Are there any surviving relatives of Anne Boleyn today or has her bloodline ended? Rich Jones

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Unless you believe that Anne Boleyn had illegitimate children that we don't know about or that Elizabeth I had illegitimate children (Shakespeare, Earl of Oxford, Arthur Dudley etc.) then there are no direct descendents of Anne Boleyn. However, Mary Boleyn's wikipedia page states:-

"Mary Boleyn is a distant ancestress of many notables including Winston Churchill, John Davison Rockefeller, P. G. Wodehouse, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon [the late Queen Mother and therefore the Queen], Diana, Princess of Wales, Sarah, Duchess of York, Charles Darwin and Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr."

So there is still Boleyn blood around.

If we believe that the Carey children were fathered by Henry VIII then these people are also descendants of him.

Mary Boleyn's daughter Catherine Carey, Lady Knollys, had 15 children and Mary's son Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, had 12 children (not all survived infancy) plus some illegitimate children, so that's a lot of Careys!

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302 Responses to “Are there any surviving relatives of Anne Boleyn today or has her bloodline ended? Rich Jones”

  1. David says:

    I agree Claire, there is Boleyn blood lurking somewhere in the world, but Tudor blood, one can probably feet quite safe saying no way, but, always there is that infamous “but” who knows who was born to whom and if that be the case, then one would have to give in and say that somewhere out there is the diluted blood King Henry VIII, and for that matter why not go a step further and say King Henry VII, but then way should be leave Jasper and Owen Tudor out of the picture, same family, same blood……so..?? Leaves a mind to wonder and if it be true I would venture to say that those people with Tudor blood running in their veins today do not even know it!!!

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    Alliana Reply:

    i’m anne boleyn direct desendent you see i was doing a paper on my family tree and my grampa sent me four pages of my direct descendents that are royal she was on there

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    Claire Reply:

    Hi Alliana,
    Which branch of the Boleyns are you descended from? Anne only had one child, Elizabeth, who died childless so her line ends there, Mary Boleyn had children though.

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    KaSandra Boleyn Reply:

    my family name boleyn came from anne we are her desendent

    Jim Reply:

    Elizabeth did not ie childless. I am a descendant of Arthur Dudley, her one offspring

    lilly Reply:

    I am a descendent of Mary Boleyn

    Barbara sharp Reply:

    I too am a desendant of the Boleyn line, my grandfather was Percival Austin Boleyn he too was from the English Royal line. My mother was Delores Marie Boleyn and she was an only child. My Grandfather had another brother named Alan and he had a son who was named in the House of Commons in London.

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    Kate Walker Reply:

    Hi Barbara,
    How interesting so glad found this site.. Have just been going through some papers I was given on my Maternal side of the family and that my great,great aunt, Magdelene Dorothy McHugh ,born 1896 in Rockdale NSW (registered as Magdelene on birth certificate and spelt “Madeline”, on father’s death certificate, was married to Percival Austin BOLEYN. She married him in 1928 in Glebe. New South Wales Australia. He died in 1970 at his home ,236 Bridge Road,Forest Lodge. NSW.
    Percy’s occupation was a school teacher.
    Madeline’s inquest into her death was at 10am on the 24th September 1961 at Sydney Morgue .She was aged 59 years. The results were as follows:
    Upon examination I found surgical wound of the left side of the head with bone flap/Widespread injury to the left side of the brain with generalised subdural haemorrhage. The lungs were oedematous. The heart showed hypertrophy of the left ventricle. The pancreas was fibrous. The liver fatty. The kidneys granular .In my opinion death had taken place 12 hours previously.
    Direct cause. Injury to brain. I have these fact from the medical report upon the dead body of : Madeline Boleyn. Direct cause of death: injury to the brain.

    Percival obviously loved her very much as he was known to call her “The little Lamb”, don’t know if you probably have any or all of the above information but thought I would pass it on.

    I have been doing both my late dad’s family history Goodfellows,Hoey ,O’loughlin side and my late mum’s,Fetherston, McHugh and Muddiman side. am finding it fascinating most times but then frustrating when you hit the proverbial “brick Wall”.
    A lot of the information I have has come from Kathrine Ayres (McHugh side) am slowly working my way through the large amount of facts she has given me . If you would care to get in touch with me I would be delighted but if not ,it was wonderful reading about history. kind regards
    Kate Walker

    Robert Findley Reply:

    The Tudors were usurpers to the crown and the true heir is in NSW and their name is Hastings.
    One of my ancestors was a Margaret Stewart daughter of James 1V of Scots. and my ancestors were the sons and daughters of MacBeth MacFinley.

    Tracey Farris Reply:

    I am a direct descendant of Mary Boleyn. She is my 14th Great Grandmother. Queen Anne Boleyn was my 14th Great Grand Aunt and their father Sir Thomas 1st Earl of Wiltshire was my 15th Great Grandfather. How amazing is this? I would truly like to find my living relatives and gather notes. Let’s keep the Boleyn Family going. :)

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    Kim Reply:

    I to am the 14 Great Granddaughter to Mary Boleyn.

    Cheryl Davis Reply:

    Tracy, I just discovered our Mary Carey line (through her son Henry) and would like to make contact with you and others! She is a direct through my maternal line. Thank you. Cheryl (ntivewnds@aol.com)

    Leslie Caryn Harris Reply:

    My great Grandmother was Lucy Boleyn. I do not know her parents name. I was always told that I was related to Anne Boleyn. I now need to trace my lineage.

    Robin Smoot Reply:

    I descend from Mary Boleyn as well, this is the direct line,,

    Mary Boleyn
    1499 – 1543

    Catherine CAREY
    1524 – 1569

    Anne Lady De La Warr Knollys
    1555 – 1608

    Gov. Thomas West
    1576 – 1618

    Martha West
    1615 – 1723

    Martha Woodward
    1660 – 1723

    MARTHA MACON
    1687 – 1716

    Frances Orlando Jones
    1710 – 1785

    Mary Dandridge
    1725 – 1777

    Ruth Bowles
    1739 – 1798

    Joseph Thacker

    Elizabeth Thacker
    1762 – 1870

    William Adkins
    b.1790

    Hamilton S Adkins
    1829 – 1907

    Thomas Sheridan Adkins
    b.1866

    Andrew Franklin adkins
    1892 – 1938

    Rosalea Adkins
    1926 – 2000

    Elizabeth Goode
    b.1945

    Robin Hensley-Smoot
    b.1965

    Robin Smoot Reply:

    Mary Boleyn,,16th great grandmother,,Martha Washington was an aunt of mine,,my line is this:

    Mary Boleyn
    1499 – 1543

    Catherine CAREY
    1524 – 1569

    Anne Lady De La Warr Knollys
    1555 – 1608

    Gov. Thomas West
    1576 – 1618

    Martha West
    1615 – 1723

    Martha Woodward
    1660 – 1723

    MARTHA MACON
    1687 – 1716

    Frances Orlando Jones
    1710 – 1785

    Mary Dandridge
    1725 – 1777

    Ruth Bowles
    1739 – 1798

    Joseph Thacker

    Elizabeth Thacker
    1762 – 1870

    William Adkins
    b.1790

    Hamilton S Adkins
    1829 – 1907

    Thomas Sheridan Adkins
    b.1866

    Andrew Franklin adkins
    1892 – 1938

    Rosalea Adkins
    1926 – 2000

    Elizabeth Goode
    b.1945

    Robin Hensley-Smoot
    b.1965

    Marie Reply:

    I am also descended from Mary Boleyn Carey sister to queen Ann. I believe there are quite a few of us around lol. Her daughter Catherine Carey knolly born first and then Henry. I was in shock when I learnt of it. Actually I was in disbelief so I went and decided to dig thru census records and such which was a long studious task. As I went back looking at great grandfather’s and uncles etc I had to laugh because there were several Henry Tudors . Soo….you stop and realize how good it is to be alive and how lucky you are.; p

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    Linda Reply:

    I too am descendant through Mary Boleyn.

    Apparently Mary is my 14th great grandmother. More accurately via Cathrine Carey’s daughter Anne Knollys &Thomas West, 2nd Baron De la Warr. This has been verified via uncles and such. I guess there are an abundance of Wests in the USA

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    Brian E Scott Reply:

    Well, I suppose that we’re cousins then. Mary Boleyn was my 14th GG Mum too. Who the 14th GG Pop was is anyone’s guess…depends on who you ask. Could’ve been Henry, could’ve been William “cuckold” Carey. I actually think it was Henry because of the dates that he supposedly bedded Mary. Mary’s daughter, Catherine, supposedly looked like Henry.
    So I imagine there are plenty of us. My side trickled down from Boleyn to; Carey, Knolleys, Willoughby, White, Price, Scott. I’m missing a few but I’m going on memory, not looking at my tree.

    Andrea Reply:

    if you believe the conspiracy- both Catherine and Henry were the children of Henry VIII.

    Marie Reply:

    Most people are clueless about it I was one of them . Rich we are related I am also descended from Lord Del a warr of Jamestown and are related to the same people you are. Hello cousin

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    Leslie Caryn Harris Reply:

    I am related to Anne Boleyn also. My great grandmother is Lucy Boleyn. I haven’t looked further. But now plan too.

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    David Tutor Reply:

    Owen Tudor is actually a realitive of mine the moved to the Americas and changed the name Tutor.

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    Anne-Marie Reply:

    I am decended from Mary Boleyn and Edward III both via legititimate lines, Mary Boleyn through her sons daughter Philadelphia Carey, and from Edward III through his son Thomas of Woodstocks daughter Anne of Gloucesters son John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners :)

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    Bobbie Smith Leschingski Reply:

    I too am descended from an Owen Tutor (not Tudor) but I can find no records that he is related to any royals.

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    sonya Reply:

    I Sonya is 14 generations apart from Anne Boleyn. That’s a fact

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    Tamara Reply:

    Yes, there are ‘people with Tudor blood,’ I married a Tudor! He was crazy just like his ancestor Henry! I gave birth to a Tudor, born on his father’s birthday in 1975. He now has two Tudor son’s. There are many Tudor’s in the United States. I do not know ‘which’ Tudor they are related to, but their looks, build, and personality speak of a undeniable relationship to Henry! In fact, as children, they had an air of royalty about them, only requesting the best of everything, stubborn, and that they were smarter, stronger, privileged above others. They were not raised like this, it was hereditary, inherent within their genes.

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    Abbey Reply:

    Is this chick for real? Comparing your own “Tudor Children” to that of a 500 year old dead, sociopath monarch? Even by build and “looks”, right on down to their mannerisms? Because you were there? 1500′s England? That’s absurd. I mean honestly.

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    Angie Reply:

    Its true. Look at Henry “Carey”. He has the same name as Henry VIII and rumored to ne the Kings son. I have him as Henry Tudor on my ancestry tree. Im not direct through the Boleyns. They are my cousins & as are the Howards since he married Jocasta Joyce Vulpeper my 1st cousin 21x removed

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    Angie Reply:

    Oops Culpeper. The Culpepers are my direct lineage as are the Despencer.

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    lucy baker Reply:

    hello to answer your question there are still some family out there. I am related to sir john danvers who signed the death warrent of king charles the first. sir john danvers mother elizbeth danvers married edmund carey, edmund careys dad was henry carey who was the son of mary bolyn, so even though it is only through marriage there is still family out there

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    Christine Reply:

    Hi Lucy that’s interesting you never know what your going to find next do you?

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    lucy Reply:

    Yes it’s amazing and I would love to find out more

    Christine Reply:

    Are you in America or England? Such a lot of the Boleyn descendants are in America

    lucy Reply:

    I’m in England, most of my family came over with William the conqerer from France I think some may be in america

    Christine Reply:

    William the Conqueror is my 30th great grandfather it was a shock to me to find that out

    Ronald Grey Shaver Reply:

    I’m a descendant of Owen and Catherine of France-Jasper and Katherine woodville-Joan Tudor and William Williams-Morgan Williams and Katherine Cromwell-Richard Williams and Frances Murfyn-Henry Cromwell and Joan Warren- Frances Cromwell and Richard Whalley-Edward Whalley the regicide and Judith Duffell (Duffield)-Frances Whalley and William Goffe the regicide- Richard Goffe

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    Kenneth Williams Reply:

    You are correct but if you look farther back on the Williams side you will find a big surprise they were family from the Bleeden tribe I am a direct descendent on a faturnell line the family keep great records . But that won’t get you a free beer in England . We all moved to the Indian Territory and were still here today my name is Kenneth Williams

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    Mary Louise Reply:

    There is still Tudor blood around. The current Royal Family, and therefore most of the European royal families are direct descendants of Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and sister of Henry VIII. She married James IV of Scotland and was the great-grandmother of James VI of Scotland and I of England.
    Also Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk, Henry VIII’s younger sister has descendants among today’s aristocracy.

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    Mary Louise Reply:

    There is still Tudor blood around. The current Royal Family, and therefore most of the European royal families are direct descendants of Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and sister of Henry VIII. She married James IV of Scotland and was the great-grandmother of James VI of Scotland and I of England.
    Also Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk, Henry VIII’s younger sister has descendants among today’s aristocracy.

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  2. David says:

    Opps, In my comment I said feet…..meant feel…

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  3. Kay Anderson says:

    I am an indirect descendant of Catherine Carey Knollys who has descendants through the Woodson line in the US.

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    K.Bolen Reply:

    I’m wondering if i maybe some descendent of Mary Boleyn, My grandmother always told my father we were maybe you could help me out, I’m sure you are more knowledgeable than I on the subject. Please reply by Email. Thanks much,
    K. Bolen

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    Leslie Caryn Harris Reply:

    I am a descendant of a Lucy Boleyn. Maybe we are related too.

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    Amy Reply:

    Any of the descendants of this line, I would love to connect with! (Deitrick -(maternal grandmother) Simons- Ball- Harleston- Wentworth- Fortescue-Boleyn (Bullen))

    The connection I have thru my maternal grandmother’s GG grandfather:
    Sir Geoffery Boleyn (Lord Mayor of London) (1406 – 1463)
    7th great grandfather of wife of 4th great grandfather of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed
    Elizabeth (Alice) Boleyn (1438 – 1485)
    daughter of Sir Geoffery Boleyn (Lord Mayor of London)
    Sir Adrian Fortescue (1476 – 1539)
    son of Elizabeth (Alice) Boleyn
    Margaret FORTESCUE (1502 – 1551)
    daughter of Sir Adrian Fortescue
    Phillip Wentworth (1536 – 1614)
    son of Margaret FORTESCUE
    Jane Dauthen Wentworth (1581 – 1626)
    daughter of Phillip Wentworth
    John Harleston (1610 – 1698)
    son of Jane Dauthen Wentworth
    Elizabeth Harleston (1678 – 1720)
    daughter of John Harleston
    John Coming Ball (1714 – 1764)
    son of Elizabeth Harleston
    Eleanor Ball (1765 – 1827)
    daughter of John Coming Ball
    Keating Simons (1753 – 1834)
    husband of Eleanor Ball
    Edward Simons (1778 – 1842)
    son of Keating Simons
    Eliza Read Simons (1820 – 1880)
    daughter of Edward Simons
    Francis Kinloch Simons (1843 – 1897)
    son of Eliza Read Simons
    John James Simons (1882 – 1943)
    son of Francis Kinloch Simons
    John J. Simons (1918 – 1996)

    Jerri Reply:

    Hi, I am related to the Woodson line. I would love to know how they were
    related to Catherine Carey Knollys. Thanks

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  4. Andrea says:

    I recently found out from Aunt who is doing her father’s genealogy we are cousin of Anne. My Mom’s her 15th cousin. So there are relatives out here. Our family blood line were one of the first settlers in America.

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    susan Reply:

    Please share more . This is the most interesting topics I have read. I have been reading the Boleyn Files for about a month. Addicted to them I guess. Thank you, Susan

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    Andrea Reply:

    I had put my wrong relation to Anne. She was an aunt and her daughter Eizabeth was a 15th cousin to my mother and her siblings. I need to get the copy of the file my Aunt has on our relation and I will know more. I know the family she is related to surname is Gregory. The Boelyn family is very interesting!

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  5. Tudor lover says:

    David – there is certainly Tudor blood. The entire English Royal family are related by blood to Henry VII through his daughter Margaret who married the King of Scotland.

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    David Tutor Reply:

    Im actualy a long relative of Margret Tudor. I found where the Tudor named changed to Tutor when a family member moved to the Americas.

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  6. Tina says:

    Related somehow. My grandmother received a letter years ago or it may of been my great grandmother in regards to the Boleyn Castle. The letter was asking if we wanted to pay the million dollar plus taxes owed on the property to keep it in our family, and stating that if not it was going to be turned into a tourist attraction. Of course the family didn’t have that kind of money, so it was than returned to state. Not sure who in the family has that letter, but hopefully one of these days I can track it down. Would be something cool to have, I guess it was real fancy. :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    forgive me if I am wrong but any property or possessions were dissolved by the state when she was executed?

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  7. I am related to Mary and Anne Boleyn.

    Anne is my 13th Great Grand Aunt,
    Mary is my 13th Great Grandmother.

    :)

    - Heather

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    SMWOOD Reply:

    Hello Heather, Mary is also my 13th g-grandmother :) As Mark Upton says below, perhaps Claire should organise a DNA research thingy.

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    Joan Reply:

    Me too! :-)

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    KMK Reply:

    MARY CATHERINE CAREY APPARENTLY HAS MANY DESCENDANTS – I TOO CLAIM HER AS A 13TH GREAT GRANDMOTHER. I DESCEND THROUGH ANNE KNOLLYS AND THOMAS WEST – HER DAUGHTER AND SON IN LAW. I READ A BOOK ONCE THAT STATED “EVERY PERSON ON EARTH IS RELATED TO EVERYONE ELSE ON EARTH, IF YOU GO BACK 50 GENERATIONS”

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    Marie Reply:

    Hello all Mary Boleyn Carey is also , my 13 Grandmother as well. I am from that same line KMk . Lol too funny.

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    Carolyn Reply:

    Mary Bolelyn is also my 13th Grandmother. I beIieve I am from the same line as you and KMK. My line is through Mary Catherine Carey & Sir francis Knollys…the name Agar is also present as well as Haughton. I just happened across this site. Thanks! Very Interesting

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    Hayley Young Reply:

    Wow! Snap! Mary is my 13th Great Grandmother and Anne my 13th Great Grand Aunt. Now here is the juicy gossip . . .Henry viii Tudor is thought by many to be the father of Mary’s son Henry. That’s the line I am descended through. If true then Henry VIII would be my 13th Great Grandfather! Illegitimate of course. Makes you wonder. Only proof would be DNA but can they actually prove paternity that far back from a current descendant?

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    jamie Graves Reply:

    My children are cousins through the Howards.

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    Tracey Farris Reply:

    I didn’t know there were so many of us. Mary is my 14th Great Grandmother. I totally agree about the DNA thing. I am an actual direct descendant to Mary through my father. We need to get together and discuss our royal lineage. Wow!

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    Claire Reply:

    You can use the forum at http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/forum/genealogyfamily-trees/ to discuss family trees and contact others. How wonderful!

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    Marie Reply:

    It’s wonderful Claire to see so many other relative’s/decendents from the exact same lines. Truly amazing. We need to see about forming some society , low key. The dysfuctional royal decendents society. Lol…we do have the Royal bloodlines and the genes might be a bit messed up but we are all here alive and well and to think how close it came to us not being here. Life is goooooood :D

    Rebecca Reply:

    Mary Boleyn is my 13th great grandmother too….cool hey!

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    Claire Reply:

    You all need to have a big family reunion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful? There must be so many Boleyn descendants around today with the amount of children that Henry and Catherine Carey had and then the size of families of their children. It’s staggering.

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  8. Judith says:

    I am related to Anne, Mary Is my 14th great grandmother.

    Judith

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    wd Reply:

    Anne boleyns aunt anne is my 14th great grand mother.and anne married henry heydon .and theres thomasine heydon she married a rogers.her daughter elizabeth married an eyres.

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    debra Reply:

    I have records from my cousin Ryan fink sent stating my grandfather was married to a Lillian HEYDON. Whos ancesters claim to be related to
    ANN Boleyn throughanns aunt ITstated that she married Henry

    Haydon who died in 1503. interesting,

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    Tracey Farris Reply:

    Hi Judith,

    Mary is also my 14th Great Grandmother. How are you are related?

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    Effy H. Reply:

    You people got lots of cousins flouting around.

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  9. Liz says:

    Sounds like everyone and their best friend has been told by someone so many generations before them was related to the Boleyns….what rubbish!

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    KMK Reply:

    THE BOLYN – HOWARD – TUDOR FAMILIES SEEM TO HAVE BOTH LEGITIMATE AS WELL AS ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN BORN INTO THEM. I AM NOT SURE HOW MANY CHILDREN THE HOWARD OR BULLEN GRANDPARENTS OF MARY, ANNE AND GEORGE HAD, BUT I AM PRETTY SURE NEITHER PARENTS OF THE BOLYN CHILDREN WERE “AN ONLY CHILD”. THERE WERE ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN BORN TO HENRY VIII. ACCORDING TO LETTERS WRITTEN BY THOSE CLOSE TO HIM, MARY BOLYN CAREY’S 1ST TWO CHILDREN WERE FATHERED BY HIM. MARY CARY WAS APPARENTLY FAVORED BY HENRY VIII, AS SHE WAS NOT BEHEADED WITH HER SIBLINGS, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS TALK THAT SHE WAS AT COURT AT THE TIME. HENRY VIII HAD A HISTORY OF BANISHING HIS FORMER MISTRESSES WHEN HE WAS THROUGH WITH THEM, BUT MARY AND HER DAUGHTER CATHERINE BOTH SERVED AT COURT AFTER THE AFFAIR – MARY SERVED HER SISTER AND CATHERINE SERVED SOMETIME AFTER SHE TURNED 11. HENRY VIII EVEN GAVE ONE OF HIS ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN A TITLE. THE LETTERS I REFERED TO ARE SEALED IN ENGLAND’S ARCHIVES – THEY WERE FOUND EARLIER IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND HAVE SINCE BEEN SEALED ACCORDING TO SOME HISTORIANS. HENRY CARY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED BY HENRY VIII, BUT WHY WOULD ANNE HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN HER NEPHEW IF HE WERE NOT HER HUSBAND’S CHILD? SHE WAS DESPERATELY TRYING TO GIVE HIM A LEGITIMATE HEIR, BUT WAS WILLING TO RAISE HENRY CARY AS HER OWN. I AM RELATED TO MARY CARY AND ALSO TO HER HUSBAND WILLIAM STAFFORD (INDIRECTLY). JUST AS SO MANY PEOPLE WANT A NATIVE AMERICAN IN THEIR BACKGROUND (I DO NOT HAVE SUCH LINEAGE), OTHERS WANT TO BE ROYAL ( I ONLY CLAIM A RELATIONSHIP TO MARY BOLYN CARY STAFFORD – NOT HENRY VIII) SOME GET THEIR WISH AND FIND NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTORS AND SOME DESCEND FROM LEGITIMATE (AND ILLEGITIMATE) ROYALTY AND MINOR TITLED ANCESTORS. IT IS ONLY RUBBISH IF YOU CLAIM SOMETHING WITH NO PROOF. MAYBE THERE IS A JEALOUS BONE IN YOUR BODY OR MAYBE YOU HAVE NOT DUG DEEP ENOUGH INTO YOUR OWN FAMILY.

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    Christine Reply:

    I agree I’m descended from King Henry 1 who had an illegitimate son by an unknown mistress, King Henry 11 who also had an illegitimate son by an Ida de Tosny, a noblewoman and King John who had a daughter before he was married, when I tell people some are interested and others not many, just say we could all be related to royalty but show no interest in researching their own family’s, it’s not very common to be related to royalty as one has to have connections an ancestor of mine married into the prominent Duncombe family whose descendants today are the Earls of Faversham their lineage can be traced back to the 12th century and they married into the noble family’s of the day, one of these was related to the medieval kings who I just mentioned and also to the Mowbrays a very ancient noble family from whom descend the Dukes Of Noffolk and are related to the infamous Boleyns!

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    Marie Reply:

    Lol Liz…. not all of us have had someone tell us we are decended of the Boleyns. It is what it is in my family. Actually I was mortified. It is not a regular topic of conversation among family members . Although I feel very lucky to know who my ancestors are and feel very gratful that miticulous family records have been kept. AS for our royal lines I could honestly have cared less. Although I find it interesting to talk with other decendents , to see where everyone has ended up. Kind of like a , message in a bottle. I think it’s purely rubbish to judge others and be bias . I think you should be proud of your predisesors . You can learn a lot from them.

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    Culpeper line Reply:

    I’m related through the Culpeper/Howard line. Its not rubbish. I’m one who does have Lots of Native American in me. My family I can trace back to my Spencer, Shepard, Culpeper etc. Keep in mind the royals married their own family so if you have royal blood we are ALL related

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    Marie Reply:

    Nicely said Culpeper. I’m am decended from those lines as well. You can’t help where you come from and I know for one I never looked for any royal lines. Being raised here in America the majority of us could care less. I just wanted to know who they were and where they came from. Whether they were a Cordwainer, merchant, royalty really didn’t make a difference to me.

    It is interesting though. So Liz….to slam people and feel the need to insert your opinion with a pundit is well plain, ill mannered.

    Culpeper …You probably know then about Leeds Castle. It stayed in the family for the longest time . I live about 10 min. Or so from Culpeper Virginia named after GreatGreat,,,, Granddad. They have a monument here /clock that keeps Leeds time and at Leeds Castle they have a sun dial clock that keeps Virginia time .Darn!! I wish we could have kept it in the family. It was to expensive to maintaine . It was sold later and came into possession by a Lady Baily . ; p

    Tracy Reply:

    I am very proud of my heritage and have researched it extensively. No I cannot speak for eveyone. Royal affairs were common, now Henry the VIIIs father was an only child due to his mother Margaert Beauforts age of 13 upon his birth she never had another,but Henry the VIIs wife Elizabeth was not an only child and her mother Elizabeth Woodville sat on the throne as well. We know Henry the VIII was not an only child and neither were his children obviously. Point royalty / noble lines extend through various people, ways, time periods. Now most people can no longer claim that noble right and thats okay.

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  10. cat says:

    It’s reallly not all rubbish. There are lots of Mary Boleyn’s descendants running around, and most don’t even know it. And they are on both sides of the pond. I’ve been researching my family history for a couple of years and have found that Mary is my 13th GGmother. The line has been researched and the connection is there. Mary’s granddaughter Anne Knolleys married Thomas West, who was Lord De La Ware and some of their children settled in the Williamsburg, Jamestown Virginia area. Martha Washington is also related to Mary.

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    Robin moot Reply:

    Thank you Cat! I am from the same line through the West family twice, I was 48 when I found out, no one in the family knew,,or cared,,LOL and Martha Washington is my 8th great aunt on my dad’s side and 9th great aunt on my mother’s side,,we are many :)

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  11. Bobby says:

    I was tracing my grandfather’s line on ancestry.com and found that General Robert Lewis (also ancestor to George Washington and Meriwether Lewis) is directly descended from Sir William Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s paternal grandfather.

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    Bobby Reply:

    I assure you, it was exciting to find all three of those names along a random branch of my grandfather’s ancestry. And from that point, the genealogy was already pieced together for me, which was really nice. :)

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    Cat Reply:

    I agree with you Bobby, once you research and find the lines to those names, at that point the trees are much better researched and the lines just fall in place! We are cousins, then, through the Boleyns. The question is how many cousins apart we are.

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  12. Arthur says:

    I am a descendent of Anne.

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  13. KaSandra Boleyn says:

    my grandmother has a family tree thats looks more that a 100 years old and on there its shows that when her and her brother got beheaded the king told the sister to leave and never to return so she took the kings baby girl because he wanted a boyand she couldnt give him one.so when she got beheaded her sister took the baby to america when they came to america they started a new life and we are related to them by that baby girl the daugter of the king

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    KaSandra Boleyn Reply:

    ill try to get picks up of the family tree we have but its very old and my grand mother just started to put us all on it to it has been handed down for somany years im suprised it still readable

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    Claire Reply:

    Hi KaSandra,
    Anne’s daughter stayed in England and became Queen Elizabeth I. English people didn’t start travelling to the US until the 17th century so way after Anne’s execution (1536). The first permanent settlement in the US was the colony at Jamestown which was set up in 1607 but it was in late 1620 that the Pilgrims travelled to the US on the Mayflower. Elizabeth was dead by then. Anne’s sister, Mary Boleyn, stayed in England. She was married to William Stafford and she died in 1543, so I’m sorry but your story just doesn’t seem to make sense.

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    Anne Reply:

    That is completely untrue. The Carey children stayed in England. As I remember, Catherine became a Lady in Waiting to Elizabeth I. Her daughter is buried at Westminster Abbey. None of them came over to the New World until Knollys married Thomas West, Lord de la Warr. He and his brothers, including Captain John West, went to Virginia in 1610 and thereafter, and became among the first governors of Virginia. Captian John West is my 11th grandfather, and this is what I have learned through research. What’s interesting to know is that many of my cousins married into the Sackville-West line, and they are still in England. Baron Sackville West lives in Knoll House in Kent, which is falling down. I was not aware of having so many cousins! Not sure how many are in the US.

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    Edward McMullen Reply:

    Ann, your research is the only truly accurate account on this site as it regards the Mary Boleyn descendency to the West’s of Virginia. This is through the knolleys and flows directly to Lord West, first Royal Governor of Virginia. My wife is directly descended in that line and there is clear documentation in the history of the West’s genealogical publication. Nice to see such well researched and documented account, cousin.

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    Sharon Hagler Reply:

    Edward and Anne,

    I have been doing some research on my West family line, Matthew West, b. ca 1595 in England. Matthew was from Doddridge, VA. In researching this line, I have seen various posts, genealogy that say this line is related to Lord West, first Royal Governor of Va. Are you able to assist me in pointing me to accurate information on my line?

    Thank you.

    Sharon Hagler

  14. mark upton says:

    Hi everyone,

    I’m from the Uptons of Upton Park, (Castle?) and Boleyn Ground. Been told I’m related to the Boleyns and Elizabeth I . Anybody up for a mitochonrial DNA check passed along Mary’s bloodline? Look forward to hearing from those of you who know for sure you are related to Mary.

    Mark

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    SMWOOD Reply:

    Hi Mark, I think it would be worth a go :) Trouble is even when, by some miracle, you have got back that far, the chances of it all being correct through thirteen generations …??!?!!??!?!

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    Cat Reply:

    Mark, the issue with mtDNA is that you need an all female line. You, as a male, wouldn’t have Mary’s mtDNA. Mother’s don’t pass it to their sons, only daughters. Likewise, Y-DNA is passed through the male line. As I mentioned in a message earlier, my line, through my maternal G-grandmother can be traced through the West’s to Mary. Unfortunately, there are intermixed generations of male and females inbetween. Is there an all femaile line in your family? That would be wonderful for some folks, I’m sure. Maybe there will be advances in DNA tests that will allow us to delve further into our DNA makeup and answer some of our questions.

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    GregB Reply:

    Cat–

    You are incorrect about Mark not having his mother’s mtDNA. He does. However, he will not pass it down to any of his progeny. All of his children will have their mother’s mt DNA.

    Every human has mt DNA in each of their cells. Every human person got this entirely from their mother. Mark has his mother’s mtDNA, as mentioned. However, going backwards, you are correct— he would need an unbroken female line back to the Mary Boleyn.

    -Greg

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    Marie Reply:

    I would love to take that test, but my decent is through my Mothers , Fathers line. His Grandmother Aggie West. Her Great Grandfather , Lord del a warr West. ( Thomas) However I have come to understand there is a genetic test that can be taken and it’s strictly for males. Comparing DNA of Henry the 8th . I’m going to make my brother take it , or try anyway. I need to do further research on it. I think it would be interesting. :p

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    Dee Reply:

    The tests for genetics are usually the female mtDNA as described above by Greg where a direct female line can be traced back as Greg described above each mother gives her mtDNA to all her children, but male children do not pass it to their children. So mtDNA is traced back though the unbroken female line only.

    Likewise for the male lines the genetic line that follows down is through the Y chromosome which is passed from father to son in an unbroken line.

    If in either case the line of genetic link to the person of interest is broken then the genetics this far down won’t help.

    e.g.

    Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
    Mary Boleyn Henry 8 Mary Boleyn

    Good (mtDNA) Good (Y chromosome) Bad

    GGG Grandmother (MB) GGG Grandfather (H8) GGG Grandmother (MB)
    | | |
    MB mtDNA H8 Y chromosome MB MtDNA
    GG Grandmother GG Grandfather GG Grandmother
    | | |
    MB mtDNA H8 Y chromosome MB mtDNA
    G Grandmother G Grandfather G Grandfather
    | | |
    MB mtDNA H8 Y chromosome GGrandmothers MtDNA
    Grandmother Grandfather Grandfather
    | | |
    MB mtDNA H8 Y chromosome Grandmothers mtDNA
    Mother Father Mother
    | | |
    MB mtDNA H8 Y chromosome Grandmothers mtDNA
    You either gender You Male only You either gender

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    Dee Reply:

    Don’t you hate it when it looks different published to how you typed it

    Try this

    Good
    mtDNA
    Mary Boleyn Female Line

    GGG Grandmother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    GG Grandmother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    G Grandmother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    Grandmother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    Mother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    You either gender

    Good
    Y chromosome
    Henry 8 Male Line

    GGG Grandfather (H8)
    |
    H8 Y chromosome
    GG Grandfather
    |
    H8 Y chromosome
    G Grandfather
    |
    H8 Y chromosome
    Grandfather
    |
    H8 Y chromosome
    Father
    |
    H8 Y chromosome
    You Male only

    Bad
    Mary Boleyn Descendant
    Broken genetic line (same idea for H8 if a new Y chromosome is introduced)

    GGG Grandmother (MB)
    |
    MB MtDNA
    GG Grandmother
    |
    MB mtDNA
    G Grandfather married G Grandmother
    |
    GGrandmothers MtDNA
    Grandfather married Grandmother
    |
    Grandmothers mtDNA
    Mother
    |
    Grandmothers mtDNA
    You either gender

  15. carrie says:

    i love the ironic nature of annes imortality her bloodline has prevailed while king henrys got diluted. serves him right for unjustly beheading her

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    Marie Reply:

    It’s great isn’t Carrie? I thought so as well. :)

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  16. carrie says:

    also i would like to add;and wrap ur mind around the fact that one day when prince william takes the throne through his mothers liniage boleyne blood would rule england. henry the eighth was determined to secure a defined blood linebut actualy anne and mary boleyne wow just wow!

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    Cat Reply:

    I agree carrier, it’s a wonderfully ironic fact!

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    Cat Reply:

    Oops! Meant Carrie.

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    PHS Reply:

    Don’t forget that Elizabeth II is a descendant of Mary Boleyn through her mother, so technically a Boleyn is currently on the throne!

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    HRH Princess Fatima Reply:

    That is interesting I never knew that and i thought that i knew all the royals and and most of their ancestors. I am just love history and i have a long ancestor line myself, I am 7th in line to the throne of my tribe in Yemen I am a descendant of The Sheikh of the Al Shami Clan in Yemen he is my grandfather and i am currently 5th in line after my sisters and brothers.

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    HRH Princess Fatima Reply:

    ,i’m sorry why did i write 7th then 5th i am 5th and i am also the youngest

    Dee Reply:

    The Tudor bloodline did survive too including into the current royals. Henry VIII had two sisters –

    Margaret who married 3x including to the King of Scotland and had 7 children. She was the G Grandmother of James I of England. Her line links through to the current Queen.

    Mary married 2x including to the King of France. She had three children and their descendants married into the Greys, Seymours & Stanleys.

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  17. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a direct descendant of Mary Boelyn..She is my 15th Grandmother through her son Henry’s lineage (likely Tudor.) I have the direct line without question leading to me through my old New England family. We’re also in the old line of Saxon Kings, Royals of France, other countries and Mayflower descendants. In America what I just wrote sounds like I believe in fairytales and unicorns…Actually, it’s documented, true and comprise who I am. I would not be here without the existence of Mary Boelyn. Also, it is said that Henry likely was in the Kell antigen blood group..and that explains the multiple deaths of his babies through disorders like trisomy..I should know I can empathize with what must have been his plight..I wish he could be exhumed so we could get a DNA sample for proof of his line through his messed up blood/DNA issues..The diluted gene pool that exists now even if “officially” royal would not be conclusive. I’m in the Boelyn/ (Tudor)Carey/Morgan/Howard/Scott lines etc..My line is loaded with revolutionaries, military leaders, financiers, physicians..and of course party girls..lol.

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    carrie Reply:

    you are so lucky to have boleyne blood i started reading biographies about them when i was young later on in my life i found out i was related to the prime minister of romania sur name groza . i don’t know why i enjoy history i just do

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    Cat Reply:

    Elizabeth, we are cousins! My familial lines also, through the Boleyns, include the Careys and Howards, along with several other prominent families. I would love to hear from you. My email is catwhitten@yahoo.com.

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    Marie Reply:

    Hi Cat and Elizabeth. Wow! :) Dido here as for the Howard’s, Boleyn,s and Carey’s. I’m here in Northern Virginia. I think it would be very interesting to compare notes and to see where we connect as far as cousins. 3rd 4th, and so on. I had a cousin of ours contact me across the pond a few months back as she was in shock when she found out I was in America. Anyway she was inquiring about Great, Grandfather Lord Del a warr as to where he was buried. Since then , as Jamestown is only a abt an hour in a half away , my husband and myself made a day trip out of it. Now I have to get back to her and let her know the info. You never know who you will end up chatting with. :)

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    Angela Reply:

    I live in Indiana. I know about Leeds Castle. I love my family. There is a sitecalled culpepper daughters and gives you the full lineage of the bolyns etc

    Kim Valencia Reply:

    I too am a direct descendant of Mary Boleyn she is my 14 Great Grandmother and her daughter Mary Catherine Carey, I’m also related to almost every other royal family in Europe, I guess Kings and Queens wanted their offspring married into other Royal families.

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    Christine Willmott Reply:

    Hi according to one of our most notable historians Mary Boleyns daughter Catherine Carey was Henry VIIIs natural daughter but there will never be conclusive proof unless a DNA match is taken on any of her descendants, I am a cousin of Anne and Mary Boleyn on both their mother and fathers sides, tho I don’t know how many times removed, it is true that if you have royal blood in you than were all related as they did indeed marry their relations, trying to keep the blood pure when in fact all it did was weaken the children and cause a lot of diseases, I’m descended from three kings of England all from different mistresses and it certainly does cause confusion, regards Christine.

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  18. margaret says:

    why oh why cant scientists do something to trace back ancestry ,why cant they exhume henry viii ,what permission is needed and from whom to do this ,also henry could have had many offspring that no one knows about ,like for instance when he was a young man im sure he bedded many a maid back then .

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    PHS Reply:

    It’s speculated that he even bedded a laundry maid at one point and sired an illegitimate child with her… not sure how true that is, but still a point of interest

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    Christine Willmott Reply:

    Only the Queen off England can give permission to exhume Henry VIII and it’s not really in anyone’s interests to do so, his three legitimate children all suffered ill health and Elizabeth lived the longest yet she was only seventy when she died, and his one acknowledged bastard Henry Fitzroy died young and childless. Henry was also said to have had a bastard daughter but her mother was a commoner so hardly anything is known of her, the fact that all of his offspring appear to have been rather sickly is a strong argument for Henry not having any living descendants but if Catherine Carey was then there are his descendants around today but it will never be proved unfortunately, it’s a nice fantasy for those of you who are related to Catherine however.

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  19. reenak says:

    search american whitepages u find a lot of Boleyn’s in kentucky

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    Marie Reply:

    Spot on Reenak!! I am descended through the “West” Family descended from Lord Delawarr West (Thomas) side. That ended up settling thete after the revelutionary war. My direct line of decent stayed Loyal to England as they had very strong ties.

    After the war they moved as ” it was not a popular decision among the rest of the Colonials” . You could tuck tale and go back to England or go to the Great White North (Canada) or you were given a land grant by King George to move further west into new territory. That is what they did.I was scratching my head thinking, why Kentucky of all places, seriously ! Kentucky was considered part of Virgina. Staying Loyal to the Crown came with a hefty price.

    Other family members were staunch Patriots as George Washington, Jefferson , Lewis etc.

    I don’t know so much about Boleyns being in Kentucky myself ..the Surename but the family and a good portion that remained here in the United States that stayed Loyal ended up in those territories a long time ago, which makes sence. Now we are all spread out , but don’t be suprised if you see Kentucky and a lot of Cousins in Canada lol ;)

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  20. Mark Upton says:

    Thanks to all for replies. They are correct, my mtDNA is Swedish not English, through my Mother’s Mother’s line…oops. However, the X Chromosome is form Mum and half of my Autosomal chromosomes. Even so, any DNA I may share from the Boleyn family would be diluted by 32,000 – 128,000, do the math. Please excuse my error. I did get back to Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, but there are no complete Boleyn family trees online and everything about Upton Park and Boleyn Ground is a mystery before 1800. One citation said Uptons, (people not places), were listed at the location in the Domesday Book(s). I’m afraid what I’m looking for may have been lost in the Great London Fire 1666. Henry is still with us, ghoulish as it may sound, his coffin was damaged when Charles I ‘s casket was placed next to his. In 1833, an accident opened the tomb, and upon repair, experts said they could see Henry, red hair on his chin and all, articles from examiners and experts called to the scene are online.

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  21. Mark Upton says:

    Another clarification: The tomb of Henry VIII was opened in a construction/remodel accident of 1813, not 1833. Dr. Sir Henry Halford, Duke of Cumberland, Count Munster,(not a breakfast cereal), B.C. Stevenson and the Dean of Windsor were called for formal and dignified examination. Dr. Halford’s paper is online. Three small items remained with Dr. Halford, again, an accident, and were returned to the coffin of Charles I by the Prince of Wales under instructions by Queen Victoria in 1888. I doubt the Royal Family would submit for any DNA samples on their ancestors, just so average folk can “know”.
    If those claiming relation to the Boleyns have tests done, it would be nice to know if results are Avail. to compare, say on a database under controlled medical and privacy guidelines. The “Boleyn family DNA Project”? Also, if anyone with the resources can untangle the Alice in Wonderland – like story of Upton Park/Boleyn Ground, some facts would probably be appreciated by all. Thank you.

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  22. Mark Upton says:

    By the way, Cat and Liz, there’s an Upton way back who changed his name to Howard in order to be closer to his wife’s line, Peerage first, I guess. The Gr. Gr. Grandfather of Oliver Cromwell, also changed his name from Williams, to be closer to the family of his wife Katherine, who’s Brother was Thomas Cromwell, Chief Administrator to Henry VIII. Not everyone with a name is related by blood. I’m sure your family trees have been checked for that stuff.

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  23. Mark Upton says:

    Oh, and Cat, don’t worry about intermixing. The critical thing is sequences and gene spacing. If they find a sequence in a Boleyn that is “highly conserved”, e.g. cytochrome C, the match to Anne, Mary, their parents, grandparents, etc… will be unmistakable.

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  24. Mark Upton says:

    Hello? Where is everyone? Maybe they went to Mars or are at a meeting of PAGAN…People Against Goodness And Normalcy .
    Dear Elizabeth and Cat, on p.112 of my big Upton family history book, I’ve got an Upton with an impossibly long name, married to Mary Howard about 1809, she is neice of Thomas Howard, XIV Earl of Suffolk. Does this put Boleyn DNA in my family even without a direct link to Mary/Anne’s family? Fulke Greville Upton is the guy who changed his name to Howard.

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  25. Mark Upton says:

    When someone gets back to this corner of the Q/A, please direct me to where everyone has gone on the website.

    Thanks, Mark

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    Claire Reply:

    Mark, the Q&A section is just for someone to ask me a question, discussions tend to happen on articles and in the forum – http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/forum/

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  26. Charles Henry Sanderson says:

    Add my name to the list. I’m related to Anne Boleyn. Who knew!?

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  27. My brother-in-law was related to Henry Ford. Does that count?

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  28. John Hardy Thompson says:

    My 16th great grandmother is Lady Mary Katherine Cary who is most likely the illegitimate child of Henry VIII. Just did the whole family tree and was pretty suprized to see this….but either way I guess that makes Anne Boleyn my 16th great aunt…

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  29. Sue Peterson says:

    Mary Boleyn is also my !4th great-grandma, through her daughter Catherine and granddaughter Anne Knollys-West! When I first discovered it, I thought “No way!”, tossed the whole line and started over…well, it re-appeared. so I have since delved deeper, checked and rechecked. It’s true and I am still amazed, if only because I have been fascinated with Mary’s history for 28 years, only to learn I was descended from her!!

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  30. Coral says:

    It has long been rumored in my family that we are descended from “the” Howard’s. My grandfather was a Howard. I have done extensive research into my family tree but am unable to reliably search back any further than the 1700′s. How would I be able to confirm a link to my possible infamous ancestors?

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    Stella Reply:

    I’m descended from the Howards, proved by DNA. I have all the info. I can email you it if you don’t have a full ancestry account. I’ve got it back to 900AD and the Vikings.

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    R. Howard Reply:

    Dear Stella, It appears I am a patrilineal male descendant of a Howard line in the US. Although I’ve come across some “gaps” and potential inaccuracies in the historical data from England. A family heirloom we hold makes much more sense after looking at the “Dukes of Norfolk Family Tree”; and at the same time raises interesting questions of potential historical significance. The genealogy information I have traces back to the ship “Hercules” leaving England in 1634. It would be great to exchange data to verify the accuracy of my records and document the tree further. Thank you, RH

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  31. Wanda Barefoot says:

    I am the 19th great granddaughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn and Ann Hoo. My 18th Great grandmother Anne Boleyn who married Henry Heydon is Queen Consort Anne Boleyn’s great aunt making Anne Boleyn (queen) the great granddaughter of my 19th Great grandparents. Also my 16th Great grandfather Robert “of Stonehouse” Mildmay 1365-1392 is also HRH Prince Charles’ 16th grandfather as well.

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    Helen Hayden Reply:

    Hi Im Helen Hayden Anne Boleyn and Sir Henry Heydon, Knight of Baconsthorpes 19th gr grand daughter, Hello relatives (lol) from NSW AUstralia

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  32. Eric Neeby says:

    My great-grandfather is a Cary and I have seen my lineage all the way back to the 1730s but not all the way to the 1500s. My great-grandfather’s middle names were Everett and Falkland and his father’s was Lucious so there are definitely some Viscount Falkland references in there too! My cousin is currently taking genealogy classes and is hoping to dig deeper via Anglican church of England. Excited to hear more!

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  33. JADE says:

    There is probably a lot more Tudor and Boleyn blood out there than we perhaps imagined, If we take in to account the many illegitimate children that were sired by the elite class. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing who these descendants are. I suspect there is a fair amount of Henry the eights diluted blood still running through veins!

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  34. Marilu says:

    There are people with the last name Boelyn on Curacao.Maybe they are related to the Boelyns.During the 19th century, Curacao was a British colony.

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  35. Danielle says:

    The closest I’ve gotten to the bloodline makes me a descendant of Anne Hoo, Anne’s great-grandmother. Makes me proud though! :)

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    weaversouth Reply:

    me, too..wonder what degree of cousin that makes us?

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  36. I am not related to ANY royalty that I know of. I can only hope & pray that I’m not descended from Jack the Ripper or some awful person like that!!!!

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  37. Alicia says:

    Hey Marie! We are related–so now I guess I will call you CUZ–cuz I can!!! LOL

    Lady Mary Boleyn is my 13 great grandmother, via Lady Mary Katherine Cary is my 12th great grandmother and great grandfather-Sir Francis Knollys–11th great grandmother Anne Knollys Baroness of Delaware and great grandfather-Thomas 2Nd Lord De La Warr West. 10th Great grandmother Lady Anne Percy and great grandfather Governor John West via my grandmother who is a Claiborne. I recently checked all the records and dated them all back to Sir Knight of the Garter THOMAS 1st Earl of Wiltshire Viscount of Rochford BOLEYN and he was the father of Queen Ann Boleyn of England and of course her sister Lady Mary Boleyn is my 13 great grandmother which makes Queen Ann Boleyn my 13 great aunt! This is so awesome. Additionally; I guess that make Queen Elizabeth I my 13th great cousin! It’s really incredible to find all this out from our family history. Love it.

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  38. Robert Findley says:

    My supposed ancestor was Macbeth Macfinley Kings of Scots not king of Scotland as in Scots law the king is only of the people not the land

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  39. Deeperpurple says:

    *Lady Mary Boleyn Carey (1504 – 1534)
    8th great grandmother of husband of 2nd cousin 4x removed
    *Lady Mary (Katherine Mary), Lady of Bedchamber Carey (1524 – 1568)
    Daughter of *Lady Mary Boleyn
    *Lady Anne Knollys (1553 – 1608)
    Daughter of *Lady Mary (Katherine Mary), Lady of Bedchamber
    *Robert (Thomas Robert Governor of Virginia) West (1590 – 1659)
    Son of *Lady Anne
    *Thomas West (1617 – )
    Son of *Robert (Thomas Robert Governor of Virginia)
    *Robert West (1662 – )
    Son of *Thomas
    *John West (1695 – 1774)
    Son of *Robert
    *Matthew West (1733 – 1801)
    Son of *John
    *John West (1764 – 1838)
    Son of *Matthew
    *Alice West (1804 – 1872)
    Daughter of *John
    *Richard Holtom (1855 – 1898)
    Son of *Alice
    Rebecca Williamson (1858 – 1933)
    Wife of *Richard
    Sarah Ann Owen (1827 – )
    Mother of Rebecca
    Samuel Owen (1790 – 1882)
    Father of Sarah Ann
    William Owen (1736 – )
    Father of Samuel
    Elizabeth Owen (1777 – )
    Daughter of William
    Sarah Judd (1809 – 1891)
    Daughter of Elizabeth
    Samuel Bourton Huggins (1840 – 1881)
    Son of Sarah
    Charles Edward Huggins (1873 – 1941)
    Son of Samuel Bourton
    Beatrice Huggins (1894 – )
    Daughter of Charles Edward
    William Charles Edward Bateman (1914 – 1999)
    Son of Beatrice
    Margaret Lavinia Bateman

    MY FAMILY LINE

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    Lynn ivins Reply:

    I have several Owen in my bloodline that hailed from England. My father always said that any Owen, no s, was related to us. I wonder if there is a connection here.

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  40. mjoderkin says:

    I now have over 7,500 ancestors listed for my husband’s maternal grandmother’s line which goes through Edmund Towne who older sister Rebecca (Towne) Nurse was hung in the Salem witch trials and that name continues back into the Sir Thomas Boleyn line etc. My maternal grandmother’s line goes through Rev. Steven Bachiler (thought to have inspired the “Scarlet Letter” story and also the Wingate line that leads to Henry VII then on back ito Charlemagne Between our lines we also have Alfred the Great , William the Conqueror, Otto the Great, Vikings, Kings of Scotland, France, Franks, etc etc etc.
    Yes, by God’s grace I want to write a book this next year, so please encourage me to do it!! :)

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    Shauna Reply:

    I have all the same ancesters as You and your hubby….Edmond Towne is my 10 grand father…check out my family tree on ancestry.com. I’m cwalker8179 on there,my name is Shauna Walker..maiden name is henry. Come check it out,and I hope You get to write your book and its successful.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    there doesn’t seem to be a way to search you on ancestry.com…how about a link to your tree?

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    YES< do it!!! We have an "Anne Boleyn" dangling off our tree, but, she is a first, or second, cousin of the tragic Anne.

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  41. Bruce says:

    My Mother recently handed me a book sized family tree from my Father’s Mothers side of the family. Most of it begins in the State of Maine, but does go back to Sir William Boyeln.
    I am still trying to decipher the line down to my Grandmother from the Boyeln’s.

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  42. Angela says:

    Mary Boleyn was my 12th great grandmother. I just found that out last year.

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  43. Steven says:

    My paternal lineage seems to trace back to a 1st cousin of Queen Anne Boleyn named Dorothy Heydon who was the daughter of Elizabeth Ann Boleyn and Sir Henry Heydon. Elizabeth Ann Boleyn, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn and Lady Ann Hood, was the sister of Sir Thomas Boleyn who fathered Queen Anne.

    Granted, I’m not 100% sure, but it does look that way from what I’ve seen. One of these days I’m going to have a professional track down everything myself just to be sure.

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    Steven Reply:

    I just recently traced another section of my family back through Staffords and found Mary Boleyn with William Stafford. That would mean that I am related to the Boleyn family twice through the generations.

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  44. Jeremy says:

    Queen Ann Boleyn’s sister, Lady Mary Boleyn is my 14th great-grandmother. Catherine “Lady Knollys” Carey is my 13th great-grand mother. I find the history of her position within Queen Elizabeth I’s court very interesting as the two were definitely 1st cousins, and likely spent more time together than anyone else. There is always the remote possibility that they were not only cousins but half-sisters as, Lady Catherine was the one of Lady Mary Boleyn’s children who was the most likely to be born within the span of time when Lady Mary Boleyn was mistress to King Henry VIII. This is interesting, at least to speculate about.
    Elizabeth I’s favoring Lady Knollys at court could be reflective their relationship being more than 1st cousins without Catherine’s ever having had a need to attempt a claim the royal line. Then again, maybe not. Another relative who could have put Catholic England back into power was put to death when Elizabeth I signed her death warrant although did not give permission until she was consulted. She was never consulted, but that warrant was carried out. I and several others on this blog could owe our existence to the comfortable arrangement of Lady Knollys position at Elizabeth I’s court. Fourteen of her children and 13 generations later, here I am. And also, perhaps, here are you.

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    Beth Ann Griffin Reply:

    Mary Boleyn (1487 – 1512)
    is your 11th great grandmother
    Sir Henry Carey **1st Baron of Hunsdon; Order of Garter (1525 – 1596)
    son of Mary Boleyn
    Sir John Carey, 3rd Baron Hunsdon (1556 – 1617)
    son of Sir Henry Carey **1st Baron of Hunsdon; Order of Garter
    Sir John Carey ******1st Earl of Dover; Lord Mayor Bristol; Knight; (1583 – 1666)
    son of Sir John Carey, 3rd Baron Hunsdon
    Ann Carey (1697 – 1729)
    daughter of Sir John Carey ******1st Earl of Dover; Lord Mayor Bristol; Knight;
    Sarah Judith Giles (1711 – 1759)
    daughter of Ann Carey
    Joseph Bybee 1749 VA (1749 – )
    son of Sarah Judith Giles
    Melanee Bybee (1790 – 1850)
    daughter of Joseph Bybee 1749 VA
    Andrew Jackson Priddy (1822 – 1876)
    son of Melanee Bybee
    James Thomas Priddy (1851 – 1931)
    son of Andrew Jackson Priddy
    William Henry Priddy (1885 – 1953)
    son of James Thomas Priddy
    Floyd Priddy (1907 – )
    son of William Henry Priddy
    Floyd is my Grandpa

    bgriffin3@liberty.edu

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  45. georgina says:

    my friend claims to be related to Anne Boleyn although I do not really believe her

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  46. Charlene says:

    If you have any English ancestry at all, you’re likely descended from King John.

    If you have any Northern French or German blood at all, you’re likely descended from Charlemagne.

    Ukrainian or Russian? You’ve got Genghis Khan in your family tree.

    Mediterranean? The blood of the ancient Kings of Rome flows through your veins.

    Of course, most of it is plain everyday peasant blood…even for the highest among us.

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    Shauna Reply:

    I descend from every royal bloodline,because of my cheevers,and powell bloodlines. Including the ones of today,and yes I’m related to all those You mentioned. I’m on ancestry.com my name is cwalker8179. Your more them welcome to check it out. I have documents,bios,pics..etc. Shauna walker

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  47. stella says:

    Catherine Parr is our 11th great Grandmother! would love to get in contact with family.

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  48. Shauna says:

    Edmond Towne is my 10th grand father, my aunts were accused of being witches in the salem trials,and were hung,all but 1. Sarah,they made a movie and play based on them…7 soverigns for sister sarah. I’m on ancestry.com my name is cwalker8179 on there. Your welcome to look,I have records,pics etc. Yes I was born and raised in boston,ma.

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  49. charlotte corday says:

    I would not be so proud to be related to the whore who ruined Christiandom in England and helped bring about the fraction of the Church. If any of you are Catholic please pray for the soul of Good Queen Catherine and Queen Mary I. Your relative was as disgusting and arrogant as Camilla. Because of her evil Catherine and Mary were separated with Catherine’s dying wish to see her daughter. Please understand how much damage your revered ancestor truly did.

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    Shauna Reply:

    Well I’m sorry You feel that way hun,and You have the right to your opinion no doubt. But I am proud of where I come from,their part of me and without them I wouldn’t be here so I’m sorry to say I don’t feel the way You do. But I do understand.

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    Hayley Young Reply:

    woah course language there. Neither of the Boleyns were such a thing. They both did their King’s bidding, as was the tradition of the time. Mary was an adulteress purely because she was pushed into it, Anne married Henry because she was persuaded it was advantageous for the family. Mary at least had the good sense not to marry Henry, or she would have had her head chopped off too!

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    Shauna Reply:

    Well said hayley, I’m offended really with this woman. I understand people have their opinions,but they should gets facts to go along with those opinions.

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    Shauna Reply:

    Oh and to answer your question about the dna…if You go on ancestry.com they offer the test, for $99 and yes it goes that far back. Your more then welcome to check out my family tree hun..its cwalker8179, my names Shauna Walker.. or maiden name Henry. Hope to hear from You soon.

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    hayley young Reply:

    Hi Shaina, ancestry said that the dna analysis is only available in the US. I am in New Zealand. So Anne and Mary made it to the other side of the world. I am on ancestry, will add you tomorrow. I am hayleyjaneyoung on there. I have gone back to 1066 on one side with the venables family. And the Bolyns are direct descendants of mine through my maternal grandfather’s side. I also have Darwin, and the Wedgwoods in my tree. But then so do you most probably. They are all connected to Mary.

    Caroline Wild Reply:

    Charlotte Corday, your post just made me laugh out loud! At that time women were pawns in the games of the men. Don’t spout rubbish in the name of Catholicism. You know nothing of what the poor woman went through to keep her family happy. I am sure anyone who has commented on this post has equal sympathy for Catherine of Aragon, Mary and Elizabeth who also went through hell before becoming queen. All of the women connected in anyway to Henry Viii were victims. And why on earth would you choose a lovely interesting ‘chat’ like this to condemn not only the royals of the past but also Camilla? Write a book if you feel that strongly and allow these nice people their pride in their heritage.

    Read more: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/q-a/are-there-any-surviving-relatives-of-anne-boleyn-today-or-has-her-bloodline-ended-rich-jones/#ixzz2V3ZQmsxK

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    weaversouth Reply:

    this really should be removed. It has nothing to do with the conversation and is just some self-righteous bigot venting her fanaticism, Whoever runs this forum, can you PLEASE remove it?

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    Claire Reply:

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and that’s exactly how Eustace Chapuys thought of Anne as well, unfortunately.

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    secret Reply:

    charlotte Corday you wasn’t there and you wasn’t present to judge anne Boleyn i detest small minded people like yourself if you haven’t got anything nice to say then hold your tongue also if you believe anne Boleyn to be a whore and you hate her with this passion why on earth are you commenting on this page grrrrrrrr

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    secret Reply:

    CHARLOTTE CORDAY you wasn’t there or present at the time so to judge anne Boleyn is outrageous and frankly if you hate her with such a passion that causes you to call her a whore why on earth are you on this website either hold your vicious tongue or say nothing unless it is appropriate ,i wish you knew who i was but i wont give you the privilege all people like you do is blame anne never henry or do you also believe anne bewitched henry as you seem small minded like people back then was gullible fools

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  50. Shauna says:

    I have an ancestry account,but whateva You wanna do. I think that’s awesome you’ve gone that far back. What’s your name on there?

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  51. Shauna says:

    Hayley…just email me… ceecee122279@hotmail.com. I put You In but its saying there’s no member. Its a pain. Just email me whenever You want we’ll chat. Talk to u soon.

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  52. Tracy says:

    I am also a descendan of Thomas West, Baron De La Warr, I did a family history.report in high school. My family still carries the West last name. I am so interested in history. Who I am, my family,, our history as a whole.

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    Marian Reply:

    Hi Tracy,

    I am also a descendant of Thomas West (and John West and Unity Croshaw).

    Nice to meet you.

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    Lisa Hamilton Reply:

    Hi Tracy and Marian,

    I stumbled across this thread. I too am a direct descendant of John West and Unity Croshaw. Is there any documentation of the Boleyn link or Thomas West, Baron De La Warr with the descendants of John West? I’ve been searching via Ancestry.com and it’s hard to verify. Any additional sources you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Best,
    Lisa

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    allan Reply:

    Hi Lisa
    Try milesfiles 13.5 in your browser box then look for your surname it might pick up the wests and so forth, also try sir george yeardley and temperence flowerdew they appear to be the grand parents of unity croshaw temperence married francis west after george died and francis west was the son of anne knollys.
    Regards Allan

    Lisa Hamilton Reply:

    Hi Allan,

    Thank you so much for your response. The information you provided was very helpful and I was able to almost immediately establish a direct connection.

    Much appreciated!
    Lisa

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    allan Reply:

    Hi Lisa,
    Glad I was able to help my own relatives are also trying to establish a connection with mary boleyn via george and temperence yeardley hope you make a breakthrough I think most of the clues regarding the wests and anne knollys derive from jamestown good luck bye.
    Allan.

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    allan eardley Reply:

    Hi Lisa,
    Try this in your browser box “thomas west 3rd baron de la warrs family tree” it might help.
    Allan

    allan eardley Reply:

    Lisa
    Try, ” our family tree” in your browser box then when the page comes up click on “Genealogy & Collaboration our family tree” it might be of interest to you just type in west its a good lead tra.
    Allan.

    Lisa Hamilton Reply:

    Thank you, Allan, for these additional resources! I will definitely look into this further.
    You are very thoughtful. I really appreciate it and hope your research is going well.

    Best,
    Lisa

  53. Lynn says:

    I am a 17th great granddaughter of Anne Boleyn.

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    Claire Reply:

    How? Anne only had a daughter, Elizabeth, and she died childless. Some people believe that Elizabeth had illegitimate children, but there’s no evidence. Perhaps you’re a 17th great niece? Are you descended from the Careys?

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  54. Caroline Wild says:

    Charlotte Corday, your post just made me laugh out loud! At that time women were pawns in the games of the men. Don’t spout rubbish in the name of Catholicism. You know nothing of what the poor woman went through to keep her family happy. I am sure anyone who has commented on this post has equal sympathy for Catherine of Aragon, Mary and Elizabeth who also went through hell before becoming queen. All of the women connected in anyway to Henry Viii were victims. And why on earth would you choose a lovely interesting ‘chat’ like this to condemn not only the royals of the past but also Camilla? Write a book if you feel that strongly and allow these nice people their pride in their heritage.

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  55. Angela Carnes says:

    I had my DNA tests and My mtDNA is a T2 just like Anne, Queen Elizabeth and Katherine Howards. I am related to them through Joyce Culpeper.

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    Robin Smoot Reply:

    I had my DNA tested also, I am T2b6,,andone who falls under T is related to all of the European Royal families. I used 23andme.com

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    Robin Smoot Reply:

    I had my DNA tested also, I am T2b6,,anyone who falls under T is related to all of the European Royal families. I used 23andme.com

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  56. Catherine says:

    I’d just like to say DNA tests are not legit. Scientists have said u have more chance of finding who your ancestors are by rummaging through your lofts, than to be ripped off for a meaningless DNA test that holds no scientific evidence. Not my words, they are words of ppl in the know. I guess u people are all American? Well I honestly don’t believe there are that many people related to the Bolyn/Tudor line, not even here in England & Especially not in America. Its a nice thought to be related to some historical royality, but chances are its not the case. In any case why are u guys so eager to be related to English people? I thought you all thought we had bad, yellow teeth or so the media always says lol.

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    Natasha Reply:

    Actually, although DNA tests can be unreliable for some things, mtDNA passes down virtually unchanged through the maternal line. Therefore, it is possible to establish relation to someone through mtDNA. However, if establishing descent as far back as Anne Boleyn with mtDNA it would be very difficult to say how you were related to her, only that you are you are related to her. And apparently nearly half of the people in Britain are descended from British royalty. Basically, if you lived long enough ago and had enough kids, the reach of your descendants spread pretty far.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    LOL..I once looked at Prince Charles’ EXHAUSTIVE ancestry compiled by some obsessive-compulsive in the College of Arms (or whatever..it’s in the NY Public Library geneaology collection, if anybody wants to look). Anyway, get back far enough, and he’s related to almost EVERYBODY in his part of the world…and then some.

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  57. Catherine says:

    *Boleyn

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  58. david boyle says:

    i was advised by lough genealogy that some peoplle suggest a link between Boleyn family and the Boyle name.Is there any evidence to support this view.
    David

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  59. GARY EVERSON says:

    I have been doing research for yers of the family of HORACE NAPOLEAN GIBSON BORN NOV. 20TH 1893 \ ST. PAUL MN. Part of the Buchanan branch of Ireland . They have always heard that they were related to Anne Boleyn do you have any records that would show that. Thank You

    Gary l. Everson

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  60. Natasha says:

    Concerning mtDNA, I should add that if you were related to Anne Boleyn through a continuation of the maternal line, i.e. Mary Boleyn, through to her daughter, then her daughter, etc., etc., the mtDNA, if you were able to get a sample, would be pretty much the same. Through this method you would not be able to identify exactly how you were related to someone. It’s all pretty interesting though.

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  61. Lucy says:

    I’m Anne boleyns distant family not joking

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  62. Lucy says:

    I don’t know how, but I checked out my family tree a d she’s on it

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  63. Anna says:

    My grandmother is a long distant cousin to Queen Elizabeth , Which i think is awesome we have paperwork on it

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  64. Susan says:

    Hello–

    I came upon an interesting article about Kate Middleton and how she and William are both descendants of Mary Boelyn Carey (maybe Hnery VIII?)

    My father is descended from Carries from Arbroath, Scotland and I am wondering if he may have any connection to the Boelyn Careys?

    It’s unlikely but thought I’d ask…

    I’m descended from Percival Lowell in the U.S. who is documented to be descended from Edward III so now I’m thoroughly interested in British history.

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  65. SJ says:

    Hi everyone
    I’m from Australia and what has brought me to this site is my very preliminary research (well, not really proper research – just digging around) into my own family history. I am a direct descendent (from my great-grandmother) from the du Moulins(my du Moulin ancestor came to Australia as a medical doctor with his family way back in the 1800s). One direct distant ancestor was a Philipe Du Molin Seigneur of Brie and cup-bearer to Francois 1 and apparently married to a Marie de Boulan, a supposed relation of the Boleyns (maybe cousin of Anne Boleyn). There appears to be some small debate among historians as to whether Anne or Mary spent some time with his family during her teens. Apparently there is a tower remnant of a medieval castle called the “Tour de Anne Boleyn” in Briis-sous-Forges (and also a street named after her).

    It’s the de Boulan – Boleyn connection that I am slightly intrigued by – the French/Anglo link. Is there a family relationship?

    What is greatly amusing to me is that my grandmother told me a bit about the du Moulins when I was young and about some connection to the court of Elizabeth 1 – and I was completely bewildered at the time and thought she was slightly nuts! Anyway, I think one of my ancestors, according to my grandmother’s account, was a lady-in-waiting in Liz 1′s court (don’t know who, tho).

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  66. SJ says:

    whoops…that’s Philipe Du Moulin …(not “Molin”)…….

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  67. Lauren says:

    I am also a direct descendant of Mary and Anne.
    My Grandmother’s maiden name was West, traced from Lady Anne Knollys West who was the daughter of Catherine Carey and Sir Francis Knollys.
    Mary Boleyn is my great to the 13th Grandmother.

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  68. Arianne says:

    Hello All:

    Mary is my 16th Great Grandmother. Kind Edward the 1st is my 26th Great Grandfather.

    My family are the Scotts and we are related to the Howard family when Sir Edmund Scott married to Joan Howard wich is the daughter of Katherine Cary, Son of Henry Carey, son of Mary Boleyn.

    Thanks,

    Arianne

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  69. Marian says:

    Greetings, cousins!

    Mary Boleyn was my 13th great grandmother
    Mary Carey was my 12th great grandmother
    Anne Knollys West was my 11th great grandmother

    I haven’t read every single post on here, but did someone say that Francis Knollys was not the father of Mary Carey’s children?

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    Marian Reply:

    Re my previous post: I was a little confused about my Marys – Mary Boleyn (Anne’s sister) was my 13th GG and her daughter Catherine was my 12th GG. The tree I was looking at wasn’t showing her full name (I have her as Mary Catherine Carey), so I got confused about which one married William Stafford.

    So, Mary Catherine Carey Knollys had a daughter named Anne – that is my 11th GG.

    Wow, I just got myself all confused there for a moment. Sorry about that.

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  70. Becca says:

    Anne is my 6th cousin 13x removed. The connection is through the Welles line. I have found many interesting people on my line. But my first find was Anne Boleyn.

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    Christine Willmott Reply:

    Hi Becca I’m descended thru Margery de Welles her sister was Anne who became Anne Boleyns 8th great grandmother, your right there’s a lot of interesting people there, regards Christine.

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    Christine Reply:

    I mean Anne Boleyns third great grandmother and my nineteenth great grandmother were sisters, I’m descended from Margery De Welles, Anne was descended from Anne De Welles.

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  71. Kirsten says:

    Hello,

    I have been told by family that we are related to Anne Boleyn as well but in tracing my tree backwards I get stuck at Anne Whitehorn, other surnames shown are Savory & Taylor, wondered if anyone is familiar with these names?

    Thanks

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  72. Amanda wilson says:

    I am a direct descendant to Anne’s aunt Ann Boleyn and her husband Sir Henry Haydon of Baconsthorpe. My maternal grandfather is Marvin William Hayden. I also named my oldest son Hayden after our family name. :)

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    Kelly Reply:

    My family are direct descendants of Anne Boleyn.

    I am unsure as to how many generations I need to go back but she is my great (x’s X generations) grandmother.

    The oldest living person in my family that is still mentioned in the “royal books” is now in his 90′s living in Virginia and is my great uncle on my mothers side.

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    Claire Reply:

    I’m not sure how you can be direct descendants of Anne Boleyn because Anne’s only child, Elizabeth I, died childless. She could be your great-great-great… aunt though if you’re descended from Mary Boleyn. Is that what you mean?

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    Kelly Reply:

    Well I can tell you my family that I personally know were/are the Haydon’s.
    My great uncle is who I am referencing above.

    According to the research my grandmother did and passed down through the generations this is the information she and my great uncle found.

    Claire Reply:

    I’m not doubting that you’re descended from the Boleyns but Anne Boleyn only had one daughter, Elizabeth I, and she didn’t have any children so Anne’s line ended there. Mary Boleyn, however, had two children, Henry and Catherine Carey, who both had large families and their children had large families etc. so there are many people today who can trace back to Mary Boleyn and are therefore related to Anne Boleyn.

    You mention the Haydons, so perhaps you mean the other Anne Boleyn (there were a few Anne Boleyns), Anne Boleyn Heydon. Anne Boleyn Heydon was the daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn and Anne Hoo – see http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/the-first-anne-boleyn-by-elizabeth-norton/ – and was married to Henry Heydon.

    Kelly Reply:

    Looks like you and I may be related lol. My family are also Haydon’s.

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  73. Monique Lim says:

    Oh my goodness this really is one big family! You are all so lucky and blessed to know your lineage, particularly knowing you come from these amazing Tudors! So you all basically have royal blood (to some degree!) Unfortunately I’m adopted so I will never know my heritage except for a great grandfather on my biological mother’s side who was the royal painter for the maharaj of something-or -other in India. Very interesting indeed. Keep up the excellent research

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  74. Emily says:

    Anne is 15 x great aunt, with Mary being my 15 x great grandmother. I am decended through Catherine Carey, then Lettice Knollys etc. So I may be a direct descendent of Henry VIII! I have also traced him as a cousin elsewhere.

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  75. Starr Whitmore says:

    My ex-husband’s family were direct decendants of Queen Anne Boleyn and were granted land in the New York/New Jersey area (I believe it was Ellis Island) which was taken by eminent domain. Many family members have tried to regain some sort of retribution for it but with out any success. I saw the paper work but it was years ago. The family ended up moving to Washington state and own large amounts of land in the Spokane River Valley.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    no, you’re not…and the land grants came from a later Queen Anne (a stuart)
    the “we own the land under Trinity Church” is an old, old “bar story”

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    Courtney Reply:

    They are not direct descendants of Queen Anne Boleyn. She had one child, who died childless.

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  76. Mary Boleyn is my 15th Great-Grandmother, through the Clays of Alabama (cousins to Henry Clay). Clement Clay, Senior (8th Alabama governor’s) wife was Susannah Claiborne (related to Liz Claiborne); her line extends through the Jones’ and the Wests’, directly to the Knollys’. Personally, I believe Henry VIII fathered Mary’s children. They received very special treatment by Queen Elizabeth, which was unusual. My cousin and great-aunt did DNA testing that linked us to many others who have this exact same lineage. It shouldn’t be that difficult to tie this in to Henry VIII–if indirectly. I have included my Tribalpages website if anyone would like to explore a connection. I am also on Ancestry.com.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    my ancesry.com tree is “lea-kenfield family tree” which has some Boleyns dangling off it.
    have a look and drop my a line? My contact info is associated with it. I am in Alabama..our family names there are Lea, Day, Mosely, Kelly, Averyt (Averrit), Neely, and a few others….see the tree LOL

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  77. She was actually Susannah Claiborne WITHERS. The funny thing is–my mom bought me a dart board with Henry VIII’s image on it when I was about 11 years old. It’s ironic that this guy could very well be my 15th great-grandfather!

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  78. Judy Sutton says:

    Just something to note is that it’s important to checks dates as sometimes people confuse Anne Boleyn with her Great Grandmother Ann Boleyn whose maiden name was Hoo. She was married to Geoffrey Boleyn. Ann Boleyn (Hoo) is my 17th Great Grandmother.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    makes us (rather distant) cousins of some degree! One of my Sackville ancestors married another “Anne Boleyn” who was a granddaughter of Sir Geoffry.

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  79. Abby says:

    Hey, I’m a Tudor and live in Northwest Indiana. According to my dad’s aunt who did an extremely extensive family tree years ago, the Tudor blood line is a single bloodline in which all Tudors that still exist today are directly related. Can anyone attest any truth to this?

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    Paige Reply:

    I am also from the tudor bloodline. I live in Southern Michigan

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    Roy Tudor Reply:

    I am also a Tudor, and proud of it…I live in Madison , Wisconsin. I have traced my family back to Virginia when they came over from England in the late 15th century. I am visiting London this July, 2014. is there a organization of Tudor’s I could visit while I’;m there to meet some of my relatives? thank you to anyone

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  80. Angela says:

    Have you used the Roal Ancestry Bible? Great book that has 3volumes of Nobility/Royal pedigrees. It has helped me straighten my tree up a lot. I live in .NE Indiana

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  81. Mike says:

    I am a direct descendant of Anne Boleyn and so is my wife.

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    Claire Reply:

    But Elizabeth I didn’t have children and she was Anne’s only child.

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    Nancy Lea Reply:

    Anne had a cousin, also named “Anne Boleyn” so that might be where the confusion occurs for “Mike.” She was married to a Sackville.

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  82. Laura says:

    I have been doing some genealogy and so far I am sure I come from lines of commoners. Maybe that is why I live in the states. But it is more fun to think my ancestors were wealthy and connected to royalty instead of thinking they may have been turning the turkey spit for the king while standing a step out of a hot fireplace. I am also saddened for the heavy burdened load of taxes paid by my ancestors for the unnecessary, excessive merriment of court for their own pleasure and for the excessive number of palaces built out of the finest materials.

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  83. Gary G says:

    Anne Boleyn’s grandmother was a Butler, my 2nd cousin 16 times removed. I think I share 3 genes with her. Ha.

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  84. Nancy Lea says:

    One of my maternal family-lines is descended from Sir Geoffry Boleyn, Anne’s grandfather or great grandfather..still working on that one. One of the Sackvilles married a first, or second, cousin of hers, also an “Anne Boleyn” (working on that one, too). Don’t know what this makes ME in terms of “special” if at all, but it’s certainly interesting and fun to see what parts your family played at different times in history.

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  85. Eric says:

    Anne Boleyn is my 3rd Cousin 13 Generations Back, As is Katherine Howard.

    Eleanor of Aquataine and King Henry II are my 24th Great Grandparents

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  86. Kelly says:

    Thank you I will definitely look further into it. The reason I am more intrigued is because my mother and I were discussing our “religion” and that our family was formally catholic and had mentioned (I wish I was good at remembering names) but a family member that was beheaded and his last words were “my only regret is that I didn’t live long enough to see my son beheaded”

    Now my quote could be slightly inaccurate but if you could help shed some light on it I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Claire Reply:

    Sorry, I don’t recognise the quotation at all.

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  87. Kelly says:

    I should also mention that at that point that is when my ancestors started to follow the Church of England and the man I speak of above was beheaded because he would not switch from being a catholic in order for Henry the 8th to marry Anne Boleyn but I believe his son did switch to the Church of England.

    Hopefully this is making sense cause this is all new to me.

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    Claire Reply:

    Although Henry became the Supreme Head of the Church of England when he broke with Rome, the church was very much Catholic in “flavour” until the reign of Edward VI and Henry died a Catholic. The only men I can think of, offhand, who were beheaded for not recognising Henry’s supremacy at the time you’re talking about are Thomas More, Bishop Fisher and some of the Carthusian monks, but they were after Henry’s marriage to Anne. I’m really not sure who you could be thinking of.

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  88. Kelly says:

    Maybe the information I’m relaying is incorrect. I will find out and get back to you.

    Thanks.

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    Claire Reply:

    Ok, thanks.

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  89. Robin Anstey Gauthier says:

    Anne Boleyn had a sister, Elizabeth Alice Boleyn. The son of Elizabeth Alice was Sir Adrian Fortescue, Catholic Martyr of the Bath, beheaded on London green by you-know-who…still peeved about Anne, I guess. At any rate, Sir Adrian was my ancestor. Anne Boleyn was my 14th Great Grand Aunt, and Queen Elizabeth I was my cousin 15 or so times removed.

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    Robin Anstey Gauthier Reply:

    Before I am crucified, I just discovered that Mary was the only sister of Anne Boleyn, and that my relatives were, no doubt, cousins.

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  90. Paige says:

    I am Anne Bolyen’s niece.
    I am also related to Elizabeth the 1st Henry the 1st, 5th and 8th.

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  91. Paige says:

    I am also a tudor

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    allan Reply:

    glad I was able to help my relatives are also trying to establish a connection with mary b
    oleyns family via george yeardley all the best by.
    Allan

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  92. Brandy says:

    KaSandra..The whole description of your family tree you gave was the storyline to THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL except for the coming to america part. His daughter with Queen Anne became Queen Elizabeth 1. If your family tree only goes back 100 yrs your timing is way off also. SMH.

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  93. Paul NEWBOLD says:

    SPECIAL ATTENTION if you are of RODGERS, TOBIN, BUTLER or NEWBOLD descent.

    Another 13 times great grandchild of Mary BOLEYN reporting for duty! Actually it is not yet confirmed. It all depends upon my five times great grandmother, Averilda TOBIN, having a Mary BUTLER as her mother, which is indicated through a source, but yet to be definitely confirmed. Averilda married John RODGERS and their son was the Joseph RODGERS of the renowned Sheffield cutlery firm of ‘Joseph Rodgers & Sons’.

    Here – very simplified – is the line from Mary BOLEYN to Mary BUTLER:

    Mary BOLEYN and William CAREY (and, yes, he likely was the real father!)

    Henry CAREY and Anne MORGAN

    Katherine CAREY and Charles HOWARD

    Frances HOWARD and Henry FITZGERALD

    Bridget FITZGERALD and Nicholas BARNEWALL

    Mabel BARNEWALL and Christopher PLUNKETT

    Mary PLUNKETT and Walter BUTLER

    Mary BUTLER

    Like some others who have left messages here I have been in a state of shock after discovering this likely possibility in mid-October 2013, and am only now beginning to calm down a bit, helped along by the knowledge that there seem to be many of us descendants across the world! One of the first things I did after discovering all this was to pop down to Hever Church and Castle – it’s only a 25 minute train ride for me, and I’ve been there many times before! I’ve known about my possible distant cousinship to the BOLEYNS (and ‘others’!), and likely descent from King Edward I – all through the BUTLERs, Earls of Ormonde and associated families – since 1993, but had no idea of this more direct BOLEYN connection until accidentally finding-out!

    If anyone ‘out there’ knows anything to help me confirm all this (in particular that Averilda TOBIN’s mother was this Mary BUTLER) please contact me or leave a post here.

    Paul NEWBOLD – paulnewbold27@virginmedia.com

    (If I am not permitted to include my e-mail address, then I will aim to visit this page once or twice a year to check for any responses left here.)

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  94. kimc says:

    On investigation of our family tree, we appear to be related to Mary Boleyn daughter Catherine Carey and her daughter lettice knolly.

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  95. KMB says:

    My last name is Bullen and I am told I am related to the Boleyn family, I have not looked into it very much

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    SDK Reply:

    My maiden name was also Bullen and I was told the same thing. The story I was told, after Anne Bolyen was beheaded, the brothers? fled the country and changed the spelling of the name. Beginning to wonder how true all that was.

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    Courtney Reply:

    Anne Boleyn had only one brother, who was executed with her. As far as I know, there is no substance to the story of the “brothers” leaving the country and changing the name.

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  96. Michele Mcculloch Perez says:

    I am unsure of my mothers side since her birth and such has been hidden and obscured since she was adopted, but my father was of the family of Mcculloch, and boone, I was told we are direct descendents of the son of mary bolyn not sure, but I have the red hair to go with my scottish descent on my fathers side, I am looking for for answers, if anyone can help me.

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  97. brooke says:

    i am a descent of anne boylen my blood line traces back to her. my french blood also backs up the descent line. Anne 2nd wife of Henry the 111V beheaded because she could not produce a male (son to the thrown) only had 1 child Elizabeth ( queen Elizabeth the 1st) who also did not produce any children hence where its believed the tudor family end. Also it was at this time the Aniglican reglion begain. As catholics where not aloud to divoice seperate remarry etc Henry and helpers lol created the church of England(Angilcan) as I say Im an inch from being good lol Anne was from royal blood before her brief marriage to henry as she was a consort… I am of Tudor blood i am a descent off anne which this name has continued through my family for generations my own daughter has it as her middle name.

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  98. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and the rest of the website is
    also very good.

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  99. Kathryn says:

    I know I’m late to respond here but I’m a cousin of Anne Boleyn’s. I’ve traced my lineage back to the Seymour family, and from them to Elizabeth Cheney. Elizabeth Cheney was also a direct ancestor of Anne and Mary Boleyn and Catherine Howard.

    I think if we all go back far enough we’ll find we’re all related somehow. Edward iii had many children; therefore, he has descendants all over the globe.

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  100. I seldom comment, but after reading a few
    of the remarks on Are there any surviving relatives of Anne
    Boleyn today or has her bloodline ended? Rich Jones

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  101. mark upton says:

    Sir John Shelton, greatgrandson on Mary Boleyn, (Aunt of the Queen Mother to ElizabethI), found in theUpton family tree.

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  102. Kat says:

    I have actually traced back my blood lines to Anne Boleyn, from my grandfathers side. So I do find this very interesting!

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  103. Jan says:

    Hello,

    Do William/Henry Carey’s lineage connect to the Carey’s of New England?

    Thanks for any info.

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  104. Cleotia says:

    Mary Bolyen would be my 12th Great-Grandma on my maternal Grandfathers side. So 14 generations removed here is how my line looks.

    Her Daughter Catherine Carey my 11th GG

    Her Daughter Baroness De La Warr my 10th GG

    Her Son Gov John West Sr my 9th Great-Grandfather

    His Son Col John West my 8th Great-Grandfather

    His Son Capt Thomas West my 7th GG

    His Daughter Agnes West my 6th GG

    Her Son Richard T Gregory my 5th GG

    His Son Richard Gregory my 4th GG

    His Son Abel Gregory my 3rd GG

    His Son Sandy Gregory my 2nd GG

    His Daughter Cleotia My great-grandma

    and then My grandpa Clarence Shearhart.

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    Edward Reply:

    Cleotia, is your family still in VA or SC? Many of the West/de LaWarr line is in SC from the mid 19th century to the present.

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    Cleotia Reply:

    No Agnes West’s Grandson, Abel Gregory, was the last of my line born in Va, he went to Kentucky, then missouri and then Abel’s great-grandson Sandy Gregory went to Oklahoma during the land run.

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  105. Joska says:

    Am I the only person in the world that is not a descendant of Mary Boleyn!!?! Grrmmbllbgrrhg! But ancestors of my husband were called Bullen. Close enough for me, haha!

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    Jan Jones Reply:

    Hello Joska,
    I am descended from the Bullen family of Norfolk. I doubt if the Bullens were originally Boleyns – but a lot of people have spent a lot of time trying to make that work!!

    I am curious, though, to know if the Boleyn sisters (Anne and Mary) were the only children in their family?? Most families were huge in those days – so did they have any brothers???

    Love to hear from you about the Bullens – if you think we connect. My great-grandmother was Mary Bullen from Saham Toney, Norfolk.

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  106. violet says:

    I am descended from James Bollen. New Amsterdam Long Island. Family legend us that he always claimed Anne Bolyen was his cousin. Althi we havent made the connection if hid claims were true than he would have bern descended ftom an uncle of Ann and Mary.

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  107. lisa says:

    Could someone tell me where you find info that far back to your descendants? I have tried ancestry.com etc but cant go back further than a couple of generations etc

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    Christine Reply:

    Try searching thru other peoples family trees most of them have the same ancestors as you, and you can always get in touch with other members too, that’s how I found out about mine, you just have to persevere good luck

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  108. Patricia says:

    Ann is my 1st cousin 15x removed. We share the same paternal grandfather, SIR WILLIAM BOLEYN. I am also related to the Tudors, Hoo’s, and Sackvilles. My ancestors gentleman planters that founded Jamestown, Virginia, and St. Mary’s, Maryland.

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  109. Barbara says:

    Hello. My cousin and I have been working on our family tree, starting with Penelope Stout, whose husband had either a mother or grandmother with the maiden name of Boylen, who were very early settlers in the New York, New Jersey areas of America. They were very early Baptists and I know that Thomas Boylen and his daughters and sons were very interested in a reformed-type of religion. I also know that less than 10 years after the death of Anne and her brother, all the Boylens left England, it is though for Ireland, which seems odd to me as Ireland was Roman Catholic. Are there any Stouts on this site? I would like to know more about the Boylen/Stout connection.

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  110. Lurlene Rond Heaney says:

    My research indicates that Anne Boleyn was my 14th great grand aunt via Mary Catherine Carey (1524 – 1569) daughter of Mary (Lady Carey) Boleyn
    Anne (Baroness De La Warr) Knollys (1555 – 1608) daughter of Mary Catherine Carey
    Francis (Captain) West (1586 – 1634) son of Anne (Baroness De La Warr) Knollys
    Francis John West (1631 – 1696) son of Francis (Captain) West
    Francis West (1685 – 1723) son of Francis John West
    Sarah West (1700 – 1747) daughter of Francis West
    John III Phillips (1727 – 1808) son of Sarah West
    John IV Phillips (1755 – 1835) son of John III Phillips
    Joseph Phillips (1797 – 1859) son of John IV Phillips
    Phoebe Phillips (1821 – 1900) daughter of Joseph Phillips
    Francis “Frank” Marion Holden (1853 – 1937) son of Phoebe Phillips
    Morris Clarence Holden (1891 – 1973) son of Francis “Frank” Marion Holden
    Faryl Morris Holden (1917 – 2006) son of Morris Clarence Holden
    Virginia Gail Holden (1947 – ) daughter of Faryl Morris Holden

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  111. Hogwash Mcturnip0 says:

    I cannot claim any links with the Boleyns, sadly. However my ancestor was the illegitimate child of Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. They had na affair whilst he was overseeing the building of the Forth Bridge It was, not unsurprisingly hushed up, and the boy was spirited away to be raised in Brigadoon. So despite my royal blood, I have no claim on any throne. It does however mean that I am related to Rob Roy McGregor, Flora McDonald and Tam O Shanter. I am veru proud of that heritage.

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    Christine Reply:

    What a load of hogwash! The stories on here just get dafter,

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    Claire Reply:

    Perhaps it was a joke and that’s why the commenter is called “Hogwash”.

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    Christine Reply:

    Oh yeh mind you most of the stories are daft like the one about the brothers fleeing the country and taking the baby with them,

    Smiley Reply:

    Genius Hogwash :-) Very funny!

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  112. Colleen says:

    Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots had an affair? That must have been something really special, considering Robert the Bruce lived 250 years before Mary QOS.

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  113. Marie says:

    Apparently, our family shares Blood with Ann Boleyn’s Grandmother Countess Elizabeth Tilney. Elizabeth married twice; Once to Sir Humphrey Bouchier the first time than to Sir Thomas Howard. The Children from those two marriages became Half Brothers and Sisters. Anne Boleyn’s Mother was Elizabeth Boleyn and her Father was Thomas Howard. Elizabeth Boleyn married Sir Thomas Boleyn 1st Earl of Wiltshire. Margaret Bouchier Daughter of Sir Humphrey Bouchier and Countess Elizabeth Tilney married Sir Thomas Bryan. Lady Margaret Bryan was Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard’s Aunt and her Son, our Ancestor Sir Francis Bryan was Anne Boleyn’s Cousin. Sadly,their are no direct descendants of Anne Boleyn because her Daughter Queen Elizabeth was never married nor did she have Children. Are their living relatives of Anne Boleyn today? There are a lot of living relatives today but most I believe have gone on to live ordinary lives and Marry non Royalty. Queen Anne lived in dangerous times, forced to be royal broodmares and treated less than or even killed when they did not produce Male Heirs. Mine own opinion on this is I don’t care if I have boys or girls. I in fact have all Daughters and love them and am proud of them as any Mother should be.

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    Raines Reply:

    I have found that I’m related to Elizabeth Tilney (she is my 15th great grandmother, and to Anne Boleyn but not sure how?) I’m completely new to this search. I have read very few postings claiming a relation to E. Tilney. Would love to learn more.

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  114. Jane B says:

    Hi, would love to have more information from Hogwash McTurnip… ;-))) His revision of Scottish history will I think overturn much in that nation, though hopefully not the ancient Forth Bridge (Professor McTurnip, would that be the rail or road bridge, sorry to point out a minor omissis in the otherwise sound fabric of your worthy research). I am delighted to announce that that B in my surname is not for Boleyn and I am descended from peasants, servants and general sloggers (well someone had to till the earth while your ancestors were feasting on hogs and mead!). Having researched my family back I have a slight suspicion that I am in some way related to an outstanding Scottish writer but this is based merely on the fact that his and my family had the same surname, were shepherds and tended their flocks in the same remote valley at the same time and so will not name him. I would also like to point out that something like one third of the English descend from the prolific Edward III and just about everyone surnamed Stewart or Stuart is related to the royal house of Scotland. There weren’t so many people around back then. We’re all Jock Tampson’s bairns as I’m sure the illustrious Hogwash McTurnip would assure us.

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  115. Emma says:

    Anne Boleyn was my 1st cousin 16x removed, her Maternal Grandfather Thomas Howard was my 16 great Grandfather. We are also related to Henry VIII Two other wives Catherine Howard and Jane Seymour.

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  116. Robert Fox says:

    My family comes from that Henry Fox/Anne West union, and De La Warr, Boleyn, etc., though not sure how direct. King William County, VA Foxes. Aylett. Joseph Fox, Tobacco IInspector 1701, that sort of thing.

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  117. Beth Ann Griffin says:

    Hello, my cousin did heritage/DNA testing along with extensive research. He found out that we are the 11th (gen) grandchildren of Mary Boleyn. So, yes it seems the blood line is still going, I am 36 years of age and we have quite the family.

    Please feel free to email me if you would like

    bgriffin3@liberty.edu

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  118. Beth Ann Griffin says:

    Mary Boleyn (1487 – 1512)
    is your 11th great grandmother
    Sir Henry Carey **1st Baron of Hunsdon; Order of Garter (1525 – 1596)
    son of Mary Boleyn
    Sir John Carey, 3rd Baron Hunsdon (1556 – 1617)
    son of Sir Henry Carey **1st Baron of Hunsdon; Order of Garter
    Sir John Carey ******1st Earl of Dover; Lord Mayor Bristol; Knight; (1583 – 1666)
    son of Sir John Carey, 3rd Baron Hunsdon
    Ann Carey (1697 – 1729)
    daughter of Sir John Carey ******1st Earl of Dover; Lord Mayor Bristol; Knight;
    Sarah Judith Giles (1711 – 1759)
    daughter of Ann Carey
    Joseph Bybee 1749 VA (1749 – )
    son of Sarah Judith Giles
    Melanee Bybee (1790 – 1850)
    daughter of Joseph Bybee 1749 VA
    Andrew Jackson Priddy (1822 – 1876)
    son of Melanee Bybee
    James Thomas Priddy (1851 – 1931)
    son of Andrew Jackson Priddy
    William Henry Priddy (1885 – 1953)
    son of James Thomas Priddy
    Floyd Priddy (1907 – )
    son of William Henry Priddy

    Floyd is my Grandpa

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    beth Reply:

    oops typed in wrong date for mary lol

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  119. Allen England says:

    I was wondering if there is a way to find out if I’m a descendant of the Boleyn family? My great grandmother told me that I am, and I’m looking for confirmation. Her name was Katherine Boleyn (maiden name). Her married name was de Luca. Any information will help.

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  120. Sandra Fisher says:

    I am a direct descendant of William Johnson a fellmonger from Bermondsey – so there!

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  121. chloe says:

    Hi there, was reading this website and its fantastic! I am a descendant of the Boleyn family to, by marriage though. I have seen my family tree on my mothers side and it goes back all the way to the 15th century. Etches is the family name. Its just interesting to learn about these things. Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth Id have to say personally anyway are two of my favourite people from histories among the many. Great Website :)

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  122. Nicolle says:

    I’m very jealous that you have all discovered this amazing kinship and wish I were part of it. Would someone adopt an adult woman descended from a french cannoner? lol

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  123. Deondre says:

    Since they were all Fields, wouldn’t you have to be related to the Fields as well. I am a Fields (Feld), and Ann Boylenn was a Fields as well from what I read.

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  124. Terry says:

    Anne Boleyn was a usurper, of low birth, nothing more than a “mistress” (to put it politely), and a common trollop! The ONLY true queen to the murderer Henry VIII was the good and brave Queen Catherine.

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  125. Beth Griffin says:

    We do need a big family reunion, I read up through the comments and someone asked if there were any family in the USA.. yes I am here along with a HUGE family. :) Please feel free to email me or find me on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SweetIrishRoses32

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  126. Darby says:

    As it turns out, I am a desendant of Henry the VIII on my mother’s side and Anne Boleyn on my dad’s side….

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  127. melissa says:

    my great grandmother is lettie shelton. i have traced her to sir ralph shelton who married anne boleyn. thomas boleyn sister. so i am related to queen anne’s aunt whom she was named after.

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    melissa Reply:

    sorry correction she was married to sir john shelton

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  128. Mary the Quene says:

    To the best of my knowledge, I am not related to either the Boleyn or Carey families. I did find it very interesting to read all the family connections by other posters, though! Very cool.

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  129. nowell mckenna says:

    Hello everyone, I am a descendant of Anne Boleyn also. I have a female line…I descend from Anne Boleyn, the aunt of queen Anne. She married sir John Shelton, and became Lady Shelton. They are my 16th great grandparents. Queen Anne Boleyn is my first cousin 15 times removed. I hope to hear from some of my distant cousins out there!!

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  130. John Price says:

    Hi,
    I have a client who wants to speak to a direct descendant of Mary Boleyn (more specifically her children Catherine and Henry Carey) about a project they are currently starting and would love to get them involved. Please contact me on john.price@hillgrovepr.com for more information. It would be great if you could be able to help.
    Thanks!

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  131. Boo says:

    Well, one of Anne Boleyn’s dresses is on display in a London museum (not sure which dress, or which museum). Has been for years.

    The placard has my aunt’s name on it, as the family member who has the dress on permanent loan. So, yes, there is still definitely Boleyn blood in the world.

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  132. B Shields says:

    One would have to wonder. My lineage goes back into the most of those families listed on the left, in fact all of them. I am direct lineage, and live in America. I trace back to the Plantagene’s, Tudor’s, Mortimer’s, Beuford, Gray’s, and the list literally goes on. It seams on my Father’s side there are literally tons starting as recent as just a few generations back.
    Does that mean anything? I tie into direct despondency of King Edward IV, My 14th Great Grandmother is Queen Elizabeth PLANTAGENET of York. Henry VIII was my 15th Great Uncle.

    Does this mean anything?

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  133. Christine says:

    Claire have you researched your family you might be related to Anne Boleyn as well or another famous historical figure?

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  134. mark upton says:

    Shelton is in an Upton family tree, not sure of relation.

    Mark

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  135. Maureen DIlley says:

    I think that all one has to do is examine a portrait of Lettice Knollys side by side with her cousin Elizabeth Tudor to realize that Henry VIII was Catherine Carey’s father. That red hair, the fine boned features, the long thin fingers are Tudor features not Boleyn. Add this to the fact that Mary was Henry’s mistress at the critical time period and yes there are Boleyn descendants… just not Anne’s

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