Begun in 1174 for Henry II, it
was completed in 1616 for my
ancestor, Sir Dudley Diggs,
Sir (Knight) Thomas Kempis
The Ruins of Castle Cary
Built sometime in early 1100 by
my ancestors, the Percevals
For several years I've been building my family tree.
As I trace my lineage through the web of branches on both sides (Wells on my dad's side; Grinnell on my mother's), I am absolutely thunderstruck to have made my way back as far as the 800s. Stunning! And I'm not done threading yet ...
My discoveries have taken me to the Moors of England & Ireland & Scotland, as well as to the fertile & verdant valleys of France's Argonne region where, most likely, Jewish ancestry was handed down as well (having been exiled with the Sephardic Jews of Spain). Some small consortium of my DNA derives from the forests & farmlands of Germany.
All-in-all, I'm predominantly a Celt, but no commoner. The ancestors I've met along these various branches (and on both sides of my parentage) include lords & ladies, sirs/knights. As expected, this includes a fair number of castles (two of many shown above) & kingdoms.
Which brings me back to where I began. My AWOLism is born of my heartfelt yearning to visit those ancient lands & peoples that are, even today, near & dear. With the advent of the internet, as well as sites like Ancestry.com, what was once thought lost is found. I long to know these people & their times; to look long at their family crests and the coats of arms they bore proudly. I will attempt to look on their faces in search of the resemblance that is mine both physically & spiritually. Much of what I see is now readily available. The rest I'll have to imagine.
So, if you wonder about my whereabouts, just picture me walking the misted moors with Lady Amy Anne or Sir/Knight Thomas Moyle. We've much to speak of ...
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for
and assurance about what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for...
Therefore, since we are surrounded by
such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
~ Hebrews 11:1, 12:1-2
P.S. I'm not actually going to Ireland & Scotland. That's something I'd planned to do this Fall, but have postponed until next year. But, I am going to spend a considerable amount of time in research, and less on social networks. I'll be back. In the meantime, you can always reach me at my direct email address. I'm hoping to drop by to see what you're up to when I return from my heathered wanderings of the heart ...