A breakthrough! California may be home to the mtDNA of King Edward II

Back in May 2013, Craig L. Foster joined the Auramala Project team. He is a research consultant at the Family History Library, a division of FamilySearch, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Craig is a well respected professional in a highly specialised field, and is working with the largest and most detailed genealogical databases in the world. Over the last few months, Craig has been following the direct female line of descendancy, starting from the various descendants identified by Kathryn Warner, Kevin McKenzie and Terry Muff, toward the present, in the hopes of discovering a living carrier of Edward II’s mitochondrial DNA.

 

This painstaking and at times frustrating research has begun to pay off. Craig has identified a direct mother-to-daughter line of descent that brings us down to the 1980s and 1990s with four sisters, all of whom lived in San Joaquin County, California and were, most likely, carriers of the mt DNA molecule of Edward II. See the descendancy below for details: the four sisters in question are the Nunn sisters, at the end of the descendancy.

If you are a descendant of the Nunn sisters, or know someone who is, we would love for you to get in touch with us, and help us move this exciting research a huge step forward!

We are very grateful both to Craig and the Family History Library for the time and effort he has dedicated to the Auramala Project. This is not the regular work of the Family History Library, since their emphasis is on assisting people to find their ancestors.

DESCENDANCY OF THE NUNN SISTERS

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Generation 1) Eleanor of Castile, queen of England, countess of Ponthieu (c. late 1241 – 28 Nov 1290), married Edward I, king of England (17 June 1239 – 7 July 1307)

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Generation 2) Joan of Acre (spring 1272 – 23 April 1307) [Note: Second surviving daughter of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, born in the Holy Land], married (1) Gilbert ‘the Red’ de Clare, earl of Gloucester and Hertford (2 Sept 1243 – 7 Dec 1295)

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Generation 3) Elizabeth de Clare (16 Sept 1295 – 4 Nov 1360), married (2) Theobald de Verdon or Verdun, justiciar of Ireland (8 Sept 1278 – 27 July 1316)

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Generation 4) Isabella de Verdon (21 March 1317 – 25 July 1349), married Henry, Lord Ferrers of Groby, Leicestershire (1290s/early 1300s – 15 Sept 1343)

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Generation 5) Elizabeth Ferrers (c. mid to late 1330s – 22 Oct 1375), married David de Strathbogie, titular earl of Atholl (c. early 1330s – 10 Oct 1369)

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Generation 6) Elizabeth de Strathbogie, also called Elizabeth of Atholl (1361 – 1416), married (2) Sir John le Scrope (will dated 23 Dec 1405)

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Generation 7) Elizabeth le Scrope (c. 1395 – 1430), married Sir Thomas Clarell of Aldwark (1394 – 1430)

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Generation 8) Elizabeth Clarell (c. 1415 – 1503), married Sir Richard Fitzwilliam of Aldwark (will proved 5 Sept 1488)

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Generation 9) Margaret Fitzwilliam (? – ?; her brother was born in 1448), married Ralph Reresby (d. 1530)

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Generation 10) Elizabeth Reresby (? – ?), married Edward Eyre of Holm Hall (d. 1557)

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Generation 11) Lucy Eyre (d. before 1556), married Humphrey Stafford of Eyam

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Generation 12) Alice Stafford (1610-1700), married Anthony Savage (1605-1695)

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Generation 13) Alice Stafford Savage (1653-1695), married Francis Thornton (1652-1726)

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Generation 14) Margaret Thornton (1678-1756) married William Strother II (1665-1726), and emigrated to Virginia in 1669

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Generation 15) Agatha Strother (1695-???), married John Taliaferro (1684-1763)

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Generation 16) Mildred Taliaferro (1733-1802), married Samuel James (1722-1755)

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Generation 17) Catherine James (1788-1830), married James Adams (1785-1858)

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Generation 18) Gabrella Adams (1818-1872), married Simpson R. Metcalfe (1812-1882)

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Generation 19) Jemima Catherine Metcalfe (1839-???) married William Lycan (1834-???)

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Generation 20) Julia A. Lycan (1878-1965), married Traton Morris Nunn (1865-1947)

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Generation 21) Daughters of Julia A. Lycan and Traton Morris Nunn include:

Hazel Marguerite Nunn (1901-1992), married George A. Hunter (1885-1968);

Edith Isetta Nunn (1903-1991), married Harold Huckaby Thurman (1903-1979);

Viona Jane Nunn (1904-1986);

Glenda Mae Nunn (1907-1980), married Forrest Glenn Hammet (1904-1978).

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