Like the surf undulating against the shore, the sands of the Sahara ebb and flow with the wind. Alice George watches the English waters, recalling the life she left behind years ago when she roamed the desert with the Tuareg, a tribe of nomadic warriors. Separated by decades and distance, it had been easy to keep these two lives far removed from one another, that is, until circumstances cause her past and present to collide and Alice’s carefully crafted existence to crumble.
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On this day, 23 April 1307, Joan of Acre passed away in Suffolk, England. (She was my 22nd and two-times 23rd great-grandmother through her daughter Eleanor de Clare, my 22nd great-grandmother through her daughter Margaret de Clare, my 23rd and 24th great-grandmother through her daughter Elizabeth de Clare, and my 23rd great-grandmother through her son Thomas de Monthermer.)
Joan, the daughter of Edward I “Longshanks” and Eleanor of Castile, was born in 1272. Joan was eighth of 15 or 16 children of the couple (sources vary; two were unnamed). Although at the time of her birth, only brother Henry (born 6 May 1268) and sister Eleanor (born 18 June 1269) were still alive.
At the time of Joan’s birth, her parents were on a crusade in Acre in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was the ninth and final crusade to the Holy Land. Edward was the commander of the English troop, arriving in Acre in May 1271.
It is Week 14 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. And trust me when I tell you, this week’s writing prompt, Water, was much harder than I first believed.
I thought about the men in our combined families whose professions were on the water. However, as I had previously written about the mariner men in our families’ trees, I needed another option.
I then considered the surname Water or Waters. Surely, with 12,000+ people in our combined families’ tree, there must be at least one Water/Waters within the branches. There was not. Really?
At this point, I was at a loss and had no clue about whom to write. I needed an idea…fast, so I went back to our ancestors’ list and perused the names again. Suddenly, a wave of inspiration washed over me. Instead of limiting myself to Water/Waters, maybe I should cast a wider net: What about “bodies of water” surnames instead?
If you had the opportunity to improve your life and all you had to do was pretend to be someone else, would you do it? The book, Finding Lady Enderly, written by Joanna Davidson Politano, asks this question of both the heroine and readers.
On this day, 30 December 1671, Thomas Lynde (my 11th great-grandfather) passed away in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Born on 11 January 1594, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, Thomas was the son of Nathan Lynde, Jr. and Elizabeth Digby. He joined brothers Enoch and Richard Lynde.