With my first (albeit quite extensive) efforts here was as far as I could get with the Denton Family Bible – to my GGF26 and GGF25 and the year 935.
GGF26 – Sims of Yetherham [elder] (born 935)
This individual is twenty-nine generations of my lineage back from me, thus my twenty-sixth great-grandfather. This is as far back as I could get with my research – and probably twenty places further back than I might have hoped to achieve!
Sims the Elder was born in that original Denton Country, at Yetherham in Roxburghshire, a Scottish border county. We have no name for his wife but they had at least one son also called Sims, the younger. I could find no modern trace of Yetherham – there is a Yetholm with its own loch, near Roxburgh and Kelso?
We may be in august company here, as the site fabpedigree.com suggests Sims as the possible GG23 of President George Washington, possible GG28 of Winston Churchill, possible GG28 of Princess Diana. But do see ‘Cautionary Tales…’ in the Foreword.
Sims the younger was also born in Yetheram, Roxburghshire in 970.
In a cross-border dynastic marriage this younger Sims married Ada of Northumberland (975-1050) and they had a son called Bueth (or Bewth) – presumably with the second name of Sims.
Ada should not be confused with the later 12th century Ada de Warenne, a countess of Northumberland, also referred to as Ada of Northumberland. This later Ada married Henry of Scotland, son of King David I. Their son became King Malcolm IV of Scotland known as ‘Virgo’ because he was in poor health and died unmarried, at the age of twenty-four, his one portrait suggesting inbreeding may have been a cause.
But I later revisited the data that was available in summer/autumn 2022 and found thatI was able to extend this considerably – tracing all the way back to my GGF104 and to the year 4,004 BCE.
But do notice the caveats along the way, this brushes up against myths and legends, there are many self-interests at work like the Norse wanting to forge a link back to Troy (aka Ilium), and then there are the Biblical begats that claim implausible lifespans for its characters, some of whom are clearly historical individuals but others are fictional, weaving a tale that creates a religious and cultural framework.
But keeping those caveats in mind I thought there was still value in following the genealogical trail to its ultimate end. The journey is worthwhile and comes in several parts:
- Northumbrian period – from 500 CE – 1,000 CE
- Norse and Scylding period – from 200 BCE – 500 CE
- Trojan period – from 1,750 BCE – 200 BCE
- Biblical period – from 4,004 BCE – 1,750 BCE
Enjoy the journey!
|Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:|
– GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
– GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
– 1C3 – means first cousin three times removed