The World of Grandpa Don

The Worden Roots
Noble & Royal

 In early November of 2016, I became acquainted on line with David Jay Webber who introduced me to the family of Peter Worden and his roots, opening up a new line of Nobel & Royal ancestors along with a gateway to antiqiity.

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Peter Worden (I) (1568-1639) & Margaret Grice (1569-1612)

Peter Worden was born at Lancashire, England on 09 Jun 1568, the a son of Robert Worden & Isobel Worthington. They were the parents of three children, all born at Lancashire:

  • Eleanor (Elen) Worden 29 Apr, 1599 ... married John Adams, ancestor of the Presedent.

  • Thomas Worden (1600)

  • Peter Worden (1609)

Margaret died in England in or after 1609 and Peter has been reported as remarried ANN FARINGTON who also died in England. We have conflicting information on Ann and she may have not existed, at least as the wife of Peter.

We assume that Peter and his children, and grandchildren sailed to America after 1620.

Peter died 9 March 1638/9, in Yarmouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He was our 9th great grandfather.

It is, however, Peter's mother, Isobel Worthington (1547-1580) who provides the longest and most interesting links. Doing a web search revealed History of Peter Worden (I) (c.1565 - 1639) . And then I found Peter Worden II (abt. 1570 - bef. 1639) This includes the following:

Noble and royal ancestry: Peter Worden is descended from Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert de Ros, and through Robert's wife, Isabel of Scotland, is also a descendant of Charlemagne. Proven descent from Peter Worden is accepted as a qualification for membership in the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the USA, through at least one proven lineage.

 I invite you to see Relationship Chart.

As my research continues with many more knights and nobles I discovered a first! My 38th great grandfather, Rollo Thurstan Brico Bigod Hrollaugsson, was born in 885 AD in Iceland, He, of course was a Norseman who's descendants settled in Normandy and subsequently in England extending down to Peter Worden and his family. Hay! That's us! Apparently he didn't know that he could have taken a short cut from Iceland to New England and the US.

My Peter Worden research found his, and our, lineage to Charlemagne. This my 2nd documented path to Charles I. The other being the ancestors of Both lines run through many Flemish nobles. Unfortunately, my software does not display parallel genetic lines but somehow choses only one. But we have already shown the relationship of myself to Peter Worden and we can now view the relationship from him to Charlemagne. See Relationship.

Our ancestor Peter Worden and we along with him apparently have no limits. I was able to trace his ancestors (and ours) to Rome: Gaius Julius Quadratus Bassus (70–117), was an office holder under the Roman Empire and a Romanized Galatian who served as suffect consul in May-August 105. Quadratus Bassus was born in Pergamon, the son of Gaius Julius Bassus, who was Proconsul of Bithynia in 100/101. He served as a Legate at Judaea from 102/103 to 104/105. After his term as suffect consul Quadratus Bassus served as the governor of Cappadocia and Galatia (114/115), and later Syria (114/115). He was serving as Legatus Augusti pro praetore (governor) in the province of Dacia when he died in the Dacian revolt of 117.

Further research brings us to: Gaius Julius Bassus (ca 45 - aft. 101) was a Consul Suffect in 99 and a Proconsul of Bithynia and Pontus in 98 or between 100 and 101, before Pliny the Younger who either prosecuted or defended him afterwards. He was the younger son of Gaius Julius Severus (b. ca 25), a Nobleman from Akmonia at Galatia, and paternal grandson of Artemidoros of the Trocmi, a Nobleman at Galatia, Asia Minor (son of Amyntas, Tetrarch of the Trocmi, King of Galatia), and his wife a Princess of the Tectosagii (daughter of Amyntas, Tetrarch of the Tectosagii). His older brother was Gaius Julius Severus, a Tribune in Legio VI Ferrata. He was the father of Gaius Julius Quadratus Bassus, Legate at Judaea between 102 and 105, Consul of Rome in 105 and Proconsul of Asia in 105, married to Asinia Marcella, Domina figl., married to Julia of Cilicia.

Gaius lived in the earliest of the Christian eras but of course was certainly no a Christian. After that the path gets muddy and hard to follow. As a result we abandon that line of the quest.

My research on Peter Warden continues but one thing that stands out at this point is that he (and we) have many ancestors who were Norsemen and leaders of the Norsemen. In about the 2nd & 3rd centuries we find names like Woden and Odin that seem to be more mythology than actual and so we stop looking further. We also find claims of fathers who were too young to have sons or even born after their children and so we rejected them. In this maze of information and misinformation we do find evidence that there were Norsemen who had their roots in the middle East with their families originating in what is now Turkey and Afghanistan. This matches several theories of migration of peoples in antiquity. I, for one, find all this fascinating.

We have traced Peter Worden to his Scottish royal ancestors who include King Malcolm III and his wife St. Margret of Scotland. His ancestors continue beyond that of course and St. Margret is also my ancestor through another line. You may study the line of ancestors for Peter by way of his Pedigree Chart. Be warned ... there are 101 pages in the chart and it extends beyond the year 60 BC. I am confident that the information in this chart is reasonably correct at least until we get earlier than the 1st century AD. Dates and names earlier than that are included as "possibly possible". 

For those who yearn for our earliest origins we offer the following, provided to me by my friend David Jay Webber :

A 4000–Year Old Descent from Antiquity:
From the 12th Egyptian Dynasty to the Capetians and Beyond.
Compiled by F. A. Doria from postings to soc.medieval.gen, 1995–1998
Analysis of the descent by Chris Bennett Comments
Discussion by C. Settipani and N. Taylor
May 2001

Notably, this discourse includes the supposed lineage of Arnulf of Metz who is included in my lineage through both Peter Worden and General James Cudworth.

Peter was my 9th great grandfather and the first of his line in the American Colonies. The page on his Noble and Royal ancestors reaches back through the families members in England, France and more into antiquity. Links to the research of others is there including a report on "From the 12th Egyptian Dynasty to the Capetians and Beyond". The Capetian dynasty also known as the House of France, is a dynasty of Frankish origin, founded by Hugh Capet. It is among the largest and oldest European royal houses, consisting of Hugh Capet's male-line descendants. The senior line ruled in France as the House of Capet from the election of Hugh Capet in 987 until the death of Charles IV in 1328.

Our Peter Worden descends from this house of royalty. Going back a bit farther, how many of us can trace our lineage to ...

  1.  Sen–Wosret, ancestor of the 12th Dynasty. (And his) Son:

  2.  Amenemhat I, d. 1962 b.C., first king, 12th Dynasty of Egypt.

And this from Wikipedia ...

Amenemhat I, also Amenemhet I and the hellenized form Ammenemes, was the first ruler of the Twelfth Dynasty, the dynasty considered to be the golden-age of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. He ruled from 1991 BC to 1962 BC. Amenemhat I was probably the same as the vizier named Amenemhat who led an expedition to Wadi Hammamat under his predecessor Mentuhotep IV, and possibly overthrew him from power. Scholars differ as to whether Mentuhotep IV was killed by Amenemhat I, but there is no independent evidence to suggest this and there may even have been a period of co-regency between their reigns. Amenemhet I was not of royal lineage, and the composition of some literary works (the Prophecy of Neferti, the Instructions of Amenemhat) and, in architecture, the reversion to the pyramid-style complexes of the 6th dynasty rulers are often considered to have been attempts at legitimizing his rule. Amenemhat I moved the capital from Thebes to Itjtawy and was buried in el-Lisht.

Yes, that's about 2000 years Before Christ! Well, don't take my word for it, read the article and judge for yourself.

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