Who do you think you are?
This blog is based on the genealogy documentary series where celebrities research their family tree, often with surprising and unexpected results.
I am not a celebrity but I was intrigued as to whether I could trace my family back to Queen Victoria or Napoleon, two people whom I have an interest in. To my surprise I was able to "join the dots" and both Queen Victoria and Napoleon Bonaparte are now on my Family Tree Maker which is a Family History Software I use for recording my family tree.
Generations from Queen Victoria to Queen Elisabeth II.
Alexandrina Victoria Hanover (24 May 1819-22 January 1901) married Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (26 August 1819-14 Dec 1861) on 10 February 1840. Queen Victoria was crowned 28 June 1838.
|Queen Victoria 1819 - 1901|
|Prince Albert 1819 - 1861|
Their son Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (9 November 1841-6 May 1910) married Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark (1 December 1844-20 November 1925) on 10 March 1863. King Edward VII was crowned 9 August 1902.
|King Edward VII 1841 - 1910|
|Queen Alexandra 1844 - 1925|
Their son George Frederick Ernest Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (3 June 1865-20 Jan 1936) married Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes of Teck (26 August 1867-24 March 1953) in 1863. King George V was crowned 6 May 1910 - 1936. Queen Mary was Queen of U.K & British Dominions.
|King George V 1865 - 1936|
|Queen Mary 1867 - 1953|
Their eldest son Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (23 June 1894 - 28 May 1972) succeeded his father King George V to the Throne on 20 January 1936, but on 11 December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated. He was in love with an American woman, Wallis Simpson who was divorced and pursuing to divorce her second husband. Edward was given the title of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Windsor following his abdication and he married Wallis Simpson nee Warfield on 3 June 1937 at the age of 43. They remained married until his death 35 years later in 1972 in Paris.
|Prince Edward in 1920|
|Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson married on 3 June 1937.|
|1936 - the year of three Kings.|
King Edward VIII was succeeded by his brother Albert who took the name of King George VI.
Albert Frederick Arthur George Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (14 December 1895-6 February 1952) married Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (4 August 1900-30 March 2002) on 26 April 1923. King George VI reigned 11 December 1936-15 May 1947 and crowned 12 May 1937. After King George VI's death in 1952 she was known as Queen Mother.
|King George VI 1895 - 1952|
|Queen Elizabeth 1900 - 2002|
Prior to 1917, the members of the British Royal Family did not have a surname, but they were members of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. King George VI was born in 1895 as a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha. On 17 July 1917 King George V announced that he and his family would become the House of Windsor and Windsor would become the surname of his family. The reason for this move was because England had major feelings of discontent against Germany due to W.W.1.
Their daughter Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (born 21 April 1926) married Philip Mountbatten, Prince of Greece and Denmark (born 10 June 1921) on 20 November 1947.
Queen Elizabeth II was Crowned on 2 June 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II was Crowned on 2 June 1953.
There are 37 degrees of separation between Queen Victoria and myself, Joy Olney.
Queen Victoria, Alexandrina Victoria Hanover, to her son King Edward VII, Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to his son King George V, George Frederick Ernest Albert Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to his son King Edward VIII, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to his brother, King George VI, Albert Frederick Arthur George Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, to her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, to her mother Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck, to her father Charles Cavendish-Bentinck, to his mother Anne Wellesley, to her husband William Abdy, to his father William Abdy, to his father William Abdy, to his brother Anthony Abdy, to his daughter Elizabeth Abdy, to her daughter Charlotte Ryves, to her son James Williams, to his wife Gertruida Albertyn, to her sister Coenradina Albertyn, to her husband Hendrik Gideon Visser, to his father Gerhardus George Visser, to his father Johannes Visser, to his father Johannes Visser, to his sister Johanna Visser, to her son Gybert Roos, to his wife Wilhelmina Booysen, to her sister Johanna Booysen, to her daughter Johanna du Plessis, to her husband Benjamin Solomon, to his brother Joseph Solomon, to his wife Hannah Moss, to her brother Isaac Moss, to his son Walter Britton Moss, to his son Clement George Moss, to his daughter Doris Gwendolyne Moss, to her son Keith Montague Olney, to his son Peter David Olney, to his wife Winifred Joy Petfield.
Family Tree Maker's official description is: Alexandrina Victoria Hanover is great grandmother of husband of 3rd cousin 2x removed of husband of sister-in-law of 1st cousin 2x removed of husband of aunt of wife of brother-in-law of 4th great aunt of husband of Winifred Joy Petfield.
|Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 - 5 May 1821)|
|Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife (23 June 1763 - 29 May 1814)|
|Marie Louise of Austria - Napoleon Bonaparte's second wife (12 December 1791 - 17 December 1847)|
There are 31 degrees of separation between Napoleon Bonaparte and myself, Joy Olney.
Napoleon Bonaparte to his brother Jerome-Napoleon Bonaparte, to his wife Catharina Von Wurttemberg, to her mother Princess Augusta Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel, to her mother Princess Augusta Hanover, to her sister Mary Allbury, to her daughter Catherine Brooke, to her daughter Henrietta Wahab, to her son Charles Tulloch, to his daughter Agnes Emma Tulloch, to her husband Charles Laurie, to his brother Robert Laurie, to his wife Coenradina Albertyn, to her husband Hendrik Gideon Visser, to his father Gerhardus George Visser, to his father Johannes Visser, to his father Johannes Visser, to his sister Johanna Visser, to her son Gysbert Roos, to his wife Wilhelmina Booysen, to her sister Johanna Booysen, to her daughter Johanna du Plessis, to her husband Benjamin Solomon, to his brother Joseph Solomon, to his wife Hannah Moss, to her brother Isaac Moss, to his son Walter Britton Moss, to his son Clement George Moss, to his daughter Doris Gwendolyne Moss, to her son Keith Montague Olney, to his son Peter David Olney, to his wife Winifred Joy Petfield.
Family Tree Maker's official description is: Napoleon Bonaparte is brother-in-law of 2nd cousin 2x removed of wife of brother-in-law of wife of 1st cousin 2x removed of husband of aunt of wife of brother-in-law of 4th great aunt of husband of Winifred Joy Petfield.
Some photos of my ancestors!
|Carlo Bonaparte (29 March 1746 - 24 February 1785) - Napoleon's father.|
|Jerome Bonaparte (15 November 1784 - 24 June 1860). King of Westphalia 1807-1813. Jerome & Catharina went into exile after the fall of the Napoleonic empire. Jerome was Napoleon's youngest brother.|
|Catharina Frederica Sophia Dorothea von Wurttemberg (21 February 1783 - 29 November 1835). Princess & Queen Consort of Westphalia von Wurttemberg. Wife of Jerome Bonaparte.|
|Augusta Caroline Friederika Luise, Princess of Wurttemberg von Brunswick-Bevern. (3 December 1764 - 27 September 1788). Mother of Princess Catharina. Married Frederick 1 William Charles von Wurttemberg on 15 October 1780.|
|Frederick 1 William Charles von Wurttemberg (6 November 1754 - 30 October 1816). Husband of Princess Augusta Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel and father of Princess Catharina Von Wurttemberg.|
|Princess Augusta Frederica of Wales Hanover (31 July 1737 - 23 March 1813). Grand daughter of George II. Married Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel Brunswick-Bevern (9 October 1735 - 10 November 1806) on 16 January 1764. Mother of Princess Augusta Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel (3 December 1764 - 27 September 1788) and Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel (17 May 1768 - 7 August 1821) who married George IV.|
|Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel Brunswick-Bevern (9 October 1735 - 10 November 1806) on 16 January 1764. Husband of Princess Augusta of Wales Hanover.|
|Joseph Solomon (1789 - 1861) and husband of Hannah Moss (1793 - 1858).|
|Isaasc Moss (18 February 1796 - 15 October 1864). Brother-in-law of Joseph Solomon (1789 - 1861) and sister of Hannah Moss (1793 - 1858). Isaac lived in "Longwood House" at St Helena after Napoleon died and his children were born there.|
|Walter Britton Moss (1837 - 20 June 1891). Son of Isaac Moss (1796 - 1864).|
|Clement George Moss (7 November 1870 - 30 June 1933). Son of Walter Moss (1837 - 1891).|
|Doris Gwendolyne Moss (9 June 1896 - 26 July 1961). Daughter of Clement Moss (1870 - 1933).|
|Keith Montague Olney (19 October 1915 - 24 August 1987). Son of Doris Olney nee Moss (1896 - 1961).|
|Peter David Olney 29 December 1941 - 9 May 2016. Son of Keith Olney (1915 - 1987)|
|Winifred Joy Olney nee Petfield. Wife of Peter Olney.|
It has been an interesting exercise to discover my ancestors back to Queen Victoria and Napoleon.
Why - just for the fun of it! Not a direct line, but never-the less I was able to find a connection which I felt was quite an achivement. I just wanted to share it with you!
Can I suggest you go to my Olney Family Archives Blog and start reading from the Arthur and Doris Olney Post to learn about why our family is so connected to Napoleon and his exile on St Helena.
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