Burnie Branch of the Tasmanian Family History Society
I was not especially surprised to learn that Meghan Markle has an ancestral tie to the Royal Family.
Australian teacher and amateur historian, Michael Reed’s study on the modern Royal Family revealed an alleged connection between Markle and royalty of Tudor in England.
According to the UK Daily Telegraph, an obscure character by the name of Lord Hussey was the great-great-great-grandfather of Captain Christopher Hussey, who left England in the 1650s to become a Founding Father of Nantucket.
Ten generations later, in a new family tree in America, came Thomas W Markle, who married Doria Ragland to produce Meghan Markle [link].
Really. If this is the case, Meghan Markle’s ancestral tie to Captain Christopher Hussey represents just 0.0977 percent of her genes. Need I go further another five generations to Lord Hussey?
Today I came across an article that I think everyone here will find interesting. It is a rather poignant story that appeared in the Launceston Examiner in 1889. So far I have not found any reference, at least on the Internet, to this rather fascinating character.
"I have hardly the courage to say that last week we buried an old woman who had not only been present at Waterloo but had a distinct recollection of the events of 1798, a year so fraught with disaster to Ireland. Jane Scott, according to her own account, was born in County Down, Ireland, and was 14 years old when the battle of Vinegar Hill took place. Jane married a soldier name Luck, which in some way accounts for her presence at the field of Waterloo, where the Great Napoleon’s star set for evermore.
"Subsequently Jane Luck found her way to Van Diemen’s Land in the capacity of servant to Lady Franklin, and finally died a pauper at Circular Head, at the age of 105 years. The funeral was attended by five adults and as many children, which would seem to imply that it is a mistake to live too long or to die too old in this part of the country.
"In a case of such longevity I am sorry I cannot give more authentic information, but as regards age, I can only learn that forty years ago Jane Luck was regarded as an aged woman at Circular Head. She left here a long time ago, and returned about two years back, since when the old woman has been supported by the charity which is never wanting in this community."