Who am I

Have you ever wondered where you came from? Looking into the faces of your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents it is hard to imagine without research. You all know the major stories of my life by now and what it was like. I grew up poor, didn’t know any different. As I grew older, I became interested in genealogy and have worked for a long, long time putting pieces together by myself, finding a match here and there after doing the DNA testing. Some of it becomes quite interesting. I have found families I never knew existed and have began to follow up with them, hoping one day to meet some of them and compare stories. I lose train of thought sometimes in history, going from war to war and what made this great country the independent country it is. I imagine what it must have been like when many of our people arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and the harsh elements and brutal welcome they must have been given on arrival. Beginning here and earlier in the colonies is where you and I all descend from. What I have found out to be true is that I have a few drops of blue-blood that continues to course through my veins, as unlikely as that might sound. For many generations ago, in the old country of Europe sat my grandfather, King James IV of Scotland.

***The ancestors of My Dad.

King James IV was the King of Scotland from 11 June 1488 to his death. He assumed the throne following the death of his father, King James III, in the Battle of Sauchieburn, a rebellion in which the younger James played an indirect role. Wikipedia

Born: March 17, 1473, Stirling Castle, Stirling, United Kingdom

Died: September 9, 1513, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Spouse: Margaret Tudor (m. 1503–1513)

Children: James V of Scotland, Lady Janet Stewart, MORE

Grandchildren: Mary, Queen of Scots, MORE

Parents: James III of Scotland, Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland

The documentation is there, and I find myself sometimes thinking, how did my ancestors have so much, and which ones were the entitled ones. After arriving here, the harsh reality of it was that it was not going to be an easy journey, for they were met with much resistance in my family that was already here. Family I have identified with, with the help of professional genealogists. For you see, I connect with the ones that were here first.

The names of ***The ancestors of my mother.

White Owl Raven Moytoy “Native Line” (1680 – 1741)
5th great-uncle of wife of 3rd cousin 6x removed
AmaDoHiYi “Pigeon of Tellico” Moytoy II Moytoy “Native Line” II (1680 – 1771)
father of White Owl Raven Moytoy “Native Line”
Willenawah Great Eagle (1702 – 1777)
son of AmaDoHiYi “Pigeon of Tellico” Moytoy II Moytoy “Native Line” II
Chief Doublehead “Native Line” (1744 – 1807)
son of Willenawah Great Eagle
Seeleechie “Standing Fern” Doublehead “Native Line” (1762 – 1846)
daughter of Chief Doublehead “Native Line”
William Colbert “Native Line”
son of Seeleechie “Standing Fern” Doublehead “Native Line”
Levitia Hettie Colbert “Native Line” (1790 – )
daughter of William Colbert “Native Line”
Jefferson “Jeff” Daniel Hollinger “Native Line” (1810 – )
son of Levitia Hettie Colbert “Native Line”
Caroline Hollinger Stewart “Native Line” (1832 – 1904)
daughter of Jefferson “Jeff” Daniel Hollinger “Native Line”
Simon Hadley (1818 – 1904)
husband of Caroline Hollinger Stewart “Native Line”
Benjamin Hadley (1760 – 1830)
father of Simon Hadley
Captain Thomas Jefferson Hadley (1728 – 1781)
father of Benjamin Hadley
Joshua L Hadley (1703 – )
father of Captain Thomas Jefferson Hadley
Simon Hadley (1676 – 1756)

Joshua Hadley (1703-1763)
son of Simon Hadley

Sarah Hadley (1700- )

daughhter of Joshua Hadley

Ann Miller (1720-1811)
daughter of Sarah Hadley

Mary Crowe (1742-1778)
daughter of Ann Miller

Jacob Underwood (1770-1830)
son of Mary Crowe

Malachi Underwood (1810-1910)
son of Jacob Underwood

Thomas Jefferson Underwood (1843-1906)
son of Malachi Underwood

Charles Otto Underwood (1897-1970)*****My grandfather
son of Thomas Jefferson Underwood

Emma Jean Underwood (1927-2013)
daughter of Charles “Otto” Underwood

And Me, Charles

I have other lines leading to aristocracy and U.S. presidential lineage, as well as movie stars. I am sure many of you do as well. Life goes on and I am happy with who I am. I am sure all of the riches these ancestors had did not bring them happiness. I just wanted to share what memories and history lurk inside of me, For as I am today, I am the melting pot of America. It gives me great pride to be able to walk among everyone and say I am part of you. I am part Jewish, Spanish, Irish, Black, proven through DNA testing, and I remember the plight each of these minorities have been through. But I am also royalty and have walked in the past light with my nose in the air, fearing if it rained I might drown. My heritage is a compilation of all who have come before us and all that will come after. All of these people are who I am. Their recognition is deserving, because they are who made me who I am, and they are not forgotten.

Copyright @coffeewithcharles.blog (Charles D. Grant)

Author: coffeewithcharles58

Married for 33 years to a wonderful wife. I have 2 grown sons and a beautiful daughter n law. I love life, past and present.

2 thoughts on “Who am I”

  1. Charles, this is amazing. We have not ever heard of Jacob Underwood and did not know he was the father of Malachi. Do you know more about him?

    Thank you, Karen Underwood Lutke

    Sent from my iPad


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