Belcher Y-DNA project.
The earliest ancestor I've been able to find is Hugh Belcher, the Lieutenant of Needwood Forest in the late 1400s. The family later lived in Warwickshire and Guilsborough Northamptonshire where they had a manor. In the 1600s the heir married a fancy lady from Essex, I'm not sure of the right British phrase to give the sense I want. Posh isn't quite right. Too much money and too little sense, a play on words since cents is still used here.
The family had got rich running a big wool farm, I found a letter to Henry VIII about how Belcher was keeping his wool price in Northamptonshire. The son of the fancy lady went to Cambridge and Oxford, wrote a play and a poem, sold everything and died in Holland. What the British were doing in Holland in the 1600s I'm not sure. I don't know if he was a Puritan or if it had something to do with the Stuart king's court.
He'd have done better to keep the manor and to have learned to love sheep farming. It wouldn't be me but there'd be a baronet in the family by now.
At least I get to be related to Thomas Jefferson who a few of you might have heard of. My ancestor was a younger son and sold himself for a few years for passage to Virginia. Some of his descendants were killed and scalped by Indians there, including a 14 year old boy taken captive to Ohio and burnt at the stake and an 18 year old girl killed trying to protect a 2nd younger brother. There's a statue of her parents called "The Torment" in what is now the state of West Virginia.
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I feel about the same towards the fancy lady from Essex as I do the Indians, or the Shawnee to be particular.
Before I stumbled onto the Y-DNA project web site I knew my grandfather's name.
If there were any Belchers of the same family left behind in Staffordshire they could find out if they're descended from Hugh by submitting a DNA sample. It's Y-DNA so it's the male line. I'm not sure how to go about it myself, I saw my cousin's name on the site and since I look more like the Belchers than either of my brothers I don't have to bother.
Interesting, to me, fact. My dad and his 10 siblings looked mostly alike around the eyes. They were born in the early 1900s. The interesting thing is that I showed a portrait of Admiral Sir Edward Belcher of the Royal Navy who was born in 1799 to my brother and sister independently. They both said he was the spitting image of my uncle Pete. I thought he looked like dad and some of my aunts around the eyes but they both said Pete. The interesting part to me is that Belchers born over 100 years apart could look so much alike.
On behalf of Hugh, hopefully no hard feelings if he had to send any of your unruly Saxon ancestors on to court for molesting the King's deer or timber.