The Ramblings of Jeff & Gilly...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Genealogy revisited!

I was thinking a few weeks ago that it had been quite some time since I had done anything with the family tree, either on my side or on Giliane's. So I wrote e-mails to all my old contacts to see if anything was new.

One person responded, saying that they had located some new "old" pictures of the Stonekings, a surname on my dad's side of the family. She provided a link and an invitation to join her familytree at So I accepted, and logged in to take a look. Turns out this person had pictures of my great-great-grandfather, his father, and the father's grandparents. Talk about hitting the jackpot! So I added the images to my family tree and the family tree photo album.

Then I started doing some research, looking for anything new, and while looking up Col. John Poyer (one of my 9th-great-grandfathers on my mother's side), I discovered that according to the National Portrait Gallery of London, England, a portrait exists for him. So I made contact and ordered a copy of the print. Hopefully it's decent! From what I'm told, it's a "line engraving". I've been in touch with the main Poyer researcher, and he wasn't aware of any portraits that existed of him. So this will be really cool!

Sir Thomas ButtonThen, while researching Col. Poyer, I discovered his wife, Elizabeth, was actually Elizabeth Button, daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Button, famous Welsh explorer of the Northwest Passage in 1612. He's the explorer who tried to find out what happened to Henry Hudson. I thought that was very cool! I then focused my research on him, and found all kinds of tidbits. Apparently he was knighted by King James I in 1616.

It's rumored that his ghost still haunts the estate where he used to reside, in Wales, called Dyffryn estate. So apparently an ancestor of mine is a ghost!!

On a completely different note, we've started training Keeley to do some tricks. I'm teaching her the "roll-over" trick that Sammi knew so well. Giliane taught her the "down" command. She knows quite a few more. She's one of the smartest dogs I've ever encountered, so it'll be fun to see how many tricks she'll learn.