I did manage to restore my own faith in pie-making and made a pie yesterday (clothed!) shortly before my parents arrived. I’m glad to say, it worked out fine and tasted wonderful!
A Visit to My Great, Great, Great Grandparents
1) me with my GGG Grandma Mary [died 1849]; 2) me with my GGG Grandpa Erasmus [died 1866]
Family histories are so fun to
investigate. Part of our adventure yesterday was to seek out the gravesite of my
great, great, great grandfather and grandmother. We are very lucky on this particular side of
the family to be able to trace my family
back with documented proof and utter certainty to 1610. If you do the math, that’s my great, great,
great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Philip.
Philip’s parents were most
likely Huguenots who fled France during the persecution that followed the
St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 24 August – 17 September 1572 and settled in
The line then gets murky through the
dark ages but re-emerges with utter certainty again (insofar as things so long
ago can be certain) in 925, with Sir Roland De X [name removed on purpose].
Roland is the earliest perfect documentation of the name X. What is fascinating
is that historians have confirmed that Sir Roland was the great, great grandson
of Rollo, “The Strong”, First Duke of Normandy (860-932). In other words, Rollo
had a son, David Senior, who had a son, David Junior, who gave birth to Roland.
Very cool, huh. With Rollo on the
family tree, we can trace our family all the way back to – get this – 580 A.D.
before it gets lost in the sands of time again.
St. Arnulf, Bishop of Metz (582-640) had
a son Ansegisel (d. 678)
Anesgisel married the daughter of Pepin I “The Old”
(lived 626, d. 640), St. Begga
- St. Begga and Ansegisel had a son, Pepin II “Plectrude” (lived 680,
- Pepin II’s son (with his mistress, Alpaida) was Charles Martel
“The Hammer” (688-741)
- Charles Martel’s son, was Pepin III
“The Short” (714-768)
- Pepin III married Bertrada, and
their son became the very famous,
Charlemagne “The Great” … the First Holy Roman
- Charlemagne (Apr 742-Jan 814)
married Hildegard “The Swabian
his 3rd wife]
- Their son (the second son and first
legitimate son of Charlemagne) was Charles “The Younger”
- Charles, The Younger had an
illegitimate son, Charles Junior, who gave birth to Alexander
- Alexander Senior had Alexander
- And Alexander Junior had another
- And it was this Alex Senior who had
Rollo “The Strong” (where all this started)
Got all that?!
Course, why is it that so many
family histories seem to always trace back to royalty? … Is this why I’m so
Thursday’s meal: Greece Restaurant
After our touring, we visited the Distillery District for lunch and shopping, before heading home to meet G. We headed to Greece Restaurant on Mt. Pleasant for dinner. Yummy!
Thursday’s perfect moment: sitting on the balcony watching the sun set with my parents and G