From the Fortress of Solitude
I'm up to my neck with this, that and the other this summer, which is why you'll find my postings in the history blog slightly sporadic. This is the summer camp season and we have space campers coming and going all week long at the Space Education Center. There's money to be made in summer camps and this is the time we take in the biggest part of our yearly budget.
So, with the unnecessary apology delivered we plunge forward with more on our family's history.
Tonight in our digital family reunion we learn a bit about our 14th Great Grandparents, Thomas Stanley and Anne Hastings.
Let's start with Great Grandmother Anne. Did you know she was the youngest of Queen Catherine of Aragon's Ladies in Waiting? Think of that, our Great Grandmother waiting on Henry VIII's first wife morning, noon and night. With her through her trials and tribulations as Henry VIII took her through the divorce that created the Church of England. Imagine what she saw and heard during those times.
I enjoy history and to think we had ancestors right in the thick of one of history's turning points is amazing.
Anne Hastings was the daughter of Edward, 2nd baron Hastings (November 25, 1466-November 8, 1506) and Mary Hungerford (c.1468-July 10, 1533). Anne was married to John Radcliffe, Lord Fitzwalter (1442-1496) as a child. In 1507, she married Thomas Stanley, 2nd earl of Derby (1485-May 23, 1521) and was the mother of Edward, 3rd earl (May 10,1508-October 24,1572), John, Anne, Margaret (d. January 1534), Henry (d. June 29, 1528), James, George, Thomas (c.1515-1538), and Jane.Our 14 Great Grandfather,Thomas Stanley was the 2nd Earl of Derby (1477 – 23 May 1521). He was also was an English peer. Thomas succeeded his grandfather in the earldom and barony of Stanley in 1504, and in 1514, he also inherited the baronies of Strange and Mohun from his mother. He married Anne Hastings—daughter of Edward Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings—in about 1507. Thomas died in May 1521 and was succeeded in his titles by his son Edward. His line of the Stanley family failed on the death of James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby in 1736, when the earldom passed on to a descendant of his younger brother, Sir James Stanley, who founded the branch of the family known as the "Stanleys of Bickerstaffe."
Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby, was also Lord of the Isle of Mann, which sits between Ireland and England. He did not take the style 'King' as had his predecessors. He and his successors were generally known instead as 'Lord of Mann'.
In 1765 the title was revested in the Crown of the United Kingdom, thus today the title 'Lord of Mann' is used by Queen Elizabeth II.
The United Kingdom is responsible for the island's defence and ultimately for good governance, and for representing the island in international forums, while the island's own parliament and government have competence over all domestic matters.
The island's parliament is Tynwald, which dates from at least AD 979 and is the oldest continuously existing ruling body in the world. Tynwald is a bicameral legislature, comprising the House of Keys (directly elected by universal suffrage) and the Legislative Council (consisting of indirectly elected and ex-officio members). These two bodies meet together in joint session as Tynwald.
Tynwald. It is headed by the Chief Minister, currently Tony Brown MHK. The Council of Ministers comprises the greater part of the House of Keys.
Vice-regal functions of the Head of State are performed by a Lieutenant Governor.
Thomas Stanley, Earl of Derby and Lord of Mann (1477 - 1521) married Anne Hastings (1485-1550)
Dorothy Howard married Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby
Jane Stanley married Edward Sutton, Baron of Dudley
Edward Sutton married Elizabeth Tomlinson
Ann Sutton married John Bagley
Edward Bagley married Ann Gregorie
Ann Bagley married William Brinton
John Willis married Ester Brinton
Henry Willis married Mary Rachel Underwood
John Willis - Phebe Bennett
Bennett Willis - Katherine Nosseman
Jonathan Willis - Anabella Phlegar
Margaret Ann Willis - George Matthew Williamson
William J. Williamson - Effie Helen Victor
Vennie, Ima Della, Inez, Lillie Ethel, Josie, Emmett, Walt, Charles, Maurice.
Charles and Luella (my parents)
The Anthem of the Isle of Mann