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Re: ancestry through English and European Royalty
Posted by: Katie Jaques (ID *****8277) Date: September 22, 2008 at 17:24:48
In Reply to: Re: ancestry through English and European Royalty by Gail Mewes of 893

I believe all of Goldie's books are available, on microfiche or perhaps on CD, at your nearest LDS Family History Library. Goldie, who was a 4th cousin twice removed to me, told my mother that she had made sure the LDS library had all of her material. Goldie was born in Washington State in 1910 and died in a nursing home in Bridgewater, SD on Jan. 8, 2002. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease from the early 1990's onward.

Some of Goldie's books occasionally turn up on eBay. Last January someone was offering two of them, the earlier (1972) edition of Vol. II, and Vol. III. There are four volumes all together; the first three are the descendants of Nicholas Satterlee, and the fourth volume details the descendants of his brother Benedict Satterlee and his older half-brother, William (I) Satterlee. These three, plus a younger brother also named William, all migrated to the colonies in the latter half of the 17th century from Devon, England.

In Goldie's Vol I she traces the Rev. William, father of the four emigrant brothers, back to William the Conqueror. In short, it goes like this: Eve Peche, who was a 5-greats granddaughter of William the Conqueror and Lady Ingelrica, married Sir Robert de Tudenham, who died c. 1308. Their great-granddaughter, Margaret Tudenham, married Edmund de Bedingfield. Their granddaughter, Elizabeth Bedingfield, married Sir Thomas Sotterley of the Sotterley manor in Suffolk.

Sir Thomas Sotterley was the last Sotterley lord of the Sotterley manor. His sister, Elizabeth Sotterley, married Sir Thomas Playter, and the manor was sold or conveyed to them in 1469 and thereafter passed down through the Playter line. The Sotterleys were on the Lancastrian (losing) side in the Wars of the Roses, while the Playters were on the York side. It may be that the transfer was forced by Edward IV, but it may have been friendly; we really don't know.

The Rev. William Satterlee, father of the four emigrant brothers, was a gggggrandson of Sir Thomas Sotterley. So, through Sir Thomas's wife, Elizabeth Bedingfield, the Rev. William was descended from William the Conqueror -- and so are all of us <G>.

This information is summarized from Goldie's Vol. I, 1971, pp. 76-80. Its accuracy may be questionable. Goldie was not very good about telling us the sources of her information, although on page 81 she provides a number of references. Without going to England and finding those records, which are only listed in the book, it's impossible to determine the extent to which they verify the lineages. Unfortunately any documentary evidence Goldie may have had and kept until the early 1990s was lost in the Spencer, SD tornado in 1998.

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