Now, this is not a blood relationship, mind, only by marriage. After a conversation with a cousin today, I found this Daily Mail Australia article online claiming one of my convict cousins as a blood relative of the Duchess of Cambridge. This is not strictly true.
Revealed: Kate’s Aussie convict relatives who can trace their roots to a lamb stealing labourer
- Duchess can trace roots to farm labourer who was sent to Australia
- He was found guilty of stealing three lambs and handed the sentence Read more:
Samuel Hickmott is my 1st cousin 5 times removed: two of his sons married the Goldsmith sisters Sophia and Mary Ann. A brother to these sisters, John Goldsmith, is Kate’s direct ancestor. But, it is true that the children of these two sisters are cousins to young Prince George. The blood relationship does not travel backwards.
So, my first link to Royalty – by marriage.
Samuel’s aunt, Lydia Hickmott, is my 4th great grandmother. She married Edward Jeffery, 1790, in Brenchley, Kent and their son William is my great-great-great-grandfather. William (1808-1860) and his wife came to Australia in 1838 as free settlers and later took up residence in the Orange district, New South Wales. In 1845, their daughter Harriet Jeffery (1829-1902) married my very own convict, Thomas Horner Stone (1809-1893). (Great Great grandparents)
It’s a small, small world!
[Added my chart later, because I’m sure it sounded like gobbledygook!]