I received some information from a well known name on this BB, Mr. James Parker. I know now that I am a descendant of Henry the Blacksmith who apparently fled from England in aprox. 1638 to escape Religious Persecution. Somehow I stumbled across a sight on the net much like LDS. I found the Blacksmith and continued even further back, 14 generations. Some of the dates were obviously not accurate, so I am hoping to get more accurate dates on the info. and names I found. By following direct links and eventually went back 12 generations and found JOHN EARL OF TANKERVILLE born in 1070. It was noted that John Earl was LORD CHAMBERLAIN to King Henry I, England. The Earl's father, JOHN COUNT of TANKERVILLE, Castle, Normandy France, born 1040 was noted to be a companion of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR. The Count's father was listed as SIR THOMAS OF BERWICK & CHILLINGHAM GREY, but the birth date was listed as 1359, obviously some of this info. is not correct.
What I am trying to find out is if this is part of my family line or are these people the elders of Henry the SHOEMAKER. Mr. Parker said that as of this time he didn't know the origins of the Blacksmith...so that is what makes me wonder if this info. was connected to the wrong line.
If Mr. Parker or anyone else can help me it would be greatly appreciated.
In my discovery of this info. I have come across a new question as well...I have always been under the impression that Surnames were based on the individual's trade...in kingdoms there are positions of respect and power that are given titles...IE...The Earl, The Count, The Duke, ect...it appears that "Chamberlain" is also a title and that may have been how the last name came about. This is just a theory of mine. I would like to find out what a "chamberlain" was in/to a kingdom and also what the origin of the name CHAMBERLIN are.
Lastly, I would like to find a family crest for Henry the Blacksmith. If anyone knows a good websight I can go to, please let me know.
Thank you so much.
Ashley M. Chamberlin, A1C, USAF