English Royalty: William the Conqueror, Matilda 1st Queen of England, & King John (signer of the Magna Carta)


Through the famous pilgrim Anne Hutchinson, I have a solid, direct line through British royalty. Pretty amazing stuff.

William the Conqueror (my 28th Great-Grandfather)
Also known as William I, King of the English and William II of Normandy.
circa 1028 – 9 September 1087

Before his conquest of England, he was known as William the Bastard because of the illegitimacy of his birth. To press his claim to the English crown, William invaded England in 1066, leading an army of Normans, Bretons, Flemings, and Frenchmen (from Paris and Île-de-France) to victory over the English forces of King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings, and suppressed subsequent English revolts in what has become known as the Norman Conquest. His reign, which brought Norman-French culture to England, had an impact on the subsequent course of England in the Middle Ages. William’s invasion was the last time that England was successfully conquered by a foreign power.


Queen Matilda, Lady of the English (my 26th Great-Grandmother)
c. 7 February 1102 – 10 September 1167

Matilda of England or Maude, was the daughter and heir of King Henry I of England. Matilda and her younger brother, William Adelin, were the only legitimate children of King Henry to survive to adulthood. The death of her brother in the White ship disaster in 1120 made Matilda the last heir from the paternal line of her grandfather William the Conqueror, a direct descendant the Duke(s) of Normandy.

Matilda was the first female ruler of the Kingdom of England. The length of her effective rule was brief, however — a few months in 1141. She was never crowned and failed to consolidate her rule (legally and politically). For this reason, she is normally excluded from lists of English monarchs, and her rival (and cousin) Stephen of Blois is listed as monarch for the period 1135-1154. Their rivalry for the throne led to years of unrest and civil war in England that have been called The Anarchy. She did secure her inheritance of the Duchy of Normandy — through the military feats of her husband, Geoffrey — and campaigned unstintingly for her oldest son’s inheritance, living to see him ascend the throne of England in 1154.

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Henry II, King of England (my 25th Great-Grandfather)
5 March 1133 – 6 July 1189 ruled as King of England (1154–1189).

AKA: Count of Anjou, Count of Maine, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquitaine, Duke of Gascony, Count of Nantes, Lord of Ireland and, at various times, controlled parts of Wales, Scotland and western France. Henry, the great-grandson of William the Conqueror, was the first of the House of Plantagenet to rule England. Henry was the first to use the title “King of England” (as opposed to “King of the English”).

Henry was an energetic and sometimes ruthless ruler, driven by a desire to restore the lands and privileges of his royal grandfather, Henry I. Henry’s legal changes are generally considered to have laid the basis for the English Common Law, while his intervention in Brittany, Wales and Scotland shaped the development of their societies and governmental systems.


King John of England (my 24th Great-Grandfather)
24 December 1167 – 19 October 1216, was King of England from 6 April 1199 until his death.

John was the youngest of five sons of King Henry II of England and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and was their second surviving son to ascend the throne; thus, he continued the line of Plantagenet or Angevin Kings of England. Prior to his accession, he was Earl of Cornwall and Gloucester, but this title merged into the Crown when he became King.

Apart from entering popular legend as the enemy of Robin Hood, he is perhaps best-known for having acquiesced—to the barons of English nobility—to seal the Magna Carta, a document which limited kingly power in England and which is popularly thought of as an early step in the evolution of limited government.


King Edward I (my 23th Great-Grandfather)
17 June 1239 – 7 July 1307, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307.

One of the most effective English kings, Edward was also one of Scotland’s greatest adversaries. Through his campaigns against Scotland he would come to be known after his death as ‘Scottorum malleus’ – the Hammer of the Scots.

Intelligent and impatient, Edward proved to be a highly effective king. The reign of his father, Henry III, was marked by internal instability and military failure. Upon succeeding to the throne on 1272 Edward did much to rectify these issues. He managed to control and placate the unruly English barons and unite them behind him.

My Royal Lineage, Raleigh/Dryden:

William the Conqueror (circa 1028 – 9 September 1087)
Son of Robert the Magnificent, Robert I, Duke of Normandy

King Henry I (c. 1068/1069 – 1 December 1135)
Son of King William I

Queen Matilda, Lady of the English (c. 7 February 1102 – 10 September 1167)
Daughter of King Henry I

Henry II, King of England (5 March 1133 – 6 July 1189)
Son of Queen Matilda

King John (24 December 1167 – 19 October 1216)
Son of King Henry II of England and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine

Henry III (1 October 1207 – 16 November 1272)
Son of John, King of England

Edward I king of England I (1239 – 1307)
Son of Henry III

Joan of ACRE or PLANTAGENAT (1272 – 1307)
Daughter of Edward I king of England

Lady Eleanor de CLARE (1292 – 1337)
Daughter of Joan

Isabel LE DESPENSER (1313 – 1375)
Daughter of Lady Eleanor

Daughter of Isabel

Ankaret LE STRANGE (1361 – 1413)
Daughter of Isabel

Mary TALBOT ( – 1433)
Daughter of Ankaret

Sir Thomas GREENE (1400 – 1461)
Son of Mary

Elizabeth GREENE
Daughter of Sir Thomas

Sir Edward RALEIGH
Son of Elizabeth

Son of Sir Edward

Daughter of Edward

Elizabeth COPE
Daughter of Bridget

Bridget DRYDEN (1563 – 1645)
Daughter of Elizabeth

Anne MARBURY (1595 – 1643)
Daughter of Bridget. Anne is the famous pilgrim Anne Hutchinson

Susanna Hutchinson (1614 – 1630)
Daughter of Anne

Susanna COLE (1652 – 1726)
Daughter of Susanna

SARAH ELDRED (1684 – 1747)
Daughter of Susanna

ENOCH KINYON ( – 1775)
Son of SARAH

Joshua KINYON (1739 – 1803)
Son of ENOCH

JOSHUA KINYON (1775 – 1863)
Son of Joshua

SAMUEL KINYON (1808 – 1851)

Charles Jay KINYON (1848 – 1924)

Fayette Cary KINYON (1875 – 1968)
Son of Charles Jay

Chapin Foster KINYON
My Grandfather


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