Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happy 878th Birthday, King Henry II of England (1133-1189)!

Wells line very far back

King Henry II of England was a Plantagenet ruler who was raised in France.  He's famous: he was the husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine (although we descend from an illegitimate son, not through her).  He was a redhead, he had temper issues with Thomas Becket, and he started legal reform in England.  We'll claim him!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 174th Birthday, Maren Borglum Hegsted (1837-1902)!

Gawain Wells' great-grandmother

Maren (Mary in America) Hegsted was a Danish dressmaker who left family and home for the gospel.  She enjoyed living in polygamy, which makes her quite an enigma to me.  And she is our connection to Mount Rushmore.
If anyone has a better copy of this picture, I want it!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy 243rd Birthday, Silas Freeman Tupper (1768-1843)!

Gawain Wells' third great-grandfather

Silas Tupper is our connection with Tupperware--so think of him tonight when you put away some leftovers!  Since he died in Nauvoo, Silas was in my heart when we visited the Old Burial Grounds there--he has no headstone, but his name is listed among the honored dead.