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James Cudworth is an ancestor of mine found on the Descendants of Charlemagne Gateway list. But a seemingly cogent criticism of Douglas Richardson's idetification of Cudworth's mother, Mary Machell (who married Ralph Cudworth), as the daughter of Mary Lewknor and Matthew Machell, appeared first in a book by Adrienne Boaz in 2014, and then had a WikiTree project assigned a couple of years ago. Now I find that Gary Boyd Roberts continues with the identification in his latest "Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants" book, though changing the Royal connection somewhat, it still runs through Mary Lewknor
Is anyone up on the status of this dispute with Douglas Richardson's identication of the parentage of Mary Machell with her mother being named as Mary Lewknor, a Royal Descendant of Edward I (according to GBR?)
This matter has been discussed at length a number of times in this group. There are strongly held opinions on both sides. My personal opinion FWIW continues to be that neither alternative for the parentage of Mary Machell has been sufficiently proved.
The Edward I descent for Mary Machell in RD900 is exactly the same one that was published way back in 1993 in RD500. The evidence for the descent is also essentially the same as in it was in 1993, although slightly re-characterized in subsequent editions. The key piece of evidence seems to be "research by Debrett Ancestry Research commissioned by Miss Jane E. Grunwell", first cited in 1993. It would be interesting to know who has actually SEEN this research. The only "evidence" added since 1993 is the mention, first made in RD600 in 2004, of a "forthcoming article" by Paul Reed that is still "forthcoming" more than 15 years later. GBR should know better than to keep citing this "article".
It would certainly be useful if someone could write an article on the subject actually describing the evidence in the matter. But, after all these years, that seems unlikely to happen...