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Ancestor Troll June 4, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,War of the Roses — Janet @ 6:42 pm

I’ve completed my search through the ancestors I found on ancestry.com.  And I added a lot of ancestors I never knew I had – do I hear Henry Gates speaking?  Now to go back and sort/sieve the accumulated information.

The first snippet to share with my readers is that I thought I found that one of my ancestors had been beheaded on Tower Green at the Tower of London.  On further examination I found I was following a false trail.  The particular person that lost his head in that way did not belong to me.  A comforting thought.

p.s. Correction- my ancestor was the one who was beheaded.  In fact he was the first to be beheaded in the Tower of London by Richard of Gloucester.  He was 52 years old, father of 7 children.   He served on the Yorkist side in the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross in the War of the Roses.


The Willis Family August 7, 2015

William Willis – View media – Ancestry history of the Willis Family

By following the link given above I have traced ancestors back to the time of the War of the Roses instigated by the Earls of Warwick and Salisbury.  The era of Henry Vi.  Henry VI was born in 1421 and he died in 1471.  My ancestor Thomas Wyllys lived during this time.  Thomas was born in 1457 and died in 1482.  Thomas Wyllys was my 12X Great Grandfather.  How cool is that!

  Henry VI