Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day Patriot Hunt #3: Frogley Manor

Next up: William Harding (1738-1826).

  A quick peek at his tree shows his family moves westward to Kentucky where his daughter Nancy marries Robert English’s son Weeden.

 There is no overt evidence indicating he fought in the American Revolution, and a bit of me wonders if he might have been a Loyalist. 

I keep looking in and around his tree and got a little lost for a bit, peeking at where  his eight great-grandparents on his father's side were born and died.  

Tracing William Harding's 8 Great-great-grandparents on his father's side*
 Great-great-grandfather John Wesley Hardin/Hardewin was born and died in Normandy.

Please notice his name -- I'm not sure it would be a coincidence to share a name with the theologian John Wesley who lived at the same time, but there is time to research it later.
So I thought I would google John Wesley Hardin to see if he was somehow a famous historical person I hadn't learned about and found this. 

 John Wesley Hardin #1: Wild West Outlaw.  

John Wesley Hardin #2: Bob Dylan's 1967 album.  Hmmm. 

Moving on to great-great-grandmother Frances Marie Boyer, born in London and dies in colonial Virginia.

We don't see many facts jumping out about Frances' father, but I was able to easily trace her family back 8 generations on her mother's side through Knights and Ladies and etc.

Next up: Marcus DuSauchoy who was born on Staten Island in Dutch New York and died on Staten Island in British New York.

 My guess is that the family might be merchants or traders; they could be Catholic or Jewish.  

I can only find Marcus' parents' names and nothing beyond that generation.  I'm sure it's out there, waiting to be found at just the right time, but not today. 

Great-great-grandparent #4 is Elizabeth Rossignol who was born in Leiden, Holland and died in New York around the time the British arrived.

 I can only go back two generations in her family.

Elizabeth's two grandfathers (maternal and paternal) share her last name; hints indicate they were born and died in France.

Great-great-grandfather #5: Robert George Belcher lived his entire life in colonial Virginia. 

I was able to easily trace Belcher's very British family back for 4 generations, and am under the impression they were involved with the original joint-stock corporation that founded the Jamestown.

Great-great-parent #6: Phoebe Mary Isham - born in England, dies in Virginia after becoming widowed and remarrying.

Phoebe's first husband Robert Belcher is our ancestor's baby daddy.

 Her second husband was Col. William Randolph -- Thomas Jefferson's great-grandfather.   
Which means that Phoebe was  Thomas Jefferson's great-grandmother and now we are going to add Thomas Jefferson to our Patriot ancestors on Ella Mae English's side, bringing the number to 3.

 I knew Phoebe Isham was special when I found several portraits that were made during her lifetime.  This is not a normal thing; it involves money and connections and a home to hang the portraits.

Meet Great-great-grandparent #7:Alexander Frogley who spent his entire life in England.

First of all, I am 100%Team Frogley and that is my new name and I am also changing the Wi-Fi in my house to "Frogley Manor."

I took a few hops and leaps through the Frogley family and found 8 generations in only a few minutes.

 Last great-grandparent is Alice Bayese, William Harding's grandmother's grandmother. Remember what I said about the maternal line sometimes just disappearing?
 I know Alice must have had parents but they aren't low hanging fruit, and I have a rule to walk away if I don't find any new info after 15 minutes, and I walked away to keep searching for Patriots to give my dad for Father's Day.