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The extensive and diverse family line of ?MARGARETTA PRICHARD is our longest and in parts our richest line, though in other parts it is totally blank. We give only the paternal line because ?MARGARETTA’s mother’s name does not appear in any known pedigree, so we have no data at all on her maternal ancestry. For these reasons, it is so far a work in progress, and we hope for help from other family genealogists and historians.
Useful as an ancestry chart is for numbers of ancestors, it does not handily give historical information about them or place them in their contemporary context. Going back in time, it shows an effect before its cause, and response before stimulus of that response. Thus it cannot support description of the historical process through time. As we were discovering pedigree lines to most of the major figures of Welsh history, we felt the need to explain the historical periods those figures lived and worked in. Additionally, ?MARGARETTA’s ancestry is known in many branches and periods, so we needed to show each branch separately in a classic pedigree, and also give the intermarriages and collateral lines that are important in placing the families in their historical context. The richness coming from ?MARGARETTA’s single known grandmother is especially gratifying since it brings the whole long pageant of Welsh history, sometimes joyful, sometimes tragic, and always complex in the fact that Wales remained a distinct geographical country whose inhabitants had their own laws and customs and their own unique language, but it never became unified as a politically independent kingdom or state accepted as such by most of its inhabitants and so recognized by its neighboring states and international law.
The long PRICHARD ancestry made a single chart unwieldy and clumsy, so we divided all the known and many of the tentative ancestors of ?MARGARETTA into two groups and thus divided her long, complex ancestry chart into two parts with continuing numbers. They can be easily reconstructed and seen as a single ancestry chart. The first part, Primary Chart, gives her immediate family in the short PRICHARD line and then many ancestors of her only known grandmother, the unnamed daughter of 10.JOHN ap REES and 11.ELIZABETH ferch THOMAS ap RHYS of Ravensdale. Our second part was separated from the first because it formed a compact unit itself, and especially because its figures included Welsh royalty. This second part is titled the Vaughan & Lewis Branch Chart, and it starts with two lines of royal descendants in gentry families (the lines of 46.HUGH VAUGHAN and 95.JANE LEWIS) and goes back to the earliest princely figures who were reliably documented. To reduce the download time, we split each chart in half and numbered it as "1" or "2", but the link between the sections is seamless.
Pedigrees--Advantage & Disadvantage
?MARGARETTA’s ancestry was first compiled from a succession of pedigrees progressing back through several branches of her ancestry, and for almost all of her ancestry we do not have the church and testamentary records we used to prove the pedigrees of the descendants of OAKLEY LEIGH and MARGARETTA in the Leigh Descendancy Chart. Thus we did not find independent evidence of the marriage of OAKLEY LEIGH to the daughter of JOHN PRICHARD, nor of the marriage of JOHN’s father RICHARD to the daughter of JOHN ap REES, so for these relations we had to rely upon the pedigrees of the family. Therefore it is important to give our general principles governing the use of pedigrees, especially since pedigrees may carry a bad reputation as they can easily be falsified.
Research and Authorship