Jernigans, Downton Abbey and King Tut

Here's a question for you. What is the link between the Jernigan/Jernegan family, Downton Abbey, and King Tut?  Well, I'll tell you. As a dedicated Downton Abbey fan, I thought it would be fun to dig into the family of the Earls of Carnarvon to see if somewhere, way back, there just might be some …

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Francis Melfort William Fitzherbert – 15th Baron Stafford

While the Jernigans have been a very "prolific" family in America since Colonial times, the family continued on back in England as well.  While I don't have a head count of the surviving Jernegan/Jerninghams in England today, we know there are still many descendants of the high-born Jernegans of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, even …

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson

In the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, there were few military heroes of the stature of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson.  In an age where Britain's naval fleet reigned supreme, he was one of the most accomplished leaders to be found sailing the high seas.  His list of naval victories is impressive; San Juan, the Nile, Copenhagen, among many …

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Robert Walpole, Britain’s First Prime Minister

He was one of Britain's most celebrated, and most honored statesman.  He is considered to be the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He was a Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Bath, a member of the Privy Council, and was eventually given the title of 1st Earl of Orford.  It also appears that …

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A Jernegan on the Throne?

I've written more than once in this blog about the connection between the Jernegan family in England (and, therefore, America) and British royalty.  This is the result of John Jernegan marrying Bridget Drury, a descendant of King Edward I. I have been doing a little digging online, and found something quite interesting.  If the information …

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Somerleyton and Cottessey Branches: Connection Point

UPDATE:  Evidence that has been recently found seems to show that the Somerleyton connection used here is not accurate.  This involves confusion among two different Thomas de la Poles.  It now appears that the Thomas de la Pole who was married to Anne Cheney was not the son of Michael de la Pole (2nd Earl …

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From King Edward I to Thomas Jernegan – Part II

UPDATE:  It looks as if this connection may not be accurate.  While a Thomas Leventhorpe did marry Dorothy Barley, this Thomas may have been the brother of Elizabeth Leventhorpe (who married George Browne) and not her father.  Rereading the text of "The Leventhorpes of Sawbridgeworth" appears to show this to be the case.  This is …

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