Monday, April 19, 2010

Royal English Roots (Murch)

My gram, Lorena Holland Murch had a few royal roots, though not nearly as many as her husband Arthur:


Richard Rich, Lord Chancelor of England during Edward IV’s reign, was the great grandson of Richard Rich, Sherriff of London. In the 1966 film, A Man for All Seasons, he was played by John Hurt. The Rich’s are direct ancestors of my great grandmother Lorena Murch Fuller.  Lord Richard Rich is also a 5th generation ancestor to Susannah North Martin, who was hanged during the Salem Witch Trials.

My gram also descends from the Welsh Leonard line from Taunton Massachusetts, who started up the Leonard Forge there.  They descend directly from John of Gaunt, son to Edward III of the Plantagenet line, and more info about this connection can be read here.  

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