Thursday, June 9, 2011

Climbing Up The Family Tree

Aloha Kakahiaka or Good Morning! It is a beautiful morning here in the islands today. I made my move several months ago, and couldn't be happier. To be sitting outside with my laptop, cup of coffee in hand and my research, it is the perfect atmosphere to add to the Cornett blog. Don't you think? The breeze from the beach makes it quite comfortable and has put me in the mood to talk about anything I want. But mainly as this blog is more focused on the genealogy side of things, that's what my focus will be on; at least for now. :)

So I searched on my family tree and just picked someone random, that, as it turns out happens to be a very interesting individual. His name is Sir Frederick Tilney, Sir Knight of Ashwellthorpe; he was my 13th G-grandfather. Whew! That was a long name, I'm so glad I don't have to carry a title along with my name in today's world. How do you think our family lived back in that time, about 700 years ago? It must have been pretty cool! Television glamorizes everything in the movies, like Troy, but wouldn't it be great just to live in Renaissance times, if only for a day?

The Renaissance period was from the years 1350-1600! 700 years was a long time ago and happens to be the period from which Sir Frederick Tilney was born into. So with that said, let's begin our journey!

Sir Frederick Tilney, Sir Knight of Ashwellthorpe was born about 1416 of Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, England and died in the year 1447 at the age of 31. He married Elizabeth Cheney of Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England. Exact marriage date is unknown, so far as my research to date. Sir Frederick's parents were Sir Philip Tilney and Isabel Thorpe. From what my research says, their daughter was also named Elizabeth! She was Lady Elizabeth Bourchier Tilney; so how is that for some name confusion? When searching for your ancestral roots, it becomes confusing to realize who you are researching when both the mother and the daughter have the same first name!

I've seen several web sites that state that Sir Frederick and his wife Elizabeth, had 4 children altogether, I'm not sure how true this is; I have also seen the supposed children's names also listed as Frederick's brothers.


Sir Frederick Tilney, Sir Knight of Ashwellthorpe

How I am related to Sir Frederick Tilney   


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