Ives family tree highlights
Frank da Cruz
NOTE: I still need to merge this family tree overview with an
earlier one HERE, which includes her father's
ancestors and also some of her mother's not mentioned here.
July 2019, June 2020, December 2020
Pam Ives was my first love back in 1961. In 2018 we
found each other again and continued from where we left off 57 years before.
Her mother Ruth Ives is still living at age 98 (as I write this) and Pam and
her brother and sister all have children and grandchildren. For all
practical purposes Pam and I are now family (despite another separation
imposed by the COVID-19 virus), so in 2019 I incorporated her into
tree. I was able to take her tree back much farther on her mother's
side than anyone had done before and we were all surprised to find some Sir
Knignts showing up and, continuing back in time, finally also Kings, Queens,
Dukes, Counts, Tsars, and even Saints. Among Pam's ancestors we also find
Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony were hanged as witches as well as
veterans from different wars from the American Revolution and Civil War to
World War II (in which Pam's father Charles Ives was
a decorated veteran of the Battle of
the Bulge) and Korea.
Please use a large computer screen
(not a cell phone) to read this
page and follow the links. And for best results, maximize your browser
(that is, make it fill the whole screen; for example, by double-clicking on
the title bar, or clicking the square icon near the right end of the title
bar). When you click on a link, you'll see a small part of the tree. On
the left is a grey sidebar with information about the selected
person. The first time you do this
, click on the Biographical
, so you can see all the information about the person: birth place,
death place, profession, and story. For more information about how to find
your way around the tree, CLICK HERE
|Alfred the Great
Pam's ancestors on her mother Ruth's side include a large number of nobles
spanning the eras of Anglo-Saxon England, medieval France, the Viking
conquests of Normandy and Russia, the Norman invasion of England, and
Plantagenet and Tudor England, and also Scotland, Holland, Flanders,
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ukraine, and even some Celtic and Pictish kings.
This trove of royals goes back from
Ruth to her
mother Olive Safford through three more
generations of Saffords, to Sylvina Hall
who married Elisha Safford; to Jemima
Kinne, who married John Hall; to Jemima's
mother Keziah Peabody; to Keziah's
father Jacob Peabody (by this point we're
in colonial Massachusetts), to Jacob's
father Francis Peabody, who emigrated
from England to the colonies in 1635. Meanwhile Jacob's mother and
Francis's wife Mary Foster (1618-1705,
Ruth's 7-Great Grandmother) is descended from several genations of nobles
who have "of" in their names, like Thomas of
Brunton Forster. His grandfather was Sir
Thomas IV of Etherstone Forster (1519-1589): our first royal, a Knight.
From that point you can work your way up the tree, and it's just about 100%
nobility. When you seem to come to dead end (a person with no parents),
click on the person to see if some parents or siblings appear. This can be
either fun or frustrating. In case it's frustrating, here are some
highlights... These are all people you are directly descended
- The aforementioned Sir Thomas IV of
Etherstone Forster (1495-1568, Ruth's 11-Great Grandfather) was
apparently the Sherrif of Nottingham! Starting here most of the
males including Thomas IV (and some of the females, such as Eleanor of
Acquitaine) were not only royals but also military commanders who fought
wars in England, Scotland, Wales, France, ... even in Russia. Click on
each person going up the line to see their stories in the "Biographical"
section of the sidebar.
- Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy, a major
figure in the Scottish wars and a featured character in
Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He had many adventures,
including some particularly grisly ones after his death in battle. His
wife Lady Elizabeth Mortimer was
immortalized by Shakespeare as Kate Percy in the same plays.
- King Edward III of England who reigned from 1327 to 1377, and his
queen Philippa, and all the English kings and queens before them back
- William The Conqueror
(William I) the
Norman conquerer of Anglo-Saxon England in 1066 and his Queen, Matilda of
Flanders. Meaning that Pam's family is directly descended from William I,
(and his famous
queen Eleanor of Aquitaine), the evil
For example, Pam is Henry II's and Eleanor of Aquitaine's 26-Great
Richard Lionheart (John's brother) is
Pam's 25-Great Uncle.
- Going even farther back, the Ives ancestry proceeds through at least ten
generations of Anglo-Saxon kings, back to at least Ecgberht King of Wessex
(771-839) and including (most
Alfred the Great (847-899), widely regarded as England's first
king, and his great-great
the Unready (966-1016) (father of Edward the Confessor, not a direct
ancestor but some form of cousin, xx times removed). Another contender for
England's first king is Æthelstan, Alfred's grandson by a different wife,
and therefore not a direct Ives/Lawrence ancestor, but another cousin.
- Scottish royalty include, through
of Scotland (wife of English King Henry I), Kings Malcolm III and
Duncan I (both prominently featured in Shakespear's Macbeth) and
before them various Celtic and Pictish Kings going back at least as far as
- A line of Norse kings is reached through
de Crêpon (936-1031), a Dane married to the French Duke Richard I of
Normandy. Gunnor's father was King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark and Norway
and her mother Gyrid Olavsdottir was Princess of Sweden and Queen
Consort of Denmark and Norway. Gyrid's father was King Olof Bjørnsson of
Sweden (970-975). Harald's father was Gorm the Old, the first king of
Denmark. Olof's father was King Bjorn Eriksson of of Sweden (882-932).
Bjorn's father was King Erik Ragnarsson Værlat of Sweden (859-882). Erik's
father was King Ragnar Sigurdsson Lodbrok of Denmark and Norway, who lived
between 795 and 840. This goes on and on through at least seven more
generations to 540AD, and at least three more kings (Hjort, Halvdan, Olav).
All the kings before Harald Bluetooth were traditional Vikings who
worshipped the Norse gods.
III of Castile, King of Castile, León, and Galicia 1217-1252, and
also a Saint.
IV, King of France 1285-1314 (to name just one of many French kings
in the tree).
Traversing another Norman branch rooted at Thomas of Brunton Forster's wife,
Elizabeth Jane Carr
, as we go up we see a
lot more Lords and Ladies, Bucktons and Newports, then finally ten
generations of de Hattons, who are all Knights and some of them also Lords,
and eventually they start to have first names like Wolfric, betraying the
Viking origin of the Norman aristocracy. Then starting with
Havoise de Normandie
(981-1034) we see
the Norman families (some pictures included) who were to conquer England:
several generations of Dukes and Duchesses, such as
Duke Richard I de Normandie
wife Duchess Gunnor de Crêpon
. As you
follow this line upwards, the names become more and more Norse:
- Olof Bjørnsson, King of Sweden
and his Queen Ingeborg Þróndsdóttir
(the first letter of her last name is Thorn, used in old Norse and Old
English and still in use in modern Icelandic). Above them several more
- And above them King Ragnar Sigurðsson
Loðbrok (a.k.a. "Hairy Britches"), King of Denmark, Norway, and by some
accounts also of Russia, who lived from 795 to 840 ('ð' is another old
letter, called Eth). As we go up from there we have Viking Kings in Norway,
Sweden, and Denmark going back to 540 AD!
- The Viking Rollo
who conquered northern France and established Viking Normandy.
- Duke William Longsword (Vilhjálmr
Langaspjót, 893-842, Rollo's son) who took his wife Sprota in Brittany on
his way there, in the "Danish fashion" — i.e. by killing her family
and kidnapping her.
- Above Longsword we see several generations of French Norman Kings,
including Sprota's father Herbert I,
then Pepin (Pippin) II, ... Pepin I, and finally...
- CHARLEMAGNE, 742-814. So yes,
the Ives family is descended directly from The Father of Europe. And
Charlemagne's grandfather was the
almost-as-consequential Charles Martel.
Meanwhile if we go back to Agnes Dutton
born in 1209 and the wife of William de Hatton, and go up from there we see
a lot of Norman English royals until we get
to Eleanor de Beaumont
, born in England
in 1100. Her Dad, Sir Robert de
Beaumont-le-Roger, was born in France and was one of the Norman invaders
who defeated the Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Continuing upwards we find Robert's grandfather...
All of this is in addition to the highlights I listed
- King Henry I of France
(1009-1060), who was preceded by a couple of other French Kings and who
missed the invasion by dying six years before it, but whose Queen
was Anna of Kiev, whose mother
was Saint Anna of Sweden, and whose
- Yaroslav the Wise (976-1054), Grand
Prince of Kiev (Ukraine). And Yaroslav's father was...
- Grand Duke Saint Vladimir the
Great, Grand Duke of Kiev, Prince of Novgorod ("the cradle of
Russian statehood"), and ruler
of Kievan Rus'
(eastern Europe and western Russia) from 980 to 1015, and a saint,
Rogneda of Polotsk was the daughter of...
- Rogvolod, one of Russia's Viking
invaders. Vladimir the Great sought an alliance with him in 980 by marrying
Rogneda, but she insultingly refused, prompting Vladimir to attack Rogvolod
and his sons and kill them, after which he forcibly took Rogneda as his
wife (the "Danish fashion" again).
several months ago, including Massachusetts
Bay Colony Puritans including Rebecca
and Mary Towne
, who were
hanged for witchcraft, and some Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.
Many of the characters mentioned above have their own
Wikipedia pages; here are some samples:
P.S. There are still quite a few branches I haven't followed yet so there
are likely to be more surprises to come!
—Frank, 7 July 2019