Friday, November 21, 2014

Parallel Events

Prior generations are participates in their context of history.  Understanding this context will often help one climb out their family tree a little further along the branches.  It is especially important in helping one put together the story of our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1).

There were a series of parallel historical events that were important in helping to piece together the family tree.  These events were political, religious, social, and economic.  How they relate to our family tree will be discussed.

      1)  Sir Herbert Jefferies was appointed lieutenant governor and commissioner to Virginia in 1677.
He replaced Sir William Berkeley who was strongly supported by our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) during Bacon's Rebellion of 1676.  He was a family member to our Cadwallader Jones. (JO-1)  The Jefferies and Jones family connect back to North Wales and share a common grandfather.

       2)  Howard of Effingham (Francis Howard) was sworn in as Governor of Virginia in 1684.  A John Trevor was the personal secretary of to this family, and was a family member of Cadwallader Jones (JO-1).  Our Jones family tree begins with Tudor Trevor of 900 AD and this John Trevor branch comes through the second son of this Tudor Trevor.  Our Jones family come through the youngest son of this Tudor Trevor.

      3) James II was crowned King 1685.  He was Catholic, and supported the Catholic faith in the religious arena of the day.  Our Jones family was Catholic and connected to the Catholic faith in many of the religious events of the time period.  This was the connecting point that our Cadwallader had to Maryland.

      4)  Under James II, Sir George Jefferies was appointed Attorney General of England and played a significant role in the legal processes of the day.  He was a descendent of the Jefferies family listed above.

Our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1) traveled to England to make the best of the circumstances which surrounded him.  In 1687 - 1688, a great deal of religious, political, and social events were under way.   It was these connecting relationships that will help explain much of the family tree of our Cadwallader Jones (JO-1).  They were certainly "Parallel Events" that were to play an important role.

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