Comming to America
The Haines Family of Burlington County, NJ
Richard  Haines and his wife Margaret, with their children Richard, Thomas, William and Mary, left England for America in the spring of 1682 with William Penn's Fleet. Their eldest son John had already gone to America the year prior. The family embarked at Gravesend, England, on the ship “Amity” Richard Diamond, Master and sailed from Downs, England, for West Jersey, on April 23, 1682. They were among the first settlers of the new colony of West Jersey. 


          Welsh origin of the name of Haines:

Gwyn ap Griffith ap Beli was the Lord of Gulisfield. When Gwyns's third great grandson Einion ap Ririd married, he also named his son Einion and the younger Einion took the nick name Eines. It was in the late 14th century when surnames were beginning to evolve that Eines married and had a son and named him John. He became known as John ap Eines or John Eines. When John in turn had a son and named him Thomas, instead of being known as Thomas ap John, Thomas took the name Thomas Eines, probably to connect himself to his more famous ancestor. Several generations later the name evolved into Heynes and then into Haynes. William Haynes was the 10th great grandson of Gwyn ap Griffith ap Beli, Lord of Gulisfield.  

​​                          The Lords of Gulisfield

The Lords of Gulisfield were direct descendants of the last Kings of Powys. Gwyn ap Griffith ap Beli, Lord of Gulisfield (noted above), the father of Pasgen, the father of Trahairn in the following document taken from the "Heraldic Visitations of Wales and part of the Marches, between the years 1586 and 1613" (page 319)
The Heynes Family of Shropshire

The following Heynes pedigree shows Eines, the ancestor from whom the Heynes family took their name, was a direct descendent of Gwyn ap Griffith ap Beli, Lord of Gulisfield. The Heynes pedigree shows the following lineage: Gwyn (Lord of Gulisfield) - Pascen ap Gwyn - Trahairn ap Pascen - Howel ap Trahairn - Ririd ap Howel - Einion ap Ririd - Eines ap Einion - John ap Eines - Thomas Eines - John Heynes - Thomas Heynes - Richard Heynes - William Haynes 

William Haynes & Elizabeth Mutpenson
(see last line above)

In about 1566 William Haynes married Elizabeth Mompesson (Mutpenson) and relocated to Wiltshire where the Mompesson family owned a large estate.(1) William and Elizabeth resided in Biddestone, just eight miles from Dyrham, the ancestral home of Jane Denys, the mother of Margaret Cockayne.(2)(5) The Haines and Denys families were already connected by marriage with too many connections to mention here. William and Elizabeth's 1st son Richard was born in 1568. Their 2nd son John Haynes was born in 1578. He was baptized at St Edmunds Cathedral in Salisbury.(3) In about 1605 John Haynes married Margaret Cockayne, the daughter of Jane Denys and the couple relocated fourty miles away in Huntspill, Somerset.(4) 

​(1)  Wiltshire Notes & Queries, Vol 4 (page 34 & 35)
(2)  Deacon Samuel Haines of Westbury, Wiltshire, England         and his descendants in America, 1635-1901 (page 17)
(3)  England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906).
(4)  Visitation of Bedfordshire, (pages 95 & 96) 
(5)  Manor of Dyrham (Wikipedia)


In 1607 the town of Huntspill was completely destroyed in the Bristol Channel Flood. Recent research has suggested that the cause may have been a tsunami. Floods resulted in the drowning of an estimated 2,000 or more people, with houses and villages swept away, an estimated 200 square miles (51,800 ha) of farmland inundated and livestock destroyed, wrecking the local economy along the coasts of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuarys.(1)(2)

 (1) Bristol Channel floods, 1607 (Wikipedia)
 (2) Huntspill (Wikipedia)

Bristol Channel flood, 1607

After the Bristol Channel Flood John Haynes  & Margaret Cokayne relocated to the area around  Boxgrove. John and Margaret's relatives (Sir Thomas West & Elizabeth Bonville) had owned the estates of  Boxgrove and Halnaker until 1540 when they were forced to surrender them to Henry VIII. The area around Boxgrove has a long historical connection to the St John family.                                                                                                                                    

Boxgrove and Halnaker had been origionally owned by Robert de La Haye, who gave them to his daughter Cecily as a wedding present when she married Roger St John. The property continued it the St John family until it was finally inherited by Elizabeth Bonville, a direct descendant of Roger St John and Cecily de La Haye.(1) Margaret Haynes, the wife of John Haynes, died in 1618 and was buried in Boxgrove Abby at the church of St Mary & St Blaise. (11) 

Margaret Cockayne's ties to Boxgrove:

Margaret Cockayne and Elizabeth Bonville were both direct descendants of Robert de La Haye and members of the St John family. They were related in too many ways to list. Below are just a few.   

Margaret Cockayne was the great granddaughter of Ann St John. Margaret's aunt Dorothy Reid was the wife of Oliver St John, 3rd Baron Bletsoe.(6)(7) And Margaret's younger brother, Nicholas was the squire to Sir Paulet St John.(8) So Margaret Cockayne was closely related to the St John familiy.

Elizabeth Bonville and her husband, Sir Thomas West, 9th Baron de La Warre had no children. When Elizabeth died before her husband, Sir Thomas West made his niece Mary West his heir.(2) Mary West married as her 2nd husband, Sir Richard Rogers. Sir Richard's mother Katherine Weston, was the sister of  Margaret Weston,  the wife of Sir Walter Dennys.(3) Sir Walter and Margaret were the parents of Richard Dennys, the husband of Ann St John and were the great grand parents of Margaret Cockayne.(6) Sir Richard Rogers’ daughter Eleanor, by his 1st wife Cecila Luttrell, married Francis Thynne, the cousin of John Haynes of Huntspill.(12)

Elizabeth Bonvill's grandmother Elizabeth Goushill, was the sister of Joan Goushill, who was the 4th great grandmother of Margaret Cockayne.(9) (10)  

Margaret Cockayne's husband, John Haynes of Huntspill was the 2nd great grandson of Alice Walwyn. Alice's 1st cousin, Elizabeth Greyndore, married Reginald West, 6th Baron de La Warre, the great grandfather of Thomas West, the 9th Baron de La Warre.(4)  

Also see the following page for the clues provided by the three children of John & Margaret Haynes that were born in Boxgrove: (Alice, Alexander & John) 


 (1)   British History Online : (Boxgrove and Halnaker)

 (2)   A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and                     Baronetage of the British Empire,  Volume 1 (page 334)

 (3)   Adrian Poynings (Wikipedia)
 (4)  Reginald West, 6th Baron de La Warre (Wikipedia)

 (5)   William Denys (Wikipedia)

 (6)   Visitation of Gloucestershire 1623 (page 51 & 52) 

 (7)   Oliver St John, 1st Baron Bletsoe (Wikipedia)

 (8)   Visitation of Bedfordshire, (page 96)

 (9)   Thomas Stanley, 1st Baron Stanley (Wikipedia)

 (10) Robert Wingfield (Wikipedia)

  (11) England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

  (12) Visitation of Gloucestershire-1623, page 164 (Thynne)


NOTE: In the “Visitation of Shropshire”, Lucie Heynes, the daughter of Richard Heynes, married William Harris. William was the son of John Harris (d1570), who was the Coroner of Shropshire. William Harris was born sometime between 1550 and 1570, and it is likely that William’s wife Lucie was the daughter of the Richard Heynes who, according to the "Stemmata Botvilliana", sold the family manor at Church Stretton in 1600 and was still alive in 1607. This Richard Heynes was the uncle of John Haynes of Huntspill. According to the "Visitation of Shropshire" Lucie's father Richard Heynes was described as "de Anckner" I believe this may be a reference to "Halnaker", which is located in the civil parish of Boxgrove. It is interesting to note that the "Stemmata Botvilliana" specifically mentions that this Richard Heynes was still alive in "1607". This date is significant because it was in this exact year that a flood destroyed Huntspill. 



 The Haynes family first appeared in the record at Boxgrove less than two years after Huntspill was completely destroyed when their son Alexander was baptized at the church of St Mary’s and St Blaise in 1609. Prior to this date there is no record of John Haynes and his wife and Margaret in Boxgrove. 
John & Margaret Haynes had at least three children born in Boxgrove: 
Alexander, Alice and John. William Haines may have been an older son born in Huntspill.

William Haynes ? (1)

Alexander Haynes (2)

Alexander Haynes, born in 1609  was the first child of John and Margaret Haynes baptized in Boxgrove.(1) The name Alexander was not a common name in England at the time, but it appears AT LEAST three times in the lineage of this St John family. Young Alexander was likely named after the last Alexander St John, Margaret Cockayne's 1st cousin, Sir Alexander St John (MP), who was the son of Oliver St John, 3rd Baron of Bletsoe and Margaret's aunt, Dorothy Reid. Sir Alexander had been knighted the year before young Alexander's birth.(2) Sir Alexander was also connected to the Haynes family thru his wife Margaret Trye. Margaret Trye was the niece of Edward Trye, who had married Elizabeth Butler, the niece of Ann Butler of Badminton, the grandmother of John Haynes of Hunstpill. And Margaret's great great uncle William II Trye had married Ann Baynham, the sister of Ann Butler's mother, Alice Baynham. (4)

(1) England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
(2) Sir Alexander St John (Wikipedia)
(3) Visitation of Bedfordshire, page 96
(4) Visitation of Gloucestershire-1623
William Haynes was most likely the oldest son of John and Margaret Haynes. He would have been named after his paternal grandfather William Haynes, a long standing family tradition. He was most likely born in Huntspill but his birth record has not been found, possibly due to the 1607 flood which destroyed the town. William married Ann Browne in Boxgrove, Sussex in 1629.(1) Ann was baptized in 1606 in Compton Bishop, Somerset, just 10 miles from Huntspill.(2) William and Ann appear to have left Boxgrove after marrying. However William returned by 1647 with his 2nd wife Elizabeth, and his daughters Elizabeth and Ann, were baptized in Boxgrove in 1647 and 1648.(3) 

(1)  England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
(2)  Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop's Transcripts, 1594-1736
        (3) England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975                                                                

Alice Haynes (3)

John Haynes of Boxgrove (4)

Alice Haynes was born in 1611, the second child of John and Margaret Haynes born in Boxgrove.(1) The name Alice was a very common name in the family of John Haynes of Huntspill. John's father, grandfather and great grandfather all had named a daughter Alice, as did John's older brother, Richard Haynes of Charlbury.(2)(3)(4)

(1) England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
(2) England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
 (3) Stemmata Botevilliana (Heynes Pedigree), page 138
    (4) Pedigrees from the visitation of Oxfordshire, page 11

John Haynes was the youngest child of John and Margaret Haynes. He was born in Boxgrove in 1614. Shortly after marring, John and his wife Elizabeth relocated to London, where John took the Freeman's oath and became a member of the London Goldsmiths guild. Margaret Cockayne's younger brother Charles Cockayne, who resided in London, was also a member of the London Goldsmith guild.

(see below)

John Haynes of Boxgrove
and Elizabeth Stanford

John Haynes, the youngest son of John Haynes and Margaret Cockayne was born in Boxgrove, Sussex in 1614(1). Shortly after marring Elizabeth Stanford in May 1640 John & Elizabeth relocated to London where just one moth later, in June, John took the Freeman oath and became a member of the London goldsmiths guild(2)(3). John's uncle, Charles Cockayne, was also a London goldsmith(4). In Aug 1641, less than fifteen months after the marriage of John Haynes & Elizabeth Stanford, their first child John was baptized at St Bride's Church, just a short walk from Goldsmith's Hall(5). Their second child Richard was most likely born the following year and named after his father's uncle, Richard Haynes of Charlbury.(6) However Richard's birth record has not been located and may have been destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. 

 (1)  England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
 (2)  England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 
 (3)  Records of Londons' Livery Companies online 
 (4)  Visitation of Bedfordshire, page 96.
 (5)  England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and                 Burials, 1538-1812) 
 (6)  Stemmata Botevilliana, Heynes Pedigree, page 138


John Haynes of Banbury, the son of John Haynes of Boxgrove and Elizabeth Stanford, was born in London in July of 1641.(1)  John was a locksmith by trade. In 1653 John was apprenticed to William Darvall, a London Blacksmith.(2) In his will John Haynes left to his eldest son, "my bellows, anvils, wires and other tools" proving that he was a trained blacksmith capable of forging his own locks.(3) After his apprenticeship ended John relocated to Banbury and began a locksmith business. Most likely because Banbury had been almost completely destroyed in the English Civil War and was being rebuilt. John and his wife, Mary Smith were both devout Quakers who appear in many of the records of the Banbury Monthly Meetings.

 (1)  London, England, Church of England Baptisms,                          Marriages and Burials,(1538-1812) 
 (2)  London Apprenticeship Abstracts, 1442-1850                            Transcription
 (3)  England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills,          1384-1858

John Haynes of Banbury

 Mary Smith of Banbury

Mary Smith, the wife of John Haynes of Banbury was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Smith and the grand daughter of Rev. Thomas Smith, Rector of Marston Mortaine. Her uncle the Rev. James Smith was the Archdeacon of Barnstaple and the chaplin to both Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Cleveland and Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland. Thomas Walgrave was a cousin of Margaret Cockayne. And Isabella Rich, the daughter of Henry Rich married Sir James Thynne, a cousin of John Haynes of Hunstpill

The names of the children of John Haynes and Mary Smith were John, Elizabeth, Thomas, James, Richard and George (see England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 & England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837). They provide a key clue to indentifing thier parents.  First born son John was named after John Haynes, his paternal grandfather. Their only daughter Elizabeth, was named after her paternal grandmother Elizabeth Stanford. Their son Thomas was named after Mary's father, Dr. Thomas Smith. And their son James was named after Mary's uncle Rev. James Smith. Richard was named after John's brother Richard Haines of Aynhoe and George was most likely named after Quaker founder George Fox, who had been imprisoned nearby at the time of his birth. 
Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Cleveland
Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland
      Richard Haines of Aynhoe
Richard Haines of Aynhoe was baptized on Dec 23, 1642 at St Giles in the Fields, London. He was the son of John Haynes of Boxgrove and his wife Elizabeth Stanford. The names of Richard's first four sons; John, Richard, William & Thomas (Joseph was named after Richard's death) match exactly the names of John of Banbury's father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great gransfather. In fact these four names represent the names of ALL of John of Banbury's direct ancestors going back to the origional Eines. In England at that time it was the custom to name ones male children after their father’s male ancestors. The fact that Richard of Aynhoe named his four male children the exact same names as the last four generations of John of Banbury’s ancestors is a highly unlikely coincidence if John and Richard were not in fact brothers.

          please read the 1st paragraph below)

The known facts show that John Haynes of Banbury and Richard Haines were brothers. John Haynes of Banbury was born in London in 1641 and baptised at St Bride's Church. A locksmith by trade, John had relocated to Banbury sometime around 1662. In the record of St Bride's church John's last name was spelt "Hains"(1), This is the same spelling as Richard's last name at St Michael's church in Aynhoe(2). We know that Richard named his first born son John, a strong indication that his father's name was also John. So the facts indicate that both John and Richard were the sons of John Haynes and origionally spelt their last names "Hains". We know that John Haynes and his wife Mary Smith were both devout Quakers who attended the Banbury Monthly Meetings. Sometime between 1672 and 1676 Richard became a Quaker and also began attending the same Banbury meeting. After joining the Banbury meeting Richard named his only daughter Mary, the same name as John's wife, Mary Smith. And just three months later John and Mary named their 4th son Richard.(3) 

Note: The parish church of Banbury, St. Mary the Virgin,  had been destroyed during the English civil war and had not yet been rebuilt(4), This is likely the reason why in 1665 their second son Richard was baptised six miles from Banbury at St Michael's church in Aynhoe.

 (1)  London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages             and Burials,(1538-1812) 
 (2)  "Richard Haines and his Descendants" XV, page 1
 (3)  English Friends' Records (VIII)
 (4)  British History online: (Banbury Churches)


Great Plague of London - 1665

The Great Plague of London in 1665 was the last in a long series of plague epidemics that first began in London in June 1499. The Great Plague killed between 75,000 and 100,000 of London’s rapidly expanding population of about 460,000. First suspected in late 1664, London’s plague began to spread in earnest eastwards in April 1665 from the destitute suburb of St. Giles through rat-infested alleys to the crowded and squalid parishes of Whitechapel and Stepney on its way to the walled City of London. By September 1665, the death rate had reached 8,000 per week. Well-off residents soon fled to the countryside, leaving the poor behind in impoverished and decrepit parishes.(1)

 (1) Great Plague of London

Richard Haines of Aynhoe

Richard Haines first appeared in the record at St Michael's church in 1665, at the exact same moment that the "Great Plague" was raging out of control in London(1)(3). And in 1666 Richard Haines paid the Hearth Tax for a house in London that was listed as "shut"(2). When Richard and Margaret arrived in the area around St Michael's they were traveling with their young son, who was one at the time, and Margaret was pregnant with her second child, who was baptised in August, 1665 at St Michael's in Aynhoe(1). In the 17th century it was very dangerous for a woman to travel while pregnant. The roads were not paved and wagon's had no springs, so travel was often jarring. However, when the plague broke out in London Richard and Margaret had no choice but to flee the city and go to stay with Richard's brother John Haynes of Banbury. 

 (1) "Richard Haines and his Descendants" XV, page 1
 (2) (Richard Haines)
 (3) Great Plague of London (Wikipedia)

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. The fire spread over most of the City, destroying St Paul's Cathedral and leaping the River Fleet to threaten Charles II's court at Whitehall, while coordinated firefighting efforts were simultaneously mobilising. The battle to quench the fire is considered to have been won by two factors: the strong east winds died down, and the Tower of London garrison used gunpower to create a fire break.(1)  

Prevented by the Great Fire from returning to their home in London, Richard and Margaret remained in the area around Banbury. Richard eventually purchased land nearby in Aynhoe and became a Yeoman farmer or Husbandman. Richard most likely raised sheep. At the time Banbury was a center for the wool trade and the manufacture of cheese.(2)

 (1) Great Fire of London (Wikipedia)
 (2) History of Banbury (Wikipedia)

The Great Fire of London



Some of the Famous Ancestors of Richard Haines  

Brochwel Ysgrithrog, king of Powys was a direct descendant of Flavius Magnus Maximus Augustus, (Augustus in the west from 387 – August 28, 388)  It is said that his main court was in Pengwern on the site of Shrewsbury today. Poets often refer to Powys as "the country of Brochwel". Brochwel's descendant Cyngen ap Cadell came to power at his father's death in 808. It was probably fairly early in his reign when he commissioned the Pillar of Eliseg. At his death, leaving no male heirs Powys was annexed by Rhodri Mawr, ruler of Gwynedd who claimed it as the son of Cyngen's sister, Nest ferch Cadell. Some Welsh sources however insist that the family of Brochwel Ysgithrog was not usurped of Powys until 1063. Based on the Ancient Wales Studies of Darrell Wilcott, Brochwel ap Aeddan became ruler of Powys and his male descendants ruled Powys until 1063. Some welsh authorities claim that Elisedd, Aeddan and Gryffydd were children of Cyngen ap Brochfael ap Elisedd ap Gwylog, the uncle of King Cyngen. This justifies a male line descended from the princes of Powys while also simplifying the inheritance of the principality through Nest ferch Cadell to the Gwynedd line. According to them the royal line of Brochwel Ysgythrog continued until it ended in 1063 with the death of King Gruffydd ap Llewelyn. In his Ancient Wales Studies, "End of the Powys Dynasty", Darrell Wolcott states, "We find no recorded attempts to regain the kingship (after the death of King Gruffydd ap Llewelyn and his two sons) by the descendants of the junior branch (Selyf II ap Brochwel)....thereafter it became the senior line of the now non-royal family." Though the head of this junior branch, Selyf II ap Brochwel, made no attempt to regain the throne, the line of Brichwel Ysgrithog continued thru his descendants.

Thru the Lords of Gulisfield Richard Haines of Aynhoe was a direct descendant of Prince Selyf II ap Brochwel in an unbroken male line. This is geneaolgically significant since the royal line of Powys could only be passed on thru male heirs.   

Brochwel Ysgithrog

King of Powys 

   Magnus Maximus
    (Macsen Wledig)
In 383 as commander of Britain, he usurped the throne against emperor Gratian; and through negotiation with emperor Theodosius I the following year he was made emperor in Britannia and Gaul – while Gratian's brother Valentinian II retained Italy, Pannonia, Hispania, and Africa. In 387 Maximus' ambitions led him to invade Italy, resulting in his defeat by Theodosius I at the Battle of the Save in 388. In the view of some historians his death marked the end of direct imperial presence in Northern Gaul and Britain.The earliest Welsh genealogies give Maximus (referred to as Macsen Wledig, or Emperor Maximus) the role of founding father of the dynasties of several medieval Welsh kingdoms, including those of Powys and Gwent. He is given as the ancestor of a Welsh king on the Pillar of Eliseg, erected nearly 500 years after he left Britain, and he figures in lists of the Fifteen Tribes of Wales
Robert IV de Sable, Lord of Cyprus
(11th Grand Master of the Knights Templar) 
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of Solomon's Temple or simply as Templars, were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent actors in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumours about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created distrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day.

Robert de sable was Richard's 18th great grandfather 

Matilda St Valerie 

Enemy of King John 

When King John demanded Matilda's son William be sent to him as a hostage for her husband's loyalty. Maud refused, and stated loudly within earshot of the King's officers that "she would not deliver her children to a king who had murdered his own nephew." ....Maud and her son William were imprisoned at Windsor Castle, but were shortly transferred to Corfe Castle in Dorsetwhere, where they were placed inside the dungeon and slowly starved to death. The manner in which Maud and her son William met their deaths so outraged the English nobility that Magna Carta, which King John was forced to sign in 1215, contains clause 39; which reads: "No man shall be taken, imprisoned, outlawed, banished or in any way destroyed, nor will we proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land." 
                                                                                                     Matilda St. Valery was Richard's 17th great grandmother

Sir Philip ap David, Lord of Walwyn
(Knight of Glamorgan) 

The Welsh genealogists claim that Sir Philip ap David, Lord of Walwyn (Knight of Glamorgan) was a direct descendent of Gualgnain, nephew of British hero King Arthur ap Pedr, King of Dyfed. (King Arthur). William of Malmesbury (on the right) (1095 – c. 1143) the foremost English historian of the 12th century concurred with thier conclusion.

  Sir Philip was Richard's 17th great grandfather

Margaret Beauchamp
Margaret Beauchamp was the grandmother of Henry Tudor, the first welsh King of England. Margaret, born about 1410, was the daughter of Sir John Beauchamp, 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, and his second wife, Edith Stourton, daughter of Sir John Stourton. Margaret figures prominently in the 2010 Philippa Gregory novel The Red Queen, and was played by Frances Tomelty in the 2013 television adaptation The White Queen. Gregory also includes Beauchamp in her 2011 prequel novel The Lady of the Rivers.

Margaret Beauchamp was Richard's 9th great grandmother 
Anne Launcelyn (Wet Nurse to King Henry VIII) 
Ann was appointed wet nurse to the infant Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII). To qualify, she must recently have had a child of her own, since her job was to breastfeed the royal baby. She lived primarily at Eltham, where the royal nursery was located, but the downside of her job, as detailed by Mary Louise Bruce in The Making of Henry VIII was that she was required to abstain from sex and was held responsible for any ill-health the baby suffered. If he had colic, she was purged. If her milk supply was inadequate, she would have to eat stewed udders of goats or sheep or powdered earthworms, since those cures were supposed to produce more milk. Bruce further lists the qualities believed by physicians of the time to be necessary in a wet nurse: "rosy cheeks, a white skin, thick reddish hair, a fleshy body and a hopeful, brave, amorous disposition . . . a thick neck, broad breasts and be aged about twenty-five, be of a respectable status if not actually a gentlewoman, and without vice." 

Ann Launcelyn was Richard's 6th great grandmother
Ann Boleyn
The second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I was Richard's 4th cousin.
Jane Seymour
The third wife of Henry VIII and mother of King Edward VI  was Richard's 4th cousin.
Ida Grey
the wife of Sir John Cockayne, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, was the ancestor of three of the wives of Henry VIII, Ann Boleyn, Jane Seymour & Catherine Howard.

Ida Grey was Richard's 6th great grandmother 
 Catherine Howard
The fifth wife of Henry VIII, was the    4th cousin of Richard Haines

Cardinal Henry Beaufort                  

The second of the four children of John of Gaunt and his mistress (later wife) Katherine Swynford, Beaufort was born in Anjou, an English domain in France, and educated for a career in the Church. When the English captured Joan of Arc in 1431, Beaufort was present to observe some of the heresy trial sessions presided over by Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beaumaris. He was also present at her execution. Records claim that he wept as he viewed the horrible scene as she was burned at the stake. Cardinal Beaufort continued to be active in English politics for years, fighting with the other powerful advisors to the king .[citation needed] He died on 11 April 1447. He suffered from delirium on his deathbed and, as he hallucinated, according to legend, he offered Death the whole treasury of England in return for living a while longer.

 Cardinal Beaufort was Richard's 10th great grandfather

John of Gaunt,
1st Duke of Lancaster

was a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called "John of Gaunt" because he was born in Ghent, then rendered in English as Gaunt. As a younger brother of Edward, Prince of Wales (Edward, the Black Prince), John exercised great influence over the English throne during the minority of Edward's son, who became King Richard II, and the ensuing periods of political strife. Due to some generous land grants, John was one of the richest men in his era. He made an abortive attempt to enforce a claim to the Crown of Castile that came courtesy of his second wife Constance, who was an heir to the Castillian Kingdom, and for a time styled himself as such.

John of Gaunt was Richard's 11th great grandfather
Edward III, King of England 
Edward II, King of England, son of Edward I & Eleanor of Castile
Isabel of France, daughter of Philip IV of France & Joan of Navarre

William the Conqueror

Willian of Normandy

William I (Old Norman: Williame I; Old English: Willelm I (c. 1028 – 9 September 1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. The descendant of Viking raiders, he had been Duke of Normandy since 1035. After a long struggle to establish his power, by 1060 his hold on Normandy was secure, and he launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The rest of his life was marked by struggles to consolidate his hold over England and his continental lands and by difficulties with his eldest son.


Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, Karolus Magnus and Charles I, was King of the Franks. He united most of Western Europe during the early Middle Ages and laid the foundations for modern France and Germany. He took the Frankish throne in 768 and became King of Italy from 774. From 800 he became the first Holy Roman Emperor and the first recognized emperor in Western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. While Charlemagne already ruled his kingdom without the help of the Pope, recognition from the pontiff granted him divine legitimacy in the eyes of his contemporaries.
The expanded Frankish state Charlemagne founded was called the Carolingian Empire.
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