The ancestry of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

King George I of the Hellenes. Carte de visite by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri; Scott C. Steward collection

To mark the second birthday of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and with the imminent birth of his younger sister, Christopher C. Child and I have continued our (occasional!) series on Archie’s ancestry. The first segment, covering parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents, appears here.

This generation of great-great-great-grandparents includes the origins of the surnames Mountbatten and Windsor. The name Mountbatten derives from Archie’s father’s father’s father’s mother’s father, the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven; the name Windsor — also the house name of the current British Royal Family — comes via Archie’s father’s father’s mother’s paternal grandfather, King George V. Just over 100 years after the Princes of Battenberg became Mountbattens and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha adopted (in England) the surname Windsor, a descendant bears both names, marking the 1947 marriage of Lord Milford Haven’s grandson Philip to King George’s granddaughter Elizabeth.

For this generation of Archie’s maternal ancestry, we have the first instance of ancestors born outside of the United States, all within the ancestry of Archie’s maternal grandfather Thomas Wayne Markle. Two ancestors were born in England (nos. 51 and 52); a third was born on the island of Malta (no. 55), which, in 1862, was part of the sprawling British Empire. Also, at this point we see the first set of unknown ancestors (nos. 60 and 61), the parents of James Forshey, the probable father of no. 15, who has only been found in three records to date (the 1930 census with his six-month-old daughter [no. 15], and the Youngstown, Ohio city directory for 1926 and 1927,  in both cases as James Forshay].

Glossary

C.B.: Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

C.I.: Companion of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India

D.B.E.: Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

G.B.E.: Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

G.C.B.: Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

G.C.S.I.: Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Exalted Star of India

G.C.V.O.: Knight or Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

HGDH: His or Her Grand Ducal Highness

HH: His or Her Highness

HIllH: His or Her Illustrious Highness

HIH: His or Her Imperial Highness

HM: His or Her Majesty

HSH: His or Her Serene Highness

K.C.M.G.: Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

K.G.: Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

K.P.: Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick

K.T.: Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

L.G.: Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

M.P.: Member of Parliament

P.C.: Member, His or Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council

V.A.: Member, Royal Order of Victoria and Albert

 

32. HM King George I, King of the Hellenes, was born HH Prince Christian Wilhelm Ferdinand Adolf George of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg at Copenhagen 24 December 1845 and assassinated at Salonika, Greece 18 March 1913. He married at St. Petersburg 27 October 1867,[33]

33. HIH Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen Regent of Greece in 1920, who was born at Pavlovsk (St. Petersburg) 3 September 1851 and died at Pau (Béarn), France 18 June 1926.[34]

34. Louis Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, G.C.B. (1887), G.C.V.O. (1901), K.C.M.G. (1905), P.C. (1914), was born HIllH Louis Alexander Graf von Battenberg at Graz (Styria), Austria 24 May 1854 and died at 42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly (London) 11 September 1921. He married at Darmstadt (Hesse), Germany 30 April 1884,[35]

35. HGDH Princess Victoria Alberta Elizabeth Marie Irene of Hesse-Darmstadt, V.A. (1897), who was born at Windsor Castle, Berkshire 5 April 1863 and died at Kensington Palace (London) 24 September 1950.[36]

36. HM King George V Frederick Ernest Albert, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India, was born at Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London 3 June 1865 and died at Sandringham House, Norfolk 20 June 1936. He married at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, London 6 July 1893,[37]

37. HSH Princess Victoria Mary Augusta Louisa Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes of Teck, L.G. (1910), G.C.S.I. (1911), C.I. (1889), G.C.V.O. (1936), G.B.E. (1917), who was born at Kensington Palace (London) 26 May 1867 and died at Marlborough House 24 March 1953.[38]

38. Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, K.G. (1937), K.T. (1928), G.C.V.O. (1923), was born at Knightsbridge (London) 14 March 1855 and died at Glamis Castle, Angus 7 November 1944. He married at St. Peter and All Saints’ Church, Petersham, Surrey 16 July 1881,[39]

39. Dame Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck, G.C.V.O. (1937), who was born at London 11 September and baptized at Ridgmont, Bedfordshire 19 October 1862. She died at 38 Cumberland Mansions, Westminster (London) 23 June 1938.[40]

40. Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer, K.G. (1913), G.C.V.O. (1911), P.C. (1892), M.P. [as Hon. Charles Spencer] 1880–95 and 1900–5, was born at London 30 October and baptized at St. James’ Church, Piccadilly (London) 26 November 1857. He died at Spencer House, St. James’s Place, London 26 September 1922. He married at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly 25 July 1887,[41]

41. Hon. Margaret Baring, who was born at London 14 December 1868 and baptized at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, Westminster (London) 13 February 1869. She died at 28 Bruton Street, Mayfair (London) 4 July 1906.[42]

42. James Albert Edward Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn, K.G. (1928), K.P. (1922), P.C. (Northern Ireland) (1922) and (Great Britain) (1945), M.P. [as Marquess of Hamilton] 1900–13, was born at Hamilton Place, Mayfair (London) 30 November 1869 and died at London 12 September 1953. He married at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge (London) 1 November 1894,[43]

43. Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham, D.B.E. (1936), who was born at London 26 February and baptized at St. Luke’s Church, Westminster (London) 20 April 1869. She died at London 18 January 1958.[44]

44. James Boothby Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy, M.P. [as Hon. James Burke Roche] 1896–1900, was born at Twyford Abbey, Middlesex 28 July 1851 and died at Artillery Mansions, Westminster (London) 30 October 1920. He married at Christ Church, New York, New York 22 September 1880 (marriage dissolved by divorce at Wilmington, Delaware 3 March 1891),[45]

45. Frances Eleanor Work, who was born at New York 27 October 1857 and died at 1020 Fifth Avenue, New York 26 January 1947. She married, second, at the Hotel Empire, New York 9 August 1905 (marriage dissolved by divorce 5 November 1909), Aurél Bátonyi, who was born at Baja, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary 30 August 1865, son of Leopold Bátonyi.[46]

46. Colonel William Smith Gill, C.B. (1919), was born at Rosemount Terrace, Aberdeen 16 February 1865 and died at Dalhebity, Bielside, Aberdeenshire 25 December 1957. He married at Queen’s Cross Free Church, Aberdeen 30 June 1898,[47]

47. Ruth Littlejohn, who was born at Cotton Lodge, Woodside, near Aberdeen 4 December 1879 and died at Dalhebity 24 August 1964.[48]

48. George Benjamin Markle was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania 30 June 1864 and died at Liverpool, Pennsylvania 1 March 1923. He married, second, in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania 20 October 1900, Emma Louise Mangle, his first wife’s sister. He married, first, at Greenwood Township, Perry County 23 September 1886,[49]

49. Mary Jane Mangle, who was born at Liverpool 15 March 1867 and died at Sagon, Northumberland County 8 September 1899.[50]

50. Adam A. Arnold was born in Pennsylvania in January 1863 and died at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania 19 September 1941. He married in Juniata County, Pennsylvania 14 June 1887,[51]

51. Martha J. “Mattie” Sykes, who was born in England 6 January 1867 and died at Millersburg 21 June 1942.[52]

52. George Sanders was born in Essex, England about 1841 and died at Lakeport (Laconia), New Hampshire 12 April 1920. He married at Wentworth, New Hampshire 11 January 1869,[53]

53. Maria Belle Ellsworth, who was born at Wentworth 11 July 1841 and died at Lakeport 10 April 1920.[54]

54. George David Merrill was born at Centre Harbor, New Hampshire 25 July 1861 and died at Lakeport (Laconia), New Hampshire 5 May 1924. He married at Meredith, New Hampshire 25 February 1883,[55]

55. Mary Bird, who was born on the Island of Malta 3 May 1862 and died at Lakeport 26 June 1925.[56]

56. Jerry Miah Ragland was born at Jonesboro, Georgia 6 September 1881 and died at Chattanooga, Tennessee 4 October 1944. He married, probably in Georgia, about 1904,[57]

57. Claudia Ritchie, who was born at Jonesboro 20 February 1885 and died at Chattanooga 28 March 1939.[58]

58. James Cunegan Russell was born in Georgia 10 October 1874 and died at Cleveland, Ohio 30 October 1961. He married about 1907,[59]

59. Virginia Lee Bettes, who was born in Madison County, Alabama in November 1882 and died at Chattanooga, Tennessee 10 December 1921.[60]

60-61. ____

62. Hunter Allen was born in Georgia about 1875 and probably died before 1905. He married in Georgia ca. 1895,[61]

63. Gertrude Sad(d)ler, who was born at Lavonia, Georgia 16 April 1882 and died at Newark, New Jersey 28 December 1958. She married, second, by 1905, Samuel Arnold, who was born at Anderson, South Carolina 28 March 1877 and died at Sandusky, Ohio 27 June 1943.[62]

Notes

[33] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, ed., Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 2 vols. (London: Burke’s Peerage Ltd., 1977), 1: 325, 471.

[34] Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 1: 325, 471.

[35] Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 1: 213, 215; Charles Mosley, ed., Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage…, 3 vols. (Wilmington, Del.: Burke’s Peerage & Gentry LLC, 2003), 2: 2693, 2694; Mark Kerr, Prince Louis of Battenberg (London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1934), 293.

[36] Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 1: 213, 215; Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 2: 2693, 2694.

[37] Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 1: 185, 309; Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 1: cxxxix.

[38] Montgomery-Massingberd, Burke’s Royal Families of the World, 1: 185, 309.

[39] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 3: 3783; 1901 England Census, RG13_1300, Folio 170, p. 5; Findagrave memorial 25123096; England Select Marriages, 1538-1973 [database online]; Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937 [database online].

[40] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 3: 3184; England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database online]; 1901 England Census, RG13_1300, Folio 170, p. 5; Findagrave memorial 39029817; England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database online].

[41] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 3: 3695; Richard K. Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, for Twelve Generations (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007), 9; England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database online].

[42] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 3: 3325; Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 9; Westminster, London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1919 [database online]; England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database online].

[43] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 1: 6–7; Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 9; Findagrave memorial 202647523.

[44] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 2: 2423; Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 9; England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database online].

[45] Mosley, Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage, & Knightage, 1: 1414; Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 9.

[46] Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 9; Scott C. Steward, “Revisiting the Princess of Wales,” Vita Brevis, 1 August 2018.

[47] Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 10.

[48] Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales, 10.

[49] Findagrave.com memorial no. 184081076; Pennsylvania Death Certificate of George B. Markle, 1923, no. 36524; Perry County, Pennsylvania Marriages, 1:144, FHL #21994, image #247 (George’s first marriage); Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Marriages, 10:235, FHL # 961098, image #172 (George’s second marriage).

[50] Findagrave.com memorial no. 184081001.

[51] Pennsylvania Death Certificate of Adam A. Arnold, 1941, no. 81987; 1900 U.S. Census, Greenwood, Juniata Co., Penn., Adam Arnold household; Juniata County, Pennsylvania Marriage License Dockets, FHL #4388885, image #296.

[52] Pennsylvania Death Certificate of Mrs. Mattie Arnold, 1942, no. 55196.

[53] New Hampshire Death Certificate of George Sanders; New Hampshire Marriage Certificate of George Sanders and Maria Ellsworth.

[54] New Hampshire Death Certificate of Mrs. Maria Sanders.

[55] New Hampshire Marriage Record of George Merrill and Mary Bird; New Hampshire Death Certificate of George D. Merrill.

[56] New Hampshire Death Certificate of Mary Merrill.

[57] Findagrave.com memorial no. 183983904; Tennessee Death Certificate of Jerry M. Ragland, 1944, no. 21344; World War I Draft Registration Card of Jerry Miah Ragland; 1910 U.S. Census, Atlanta Ward 3, Fulton Co., Georgia, J.M. Ragland Household.

[58] Findagrave.c.om memorial no. 183982519; Tenneessee Death Certificate of Claudia Ragland, 1939, no. 5319.

[59] Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932-1938-2007 (James’s death); 1920, 1930, 1940 U.S. Census, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tenn., James Russell household.

[60] Findagrave.com memorial no. 184000883; Tennessee Death Certificate of Virginia Russel, 1921, no. 439.

[61] Christopher C. Child, “Meghan Markle’s maternal family,” Vita Brevis, 18 May 2018.

[62] Child, “Meghan Markle’s maternal family,” Vita Brevis, 18 May 2018.

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About Scott C. Steward

Scott C. Steward has been NEHGS’ Editor-in-Chief since 2013. He is the author, co-author, or editor of genealogies of the Ayer, Le Roy, Lowell, Saltonstall, Thorndike, and Winthrop families. His articles have appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEXUS, New England Ancestors, American Ancestors, and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and he has written book reviews for the Register, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

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