- As cited by Becky in her wonderful site (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ttg13&id=I01589):
Title: Douglas Richardson, published Medieval Genealogy as "The American Genealogist"
Text: "I researched the matter of your Nicholas de Beke's wife as part of my work for the forthcoming book, Magna Carta Ancestry, which book is scheduled for publication shortly by NEHGS in Boston. There are two sources which mention Nicholas de Beke's wife's identy: they are as follows: 1. 1580 Visitation of Cheshire, published in 1881, as Harleian Society Publications, volume 18, page 201: "Sir Nicholas Beck = Jane d. of Rafe L: Stafford & of Katherin Hastang". 2. 1580 Visitation of Cheshire, pg. 203: "Sir Nicho' Beck= ... d(aughter) to the good Lord Stafford". I understand that contemporary records elsewhere confirm that Sir Nicholas Beke's wife was named Joan. If the 1580 Visitation of Cheshire above is correct, then you obviously lose the Plantagenet descent from Ralph de Stafford's second wife, Margaret de Audley.
Instead, as indicated above, Joan, wife of Sir Nicholas de Beke, would be the child of Earl Ralph's first wife Katherine Hastang. The following colonial immigrants descend from Sir Nicholas de Beke and his wife Joan. Immigrants listed below have one descent each, unless noted otherwise. 1. Robert Abell (2 descents) 2. Thomas Booth (2 descents), 3. Thomas Bressey, 4. Obadiah Bruen, of Conn (two descents) 5. Rev. Peter Bulkeley, Elizabeth Bulkeley (wife of Richard Whittingham), Martha Bulkeley (Wife of Abraham Mellowes) 6. Alice, Agatha, Eleanor, Jane & Martha Eltonhead, 7. Thomas Gerard, 8. Olive Ingoldsby, wife of Rev. Thomas James. 9. Oliver Manwaring (three descents) 10. Thomas Owsley, 11 Elizabeth Saint John, 12. Olive (Welby) Farwell, 13 Amy Wyllys. For specific descents from Sir Nicholas de Beke down to the individual colonials, please consult the Magna Carta book when available. best always, Douglas Richardson. 7/20/2000 via Gen-Medieval-L@ rootsweb.com.