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    Conclusion: there is an extremely high probabilty that a modern English person with predominantly English ancestry descends from Edward III, at a very minimum over 99%, and more likely very close to 100%. The number of descendants of Edward III must therefore include nearly all of the population of England, and probably much of the populations of the rest of the UK and Eire, as well as many millions in the USA, former British colonies and Europe, so 100 million seems a conservative estimate. Documenting one's own descent from Edward III is, however, another matter!
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    Rollo was a powerful Viking leader of contested origin. Dudo of St. Quentin, in his De moribus et actis primorum Normannorum ducum (Latin), tells of a powerful Danish nobleman at loggerheads with the king of Denmark, who had two sons, Gurim and Rollo; upon his death, Rollo was expelled and Gurim killed. William of Jumièges also mentions Rollo's prehistory in his Gesta Normannorum Ducum, but states that he was from the Danish town of Fakse. Wace, writing some 300 years after the event in his Roman de Rou, also mentions the two brothers (as Rou and Garin), as does the Orkneyinga Saga.

    Norwegian and Icelandic historians identified Rollo instead with Ganger Hrolf (Hrolf, the Walker), a son of Rognvald Eysteinsson, Earl of Møre, in Western Norway, based on medieval Norwegian and Icelandic sagas. The oldest source of this version is the Latin Historia Norvegiae, written in Norway at the end of the 12th century. This Hrolf fell foul of the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair, and became a Jarl in Normandy. The nickname "the Walker" came from being so big that no horse could carry him.

    The question of Rollo's Danish or Norwegian origins was a matter of heated dispute between Norwegian and Danish historians of the 19th and early 20th century, particularly in the run-up to Normandy's 1000-year-anniversary in 1911. Today, historians still disagree on this question, but most would now agree that a certain conclusion can never be reached.
    Little is known about his early years. He was born in Bayeux or Rouen to Rollo and his wife Poppa. All that is known of Poppa is that she was a Christian, and the daughter to Berengar of Rennes, the previous lord of Brittania Nova, which eventually became western Normandy. According to the William's planctus, he was baptised a Christian.

    William succeeded Rollo sometime around 927 and, early in his reign, faced a rebellion from Normans who felt he had become too Gallicised and also from Bretons. According to Orderic Vitalis, the leader was Riouf of Evreux.[1]

    After putting down the rebellion, William attacked Breton and ravaged the territory. Resistance to the Normans was led by Alan Wrybeard and Beranger but shortly ended with the Wrybeard fleeing to England and Beranger seeking reconciliation. However, it was not through invasion that he gained Breton territory but by politics, receiving Contentin and Avranchin as a gift from the Rudolph, King of France.

    In 935, William married Luitgarde, daughter of Herbert II of Vermandois whose dowry gave him the lands of Longueville, Coudres and Illiers l'Eveque. His expansion northwards, including the fortress of Montreuil brought him into conflict with Arnulf I of Flanders.
    The funerary monument of William Longsword in the cathedral of Rouen, France. The monument is from the XIVth century.

    In 939 William became involved in a war with Arnulf I of Flanders, which soon became intertwined with the other conflicts troubling the reign of Louis IV. It began with Herluin appealing to William for help to regain the castle of Montreuil from Arnulf. Losing the castle was a major setback in Arnulf's ambitions and William's part in it gained him a deadly enemy. He was ambushed and killed by followers of Arnulf on 17 December 942 at Picquigny on the Somme while at a meeting to settle their differences.

    His son Richard the Fearless, child of his first wife, Sprota, succeeded him.
    He was born to William I of Normandy, ruler of Normandy, and Sprota. He was still a boy of around 10 years of age when his father died on 17 December 942. His mother was a Breton concubine captured in war and bound to William by a Danish marriage. After William died, Sprota became the wife of Esperleng, a wealthy miller; Rodulf of Ivry was their son and Richard's half-brother.

    Richard was still a boy when his father died, and so he was powerless to stop Louis IV of France when he seized Normandy and split the lands, giving lands in lower Normandy to Hugh the Great. Louis kept him in confinement in his youth at Lâon, but he escaped with the assistance of Osmond de Centville, Bernard de Senlis (who had been a companion of Rollo of Normandy), Ivo de Bellèsme, and Bernard the Dane (ancestor of families of Harcourt and Beaumont).

    In 946, Richard agreed to "commend" himself to Hugh, Count of Paris. He then allied himself with the Norman and Viking leaders, drove Louis out of Rouen, and took back Normandy by 947. The rest of his reign was mainly peaceful, apart from conflict with Theobald I, Count of Blois marked by the restoration of Church lands and monasteries.

    Richard cemented his alliance with Hugh, marrying his daughter Emma. When Hugh died, Richard became vassal to his son Hugh Capet who became king in 987. Although married to Emma, they produced no offspring, his children being the product of a relationship with Gonnor, a woman of Danish origin who gave him a heir, Richard.[1]

    He later quarrelled with Ethelred II of England regarding Danish invasions of England because Normandy had been buying up much of the stolen booty.

    Richard was bilingual, having been well educated at Bayeux. He was more partial to his Danish subjects than to the Franks. During his reign, Normandy became completely Gallicized and Christianized. He introduced the feudal system and Normandy became one of the most thoroughly feudalized states on the continent. He carried out a major reorganization of the Norman military system, based on heavy cavalry.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_I_of_Normandy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_I_of_Normandy

    ...via my maternal grandmother. Rollo makes a good avatar, I must say.
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    Don Juan is a rogue and a libertine who takes great pleasure in seducing women and fighting their men. Later, in a graveyard, Don Juan encounters a statue of Don Gonzalo, the dead father of a girl he has seduced, Doña Ana de Ulloa, and impiously invites the father to dine with him; the statue gladly accepts. The father's ghost arrives for dinner at Don Juan's house and in turn invites Don Juan to dine with him in the graveyard. Don Juan accepts and goes to the father's grave, where the statue asks to shake Don Juan's hand. When he extends his arm, the statue grabs hold and drags him away to Hell.
    Statues have since become my mortal enemies.

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    I'm related to Carl Wilhelm Søderberg through my maternal grandmothers paternal line.
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    http://www.hydro.com/en/Press-room/N...-make-violins/
    Carl Wilhelm Søderberg really wanted to make violins, but this was a dream that could not provide him with a living. But his name has gone down in history thanks to a very real invention far removed from the world of dreams. Yet the inventor of the Søderberg electrode was a modest man who was not unduly concerned about his achievement.

    It was between 1909 and 1911, when he was works manager at the Jøssingfjorden steel plant, that Søderberg conceived the idea of burning a carbon electrode directly in an electrical furnace. But, as Gunnar Jerman relates in his book about Norwegian inventors, the first trials failed.


    INVENTOR: Carl Wilhelm Søderberg (1876-1955) praised his colleagues and maintained that without their help the Søderberg electrode would never have been invented. (File photo: Elkem)



    Carl Wilhelm Søderberg came to Norway from Sweden when he was just eighteen months old. His father was one of the founders of Elektrisk Bureau, which later became part of the ABB group. The young Søderberg studied electrical engineering in Hannover, graduating in 1903. A couple of years previously he had married his Swedish bride, Svea (Lottan) Morell.

    The newly qualified engineer left Hannover and embarked on a study tour in Europe - but it was violin construction that he studied most eagerly. He dreamt of becoming the new Stradivarius, but this was a dream that could not provide him with a living. Although he never played the instrument himself, he made some 30 violins.

    Further experiments

    It was Sam Eyde who got Søderberg appointed in 1913 to Elektrokemisk, which subsequently became Elkem, a company then engaged in research trials, initially at Lysaker and later at Fiskaa Verk in Kristiansand. In 1914 Mathias Øvrom Sem and Jens Westly joined the company. It was this trio that successfully completed the development of the new electrode, but only after several years of trial and error.

    During the First World War there was a scarcity of electrodes for the metallurgical industry. Imports from Germany dried up and production at the Norwegian plants was threatened. It was therefore natural to look into the possibility of producing one's own electrodes, and Søderberg informed Sem of his trials at Jøssingfjorden.

    Further experiments were originally unsuccessful. Søderberg himself believed there was no reason to proceed, but Sem was determined to continue. By chance they discovered a solution to the remaining crucial technical problem and the electrodes then functioned perfectly.

    They were first used in the production of ferro-alloys and calcium carbide, though Jens Westly played an important part in modifying the electrodes for use in aluminium production. The method was patented, and in August 1919 an international commission approved the continuously self-consuming electrode.

    An unexpected problem arose when the invention was to be named. Søderberg had nothing against including Sem's name, but Sem also wanted Westly included. This would have made for a very unwieldy name, and the electrode was therefore associated with Søderberg alone for all posterity.

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    The King vs. John Pipes. Convicted by the Jury for a Publick Cheat in Uttering Counterfeit Money of New Jersey. Sentence - That he pay a fine of Five Pounds to the King; that he stand two hours in the Common Pillory in Trenton this day between the hours of one and six; that he find surety for his good behavior for three years, himself in £100 and one surety in £50 and then to be carted along the publick road which leads from Trenton to the house of Barent Simons where the fact was committed; and so on to the borders or confines of the County of Morris, with a rope about his neck. And the sheriff of the County of Hunterdon is hereby ordered to see the said sentence put in execution; as also to summon such constables to attend the same, as he shall judge necessary, who are commanded to give their attendance accordingly"
    source: http://www.pipesfamily.com/cfiet.htm


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    Through the laxity of Sheriff Caleb Fairchild, all the prisoners broke jail and escaped to the homes of friends and relatives. Governor Jonathan Belcher and his Council agreed that counterfeiters could not be convicted in Morris County and proposed that henceforth they be removed from the county for trial. The Assembly, however, disagreed, and the proposal was dropped. Chief Justice Robert Hunter Morris wanted Sheriff Fairchild prosecuted for allowing the prisoners to escape but no action was taken.
    It was not until the Court of Oyer and Terminer was established in Morris County in 1750, with Chief Justice Nevill presiding, that some of the counterfeiters were again arrested and brought to trial. David Brant was found guilty, fined £25, jailed for three months, and put on good behavior for seven years. Ebenezer David was fined £5, ordered to stand in the pillory one hour, jailed for six months, and put on good behavior for nine years. Jeremiah Wright received a fine of £10 for assisting the counterfeiters and was put on good behavior for seven years. Finally, Peter Salter was fined twenty shillings and put on good behavior for two years for counterfeiting pieces of eight. These sentences were light; after all, the law prescribed the death penalty for counterfeiters.
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    Great-grandfather, printer, NYC, 1908-1930.
    printed several dozen secular books in Hebrew fonts; did beautiful work; was a union shop.

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    Many of my ancestors were early settlers/ natives of North Florida but you probably wouldn't care about that unless you're from here

    I'm related to John Chapman (otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed). He was a real guy!

    Ancestry.com says I am related to both George Bushes, James K Polk, and John F Kennedy too... Go figure that one out.

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    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alden)

    John Alden (1599 – September 12, 1687) is said to be the first person from the Mayflower to set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620.[1] He was a ship-carpenter by trade and a cooper for Mayflower, which was usually docked at Southampton.[2] He was also one of the founders of Plymouth Colony and the seventh signer of the Mayflower Compact. Distinguished for practical wisdom, integrity and decision, he acquired and retained a commanding influence over his associates.[3] Employed in public business he became the Governor's Assistant, the Duxbury Deputy to the General Court of Plymouth, a member under arms of Capt. Miles Standish's Duxbury Company, a member of Council of War, Treasurer of Plymouth Colony, and Commissioner to Yarmouth.[4]
    ...of course on my maternal grandmother's side. Other descendants are John Adams (2nd Pres. of the USA), John Quincy Adams (6th Pres. of the USA), Orson Welles, and Marilyn Monroe.

    EDIT: I wonder how many descendants he has. Maybe over a million.
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    Samuel Wilbore

    signer of the Portsmouth Compact:
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    The document was written and signed in Boston by a group of men who followed Anne Hutchinson, a banished Christian dissident from Massachuttets, to seek religious freedom in Rhode Island. The signers were ready to move to Aquidneck Island to set up a new colony and had been disarmed by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
    The purpose of the Portsmouth Compact was to set up a new, independent colony that was Christian in character but non-sectarian in governance. It has been called "the first instrument for governing as a true democracy." [1]
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    The text [2] of the Portsmouth Compact:
    The 7th Day of the First Month, 1638.
    We whose names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick and as He shall help, will submit our persons, lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given in His Holy Word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby.

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    Australopithecus (Latin australis "southern", Greek πίθηκος pithekos "ape") is a genus of hominids that is now extinct. From the evidence gathered by palaeontologists and archaeologists, it appears that the Australopithecus genus evolved in eastern Africa around 4 million years ago before spreading throughout the continent and eventually becoming extinct 2 million years ago. During this time period various different forms of australopiths existed, including Australopithecus anamensis, A. afarensis, A. sediba, and A. africanus. There is still some debate amongst academics whether certain African hominid species of this time, such as A. robustus and A. boisei, constitute members of the same genus; if so, they would be considered to be robust australopiths whilst the others would be considered gracile australopiths. However, if these species do indeed constitute their own genus, then they may be given their own name, the Paranthropus.

    It is widely held by archaeologists and palaeontologists that the australopiths played a significant part in human evolution, and it was one of the australopith species that eventually evolved into the Homo genus in Africa around 2 million years ago, which contained within it species like Homo habilis, H. ergaster and eventually the modern human species, H. sapiens sapiens.[1]
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