The World of Grandpa Don

The Double Path
 to the Saints
 Long ago we discovered the "Family Saint", St Begga and her family of saints and more recently discovered a parallel  path to them.

This is their story, as I know it.

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 In tracing deep into that Hunt\Nash line of ancestors I was startled to see the name St. Begga, Abbess of Andenne, De Landen. Begga was already on my tree in the Whitcomb/ Cudworth family line which includes a number of the kings of England, William I and Charlemagne. When I first discovered her as an ancestor, my sister Marilyn create a small shrine proclaiming her as "The Family Saint" 


Saint Begga

Begga was my 43rd great-grandmother as reckoned by the Hunt/Nash line and my 41st great-grandmother as reckoned by the Cudworth line.

Pepin, sometimes called Pepin II and Pepin the Middle, was the grandson and namesake of Pepin I the Elder through the marriage of Pepin I's daughter Begga to Ansegisel, son of Arnulf of Metz. He was also the grandfather of Pepin the Short and great-grandfather of Charlemagne. That marriage united the two houses of the Pippinids and the Arnulfings which created what would be called the Carolingian dynasty. Pepin II was probably born in Herstal (Héristal), modern Belgium (where his centre of power lay), whence his byname (sometimes "of Heristal").

It was Pipen of Heristal who is the closest ancestor in this merging of family lines. Thus I was able to merge the two lines with him as the common ancestor. The lines diverge through his sons Charles Martel and Childebrand I "De Heristal" to merge again in modern day America.

The combined line continues to Chlogio.

Cloio or Chlogio who was a king of the Salian Franks from the Merovingian dynasty. He was known as the Long-Haired King and lived in Thuringian territory, at the castle of Duisburg. He became chief of the Thérouanne area in 414 AD. From there, he invaded the Roman Empire in 428, defeating a Roman force at Cambrai, and settled in Northern Gaul, where other groups of Salians were already settled. Although he was attacked by the Romans, he was able to maintain his position and, 3 years later in 431, he extended his kingdom south to the Somme River in the future Francia. In AD 448, 20 years after his reign began, Chlodio was defeated at Vicus Helena in Artois by Flavius Aëtius, the commander of the Roman army in Gaul. Like all Merovingian kings, Chlodio had long hair as a ritual custom. His successor may have been Merovech, after whom the dynasty was named 'Merovingian'. The non-contemporary Liber Historiae Francorum says his father was Pharamond, whom many believe to have been a legendary person linked to the lineage sometime in the 8th century. The Chronicle of Fredegar makes Chlodio son of Theudemeres, one of the leaders of the Salian Franks and king of Thérouanne (409–414).

Portrait Roi de france Clodion.jpg


My 47th Great Grandfather

We have some fascinating ancestors no bout a doubt it. As you can see, there is confusion over the identity of Chlodio 's father. There is no way we can say if it was  Pharamond or was it Theudemeres,  However, Pharamond is described as "legendary" while Theudemeres is known as "the son of the Roman commander Richomeres and his wife Ascyla." If I were adventuresome I would favor the Roman commander and his ties to Rome to continue our ancestry.


© Grandpa Don Plefka
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
 Mar 24, 2017


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