Category: Military

The sinking of the White Ship.

Several of my children’s ancestors were among the hundreds who perished in the sinking of the White Ship off Barfleur, France in 1120.
The sinking of the White Ship

Depiction of the sinking of the White Ship.

During my years of researching the medieval ancestry of Mark and our children, I’ve noticed a recurring theme. Several of the ancestors were casualties of the disastrous shipwreck of the “White Ship”. Although there were actually closer to 300 passengers aboard, I was only able to locate a list of twenty of the casualties. It is well known though that the ship was loaded with nobles and contemporaries of King Henry I, of England.

Henry I, King of England

Henry I, King of England

The “White Ship” was a new, state of the art vessel under command of Thomas FitzStephen. His father had been Stephen FitzAirard, captain of the ship “Mora” under William the Conqueror during his invasion of England in 1066. Captain FitzStephen offered transport to England on his ship to Henry I for his return to England, but since the King had already made other arrangements, he declined. King Henry did, however, arrange for his son, William “Aetheling” Adelin and two of his illegitimate children to sail on the ship.

The familiar account of the events leading up to the sinking as delivered by the known sole survivor state that all aboard had been drinking and partying liberally and by the time they set sail, most on board were very drunk. It is interesting to note that there are conflicting accounts of survivors. Based upon the “Orderic Vitalis”, some believe there were two survivors, the butcher and Geoffrey de l’Aigle.

Amidst the drunken revelry described by the survivor, a challenge was issued to the Captain to overtake the King’s own ship, which had set sail earlier. Upon setting off, the White Ship struck a hidden rock in the shallow waters of the channel, quickly capsizing and sinking.

Etienne de Blois

Stephen of Blois, King of England

Those on shore saw what was occurring and sent a boat out to get William “Aetheling” Adelin, the King’s son, who was on his way back to shore when he heard his half-sister Matilda du Perche cry out for help and had the boat return to assist. Unfortunately, there were several scrambling to get on board the small boat, causing it to be swamped and to sink. William drowned right along with his half-sister and all the other unfortunate passengers. The common belief through the centuries has been that the Captain, Thomas FitzStephen, upon hearing of William Adelin’s drowning, just surrendered to the waters and drowned rather than take such terrible news back to the King.

As a result of Prince William’s death, King Henry named his only remaining legitimate child, his daughter Matilda, to be heiress to the throne. He forced the noblemen to swear to support Matilda, who was unpopular because she was married to Geoffrey V, Comte d’Anjou who had been an enemy of the Norman nobility. When the noblemen refused to support Matilda after the death of King Henry I, they turned to the King’s nephew, Etienne de Blois and named him King. Etienne de Blois had originally planned to travel on the “White Ship” as well and had even boarded her, but had to leave before the ship’s departure because he became ill with diarrhea.

Mathilde and her husband initiated war against Etienne and his followers to gain the English throne, as her father had wished. This period of civil war known as “The Anarchy” spanned almost two decades from 1135 to 1153 and became a pivotal time in the history of England, resulting in the end of Norman rule.

The closest ancestor to my children who played a part in the story of the “White Ship” disaster was:

  • Etienne de Blois, King of England. He was the 31st great grandfather to my children.

The known casualties from among the approximately 300 on board, listed in order of the closeness of relationship to our children (if any) include:

  • William the Atheling, son of King Henry I and heir to the English throne – 26th great granduncle to my children.
  • Mathilde du Perche, Countess of Perche, illegitimate daughter of King Henry I – 26th great grandaunt.
  • Richard of Lincoln, illegitimate son of King Henry I – 26th great granduncle.
  • Godfrey de l’Aigle, knight. – 28th great granduncle (brother to Engenulf)
  • Engenulf de l’Aigle, brother to Godfrey – 28th great granduncle
  • Mathilde de Blois, sister to Stephen de Blois, King of England and wife of Richard d’Avranches – 31st great grandaunt
  • Robert Mauduit, nobleman. – 31st great granduncle
  • Richard d’Avranches, 2nd Earl of Chester, nobleman. – 1st cousin 31 times removed
  • Outher d’Avranches, brother of Richard, Earl of Chester. – 1st cousin, 31 times removed
  • Geoffrey Riddell, Lord of the Judiciary, nobleman.  – 2nd cousin 30 times removed
  • Ottuel, Illegitimate half brother of the 2nd Earl of Chester.
  • Hugh of Moulins, nobleman.
  • Walter of Everci, nobleman.
  • Lucia Mahout, wife of the 2nd Earl of Chester.
  • Othver, Prince William’s tutor.
  • William Pirou, the king’s steward.
  • Geoffrey, Archdeacon of Hereford.
  • Richard Anskill, son and heir of a Berkshire landowner.
  • Captain Thomas FitzStephen, ship’s captain.
  • William Grandmesnil, nobleman.

Sources:

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Transcription: Draft Board Delinquents, Arlington Heights Herald, January 29, 1943

Following is the transcription of a newspaper article listing draft board delinquents printed in the Arlington Heights Herald on January 29, 1943.
Clayton William Blythe Newspaper Column

Newspaper article listing draft board delinquents printed in the Arlington Heights Herald on January 29, 1943.

Arlington Heights Herald

Volume 16, Number 23

Friday, January 29, 1943

 

List more delinquents of draft board

The following men, registered with Selective Service Local Board No. 1, are classified as suspected delinquents. Any person whose name appears upon the list should report immediately to this board, for correction of records. Failure to do so will cause the board to turn the name over to the United States Attorney for investigation.

John Paul Gasior, 255 N. Brockway, Palatine, Ill.

Walter Wilbert Simila, 634 Brainard st., Detroie, Mich.

John Jack Greschner, 33 N. W. 9th st., Miami, Florida.

Fred Edward Weaver, R. 1, Elgin, Ill.

Robert Loyd Wilt, Wheeling, Ill.

Peter Bose, Bartlett, Ill.

Walter Ladislaw Simo, Box 31, Clearfield, Utah.

Richard Eugene Mosher, General Delivery, Milton Jct., Wisc.

Herman Henry Kleeberg, R. 1, Box 2707, Des Plaines, Ill.

Clayton William Blythe, Palatine rd., Box 471, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Stephan Fritz, R. 1, Roselle, Ill.

Paul August Peske, R. 1, c/o Magnus, Arlington Heights, Ill.

George F. H. Rieckenberg, 3960 Elston ave., Chicago, Ill.

Roy E. Wilson, 502 S. Wapella ave., Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Martin Edward Nelson, R. 4, Elgin, Ill.

Thomas Parker, R. 1, Box 153, Dundee, Ill.

Herbert David James, R. 2, Otis rd., Barrington, Ill.

Ed. W. Hayes, R. 2, Palatine, Ill.

Carl Mendelsky, Karsten Farm, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Henry Mores Johnson, 15 N. State st., Elgin, Ill.

Joseph J. Hajny, R. 4, Box 4298, Elgin, Ill.

Joe Lapsansky, R. 1, Bartlett, Ill.

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Remains of four WWI Canadian soldiers have been identified.

Of the recovered remains of eight Canadian soldiers of the 78th who were MIA during the Battle of Amiens in France in August 1918, four of the WWI Canadian soldiers have been identified to date by the Canadian Department of National Defence.
WWI soldiers' remains identified.

Remains of four WWI Canadian soldiers have been identified.

Those identified include:

Pte William Simms of Russell, Manitoba was one of two brothers who died in the first world war.

Lance Sgt John Lindell, born in Sweden, immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg in about 1904.

Pte Lachlan McKinnon was born in Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1913. Pte McKinnon had previously been seriously wounded during the Battle of the Somme.

Lt Clifford Neelands, born in Barrie, Ontario, moved to Winnipeg with his family where he worked in real estate.

More details about these four men and the four remaining who have yet to be identified can be found in the CBC’s article “WWI Canadian soldiers’ remains identified.

I have previously written about my two relatives – one reported MIA during the Battle of Courcelette and the second MIA from Vimy Ridge during advance preparation and hostilities.

I would like nothing more than to have one, or ideally both of my relatives found and identified. My family’s military and war history means so much to me.

The links below are to my posts about my own relatives.

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Transcription: Adjutant General’s letter re David Coon’s death.

Adjutant General's Office re David Coon's Death Document

Pension document from the Adjutant General’s Office re David Coon’s death.

The following is my transcription of a letter from the Adjutant General’s office regarding David Coon’s death during the Civil War.

Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, D. C.
June 5th, 1865.

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 89.92.5, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of the Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that David Coon was enrolled on the 26th day of Feb, 1864, at Madison in Co. A, 36th Regiment of Wis Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pri on the 1st day of Mch 1864, at Madison, Wis, in Co. A, 36th Regiment of Wis Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. A of that Regiment, for the months of Mch & Apl 1865, he is reported “Died in Rebel Prison at Saulsberry N.C. Nov 2d 1864″ Cause of death not stated

I am, Sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant, Saml [Treck]
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions
Washington, D C.

Original form text below scored through, more than likely indicating no relevant information to be entered:

Memoranda.
Name of applicant,
Address

Initials or abbreviation noted in bottom left corner:

N.R.

_____________________

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Additions and Updates – 20 Sep 2014

Following are the latest FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com additions and updates since my last update post of September 11, 2014.

 

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Additions and Updates

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Additions and Updates – 20 Sep 2014

FamilySearch.org

Argentina

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Colombia

Czechoslovakia

Indonesia

Italy

Peru

Philippines

Spain

United Kingdom

United States

 

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United Kingdom

United States

Transcription: Attestation papers of Pte. J. P. Albert Emery, C.E.F.

 Following is my transcription of the form or the Attestation Papers of Pte. J. P. Albert Emery, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, WWI.
Attestation Papers - Pt. J. P. Albert Emery.

Attestation Papers for Pte. J. P. Albert Emery.

ATTESTATION PAPERS OF J.P. ALBERT EMERY

FRONT

Stamp in upper left corner:  Triplicate
Stamp in upper right corner:  Triplicate

G.G.E.G.
militia unit (handwritten under heading)
No. 144880
Folio. 26

CANADIAN OVER-SEAS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
77TH, OVERSEAS BATTALION, C.E.F.

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QUESTIONS TO BE PUT BEFORE ATTESTATION.
(ANSWERS)

  1. What is your name?                J.P.Albert Emery
  2. In what Town, Townhip or Parish, and in what Country were you born?            St.Andre Avelin, P.Q.
  3. What is the name of your next-of-kin?        Emelie Emery (mother)
  4. What is the address of your next-of-kin?    9 Caron Ave., Wrightsville, Hull, Queb
  5. What is the date of your birth?            23 January, 1895.
  6. What is your Trade or Calling?            Paper-maker
  7. Are you married?                No
  8. Are you willing to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated?                    Yes
  9. Do you now belong to the Active Militia?    Yes
  10. Have you ever served in any Militia Force?    G.G.F.G.
    • If so, state particulars of former Service.
  11. Do you understand the nature and terms of your engagement?    Yes
  12. Are you willing to be attested to serve in the CANADIAN OVER-SEAS EXPEDITIONARY FORCE?    Yes

Albert Emery (Signature of Man).
A.H. Thoburn, Capt (Signature of Witness)

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DECLARATION TO BE MADE BY MAN ON ATTESTATION.

I, Albert Emery, do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements by me now made, and I hereby engage and agree to serve in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force, and to be attached to any arm of the service therein, for the term of one year, or during the war now existing between Great Britain and Germany should that war last longer than one year, and for six months after the termination of that war provided His Majesty should so long require my services, or until legally discharged.

Albert Emery (Signature of Recruit)
Date:  Ottawa, Aug. 20th., 1915;       A.H. Thoburn, Capt (Signature of Witness)

———————-

OATH TO BE TAKEN BY MAN ON ATTESTATION.

I, Albert Emery, do make Oath, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to His Majesty King George the Fifth, His Heirs and Successors, and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, is Heirs and Successors, in Person, Crown and Dignity, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, and of all the Generals and Officers set over me. So help me God.

Albert Emery (Signature of Recruit)
Date:  Ottawa, Aug. 20th., 1915;       A.H. Thoburn, Capt (Signature of Witness)

———————-

CERTIFICATE OF MAGISTRATE.

The Recruit above-named was cautioned by me that if he made any false answer to any of the above questions he would be liable to be punished as provided in the Army Act.
The above questions were then read to the Recruit in my presence.

I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said Recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me, at Ottawa Ontario this 20th. day of August 1915.

Hickland (Signature of Justice)
Date:  Ottawa, Aug. 20th., 1915;       A.H. Thoburn, Capt (Signature of Witness)

———————-
I certify that the above is a true copy of the Attestation of the above-named Recruit.

D.R. Street (Approving Officer)
Lieut. Col.
O. C. 77th Overseas Battalion, C. E. F.
Date:  Ottawa, Aug. 20th., 1915;       A.H. Thoburn, Capt (Signature of Witness)

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Fine print in lower left corner of form:
M. F. W. 23.
200 M.–5-15.

BACK

Descripton of ALBERT EMERY. on Enlistment.

Left column:

Apparent Age            20 years    10 months.
(To be determined according to the instructions given in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.)
Height                           5’6″
Chest Measurement:
Girth when fully expanded    34 1/2 ins.
Range of expansion                   3 1/2 ins.
Complexion                Fair
Eyes                               Grey
Hair                                L.Brown
Religious Denominations:
Church of England
Presbyterian
Wesleyan
Baptist or Congregationalist
Other Protestants (Denomination to be stated.)
Roman Catholic                           X
Jewish

Right Column:

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease.
Should the Medical Officer be of opinion that the recruit has served before, he will, unless the man acknowledgs to any previous services, attach a slip to that effect, for the information of the Approving Officer.)
None

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CERTIFICATE OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION

I have examined the above-named Recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.
He can see at the required distance with either eye ; his heart and lungs are healthy ; he has the free use of his joints and limbs, and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any description.

I consider him* Fit for the Canadian Over-Sears Expeditionary Force.

Date    August 20th., 195 .    [?]askey
Place    Ottawa, Ont.        Maj. [Awg], Medical Officer
*Insert here “fit” or “unfit.”

Norm – Should the Medical Officer consider the Recruit unfit, he will fill in the foregoing Certificate only in the case of those who have been attested, and will briefly state below the cause of unfitness:–
[Blank lines]

CERTIFICATE OF OFFICE COMMANDING UNIT.

A. Emery, having been finally approved and inspected by me this day, and his Name, Age, Date of Attestation, and every prescribed particular having been recorded, I certify that I am satisfied with the correctness of this Attestation.

D.R. Street (Signature of Officer)
O. C. 77th Overseas Battalion, C. E. F.
Date    March 28    1916

_____________________

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