Long Live Elvira Menéndez/Méndez (996-1022)! Let me explain…
A couple years ago, I found a bargain, over-sized LL Bean tote, perfect for hauling groceries on the ferry to the island where we live in the summer. The fact the bag bore the name Mendez was no problem for me since I’ve studied and taught Spanish. My appreciation for finding the tote turned to amazement, however, when I learned my husband and I might share a distant ancestor with this very name!
Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Collier, grandparents some eleven generations back, appear on both our trees. What a pleasant surprise to learn some genealogists link Edward Southworth, father of Constant, to royalty in Europe as well as in Spain. Although this connection is largely discredited by experts, the lineage is worth noting:
Constant Southworth (1612-1678) & Elizabeth Collier (1618 -1670)
Edward Southworth (Abt 1590-Abt 1620) & Alice Carpenter (Abt 1590-1670)
Thomas Southworth (1564-1625) (unverified) & Jane Mymne (1570-)
Edward Southworth (1520-1573) & Jane Lloyd (1530-1617)
Christopher Southworth (1509-) (unverified)
John Southworth (1474/8-1517) & Ellen Langton Lady (1475-1519)
Christopher Southworth of Salmesbury (1443-87) & Isabelle de Dutton Lady (1445-1520)
Thomas de Dutton Sir & Anne Touchett Lady
James Touchett & Margaret of Ros
Thomas of Ros ( -1328) & Beatrice
Ralph of Stafford K.G. & Margaret de Audley
Hugh de Audley Earl of Gloucester (Abt 1289-1347) & Margaret de Clare (1293-1342)
Gilbert de Clare 3rd Earl of Gloucester and 7th Earl of Hertford &Joan de Acre (1272-1307)
Edward I Anjou King of England (1239-1307) & Eleanor de Castile (Abt 1244-1290)
Ferdinand III of Castile1201-1252 & Joan Countess of Portugal 1220-1279
Alfonso IX of Leon 1171-1230 & Berengaria of Castile 1179/80-1246
Urraca of Portugal 1148-1211 & Ferdinand II of Leon 1137-1188
Alfonso I 1106-1185 & Matilda of Savoy 1125-1157
Henry Count of Portugal 1055-1112 & Teresa of Leon 1080-1130
Alfonso VI of Leon & Castile 1040-1109 I & Jimena Munoz
Ferdinand I of Leon 1015-1065 & Sancha of Leon 1018-1016
Alfonso V of Leon 994-1028 & Elvira Menéndez/Méndez 996-1022
Spanish ancestors? Viva Elvira Menéndez/Méndez, a possible great-grandmother to some unknown degree! Having lived and studied in Spain, I am ecstatic to unearth this bit of family lore. Although verifying my connection to Elvira seems impossible, I’ve looked her up Online. Muy interesante!
Accessed 6 Sep 2017 at 9:59 PM
Elvira Menéndez, (Portuguese and Galician: Elvira Mendes; c. 996 – 2 December 1022), was a queen consort of Leon by marriage to King Alfonso V. She was a member of the highest ranks of the nobility of Portugal and Galicia as the daughter of count Menendo González, Count of Portucale and his wife Toda (also known as Tutadomna, Tota).
She became Queen Consort of León as the wife of King Alfonso V with whom she was raised as a child. Her father, Menendo, was a member of the curia regis of King Bermudo II of León and the tutor and co-regent, jointly with Queen Elvira Garcia, of Infante Alfonso, who later ruled as Alfonso V of León.
Queen Elvira died on 2 December 1022 and was buried in the Royal Pantheon of the Basilica of San Isidoro in León.
I’ve rechecked my family tree and am astounded to see my paternal great-grandparents are actually 7th cousins and both descend from Constant Southworth and Elizabeth Collier, a fact I’m relatively sure they never knew. Could this mean I’m doubly linked to Elvira Mendez as a possible ancestor? No such luck. The parents of Edward Southworth, father of Constant, still remain unverified according to current genealogical standards as explained in the article referenced and quoted below. But ni modo, here is how my great-grands, parents of my dad’s father, connect to Southworths:
Frank Richmond Crandall (1862-1906)
David Freeman Crandall & Caroline Simmons
Richmond Simmons & Hannah R Wheeler
Richmond Simmons & Eleanor Sears
Alden Sears & Phebe Walker
Judah Sears & Mary Paddock
Judah Paddock & Alice P Alden
David Alden & Mary Southworth
(Abt 1642- Bef 1719) (Abt 1654- Bef 1719)
Ella Amelia Yerkes
Samuel Mann Yerkes & Emeline Mather Rumsey
John Mather & Belinda Tinker
Joseph Mather & Ruth Adams
John Mather & Mary Nancy Higgins
Joseph Higgins & Mercy Remick
Abraham Remick & Elizabeth Freeman
Samuel Freeman & Mercy Southworth
For sure, Elvira has captured my imagination. As for DNA? No importa. We can be kindred spirits, no? In the meantime, efforts of genealogy enthusiasts who are working to connect Constant Southworth with British and Spanish royalty may be rewarded. One can hope…. <sigh>
Accessed 11 Jan 2018 at 3:36 PM
- The parents of Edward Southworth are unknown/unproved.
- There is no direct evidence that Edward Southworth of Leiden had any connections to the Southworth family of Samlesbury. The theory is entirely based on matching the names Edward and Thomas – a name-is-the-same argument which does not constitute proof.
- The Leiden Southworths likely came from Nottinghamshire where there are proven connections to other members of the Leiden congregation. The exact connection is unknown.
- Richard Southworth of Clareborough who married there in 1569 Imogene Aston, and had 10 children including Thomas born 1583 and Edward born 1585 is the best candidate to be the father of the Leiden brothers. This is not yet proven.
Footnotes and citations:
- ↑ 01.1 Weis, Frederick Lewis. The Ancestry of Ensign Constant and Captain Thomas Southworth of Plymouth and Duxbury Massachusetts. (Dublin, N.H.: privately printed, 1958). FamilySearch.org LINK.
- ↑g. Weis. Ancestral Roots, editions 6 and earlier.
- ↑Note that the line is called unsupported in Ancestral Roots after the 6th edition, and does not appear in Richardson’s Royal Ancestry
- ↑French, Robert L. “Who Was Edward Southworth of Leyden?” in The Mayflower Quarterly, vol. 88 (1992):10-15.
- French, Robert L. “Who Was Edward Southworth of Leyden?” in The Mayflower Quarterly, vol. 88 (1992):10-15.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis. The Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists, 8th edition (2004):14, Line 9. See earlier editions for comparison. Southworth line called unsupported. com LINK
- Weis, Frederick Lewis. The Ancestry of Ensign Constant and Captain Thomas Southworth of Plymouth and Duxbury Massachusetts. (Dublin, N.H.: privately printed, 1958). org LINK.