hundreds of others I have made already? Why should you “check it out”? Let’s find out…
My genealogical research has uncovered dozens of ancestors who devoted themselves to God, so many that I began a series of posts titled Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful. This is the eleventh installment.
In the previous post of this series, I presented brief biographies of three direct ancestors who were monks. Yes, you read right… monks.
Categories: Famous Faces and Places, Our Families' Faithful, Watts-Stark Line
Tags: 12Ancestors12Months, 52Ancestors, ancestry, biography, British history, English history, family history, genealogy, lineage
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~Christopher Reeve
In May 1940, Nazi Germany marched into France. Within a month, France had fallen to the might of the Third Reich. With France occupied by the enemy, England was in danger. Now, only 21 miles at the narrowest point (150 miles at the farthest point) separated England from this deadly foe. Something had to be done. In June 1940, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was established. Their mission was espionage; undercover operatives would subvert and sabotage the Nazi regime by blowing up bridges, factories, and trains, as well as cultivate local resistance and guerrilla warfare.
On this day, 27 December 1381, Edmund de Mortimer passed away. He was my 20th great-grandfather.
Born on 1 February 1352, Edmund was the son of Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March, and Philippa, daughter of William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and Catherine Grandison.
When Edmund was only an infant, his father died. At that time, Edmund became a ward of the crown, which indicated that his mother had already died (possibly in childbirth or soon thereafter). Edward III (my 21st great-grandfather through his son Thomas of Woodstock, my 22nd great-grandfather through his son Lionel of Antwerp of Clarence, my three-times 19th and three-times 20th great-grandfather through his son John of Gaunt, and my 20th great-grandfather through his son Edmund of Langley) placed baby Edmund in the care of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England, and Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (my 21st great-grandfather through his granddaughter Alianore Holland and my 20th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Margaret Holland).