SECOND DESCENT FROM KING HENRY VIII
Anne, mistress of King Henry VIII, mother of Christian, and daughter of John Basset (and step-daughter of Arthur Plantagenet, uncle of King Henry VIII)
(July 5, 2019) Anne was the mistress. Anne understood that the mistress did not last long. If the mistress got pregnant before being discarded, the mistress might have a long life. The mother of a daughter would be cared for. A mother of a son would be treated with respect. The King did not treat people with respect. Occasionally foreigners were respected. Usually they were as anyone else. The King overpowered. The King was unable to be aware of how he did.
(July 15, 2019) Anne had to think. There was another. Anne understood. A pregnant mistress was unable to keep the attention of the King. Anne would be provided for. If Anne bore a son, there would be favor. Anne bore a daughter. There was no more.
(July 31, 2019) Anne had a difficulty. There was never enough. The King provided. There was a way to make a mess. Anne was tempted to live in the style of a courtier. This could not be done, if Anne wanted to have enough for the daughter. Anne hoped that the daughter would be able to be as a courtier. This was never possible. Anne had to simply accept, there would never be a way.
(Aug. 12, 2019) Anne had to give up a dream. There would never be a husband. Anne understood, because of the daughter, there would not be a man who was willing. The daughter of King Henry would be too much for a man to dare to be near. Anne hoped, but there was nobody.
A man from court was responsible for an effort. A husband would be able to have influence, if the man was able to continue at court while Anne and the baby were away. Anne had to agree that the daughter would not be at court. King Henry had to not be distracted. This was something that Anne realized was part of the decision. A husband would want to use the influence of a daughter of the King. This made it impossible to find a husband, except for a man who would not be acceptable. King Henry must not have a worry of being attacked by people who used a daughter as a target.
Christian (daughter of Anne and King Henry VIII)
(Aug. 12, 2019) Christian was the daughter of a man who was invisible. Christian learned from Mother that Father was away. Christian then learned that Father had to stay away. Christian wanted to think that Father would be pleased to understand that Christian was a good girl. Anne was unable to tell Christian that Father would be pleased. Christian had to think that there was something different that Christian did not understand. Later, Christian began to understand what a bastard meant. Christian had to ask if Christian was a bastard.
Anne cried. Christian did not receive a response. Christian hoped that Anne would explain. Christian wanted to know who Father was. This was something that Christian had a dream about, after Christian started to pray every night. Father was in a dream. Father said, Father cannot ever be with Christian. Father wants Christian to be a good girl. Father will be able to talk to Christian after Father dies. This was something that Christian had to think about. Anne did not want to hear about the dream.
Christian hoped that Anne would talk about how to talk to a man after the man died. Christian did not get an answer. Anne simply was silent. Christian understood that Anne had to wait. There would be an explanation in a future time. Christian did not think of asking anyone else. Anne was the only person that Christian trusted with questions about how life worked.
Christian did not think, after talking to Anne, that Christian would have enough. Christian realized, because of something that Anne said about how Father provided, that Christian would not have enough to have a proper marriage. That was something that Christian began to think about. How much was enough? What type of marriage was proper?
Christian had to accept, if Anne was not going to talk, Christian would have to begin to ask other people. Christian thought of being with a friend. Christian did not know any other girl. Christian just stayed at home with Mother. On Sundays Anne took Christian to mass. This was the only time that Christian was allowed to go out of the house. Christian had to think of talking to another girl on Sunday.
(Nov. 16, 2019) Christian learned. Men and women make children. Christian had a father who made Christian with Anne. Christian had to ask. Was father the husband of Anne? Christian was slapped. Christian was never hit before. Christian did not accept that the question was a bad one. Christian did not accept that Anne refused to talk.
(Nov. 19, 2019) Christian did not think of anything except how to find answers. The life of Christian was one of being prepared to be a wife. Christian needed education. Christian had to understand proper behavior. Christian wanted to be with other girls. The mother of Christian did not allow. Christian must not be seen. This was something that the mother said once without thinking. Christian had to wonder. The mother refused to explain.
(Nov. 21, 2019) Christian was given to a man without a respectable father. Anne explained. Christian already suspected. A king could not be acknowledged. Christian must always be as an orphan. Christian understood that Anne was compelled, to keep the money that maintained.
Christian had no interest in asking more. Christian now had a husband. The man acted for the good of the Earl of Westmorland. Christian observed. The man looked exactly like the Earl. Christian understood that Christian should not ask or say what was clear. Christian and a child were properly cared for.
Neville, son of Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland by Margaret, bastard daughter of Lewis Pollard; husband of Christian, and father of Anne, wife of the younger Richard Wright
(Nov. 16, 2019) Neville had a life of comfort. Neville had a function. The will was of the father. Neville acted without thinking about right or wrong. Neville was able to be as a trusted servant. Neville did not give any reason for mistrust.
Neville was able to have a wife with royal blood. This was something that Neville did not think of. The wife was the daughter of a mistress of the King. Neville thought, because of the blood of King Henry, the father of Neville wanted to make sure that no other family brought the daughter to them. Neville, the family, was kin to the King. As Neville understood, no other family was, except Grey.
(Nov. 21, 2019) Neville, after being married, was given more responsibility. Neville had a daughter. The child must be protected and maintained. Neville had to think of a consequence if the father of Neville ever mistrusted. Neville had to obey, without question and without thought.
Anne, daughter of Neville and Christian, and wife of Richard Wright (younger)
(Dec. 3, 2019) Anne was the daughter of a man who had a famous name. Anne did not have any way of being with the father. Anne understood. Neville was not a man. Neville did as the father commanded. Neville must not have a feeling for a daughter. Neville was able to think of being good when the daughter was ready to marry. Neville was never part of the life of Anne.
(Dec. 4, 2019) Anne thought, because of what happened, Neville and Anne were not allowed to be as father and daughter. Anne, because of Neville, was eligible to marry. Anne, because of Neville, was not eligible to marry a man of high station. Anne, because of the need to marry, had to think of possibilities.
Anne needed. There had to be enough. A house needed. Things to wear. Things to put on the walls. Things for the kitchen. A room to receive guests needed to have a place to sit. Anne thought, all of this was not necessary. Anne, after listening to Christian, realized, all of this was necessary to be a person who was socially respected.
(Dec. 6, 2019) Anne needed. There was no way for Christian to provide. A husband must want. Or, a husband must be helped. Christian was receiving from a man from court. The man understood. Anne needed a husband. This meant, Anne needed a dowry. The man did not provide. The husband was able to benefit in trade. Anne brought benefit in trade as the dowry. The husband was not very successful. The husband always had enough.
Richard Wright, husband of Anne and son of Richard Wright by Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth (see earlier post)
(Nov. 12, 2019) Richard Wright was a captain of a ship. Richard was also the owner. If the owner was also the captain, the owner was able to pay a salary from the profit. The owner was always suspected. Richard had to be careful. Richard always made a point of informing one or two of the officers about the terms of the trade.
Richard was not unfortunate. Richard did not think beyond the information that men had about weather. This was always a favorite topic.
(Nov. 19, 2019) Richard had a single daughter. The daughter made the wife respectable. A man must have a wife. A man without a wife was not respected. A captain had to be respected. Richard, after marrying, got a child on the wife. This was another requirement to be respected.
Richard now was seen to maintain a family. Richard had a home to visit. The wife was not a bad woman. Richard understood, the wife had a lineage that was of the same as the lineage of Richard. Richard, after marrying, did not think of this. The lineage must not be mentioned. The man who approached with the offer to marry the woman was of a family that could not be denied. Richard had a feeling of not being in danger. Neville, while disrespected for being Catholic, was a powerful family. A bastard of Neville for a father-in-law was a way to think that Richard had a connection, without having to mention the lineage from the royal family.
Richard was able to find a husband for the daughter. This was not difficult. Burnham wanted to be established. Burnham had no fortune in the family. Richard was able to persuade the father of the wife to give enough for Burnham to start in a new land. Richard thinks that the father of the wife did not willingly support. Richard understood that Neville was weakening. Neville had no way to benefit from arranging the marriage of a girl who had the blood of kings. Neville had to imagine preserving a lineage for the future. This was not possible in England.
Richard imagines that Neville never found a way to get information about the descendants of the daughter. Richard had to be under an obligation to never talk about the origin of the family. Richard was with the ship. The wife accompanied the daughter. Richard made a voyage every sixth year to the land of the daughter. The wife passed away before Richard returned. The daughter and her husband had a family. A lineage of the King and of the Queen would continue. Richard had the satisfaction of knowing.
Anne Wright, daughter of Richard Wright (younger) and wife Anne
(May 17, 2019) Anne was a woman with a lineage. Anne had two descents from the King. One was from the Queen.
(May 19, 2019) Anne understood that Anne should not mention her lineage. This was something to be shared cautiously. The royal lineage was something that Anne understood could bring unwanted attention. Anne had to be careful. Anne also understood, people who knew observed. Anne was someone who needed to be closely watched. This made Anne nervous. Why watch unless people thought of doing harm?
(May 24, 2019) Anne did not think. The offer of a husband was hoped for. Anne had to assume that the husband was of good breeding. The man had enough. The man was not of a lineage. This was not a consideration.
(May 25, 2019) Anne had an expectation. The husband intended to go to the New World. Anne intended to live in comfort. The husband had to arrange to bring what a lady expected. This was not difficult. Anne was the daughter of the master of a ship. The ship brought Anne and her husband to Connecticut.
(May 27, 2019) Anne understood. There was no way to avoid. Connecticut was outside the reach of England. This meant that England could not observe unless as a guest. Anne understood that there were people who came to Connecticut later. They chose Connecticut because Connecticut did not recognize England. This meant Anne could be safe. The lineage was not a problem. Anne had to think, the lineage was not quite a curse.
(May 30, 2019) Anne had to think of what her family would think. Anne was going to the New World. This was not a bad plan. Anne knew that her parents always worried. Anne knew, because both parents descended from King Henry VIII, the children of Anne would be closely watched. Anne hoped, as Anne left, that another life would make this unnecessary. Anne never had a feeling of being watched in Connecticut.
(May 31, 2019) Anne knew. There was a man. In Connecticut, the King had a man. Perhaps the man was the man of a lord. Anne thought, the man was in Connecticut to help the King. The man would not do anything about Anne. The man probably did not know Anne. Anne hoped that Anne and the family were not well known in Connecticut. Anne thought it must be impossible. Anne also hoped, Anne would be helped by her husband. Burnham was not connected to the court. Burnham had no royal connection. Anne was the wife of a new colonist. Anne was nobody.
(June 4, 2019) Anne had a life of comfort. Anne had a servant. The servant helped. Anne expected to work. Anne expected to not work as much.
(June 6, 2019) Anne had a good life. Anne had a husband who was attentive and a good provider. Anne had enough to present an image of a good woman of good estate. This was noticed.
(June 10, 2019) Anne did not think of being talked to. Anne did not talk to the parents. There was no reason. Anne simply lived as a wife and mother. Anne had no thought of more. Now, Anne is part of a lineage. Ancestors talk back and forth. Anne has two connections to the King and Queen of England. This is unusual. This gives Anne the opportunity to share important news.
(June 12, 2019) Anne hopes that the lineage of Anne will become better known. Anne thinks, eventually, descendants will be willing to talk. Anne thinks that it is important for descendants to learn the rule of always being respectful. Anne thinks, the descendant who is recording has failed two or three times. Anne thinks, each time, the descendant was apologetic. This failed. Once respect has been withdrawn, an ancestor is unlikely to speak. Anne believes that the failure was from lack of appreciation of the style that the ancestor was hoping to emulate. This made the descendant fear that the word that the ancestor used would not be read in a way that people expected. This made the descendant fearful that people would mock. Anne is aware that in the time of the descendant, people are not allowed to talk openly about communicating with ancestors. Anne expects, if the descendant does not fail, that this will change.
(June 16, 2019) Anne wanted to say two more things. Now Anne has thought of three more.
Anne knew, after Anne died, that Anne was able to watch. Anne watched. One after another, the lines of the sons disappeared. Anne thinks that Josiah has descendants. Anne isn’t sure. Anne thinks that all of the brothers of Josiah’s father have no descendants named Burnham. Anne might be mistaken. The family did not increase.
(June 20, 2019) Anne did not expect to have so much to say. Anne listens to other ancestors. This gives Anne ideas of what might be of interest. Anne hopes that the following story is interesting:
Anne was unable to be a good member of the church. The husband was arguing with the colony. The husband went to church. Not going to church was a crime. The husband was not religious. The husband did not disbelieve. Anne thought, if there was not a law about going to church, the husband might go anyway. Anne wasn’t sure.
(June 24, 2019) Anne had to think, before Anne died, that three daughters would have an effect. Anne foresaw. There would be few of Burnham. There would be many from the lineages of daughters and granddaughters. Anne hoped that a granddaughter would communicate. Anne also hoped, a grandson would have a daughter who communicated. Anne did not receive either one. Anne now has something much different. People can communicate with the King and the Queen. Anne is one of the links that make the communication possible. Anne has gotten to know six living descendants since the man who is recording began. This has resulted in Burnham being given more attention. Anne is pleased to think that John will add the stories of Anne and husband soon.