24 May 2010

Tardiness, England, and Walter de Hawksworth

As some of you may have realized, I do not post much anymore on the blog. I've been thinking about why and concluded it is facebook's fault. I am lazy and it is much easier to post our stuff on facebook. Unfortunately what this means is that for those who aren't our friends on facebook you don't get to see this. Sorry. I will endeavor to attempt to post more here.

We just got back from visiting London and just loved it. We definitely want to go back and it also inspired me to go back and look at my ancestry. When I go back I want to do more research.

With that said, I went back to an earlier post I made and it seems that I missed something before. This link indicates that:

The history of the Hawksworth family dates back to the eleventh century when Walter de Hawksworth resided here. His father, John, came over with William the Conqueror from Normandy and was subsequently killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

This link indicates that:

John, the father of Walter de Hawksworth, the first possessor of this place [i.e., Hawksworth Hall], came over with the Conqueror, and was killed at the battle of Hastings, where he commanded under Richard Fitzpoint, a Norman Baron, surnamed Clifford, Lord Clifford, of Clifford Castle.
This link also says that William the Conqueror was Lord of the Manor of Hawksworth for eight months and that King James I stayed there. What amazed me about this is that my ancestors are originally from Normandy which is where I live now. Also it is amazing to me because we are hearing about and learning so much about William the Conqueror and to now hear that my ancestor commanded for William the Conqueror and died in the Battle of Hastings makes it all that more interesting and real to me.

05 March 2010

Christmas Cruise - Rome

This is miscellaneous pictures in Rome on our cruise. You will find food gladiators, various statues and ancient ruins as well as the kids in the train and at an ancient church.

03 March 2010

Christmas Cruise - Vatican

These are the pictures of the Vatican. This is St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica. There are also pictures of a dead pope, the Swiss Guard, and Michelangelo's Pieta.