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Re: Queen Catherine Parr
Posted by: William Parr (ID *****7088) Date: March 18, 2009 at 10:35:55
In Reply to: Queen Catherine Parr by Marque Corsair of 2453

Catherine Parr (1512 5 September 1548), also known as Katherine or Katharine Parr(e), was the last of the six wives of Henry VIII. The six wives in order: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr.

She was the most-married English Queen, with four husbands. The eldest child of Sir Thomas Parr, descendant of King Edward III and Maud Green (6 April 1495-20 August 1529), daughter of Sir Thomas Green of Green's Norton, Northamptonshire. Catherine was born at Kendal Castle in Westmoreland, North-West England, where her ancestors had resided since the fourteenth century.

Having had no children from her first three marriages, Catherine became pregnant for the first time, by Thomas Seymour, at age thirty-five. August 30, 1548 her daughter Mary Seymour was born. Catherine died six days later. The last mention of the daughter Mary Seymour on record is on her second birthday, and although stories circulated that she eventually married and had children, most historians believe she died as a child.

There are no descendants of King Henry and Catherine and no descendants Catherine and her other three husbands.

Most people who share the Parr surname (or most surnames) are not biologically related. Of the many Parr lines throughout England, US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, et al, there maybe some descendants who are biologically related to other members of Catherine Parr ancestry, but none have been formally recognized or proven with DNA.

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