Monday, March 18, 2013

Mappy Monday - Connections to Downton Abbey

Whiteparish, West Dean, and Romsey

John Emery was baptized on March 29, 1599 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. He married Alice Grantham, daughter of Walter and Eleanor Grantham. The wedding took place on June 26, 1620 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England. The Grantham family was from West Dean, Wiltshire, England. Notice the nearby town of Downton. The names reminded me of the BBC series - where Downton Abbey is a fictional Yorkshire country house, belonging to the Earl and Countess of Grantham. Of course, one cannot connect fictional characters and places with real ancestors and their homes but, being a fan of the series, I was entertained by the similar family and place names. 
Green marker is Yorkshire where the fictional Downton Abbey is located. Other markers show the locations of Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed and the villages in which my ancestors lived. 
John Emery and Alice Grantham are my 11th great-grandparents
Eleanor Emery
Sarah Bailey
Eleanor Cheney
John Safford
Ruth Safford
Martha Haskell
Mary "Sally" Houghton
Florilla Dunham
Nina King Ellingwood
Annie Florilla Gibbs
Fern Lyndell Cotton - my grandmother

1 comment:

  1. How fun! I love Downton Abbey!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!