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Owen Tudor, Grandfather of King Henry VII of England May 6, 2017

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The Freelance History Writer

Owen Tudor was born c. 1400. His father was Maredudd ap Tudur ap Goronwy and his mother was Margaret, daughter of Dafydd Fychan. Through his father, Owen was a descendant of Ednyfed Fychan who was a major landowner in the area of Penmynydd in Anglesey. Fychan had been a prominent servant of the princes of Gwyndedd. Through marriage, Owen was a cousin of Owain Glyn Dŵr, the Welsh prince who rebelled against the kings of England. The Tudors were a part of a movement by the princes of Wales to unify the country into its own principality.

Little is known of Owen’s early life but his family played a key role in the Welsh uprising and fought on Glyn Dŵr’s side. After the rebellion was suppressed, many Welshmen came into the service of the English kings, including Owen’s relatives. Most likely this is how he made his way to the…

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Fremont and Seattle’s Ship Canal May 5, 2017

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Wedgwood in Seattle History

Fremont was a successful early community because of its advantageous location at one corner of Lake Union.

Seattle’s earliest white settlers saw immediately that it would be possible to connect its freshwater lakes to the saltwater Puget Sound by means of a canal.  At a Fourth of July picnic in 1954, Thomas Mercer proposed the name of Lake Union because that body of water was in the middle between Lake Washington to the east, and Puget Sound to the west.  Thomas Mercer and David Denny took land claims at the south end of Lake Union.  Two single men, John Ross and William Strickler, searched out the land and in 1855 they took claims at the northwest corner of Lake Union, which today is the Fremont neighborhood.

From those early times Seattle settlers thought to build a ship canal but little did they know that it would take more than…

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As Spain Welcomes Back Jews Expelled in the 1400’s, I Share my Spanish Roots May 4, 2017

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“Grandpa’s family was originally from Spain,” my Grandma Thelma would begin her story with these words. “They left Spain because they did not want to convert. They were court Jews and could have stayed. But their Judaism was more important.”

I thought this was a ‘bubba meiser,’ just a myth and a bedtime story. And for many years, I did not believe the Spanish expulsion of Jews had anything to do with me. I thought it was enough that our family had been decimated by the Shoah. But it seems my grandmother was telling me the truth, and my family is both a survivor of the Spanish and German attempts to destroy the Jewish people.
Grandpa Nat portrait

My Grandpa Nat’s last name was Amsterdam. This is a somewhat unusual Jewish name. And, it seems, actually anyone named Amsterdam is related to me. The family started in Spain as wealthy Jewish merchants and…

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Happy First of May 2017 April 30, 2017

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Reading The Pacific Northwest April 29, 2017

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Cafe Book Bean

20130602opart-m-630x571.jpgExpanding upon my Oregon reads, I thought I would dedicate to The Great Northwest as a whole. It’s vast and natural splendor is astounding and I love literature that captures it’s spirit, grit, and enchanting beauty.
I’ll of course throw in a few well-known coffee roasters that are sure to impress.

Here are the books that I feel really showcase the quality of the NW:

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he’s found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man…

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Scatterlings of Africa April 26, 2017

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Retirement and beyond

This  song was written by a South African singer, Johnny Clegg, and tells about the many people who were born in Africa, or  who, like me,  lived there for a considerable time, and are now scattered all over the world.

I was born in Ireland, but moved to Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia) in the 70s when I was newly wed and looking for adventure and a new life.    My four children were born there, and I stayed in Zimbabwe until 2002, almost 30 years.  We lived in a peaceful country with a great climate, in a country with lots of natural beauty, and with lots of wildlife and amazing scenery, sunrises and  sunsets like no other.   Life was good, we watched our children take their first steps, starting their own big adventures, learning to walk, learning to run, but always within the comfort of home and within…

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Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

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marrying mess There’s that chart again – edited to include Rosey’s marriages and children.

There are some family puzzles that take years to solve.  You gather bits here and there that don’t always make sense.  Slowly, you learn more, but the core questions remain.  Then more records become available and you add those to the bits you already have and suddenly you are able to tie things together in a way you couldn’t before.  That is exactly the meandering path that Aunt Rosey has sent me on.  And what a journey it has been!

Almost two years ago I wrote about all of the matrimonial connections in this part of my tree.  Then, nearly a month ago now, I wrote about the Robert Hyde – Rosey Hyde marriage and child.  The questions that post brought up led me to spend time on a serious review of my sources and follow up on…

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