Earlier this summer we watched the TV program Who Do You Think You Are?It was a show in which several famous celebrities researched their family tree. Of course it was expert genealogy searchers who did all the work for them. We saw about 8 episodes which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashely Judd, Kim Catrell, Rosie O'Donnell to name a few. It really is a fascinating show.
Last year on the blog I posted about receiving this photo of my Great-great-great Grandmother Mary Ann Elizabeth Broughton Thames from a cousin. I could tell from the photo that she was indeed from high society so I decided to research the Broughton line of my family after watching the WDYTYA show. Was I ever in for a surprise!!
This is Broughton Castle outside Oxford, England built in 1300 by Sir John De Broughton!
I am a direct descendant of this man! I also found down the direct line from Sir John I have a (many times over) great grandfather named Andrew Broughton who was the Chief Justice for the trial of King Charles I and was the man who sentenced King Charles I to be executed! This plaque on his house in England contains the word Regicide which means " Killer of Kings"
You can see the plaque on the wall of his house Broughton House in Kent, England.
Above you see Colonel Thomas Edward Broughton a later son of a son of Andrew Broughton who we met above. Thomas was the Royal Governor of South Carolina Province from 1735-1737..............
In 1714 Thomas Broughton built Mulberry Plantation in Monks Corner (Berkley County) South Carolina on 4,000 + acres. Monks Corner is 30 miles north of Charleston, SC
I plan on visiting this plantation soon to see these huge Oaks planted by my Ancestors!
It is from Mulberry Plantation that my Broughton ancestors made their way south to Conecuh County Alabama when Mary Ann Elizabeth Broughton and husband Rev. Jesse Cornelius Thames moved there somewhere before 1848 when their daughter Margaret L. Thames( my gr-gr-grandmother was born. Margaret married Charles David O'Gwynn on November 2, 1871 in Conecuh County. One year later the whole family relocated to Wayne County, Mississippi.
It was there Margaret gave birth to a son, my paternal Great-Grandfather Charles James O'Gwynn on November 16, 1876. Pictured above is Charles James and his wife Sallie Maggie Jones/O'Gwynn.
Above is the Mt. Zion Cemetery located in Wayne County, Mississippi where 6 direct generations of my fathers side of the family are buried from Mary Ann Elizabeth Broughton to my parents. Someday....I'll join them there.
SO......Who do you think you are? You might be surprised if you go in search of those who came before!