My Connection to Anne Boleyn

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the death of Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London on May 19, 1536.

The “other Boleyn girl,” Mary Boleyn, was married to William Carey, who served King Henry VIII as a Gentleman of the Privy chamber and Esquire of the Body to the King. Mary became Henry’s mistress shortly after their marriage in 1520.

William Carey was the son of Margaret Spencer and Sir Thomas Carey. While Margaret is not from the same Spencer family as the late Princess Diana, she was the 3rd great granddaughter of King Edward III.

Thomas Carey and Margaret Spencer had the following children:

  • Sir John Carey, of Plashey (1491–1552), married Joyce Denny (1495–1559)
  • Anne Carey (1493–1550)
  • William Carey (1500–1528), Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII of England, married Mary Boleyn.
  • Margaret Carey (1496–1560)
  • Eleanor Carey (died after 1528). She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
  • daughter, name unknown. She was a nun at Wilton Abbey.
  • Edward Carey (after 1500–1560)
  • Mary Carey (1501–1560), married John Delaval, Sheriff of Northumberland (1493–14 Dec 1562)

Mary Carey and John DeLaval are my 12th great grandparents. I am descended from their son, Sir John deLaval 1512-1572 who married Anne Ogle b1515. The line continues through to my grandparents, parents, and myself.

A very interesting person on the tree is William James Bowes, who was born on 15 Nov, 1760 in Glamis, Scotland, and was the grandson of Sir William Bowes MP and Elizabeth Blackiston. Sir William is the 5th great grandfather of the Queen Mother, as his daughter, Mary Eleanor Bowes, married John Lyon, the 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and hypenated the name to Bowes-Lyon. But back to William, the grandson, and my ancestor:

He married Lady Margaret Monteith, who was born 2 Oct 1768 in Inverary Castle, Inverary, Argylshire, Scotland. This was a marriage which his family considered unsuitable. The reason is a mystery. In any case, they left Scotland and emigrated to Canada, where they set up a farm in Ramsay Township, Lanark Co, Ontario.

That shows more than anything else how so many Canadians and Americans of English descent have noble and royal blood, despite the fact that we have farmers in our recent family trees… my maternal great-grandmother was Marguerite Bowes!

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