The Family. has helped me put the pieces together of my family tree and I'm always wanting to learn about my ancestors and what their stories are. Every week I'm going to post a few of my new findings.

Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York:

Elizabeth of York was Queen constort to King Henry VII of England, also the mother of Henry VIII and my first cousin! (21x removed)

According to Wikipedia, “she is the only English queen to have been a daughter, sister, niece and wife of English monarchs during her lifetime.”

She was born in 1466 to Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. She was christened in Westminster Abbey. In 1477 she was named Lady of the Garter.

Her husband, Henry VII was the heir of the Lancaster house, they had seven children: Arthur, Prince of Wales, Margaret (Queen of Scotland), Henry VIII, Elizabeth Tudor, Mary (Queen of France), Edmund, Duke of Somerset, and Katherine Tudor.

Her oldest son, Arthur, married Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella; but five months after that marriage Arthur died. The grief of losing her son caused Elizabeth of York and Henry VII to try and have another child, resulting in Katherine Tudor, but unfortunately after Katherine was born, Elizabeth died of a “post-partum infection” on her birthday, February 2, 1503. She’s burried in Westminster Abbey. Henry took his wife’s death very hard and built her “Lady Chapel” at Westminster Abbey where she is burried. Henry never remarried and died in 1509. Henry is burried next to Elizabeth of York.

Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville:

Elizabeth Woodville was the Queen consort to Edward IV and also my 18th great grand aunt!

She was born in 1437, her father was 1st Earl Rivers, Richard Woodville. Her first husband, Sir John Grey died at the Second Battle of St. Albans. They had 2 children, Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, and Richard Grey. She then married Edward IV of England. Her children were Elizabeth of York, Queen of England, Mary of York, Cecily of York, Viscountess Welles, Edward V of England, Margaret of York, Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, Anne of York, Countess Surrey, George Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford, Catherine of York, Countess of Devon, and Bridget of York.

Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury were both the “princes in the tower.”

After her husband, Edward, the king, was killed in battle she was briefly the Queen Mother, but on June 25, 1483, Parliament declared her marriage to Edward null and void by Titulus Regius (on grounds that Edward had made a previous promise to another woman to marry her before he married Elizabeth). Based on this, her children by Edward were declared illegitimate, and that’s when Richard III took the crown. From then on she was referred to as Dame Elizabeth Grey.

Eventually Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, and Henry Tudor became king (Henry VII), and married Elizabeth and Edward’s daughter, Elizabeth of York. Once Henry VII became king, Elizabeth Woodville’s marriage and children were again declared valid and legitimised. She then was given the title Queen Dowager. Princes Arthur and Henry VIII were her grandsons, as well as Queen Margaret of Scotland.

She died in June 1492 at Bermondsey Abbey, her funeral was held at Windsor Castle. She is an ancestress of the Stuart, Hanover and Windsor dynasties.

Who Do You Think You Are?- Lionel Richie

Tomorrow night, “Who Do You Think You Are?” will explore the life of Lionel Richie and trace back his family lineage. It will air on 7 central time. If you missed the episode from last week, has the Kim Cattrall episode posted and some discussions about it. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Lionel Richie!

Who Do You Think You Are?

Last Friday’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Kim Cattrall went back to her roots trying to figure out who exactly her grandfather was. Cattrall’s mother’s father one day just disappeared, no one ever hearing a thing from him again. The only picture they ever had of him was a picture he didn’t want to be a part of so he stood inside the house peering out the window looking like a ghost, while the rest of the family stood outside the house in front of the window taking a picture.

Cattrall finally came to find out that when he disappeared he started a new family and he had been in the services.

If you missed out on the episode you can click on the link and check it out! recently posted a link taking you to a application on their site helping you find ancestors you don’t know very much about. So, maybe like Kim Cattrall, you can find out who exaclty that missing person is in your family, opening you up to all the answers.

Here’s the link:

Marguerite DeEnghien

Marguerite De Enghien:

Is my 22nd great grandmother! Born in 1365, she held the titles of Countess of Brienne, Countess of Conversano, Heiress of Enghien and Lady of Beauvois. She was the daughter of Louis of Enghien, Count of Brienne, Duke of Athens and Giovanna of Sanseverino. They had three other daughters, Yolande, Helene, and Isabelle.

Marguerite was married three times. Her first husband was Pierre de Baux, Giacopo of Sanseverino, and John of Luxembourg. She had five children with John of Luxembourg: Peter of Luxembourg (he was the father of Jacquetta of Luxembourg), John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny (he was an ally of the English during the Hundred Years War and received Joan of Arc as a prisoner only to sell her for 10,000 livres to the English), Louis of Luxembourg (he was the Chancellor of France, Governor of Paris, as well as holding many other titles), Catherine of Luxembourg, and Jeanne of Luxembourg.

She died after 1394 and her oldest son, Peter, inherited her titles.

Marguerite was an ancestress of Queen Elizabeth Woodville as well as her siblings, King Henry VIII and King Henry IV of France. Every English monarch after 1509 descended from her.

Marguerite’s modern descendants are Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and the former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.

Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers

Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers:

My 20th great grandfather. He was born in 1405 and was known as the father of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort to Edward IV, also the squire to Henry V.

Richard Woodville married duchess Jacquetta of Luxembourg, and was considered “the handsomest man in England.” The title Baron Rivers was created for him by Henry VI and was appointed Lord Treasurer in 1466 by his son in law, Edward IV.

The old baronial party thought the Woodville family’s quick rise was distasteful and after Edward IV was defeated at the Battle of Edgecote Moor, Richard Woodville and his second son, John were taken in as prisoners and beheaded at Kenilworth in 1469. His son Anthony succeeded him. His third son, Lionel became the Bishop of Salisbury, and his second daughter, Catherine Woodville, married Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Anne Woodville married Viscount Bourchier and George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent. Mary Woodville married William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. Jacquetta Woodville married John le Strange, 8th Baron Strange of Knockin. John Woodville married Catherine Neville, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. Martha Woodville married Sir John Bromley. Eleanor Woodville married Sir Anthony Grey. Another daughter named Catherine Woodville married first Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham and second, Jasper Tudor, Duke of Bedford. Agnes Woodville married William Dormer. So all of his children were considered “making good marriages.”

(Baron River coat of arms, wikipedia)

(Kenilworth, place of death, wikipedia)

(Richard Woodville,

Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers

Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers:

Anthony Woodville is my 19th great grandfather. He was born in 1440, the son of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jaquetta of Luxembourg. His sister, Elizabeth married Edward IV. He was married to Elizabeth de Scales, Baronness Scales; and had a mistress, Gwenllian Stradling.

Edward IV appointed Anthony Woodville in 1473 to Governor of the Prince of Wales’ household where they went to Ludlow Castle.

One of the first, if not the first books printed in England was his translation of the French, “Dictes and Saying of the Philosophers,” printed in 1477. Lambeth Palace Library has the original manuscript that was shown to Edward IV. After Anthony died in 1483, he was succeeded as earl by his brother, Richard.

(picture of Sir Anthony,

(Sir Anthony’s signature,

(page from his book,

Gwenllian Stradling

(Stradling coat of arms,

Gwenllian Stradling:

Gwenllian Stradling is my 19th great grandmother! She is also U.S. President Taft’s 14th great grandmother, Prince Charles’s 16th great grandmother, PM Churchill’s 13th great grandmother, Princess Diana’s 12th great grandmother,  and PM Cameron’s 17th great grandmother. She was Sir Anthony Woodville’s mistress (Woodville’s sister was Queen Elizabeth Woodville). Sir Anthony and Gwenllian had a daughter, Margaret Woodville.

Sir Robert Poyntz

Sir Robert Poyntz:

Sir Robert Poyntz is my 18th great grandfather and son of Sir John Poyntz and Alice Cock. He was born in 1520. He was the sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1469, 1480, 1483, 1484, 1494 and 1500. He was also the Chancellor to Queen Katherine of Aragon. He fought in the Battle of Bosworth (Wars of the Roses) in 1485 and was knighted in 1485 after King Richard III was killed. He was a prominent courtier to Henry VII. It was Henry VII who made Sir Robert Poyntz, Knight Banneret at the Battle of Redmore.

Battle scene with many figures. A knight atop a charger and wielding a lance unhorses another knight. Two unhorsed knights battle. Infantry advances from the right, led by a man with raised sword. Bodies litter the ground.

(picture of the Battle of Bosworth, wikipedia)

Anthony Poyntz

Anthony Poyntz:

Sir Anthony Poyntz is my 17th great grandfather. Born in 1480, he was the father of Nicholas Poyntz. His parents were Sir Robert Poyntz and Margaret Woodville, an illegitimate daughter of the 2nd Earl Rivers, Anthony Woodville(his sister was Elizabeth Woodville, the wife and Queen consort of Edward IV). Knighted in 1513, he was known as an English diplomat and a naval commander. He married his first wife, Elizabeth Huddesfield, followed by his second wife, Joan (the widow of Sir Richard Guilford- elected Knight of the Garter).

Sir Anthony Poyntz was on the jury when Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham was indicted (beheaded).

In 1518 he was sent to the French king on an embassy and was at the Field of the Cloth of Gold during July 1520. By 1522 he had joined Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, in an expedition to France. In 1527 he was the sheriff of Gloucestershire and during 1530 was on the commission inquiring Thomas Wolsey’s (cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, and Henry VIII’s almoner) possessions.

(The Field of Cloth of Gold, picture from wikipedia)