Opposite Sides

I was exploring some ancestral lines of a woman I know in Colorado, and I stopped to read about one of her ancestors. He was Major-General Thomas Harrison, and he was a judge at the trial of King Charles I of England who was executed in 1649.

But another one of this same woman’s ancestors was King Charles I of England. So at least two of her ancestors were very different participants in an important historical trial.

This is a recurring theme I see often when connecting so much ancestral history. The further one looks to the past, the more ancestors one will find on opposing sides of any issue or battle.

For instance, people who consider themselves to be of Scottish ancestry generally like cheering for William Wallace’s side when watching “Braveheart”. They assume all their ancestors were on the Scottish side on the field of battle.

Not true. I believe it is extremely unlikely, if not impossible, for anyone to have had ancestors on one side of the field without having ancestors on both sides of the field (even Prince Charles, try a 25 generation ancestor view, Presidential PIN 3575).

Although I haven’t zeroed in on the exact century, I believe there is a point in time when anyone with any European ancestry had ancestors on both sides of every battle fought in Europe. My estimate is that nine centuries ago is a very safe bet.

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