Monday, April 19, 2010

Royal English Roots (Fuller/Bean and Murch)

As discussed in another post, The MacBeans of Scotland feature prominently in the ancestry of Samuel Bean Fuller

The New Hampshire Bean line connects to the Scottish Sinclair and Sutherland lines as well.  Samuel Bean Fuller's great grandfather was David Bean, Sr. of Brentwood NH (who died in Sandwich NH).  David's mother was Martha Sinkler, whose grandfather, John Sinkler (1630-1700) was an immigrant from Scotland to NH during the English Civil War.

Supposedly, John Sinkler connects directly to John of Gaunt from the Plantagenet line (still looking to confirm this).

This line is well established and connects through several royal lines, from the Anglo-Saxon Kings (from 839-1016 AD), to the Norman Invasion rulers (including William the Conqueror himself and through to 1135), to the Plantagenet Dynasty (ending at 1377 with the reign of Edward III).

For the sake of brevity, here is a list of the rulers that are potentially ancestors to Samuel Bean Fuller, through the Beans, but are definitely confirmed ancestors to my Murch family, through the Taunton Leonard connection:


Aethelwulf of Essex
Aethelred I
Alfred the Great
Edward the Elder
Edmund I
Aethelred the Unready
Edmund II


William the Conqueror
Henry I


King Fulk of Jerusalem
his son, Geoffrey (founder of Plantagenet Dynasty)
Queen Matilda
Henry II
Henry III
Edward I
Edward II
Edward III
John of Gaunt (protector of his nephew, King Richard II)



Llewelyn ruled as Prince of Wales from 1200-1240. He ruled during the time of King John of England (another ancestor), and had many skirmishes with him over Welsh lands.


Lady Godiva is another famous ancestor of Arthur Fuller.

According to the popular story, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband's oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word and, after issuing a proclamation that all persons should keep within doors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Only one person in the town, a tailor ever afterwards known as Peeping Tom, disobeyed her proclamation in one of the most famous instances of voyeurism. In the story, Tom bores a hole in his shutters so that he might see Godiva pass, and is struck blind. In the end, Godiva's husband keeps his word and abolishes the onerous taxes.

I just hope that none of the crazy Tea Baggers ever follow her example...

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