Saturday, January 17, 2004

NASA Cancels Trip to Supply Hubble, Sealing Early Doom



NASA Cancels Trip to Supply Hubble, Sealing Early Doom
For now, of course, the Hubble lives. Dr. Beckwith said: "We at the institute are devastated by the potential loss of Hubble. But we will do our absolute best to make the final years of its life the most glorious science you've ever seen."

Let the administration know that you support the great work of Dr. Beckwith and his colleagues...who have expanded our knowledge and appreciation of the universe perhaps more than anyone in our lifetimes.

Hubble Image Gallery

Dr. Beckwith's website

Friday, January 16, 2004

Griswold Shakespeare and Becket

Griswold Shakespeare and Becket

FROM HARPER'S 1876 via PioneerPictures.com:

† The Griswolds and Wolcotts were of the old English gentry. Matthew Griswold, the first magistrate of the Saybrook colony, married Annah, the daughter of Henry Wolcott. Matthew Griswold was a descendant of Sir Humphrey Griswold, whose seat was at Malvern Hall.


Malvern Hall

Henry Wolcott was the son and heir of John Wolcott, of Golden Manor. The manor-house is still standing, an immense castle of great antiquity, designed for the purposes of defense against the excesses of a lawless age, as well as for a permanent family residence. It is richly ornamented with carved work, and upon the walls may be seen the motto of the family arms, "Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri" --inclined to swear in the words of no master. It was in keeping with the independent spirit of an English gentleman of the Middle Ages, and with that of a Puritan of a later date, who spurned the dictation of ecclesiastical wisdom. Wolcott sold a portion of his estate before he left England. He was a magistrate in the Connecticut colony, and his descendants in the direct line were magistrates, judges, and Governors for a period of over one hundred and eighty successive years.


Wolcott-Griswold family of Connecticut
Griswold Heritage Tour
Another Griswold Family Heritage Tour
Shakespeare and Griswold


St Thomas à Becket's Chapel, Solihull Parish

In the stonework behind the reredos can be seen the tower buttress on to which the wall of the north transept was built. In the angle between the buttress and the archway, later blocked, was the original chapel of St. Thomas à Becket. The builders of the first church would have shared the popular reverence for the martyred Archbishop who was murdered in 1170 and canonised in 1173.
...
The pediment contains the shield of Henry Greswold Lewis of Malvern Hall and was part of the screen to the family pew. On the south wall of the chapel is a Jacobean monument containing a brass, dated 1610, to William and Ursula Hawes, the builders of Hillfield Hall. Below it in a modern window opening is a stained glass panel from Hillfield Hall, containing the coats of arms of Fielding, Greswold and Aston. Opposite, in the north wall, is a dramatic portrayal of the martyrdom of Thomas à Becket.


Extra Credit: What is the connection between Becket and Beckwith?


Shotley Peninsula

Shotley Peninsula

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Readings on Pat Patterson's Pages

Readings on Pat Patterson's Pages
Including:
-The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South
by Catherine Clinton, history professor at Harvard
-History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842
by John K. Mahon, former professor of history at the University of Florida
-The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790
by Rhys Isaac, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History
-The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783
by John E. Selby, Wm. F. Pullen Professor of history at the College of William and Mary
- Colonial Chesapeake Society edited by Lois Green Carr, Philip D. Morgan and Jean B. Russo Selection here by James Horn, Principal Lecturer at Brighton Polytechnic, Sussex, England
"Adapting to a New World: A Comparative Study of Local Society in England and Maryland"
- The Atlantic Economy and Colonial Maryland's Eastern Shore: From Tobacco to Grain
by Paul G.E. Clemens, Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers College
-Yorkshire from A.D. 1000
by David Hey





"Yorkshire: Tudor & early Stuart era: Houses" - Readings on Pat Patterson's Pages

"Yorkshire: Tudor & early Stuart era: Houses" - Readings on Pat Patterson's Pages

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Friday, January 09, 2004

Hildene and the Robert Todd Lincoln family


Hildene

Hildene - Historic Home of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester, Vermont

The PBS special, "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided" has renewed a lot of interest in the Lincoln's and their kin. The beautiful Hildene, the home of Abraham and Mary's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, is a good place to start. Hildene is remarkably reminescent of the ancient home of Landon Carter, Sabine Hall (pictured below), located on Virginia's Northern Neck...which also shares Lincoln/Todd roots. (See post below)


Sabine Hall

Robert Todd Lincoln & the Lincoln Family

Robert Todd Lincoln, the only son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to maturity, married Mary Harlan, the 22 year old daughter of a U.S. Senator from Iowa. They had three children - Mary, Abraham II and Jessie. Abraham II, their only son, died at the young age of 16. Mary married Charles Isham and had a son, Lincoln Isham. At this point I would direct the reader to composer and musician, Mark Isham, whose music if often as glorious as a Lincoln address.
Jessie bore two children by her first husband, Warren Beckwith -- Robert "Bud" Lincoln Beckwith and Mary "Peggy" Lincoln Beckwith. Peggy never married and was the last Lincoln descendant to occupy Hildene. Lincoln Isham and Robert "Bud" Beckwith both married, but neither bore fruit. Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith died in 1985.

Warren Beckwith's ancestry includes the ancestors of Marmaduke Beckwith of England and Matthew Beckwith of Connecticut.


The Beckwiths


"Mary Lincoln Beckwith, more affectionately known as "Peggy," inherited Hildene in 1938 at the age of 40. She was an active woman with a fondness for animals and a love of the outdoors. Peggy piloted her own planes and flew in and out of Manchester from a hangar and airstrip which existed on Hildene's Meadowlands. Photography, art, sculpting and skiing were just a few of her hobbies. She was known by Manchester residents to be a shy, but generous and caring person. Never married, Peggy lived at Hildene until her death in 1975."


Peggy Beckwith and Dog

Robert Todd Lincoln at Harvard College

Robert Todd Lincoln at Harvard College

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Lincoln's Northern Neck, Virginia Roots

Lincoln's Northern Neck, Virginia Roots

INCLUDING:
1.HERNDON, SCRIPPS, AND THE "ADMIRABLE QUALITIES"
2.THE SUPERFICIAL NATURE OF WILLIAM BARTON'S RESEARCH
3.DATING LINCOLN'S MOTHER'S BIRTH
4.JOSEPH HANKS:KENTUCKY PIONEER FROM VIRGINIA'S NORTHERN NECK
5.LUCEY'S GRANDFATHER:WILLIAM LEE, WHO KILLED THE SLAVE
6.LUCEY'S UNCLE ALEXANDER HANKS:A REVOLUTIONARY WAR CASUALTY
7.THE POST REVOLUTIONARY UPROOTING OF JOSEPH HANKS AND HIS FAMILY
8.THE JUNE, 1782 GRAND JURY INDICTMETN OF ____HANKS
9.UNFINISHED BUSINESS:THE RETURN TO RICHMOND COUNTY
10.THE PROOF FOR JOSEPH HANKS RESUMED PRESENCE IN RICHMOND COUNTY
11.1783:THE FINAL DEPARTURE FROM RICHMOND COUNTY
12.THE SEARCH FOR JOSEPH HANKS' RICHMOND COUNTY HOMESTEAD
13.LUCEY'S GENTLEMAN-PLANTER NEIGHBORS
14.ANOTHER NEIGHBOR:ELISHA LINGAN HALL,NEPHEW OF RICHMOND HENRY LEE
15.LUCEY HANKS AND HER GRANDSON LINCOLN
16.CONCLUSION:THE ROOTS OF LINCOLN'S IDENTITY,AND THE SEARCH FOR MORE DOCUMENTS

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Ugglebarnby, Yorkshire

Archaeological Monuments, Antiquities and Oddities

Some Yorkshire Studs


From the desk of Steve Bulman:
The Churches Of Britain and Ireland
Aikton Parish
Dacre Parish







Language Change in English

EXCERPT:
Family names
Many family names or surnames contain Scandinavian elements - these may be names of places, Viking personalities, trades or occupations, and Norse gods. Examples include: Airey, Appleby, Asquith (Askwith), Beckwith, Brandreth, Chippendale, Fotherby, Fothergill, Grimshaw, Hague, Heseltine, Heslop, Hislop, Hogarth, Holmes, Kendal(l), Lofthouse, Pickersgill, Rowntree, Scargill, Schofield, Stockdale, Sykes, Thackeray, Thorpe, Threllfall, Thwaite(s), Willoughby, Wolstenholme and York.

From the name of the god, Thor we get such forms as Thorburn, Thurkettle, Thurstans, Thurston, Turpin and Turtle.

Descendants of Sir Hercules

Descendants of Sir Hercules
Now With More Details!

1 - Sir Hercules Beckwith (b. abt 1235) married the daughter of Sir John Ferrers of Tamworth Castle


Tamworth Castle

Paranormal Investigations at Tamworth Castle


2 - Nicholas Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1260 in Beckwith) m. dau. of Sir John Chaworth

Portrait Miniature of Mary Chaworth by John Hazlitt, 1805
Heiress to Annesley Hall.

She may have been a descendant of Hamon's mother...although much later.


Mary Chaworth and her literary lover


3 - Hamon Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1294 in Beckwith) m. dau. of Sir Philip Tynley

Clint was a moated manor and early fortification in Yorkshire.
YORKSHIRE FORTIFICATIONS

Clint is in the ancient parish of Ripley

4 - William Beckwith (b. abt 1316 in Beckwithshaw) m. dau. of Sir Gerard Urfleet
NOTE:..Sir GERARD UFFLETE or OUSFLET, Knt., of Ousflet, co. York, England. Arms on a Roll of Knights temp. Edward II.
ARMS:..Argent (silver), on a fess Azure (blue), three fleurs-de-lis Or (gold).


It appears doubtful whether the Duchess Elizabeth was after all actually ever buried at Hoveringham beside her murdered spouse. At all events, she had a fourth husband, Gerard Ufflete, a Knight, who fought at Agincourt in 1415.


5 - Thomas Beckwith of Clint, Magna Otrigen and Housley( b. abt 1338 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of John Sawley of Saxton

Sawley Abbey
Founded in 1147 AD, Sawley's Abbey was home to Cistercian monks for almost four hundred years until it was dissolved in 1536.


6 - Adam Beckwith of Clint m. Elizabeth de Malebisse

7 - Sir William Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1365 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of Sir John Baskerville. She and Sir John were direct descendants of Lady Godiva.

DESCENDANTS OF LADY GODIVA



Baskervilles of the Magna Carta baronry
______________________
EXCERPT:
12.
Elizabeth Touchet d' Audley
married Sir John Baskerville of Coome, 1408-1455.
(Collin's Peerage, Vol 6, p.549, Burke's Commoners, Vol. 1. pp 89-91,
Lewis Dwynn, Vol.1, pp 252-315).
son of Sir John Baskerville, and Elizabeth, daughter of
John, son of Sir Baldwin Brugge, of Lexton and Staunton,
and wife Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Piere Grandison, died 1398
and Blanche, daughter of Roger de Mortimer and
Joane de Geneville: son of Sir William Grandison and Sybill,
daughter of Lord Treges and Mabel, daughter of
Fulk Fitz Warren K.B., and Princess Margaret,
daughter of Griffith ap Wenwynwyn and wife Hawise,
daughter of John le Strange, of Knockyn
(descendant of William d'Albini, Roger de Somerie, Robert de Muscegros, Barons in Arms.)
Fulk Fitz Warren, descendant from Robert de Roos son of
Son of Richard Baskerville of Erdisley

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8 - Thomas Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1400 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. and heiress of William Heslerton (Filey, Muston, Thorp)



Mulgrave Castle

9 - John Beckwith (b. abt 1435 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of Thomas Radcliff of Mulgrave

OldPrints
[Images of beautiful homes may be purchased there.]

10 - Robert Beckwith of Broxholm (b. abt 1415 in Broxholm, Yorkshire)
11 - John Beckwith of Clint and Thorp (b. abt 1469 in Clint, Yorkshire)


12 - Robert Beckwith of Clint and Thorp (b. < 1511 in Thorpe, Yorkshire)

Robert Beckwith at Ampleforth, Easingwold
The church contains a mine of historical information about Ampleforth, and possesses a chalice, with hallmarks for the years 1567 and 1568, made by Robert Beckwith of York.


13 - Marmaduke Beckwith of Dacre and Clint (b. Before 1537 in Thorpe, Yorkshire) m. Anne Dyneley of Bramhope

Bramhope is mentioned in the Domesday Book when the Saxon thane Uchill had a great manor here. In 1095 this passed into the hands of the famous Percy family, and in 1165 was sold to Ralph de Bramhope. In the 13th century the monasteries owned much of the land and had granges where sheep were grazed. The monks used tracks, such as Scotland Lane and Staircase Lane, as they travelled from their outlying granges to Kirkstall Abbey. At the dissolution of the monasteries Henry VIII gave the land to the Earl of Cumberland. In the 16th century the Dyneley family moved into the area and acquired Bramhope Hall. In 1649 they built the Puritan Chapel, which was taken over by the Church of England after the Restoration.
http://www.bramhope.org/brhistry.htm

Descendants of William Dyneley

Some descendants of Marmaduke and Anne Dynley
14 - Roger - Matthew
15 - Arthur - Matthew
16 - Roger - Jonah
17 - Marmaduke (Va) - Benjamin
18 - Jonathan - Silas
19 - Jennings - Isaac
20 - James - Silas II

21 - Albert
22 - Alvin
23 - Vernon
24 - Donald
25 - David Harmonious





Stapleton Park near Pontefract


Stapleton Park



Swinton Park

A beautiful scene at Windermere
Descendants of Sir Hercules Beckwith
or
Ancestors of Marmaduke Beckwith

1 - Sir Hercules Beckwith (b. abt 1235) married the daughter of Sir John Ferrers of Tamworth Castle
2 - Nicholas Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1260 in Beckwith) m. dau. of Sir John Chaworth
3 - Hamon Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1294 in Beckwith) m. dau. of Sir Philip Tynley
4 - William Beckwith (b. abt 1316 in Beckwithshaw) m. dau. of Sir Gerard Urfleet
5 - Thomas Beckwith of Clint, Magna Otrigen and Housley( b. abt 1338 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of John Sawley of Saxton
6 - Adam Beckwith of Clint m. Elizabeth de Malebisse
7 - Sir William Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1365 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of Sir John Baskerville. She and Sir John were direct descendants of Lady Godiva.
8 - Thomas Beckwith of Clint (b. abt 1400 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. and heiress of William Heslerton (Filey, Muston, Thorp)
9 - John Beckwith (b. abt 1435 in Clint, Yorkshire) m. dau. of Thomas Radcliff of Mulgrave
10 - Robert Beckwith of Broxholm (b. abt 1415 in Broxholm, Yorkshire)
11 - John Beckwith of Clint and Thorp (b. abt 1469 in Clint, Yorkshire)
12 - Robert Beckwith of Clint and Thorp (b. < 1511 in Thorpe, Yorkshire)
13 - Marmaduke Beckwith of Dacre and Clint (b. Before 1537 in Thorpe, Yorkshire) m. Anne Dyneley of Bramhope

Friday, January 02, 2004

MacKenzie to Edward III

William Pearce to Charlemagne

Royal Families

Royal Families

Robin Hood, Beckwith and Little John


Littlejohn


Robin Hood, Beckwith and Little John

ROBIN HOOD'S YORKSHIRE

Campsall Church

Campsall Church is very ancient and reputed to be the place where Robin and Marian were married. Near the end of the Geste, Robin begs the King to allow him to return to the north to pray at the chapel of St. Mary Magdalen in Barnsdale. The Cluniac priory of Monk Bretton, near Robin Hood's Well, is dedicated to that saint, as too was Campsall and one of the chantry chapels in Wakefield. The Magdalen cult was strongly involved with the legends of the Holy Grail, the Merovingian royal family in France, Knights Templar and the medieval Cathar heresy, although it is not certain whether any of these influences had found their way into the English Church.

Campsall
"CAMPSALL, a parish-town, in the wapentake of Osgoldcross, liberty of Pontefract; (the seat of the Rev. E.B. Frank,) 8 miles N. of Doncaster and Pontefract, 9 from Ferrybridge, 30 from York. Pop. 389. The Church is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, in the deanry of Doncaster, value ~£16. 16s. 8d. p.r. !£120. Patron, Cook Yarbrough, Esq.



The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Campsall



Campsall Hall




From Brittania.com:
Robin Hood's Stone near Skelbrook
Little John's Well near Skelbrook
Sandal Castle & The De Warrennes
In Norman times, Wakefield was held by the De Warenne Earls of Surrey. However, by 1157, they had abandoned their castle there for a strong position above the River Calder, two miles further south at Sandal Magna.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Places and Names

UK:
Acaster Malbis Aketon Aldborough Appleton Roebuck Ashby Parva Averham
Barwick-in-Elmet Beckwith Beckwithshaw Beningborough Bexhill Bolton Percy
Bramhope Bridlington Burton Agnes
Cambridge Castleford Clifton Clint Coxwold
Dacre Deighton Durham Easingwold
Farnham Featherstone Filey
Galphay Gilling East Glastonbury Grafton Great Barugh Guiseley
Harrogate Herrington Isle of Iona
Kenilworth Kilburn Knaresborough
Leeds Lichfield Little Gidding London
Masham Muston Old Bramhope Otley
Pannal Ash Pickering Pontefract Ripon
Scriven Scrooby Sheffield Skelton Solihull Stanley Sutton-on-Trent
Tamworth Thirsk Thorpe Thurcroft Trimdon
Ugglebarnby Warsop West Bromwich Wheldrake Wighill York




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