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Medieval Daddy DNA













The rabbit hole opens wide, gnarled and deep as the results of the Y-DNA analysis of the remains now confirmed to be Richard III of England are released, along with the results of a comparison to the Y-DNA of other men who, like Richard III, are ostensibly also descendants of King Edward III…and the DNA don’t match, folks!



John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster; Son of Edward III, ancestor of living men whose Y-DNA was tested


Edmund of Langley, Duke of York; Son of Edward III, ancestor of King Richard III, whose Y-DNA is now known.

So the question is, where and when was the one or more alternative fatherings of any one or more of the 19 links between the living men whose DNA was tested and the infamous King Richard III?

My full post on this is going live at the Global Family Reunion site any time. I’ll update with a link so check back today or tomorrow for that.

In the meantime, click here for a handy chart.


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Happy birthday, USA!

So, the “birthday” of the good ole U.S. of A., that ole gray mare that just doesn’t bark like she used’ta, that entity that’s trumped even Rome…even the United Kingdom…even the Middle Kingdom (for now, anyway! :-0)…yes, the “day” (or day(tes) of “birth”of these, this, them, those, our onlyest ones and ownslies United States of America breaks down like this in


April 12 — in Halifax, Province of North Carolina, clever lawyers among that colony’s governing committee draft the “Halifax Resolves” as part of their new rules governing the conduct of their delegates to the 2nd Continental Congress that year up in Philadelphia. The Resolves gave the NC delegates the authority that no one in the Continental Congress had yet had to join with their fellow delegates to declare independence from Great Britain’s Empire.


burgesseshouse1May 15 — in Williamsburg, Virginia, the local provisional governing body (necessitated by the Royal Governor’s ominous dissolving of the 150-year-old Virginia House of Burgesses in 1774) issued official instructions to its delegates to the Continental Congress to start the ball rolling and propose independence from the Empire for the 13 colonies.





June 7, 1776 — in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Richard Henry Lee, delegate from Virginia, per his operating instructions, makes the proposition for independence to the 2nd Continental Congress.



June 11, 1776 — a motion is passed creating a committee to write up the reasons for the move for independence. Much politicking takes place in Philadelphia and probably via Declaration House 2horseback up and down stretches of what’s now the I-95 from NYC to Virginia. The house to the left is a reconstruction on site of the house Jefferson lived in when he wrote the Declaration.


July 2, 1776 — in Philadelphia, the 2nd Continental Congress tallied a unanimous vote of 12 of the colonies (New York’s delegates were not yet authorized to declare the colony independent of Great Britain, and so abstained from the vote, thereby allowing it to be approved) approving delegate Lee’s resolution, thus, thereby, forthwith, evermore and just like that declaring and making in fact the united states such as they were, of America a nation of its own. This, a Tuesday, was the day the USA was born. (Massachusetts delegate John Adams was certain for a time that July 2nd would henceforth be massively revered and celebrated for generations.)


taylor-s-kennedy-a-view-of-the-declaration-of-independence  July 4, 1776 — Congress votes on and approves the document drafted by the committee (primarily by Virginia delegate Thomas Jefferson) created on June 11 announcing this new independence. It is signed and endorsed by only the President of Congress, John Hancock of the Massachusetts delegation, and the secretary, Benjamin Harrison, of Virginia.


July 8 — in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence is officially read aloud publicly for the first time in the town square in front of the State House where Congress met.phillyd1.png


July 9 — General George Washington has the Declaration read to his troops in NewScreen Shot 2019-07-03 at 4.53.58 PM.png York City. As well, a German translation is published in Philadelphia (perfectly analogous to a Spanish or Chinese translation being published if it were happening in California, today).


July 20-August 1 — a fancy-schmancy permanent version of the Declaration is printed again on parchment.


August 2 — the document is formally endorsed by the 2nd Continental Congress with each delegate signing his name to it (a few adding their signatures later.)


Fascinating, no? History is always more muddy and complex than it appears — or is shown to us — at first.

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