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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Proof at Last!

It might not seem like much, but it was one of those little bugs in the back of my mind that kept bothering me.  While anyone researching my particular branch of the combined Ainsworth/Blakeney/Jernigan families of Smith County, Mississippi "knows" that Terry Blakeney Ainsworth, my great-great grandmother, and her siblings were descended from the Jernigan …

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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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Stephen Jernigan of Smith County, MS – Part 2

In Part One, I believe I was able to make a strong case, based on the documentary evidence available as well as a great deal of circumstantial evidence, that Stephen Jernigan, who settled in Smith County, Mississippi in 1839, was part of the larger group of Jernigan families that lived in Columbus County, North Carolina …

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Stephen Jernigan of Smith County, MS – Part 1

As anyone who has tried researching the Jernigan family of the American south (along with numerous variations of the name), it can be a messy, disorganized, chaotic enterprise.  While they have left some trail in the surviving records of various southern states, they were a very “prolific” family in terms of children, grandchildren, etc.  Names …

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