His daughter, Frances Ellen Strong, who was the princess, great-grandmother, married James Boothby Burke Roche, the third Baron Fermoy. The question seems to be difficult. "Well," said Roberts, "you are only partly right. I have some candlesticks of hers. At one point Frank Work was in trouble and asked the commodore for financial advice, which he took and which was excellent. Lady Diana is one-fourth Scots, one-sixteenth Irish and Anglo-Irish, and one-eighth American. An American teacher has begun the legal process to exhume the body of one of Princess Diana's dead relatives in a bid to prove she's related to her. He is a preeminent authority on the influence of Syrian and Armenian families in the German noble houses. It is surprising that Armenian connection is so strong and work wonders. "What are you laughing about?" Mrs Shand-Kydd, daughter of … Diana, Princess of Wales’s style legacy lives on through her campy knitted jumpers, monster-collared blouses and the trouser-boot tuck. "The duchess of Windsor was very well connected indeed with big Maryland families, we have always thought. On 17 September 1931, Baron Fermoy [later became Mayor of King's Lynn] married Ruth Sylvia Gill, daughter of Colonel William Gill from Bieldside in Bleek Aberdeen in the North of Scotland, making her a Baroness. His proviso while doing so was that she cease using her titled married name and agree not to return to Europe for the remainder of her life. Although the Prime Minister forbade the marriage, thereafter the Spencers remained close to the throne, enabled in no small measure by the vast fortune Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, left to her favorite grandson, the second Spencer grandson who lost out on the titles of Sunderland and Marlborough. In 1953, aged 17, Frances became engaged to Johnnie Althorp, 12 years her senior and heir to the Spencer earldom. At least we are absorbed in our work, we are dedicated. There are people who move in, who have not always lived there, and they are not related. ", "I am interested in the social evolution of the western world," said Roberts, "and you can tell a great deal from studying pedigrees -- how classes emerge and rise and fall. She was a great-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-great-grandchildren include Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and the American actor Oliver Platt. We spoke briefly on the crosses one must bear -- one is hardly responsible for one'e forbears -- and Roberts mentioned that other American (Wallis Warfield of Maryland) associated with the British royal house. If you are indeed a cousin, I reckon the Windsors are like everybody else and are resigned to receiving you when you drop in. So close did they become that the king leased Maurice Park House, a ten-bedroomed house on the Sandringham Estate. When he became the fourth Baron Fermoy, Maurice returned to live in England with the $3,000,000 which he had inherited from his indomitable but controlling grandfather. Kerry Lee Gaertner, 9, presents Princess Diana with a bouquet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on Feb. 2, 1989 before the American debut of the Welsh National Opera performance of "Falstaff." "She has a second cousin living on Oliver Street here in Washington. In most families, however, one need not go back so far to turn up persons of immense eminence (at least as far as Aunt Maude is concerned). To remind you how this works, a cousin of our Joseph Strong had 28,000 descendants by 1870, Roberts assured me, and if you contemplate how many descendants those 28,000 persons have had within another century, you will see that we are indeed of the family of man. The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986. I persisted. And they did their utmost to garner as much of its prestige for themselves as possible. "Oh," is the usual response to this information. A mere baron might sound far from the throne, but not really: Just over a century after Work traded her money to the aristocracy, her great-granddaughter Diana became the Princess … She was the youngest daughter of the then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, now the late (8th) Earl Spencer and the late Hon. It was the base of Work's own fortune of $15 million," Roberts recounted. . "Well, don't count on it. The rest is English, except for bits and pieces of other things," Roberts concluded. In Virginia it is true that old families are all related. The Spencers are direct descendants, albeit illegitimate, of the House of Stuart, with the family boasting at least five lines of direct descent from the Stuarts; and from them, the Spencers trace their ancestry to other royal houses such as the Bourbons [a European royal house of French origin who ruled France and Navarre in the sixteenth century], the Medicis [an Italian banking family and a political dynasty that ruled the Republic of Florence], the Wittelsbachs [members of the family reigned as dukes, electors and kings of Bavaria in Germany], the Hanovers [ruled the electorate and then the Kingdom of Hanover in Germany], the Sforzas [a ruling family of Renaissance Italy], the Habsburgs [also known as the house of Austria], and the houses of Howard and Boleyn through Mary Boleyn, Mistress of Henry VIII of England. We may have faults -- certainly the English do -- but when the chips are down we may be described in a nutshell as men who slumber not when Crock of Gold is off his feed or breaks a leg or has to be put down. Eliza's true race was expunged from the family tree and she reemerged as An Armenian. Through the marriage of Princess Diana’s grandparents, John the 7th Earl Spencer and Lady Cynthia Hamilton, the Spencer family enjoys a uniquely comprehensive range of descents from the royal house of Stewart/Stuart that ruled in Scotland from the … Fri, 30 Jun, 2017 - 01:00 Although I knew there was this connection with Princess Diana I didn’t know until then what the relationship was.’ History: Joan Heather Powell (1917 … "You can do worse than spend your honeymoon in the gentle green landscape of Ohio. The next nineteen generations of Spencers rose to opulent prominence, particularly during the sixteenth century. During a debate in the House of Peers, Lord Spencer was speaking about something that their great ancestors had done when suddenly the Earl of Arundel cut him off and said: "My Lord, when these things you speak of were doing, your ancestors were keeping sheep." The Ancestry Of Diana, Princess Of Wales. The American and Anglican honor is essentially identical. Reitwiesner, the one that likes to make trouble, appeared to be enjoying himself, but provided, after all, some quite respectable American connections for the princess: She is a second cousin 12 times removed of Lewis Burwell of Virginia, his researches have disclosed. It doesn't' stop with Washington, … They are Gary Boyd Roberts of Boston, a man so far gone in his specialty that he does nothing else and who tells me he makes a financially poor but otherwise rewarding living from ancestral research; and William Addams Reitwiesner, who has been with the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service for nine years and who states he is absolute dust beneath the chariot wheels there, but who loves the place which is so rich in material for genealogical research. And Bill here is content with a (low status) job at the Library of Congress, just so he can be near the things he needs for his research. In 1601, he was made a Knight of the Garter, and created Baron Spencer of Wormleighton in the Peerage of England in 1603. Some quite respectable American connections for Lady Diana: She is a second cousin twelve times removed of Lewis Burwell of Virginia. They took greater pride in being descended five times from King Charles II, even though four of those lines of descent were illegitimate including his illegitimate son Henry FitzRoy, and when the second Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, they were thrilled that it was through them the Stuart blood was being reintroduced into the royal line. ", "Well, no doubt," said Roberts, "but all you really get from Maryland is fine old families marrying fine old Maryland families. "Now about the invitations," I reminded him, "to the next big family gathering. And their daughter is Lady Diana Spencer, so there you have it, from Chillicothe on. Who can doubt I am closely related to Mr. Roberts the genealogist and who can doubt he will have me inside Buckingham Palace within the year? But back to our parsnips: "This has caused some excitement in Chillicothe, as you can imagine," said Roberts, "and they have invited the royal couple to honeymoon there." The Baroness did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King's Lynn in 1966. ", "But," I argued, "isn't it true that all people whose families have lived in the same geographical place a few generations are inevitably related, at least as closely as second cousin, to all others? Princess Diana opted for a matching Versace coat and skirt during a visit to Liverpool in 1995, and finished off the look with a Dior handbag. She has a tenth cousin working here at The Washington Post. Sheep from their pastures were purchased for breeding and it is probable that the family’s success as farmers was rarely equalled in the century. The Spencers claimed descent from a cadet branch of the powerful medieval Despenser family, but its validity is questioned. With his money and international panache, he fitted well into the upper echelons of British society, especially after becoming Conservative Member of Parliament for King's Lynn, something that was possible because he was an Irish peer with no rights to sit in the House of Lords. You are, ah. Diana Spencer herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. ", "Is that worse," I inquired, "than peddlers and moneygrubbers marrying peddlers and moneygrubbers as in New England? Printed By Clifford Press, Coventry. The princess (as she will be after her marriage at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on July 29) has a slight American connection some generations back. American Presidents Carter and Nixon are sixth cousins. Maurice was the son of an American heiress named Frances [Fanny] Work [born in 1819 in Ohio] and the Honourable James Roche, later the third Baron Fermoy. While Ruth could adopt the latter, there was no way she could invent the former. This is well understood in Virginia, Tennessee, Carolina and elsewhere. She is a second cousin nine times removed of John Coke, a first cousin thirteen times removed of George Evelyn, a third cousin eight times removed of William Fairfax, a first cousin eleven times removed of William Berkeley, a sixth cousin ten times removed of Peter Montague, a fifth cousin nine times removed of Daniel Parke Custis. Through her maternal ancestors, Lady Diana is also a distant cousin of the Marquis de Sade, distantly related to Hermann Goering. "And the duPonts," I reminded him, ignoring the Yale question for I do not disclose some of my sources, "are simply unarguably an important American family no matter what you think.". First Published In 07 July 1993, Lady Diana's American Cousins. That loss notwithstanding, the Spencers flourished throughout the eighteenth century. Roberts said the new princess of Wales has few southern connections in America, almost all Yankees. Lady Diana is one-fourth Scots, one-sixteenth Irish and Anglo-Irish, and one-eighth American. he was demanded. I am doing what I can." Needless to say her American great-great grandparents have other descendants besides Lady Diana; indeed, it is probable they did not have the throne of England in mind at the time they started having babies, and would be somewhat surprised that a king of England in say, the year 2020 would be their descendant. The governor of Alaska and the princess are tenth cousins, while Palin and Roosevelt are ninth cousins once removed, said Ancestry.com, online genealogists based in Provo, Utah. Written By Earl Spencer. Franklin Work was one of New York's most successful stockbrokers of the day, with clients such as the Vanderbilts and Astors. Bits and pieces? "The princess is a distant cousin of the Marquis de Sade," said Reitwiesner, who feared perhaps the conversation was getting a bit technical or dry. Unfortunately for the Roches, he loathed foreigners and cut Fanny out of his will when she married one, reinstating her only after she left her husband in 1891 and returned home with her two young sons in tow. I should point out before I begin my answer that to say “Princess Diana” is incorrect. Lady Diana herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Spencers have been farmers since pre-Tudor times, coming to prominence in Warwickshire in the fifteenth century. Today, we remember the British princess and her Irish roots. And so, at twenty, she married him and went on to have a wonderful life in the lap of luxury. There he met Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt -- both men were greatly interested in horses, it was a bond between them. Through five different lines Reitwiesner is her cousin, a twelfth cousin once removed, and Roberts is a quadruple twelfth cousin once removed and a double twelfth cousin twice removed of Lady Diana. The genealogical connections are not the first to gain attention in the U.S. presidential campaign. Sources: The Four Presidents genealogy is from Ancestors of American Presidents, Roberts, 1995. oThe Crusades, you know.". Frances Ellen Work (October 27, 1857 – January 26, 1947) was an American heiress and socialite. You show me a man whose values are rightly sorted out and I'll show you the progenitor of kings. During the reign of King James I, he was reputed to be the richest man in England. Ben is not a royal name. For the appearance, Diana had selected a black strapless taffeta gown for a gala at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, which … "When Work was 80," said Roberts, "he had a sick horse and spent all night in the stall with him.". ", "New England is where they have Yale," he was reminded, "and where they exalt anybody that ever built a shed.". There son, Edmund Maurice Burke Roche, the fourth baron, married Ruth Sylvia Gill. All you have to do is go back yourself until you hit one of them and you have it made. He did not regard her family as especially notable. In 1995, a little less than a year before Charles and Diana's official divorce, the Princess of Wales confirmed the affair in a famous interview with BBC's Panorama. Diana, Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. Frank Work, to get back to him, was a druggist's clerk in Chillicothe [other documentation shows he was a dry-goods clerk -- Ed.] Diana, Princess of Wales (née Diana Spencer) was born into a British noble family. But Reitwiesner was off on another tangent: "Presidents Carter and Nixon are sixth cousins. This Mr. Strong, who was a graduate of Yale in 1788, himself had 25 percent well-documented forbears who lived in New England in the period between 1623 and 1650. Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker. Lady Diana herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her family was neither grand or impressive. "No," he went on after I had mentioned a friend of mine who is an American cousin of the princess, "it is virtually impossible that the first child of the royal union will be named Ben. She remained closely involved with the Festival for twenty-five years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron. These men both know precisely, not vaguely, who is and who is not related, and this may be the place to say that while great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers have cast a wide net indeed, still the catch has not been universal. Princess Diana reportedly had her fair share of fleeting affairs, but there was only one man she fell head over heels for: Hasnat Khan, a 36-year-old Pakistani heart surgeon. According to the biography "The Real Diana," by Lady Colin Campbell, Kewark's background was known but kept quiet by a family that was full of Europeans descended from royalty. ", "Of course. And so they are, but the task here is to pin down the essential blood relationship by which Americans may be guided in their future dealings with the Windsors). Lady Diana has few southern connections in America, almost all Yankees.". The latter divisive styling flourish has seen a resurgence this season owing to the popularity of Chanel’s pirate boots (yes, swashbuckling got stylish) and Wellington boots (the tall outdoorsy update to Bottega’s cult stompers). "What a thing to say," I cried. Written By  Hugo Vickers For The Independent. There are yet a few fish not in it. She was more than twenty-five years his junior, but that did not prevent her from encouraging this rich and urbane nobleman with royal friends. o. Ellen Strong -- we are about to hit pay dirt here -- was the daughter of Joseph Strong of Coventry, Conn., and Rebecca Young of Philadelphia. She is a second cousin nine times removed of John Coke; a first cousin 13 times removed of George Evelyn (these are all Virginians, of course); a third cousin eight times removed of William Fairfax; a first cousin 11 times removed of William Berkeley; a sixth cousin 10 times removed of Peter Montague; a fifth cousin nine times removed of Daniel Parke Custis. The Roches were exceedingly good-looking family, with two of the most beautiful ancestral homes in Ireland, Cahirguillamore and Kilshanning, but through high living and gambling, they had dissipated their fortune and would have been completely broke had the second Baron's heir not married Franklin Work's daughter in the late nineteenth century. First Published In 10 July 1981, The Spencer Family Coat Of Arms, Granted On 26 May 1504, George John, Second Earl Of Spencer, Whose Notable Ancestors Include King William I Of England, Princess Diana's Paternal Grandmother Countess Cynthia Spencer And Her Father Johnnie In 1924, Princess Diana's Maternal American Great Grandmother Fanny, Princess Diana's Parents Johnnie And Frances In 1954, Princess Diana With Her Maternal Grandmother Baroness Fermoy In 1982. One became Earl of Sunderland, another the Duke of Marlborough when his uncle, only son and heir to the great John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, died. In the late sixteenth century, Sir Robert Spencer represented Brackley in Parliament. "How did you know I went to Yale?" But the answer is simple. Are we not rightly known among all other nations as the ones who forgive almost anything except beastliness towards old animals (excluding people, of course, who are supposed to take care of themselves). November 29, 2017 —Boston, Massachusetts —World renowned genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has, together with collaborators, revealed that England’s future American Royal Bride is descended from royalty herself. In fact, the only thing that put them beyond the ordinary was the secret they kept hidden. Written By Richard K. Evans. They understand that the fount of all honor and privilege was The Crown. Now this Mrs. Work was a daughter of John Wood of Shepardstown, W. Va., and Ellen Strong of Philadelphia. . "Perhaps we can postpone Jesse James," I ventured (for one of Reitwiesner's research papers is called "The Relationship of Lady Diana Spencer to Various Persons," and he underatandably kept tossing out names he thought would prove of interest. Back to Work, I always say, and certainly said many times with these two genealogists. A bulletin announced that the royal baby weighed 7 … His title, Earl Spencer, along with the title Viscount Althorp, of Althorp in the County of Northamptonshire was officially created in the Peerage of Great Britain on 1 November 1765. "Tell me," I said, "how you answer the reproaches you say you keep getting, that you are spending your life on trivia matters of genealogy. Princess Diana's hidden Irish roots On the eve of what would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday, Ryle Dwyer reveals her hidden Irish connections. "I'm a quarter American, a quarter Irish and half Scottish." Baroness Ruth was appointed a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1956 [a post she held for the next thirty three years], and functioned in a world where breeding and good behavior were all important. Her ancestry includes many royals and nobles.. Ah, Birth and breeding tell. Otherwise they might say please go get lost when you ring the bell. It was while Ruth was a student at the Paris Conservatoire of Music that she met Maurice. This fiction was maintained even When Lady Diana married the Prince of Wales. And if so, what is the point of knowing the precise relationship?". To be quite sure that one is related to persons of consequence it may in some cases be necessary to go back to Adam. A permanent memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed is pictured in the Harrods store in London, 31 August 2006, on the ninth anniversary of their death. John Spencer became feoffee [successor] of Wormleighton in 1469, and a tenant at Althorp in 1486. Roberts was still in a fall-off-the-chair mode but collected himself to shuffle through copious notes he had brought with him: "Let's see. Lord Spencer then instantly replied: "When my ancestors as you say were keeping sheep, your ancestors were plotting treason.". The prince and prrincess of Wales are not actually expected to make their wedding trip to Chillicothe, Ohio, the home of one of Diane Spencer's forbears, but (for the record) they certainly have been invited to do so. This was the first time Diana got to wear a tiara and she kept to her roots, choosing the Spencer family tiara. The Spencers remained rich, married well, and gradually climbed up the peerage. She is a first cousin six times removed of Nathan Hale. Roberts asked. All his predecessors became politicians and served as members of the parliament. Princess Diana’s paternal three times great … She is a 24 th generation descendant of King Edward III, a medieval monarch of England who died in 1377. He then carried this interdict further, and left her twin sons, Maurice and Francis, portions of his fortune only if they became American citizens and remained in the United States for the remainder of their lives. I’m British (Welsh in fact) and I have been studying the British Royal Family for as long as I can remember. The Churchills were so much more famous and eminent that the Spencers became the secondary branch of their own family, and even lost their earldom, which was absorbed in the dukedom of Marlborough and has subsequently been used by the eldest son of the duke's heir, the Marquis of Blandford. First Published In 2005, Obituary Ruth Fermoy. The common thing among the above celebrities is their roots. Lady Diana's maternal ancestors' rise to royal status was based on personal, not courtly, relationships. At which point family archivist generally takes over the conversation and things go down hill from there. Or purchase a subscription for unlimited access to real news you can count on. There was another, less fortunate, result of the marriage of the Churchill heiress to the Earl of Sunderland. You clearly think it important. One was tempted, of course, to reflect on Prussian rug salesmen, but back to Work: "How closely related are the several thousand American relatives of the princess?" Baroness Ruth made a useful contribution to the world of music, founding the King's Lynn Festival after the second World War and importing musical friends such as Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Richard Adeney to perform. Thereafter, generation after generation of Spencers were appointed equerries and ladies-in-waiting to royalty, culminating with Lady Diana's father being an equerry to King George VI and, later, to Queen Elizabeth II, and her grandmother Cynthia, Countess Spencer, being a Lady of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Bedchamber as well as the love of  the then Prince of Wales's life before she accepted Lady Diana's grandfather Albert Edward John Spencer's proposal of marriage in 1919. Photo: AP, @diana.princess.wales @keishaomilana/ Instagram Style / Celebrity Rebel royals: From Diana to Japan’s Princess Mako, 5 princesses who broke royal protocol and lived by … But I certainly expect that once the princess of Wales' American connection becomes generally known we shall see half of this continent boarding Concordes and steamers and open rafts to sail to London -- to sail to the palace -- to have tea with the family. The Princess Diana and Winston Churchill genealogies are a "consensus" of genealogies seen on the web. For that matter we do not abandon Old Pearl long after she no longer pulls the plough. Perhaps Armenia is the only country whose … To get to the bottom of this, so that Americans can arm themselves with the right credentials, I have consulted with two genealogists who know whereof they speak. "She is also distantly related to Hermann Goering," said Reitwiesner, who was beginning to show signs of being a royal troublemaker, one of those annoying people who believe in the whole truth though the heavens fall. Also let me say that "cousin" is one of the most valuable words in the language since it covers relationships that may be extremely close genetically and also covers relationships so remote as to be astronomical. This was that her great great grandmother Eliza Kewark was a dark skinned native of Bombay who had lived, without benefit of matrimony, with her great great grandfather Theodore Forbes while he worked for the East India Company. Ancestry Edit. They are both ninth cousins of President Harding.". The most interesting member of this family was Maurice Burke Roche, Lady Diana's grandfather who became the fourth Baron Fermoy in 1921. Emma Corrin hopes that The Crown viewers can appreciate the show for what it is.. American genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts said: "If Lady Diana's son becomes king of England, he will be one-sixteenth American, the first time this has ever occurred. His descendants expanded the holdings through business dealings and marriage into the peerage. She produced three children: Honourable Mary Cynthia, Honourable Frances Ruth, and Honourable Edmund James Burke. Most of them are seventh to tenth cousins. First Published In 15 August 2007, The Real Diana. . The rest is English, except for bits and pieces of other things. as a young man, but he went to New York to seek his fortune. Lady Diana is one-fourth Scots, one-sixteenth Irish and Anglo-Irish, and one-eighth American. One day she was dressed in sober gray, the next in dazzlingly happy pink. Written By Henry Mitchell For The Washington Post. 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