what genes do I have and how long do they last -
they go on forever, and considering all the conquerors of the world, has
the slight almond cast to my daugher's eyes meant Ghengis Kahn's genes
came down the genetic line to her? All those military types - Alexander
the Great, Atilla the Hun, the Vikings who pillaged Wales - did they add
genes to our stockpile? I don't know much about genes, but now that I
read the *Maddox Web Page*, think I'll read up, and soon!
is a mixture of Saxon, Norman, and ancient
with a little Viking on the side. I think we are are more mongrel than
we care to admit! Whatever our forebears' nationality, however, we can't
ignore the man named William the Conqueror. There just isn't
a more epic event than William's landing in Britain, and, like most
his Frenchmen raped & pillaged England.
The history books, dry
that they are, say William of Normandy defeated King Harold in the
of Hastings in 1066 and became King of England. That's when French blood
was added to an already confused gene pool. Vikings, Romans, Saxons
and Britons in residence in England were of mixed heritage. King
William was the reason Celtic Britons fled to Wales & Scotland;
the reason our Samuel Madog grew up in Wales: William the Conqueror
fight well in the Welsh mountains.
But it makes you
I have traced some of my lines back to William, so it makes me mad when
I read that only male lineage is acceptable in prestigious societies
Founders and Patriots. I don't think that's fair. We women have faced
and gone on cooking dinner for centures! We are the reason the species
I know my father and
didn't have the field to themselves: four grandparents, eight
sixteen gggrandparents. So why is my father's bloodline more important
than my ggg-grandmother Martha "Patsy" Maddox Harris' bloodline? What
- William had a Mother!
of Wm the Conqueror" by Mario MacMaster in "Yeargin Family News,"
1997. Reworked by Pat Doster.