Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son

I decided I had to write a blog today. I have been so busy the last month that I have barely had time to accomplish what absolutely has to be done. Most of the past month I have been home but small trips here and there have used up a lot of that time.

What wonderful news as we return home after a lot of traveling. I have felt like I am in motion about this world for the past six months and it has come to an end for a while. Like a lot of people with 100% British ancestry I have been watching all the news on the newest heir to the throne. It would appear that the world has been watching as well; the excitement following the birth announcement has ringed the world.

A Royal Prince and third in line to the throne and he carries his own Blake genes within him as his grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales (mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) is a descendant of Thomas Blake and Eleanor Hall of Eastontown near Andover, Hampshire, UK. The pedigree chart at the Swindon and Wiltshire Record Office has the ancestry of this couple on a 12 foot by 4 foot chart.

Working down from Thomas Blake and Eleanor Hall (both buried at St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London) it was their son Thomas Blake married to Dorothy Mayowe and their daughter Mary married to William Newland 20 Feb 1653 St Paul's Church, Covent Garden and their daughter Mary married to Isaac Manley (MP) 20 May 1678 at St Peter's Church, Cornhill and their daughter Dorothy married to William Gore (MP) then their son Colonel John Gore who married Bellamira Munbee and their son Vice Admiral Sir John Gore married to Georgiana Montagu 15 Aug 1808 at St George's Church, Hanover Square and their daughter Anne Frances married to 1st Earl Howe (Richard William Penn Curzon) 9 Oct 1845 at Great Witley, Worcestershire and their daughter Lady Mary Anna Curzon-Howe married to the 2nd Duke of Abercorn (James Hamilton (MP)) 7 Jan 1869 at St George's Church, Hanover Square) and their son 3rd Duke of Abercorn (James Albert Edward Hamilton) married to Lady Rosaline Cecilia Caroline Bingham 1 Nov 1894 at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge and their daughter Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Hamilton married to 7th Earl Spencer (Albert Edward John Spencer) 26 Feb 1919 at St James' Church Piccadilly and their son 8th Earl Spencer (Edward John Spencer) married to the Honourable Frances Ruth Burke Roche 1 Jun 1954 at Westminster Abbey resulting in their daughter Lady Diana Frances who married His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor 29 Jul 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK (the parents of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and he is married to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge).

This line tracing back from Thomas Blake and Eleanor Hall on the chart shows Thomas to be a son of John Blake and Margaret Blake and both of their fathers was a William Blake according to the Chart but investigating this I believe that Margaret is the daughter of William Blake and Avis Ripley and John is the son of William and Elizabeth Blake (Elizabeth surname is unknown). Margaret's grandfather is said to be Robert Blake and Avis Wallop. John's grandfather (using my logic) would be Nicholas Blake and Margaret (unknown). Both Nicholas and William his son left wills which are quite helpful for this particular Blake line at Andover. I need to investigate the Blake wills held at the Hampshire Record Office before I can really prove that the chart is in error. The wills of Nicholas and William are held at Kew. There is always the possibility that two William Blakes of Eastontown near Andover died in 1582 which is the reference on the chart.

An amazing happening for the Blake family to have yet another Prince (descendant of the Blake family) in line to the throne of the United Kingdom and all the Commonwealth countries that have Queen Elizabeth as their Head of State.

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