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DNA has changed the look of our past. Please add your DNA to either Ancestry or Family Tree DNA. If you tested at 23andMe please add your DNA results to GEDmatch.com where our cousins at Ancestry and FTDNA also list their results!

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Colonial VideosHenry Corbin
was born 1629, Hall End, Warwickshire, England, died 2 Jan. 1676/7 Buckingham House, Middlesex Co, Virginia. A colonial merchant, Justice, Burgess and Member of the Council in the Virginia Colony, Henry married Alice Eltonhead. Both are descendants of Lady Godiva and many more members of Royalty. (Note:)Henry was not William Henry Corbin as someone stated online. William was his brother.

My Sources

Nancy's BBQ 1968 Clyde Hadley Family Reunion.

Rowles Family Page

Barbara and cousin Ron's My Heritage Webpage

Ron Potter's Egyptian Page

Original Blizzard and Pool Page on Rootsweb


Barbara's South Carolina Ancestors

My Neel Family of Texas

Headlee and Smith of Iowa.

Maps of towns named Headley in England

The only towns named Headley in England.

Genealogies of Dudley family in Virginia Robert Dudley and Elizabeth Ransom of royal descent, our DNA proven ancestors, are on this page in google books, ancestors of my great-grandmother Mary Ann Dudley Neel of Tarrant Co, Texas. Please give it time to load.

Vincent Fry Homepage

Our American Revolution Heritage

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Royalty for Commoners


I used the lineage to Lady Godiva in Royalty for Commoners
The lineage for Teresa of Castile & Leon, daughter of Alfonso VI and Jimena, Senora Ulver de Guzman, is all wrong in, Royalty for Commoners as it states his wife Princess Isabel Zaida Maria of Dania was her mother, however, Teresa aka Theresa, was not only about the same age as Zaida, but Teresa was married before her father married Zaida (the widow of Prince Fath Alabama Mamun, who begged Alfonso to rescue his wife and children as he died in 1090, in an attack on Cordoba, Spain.) So, please find other sources for Teresa's ancestry.
I descend from his mistress and two of Alfonso VI's wives, Constance and Princess Isabel Zaida, and his mistress Jamina/Ximena. We descend from his daughter Sancha Alfonsa, the daughter of his 4th wife Princess Isabel Zaida.
I have removed our lineage back to Adam in the Bible, as my tree keeps getting bigger every day. I would advise that everything be researched and proved through other sources, as well. The lineage to Adam is in Royalty for Commoners.

Lady Godiva is an ancestor of all four of my grandparents. Countess Godiva, was a land-holder of three estates in Leicestershire in her own right, not her husband's, the Earl of Mercia. A truly modern woman in her day, a woman of strength and fortutide, founding Abbys and other good works that was unheard of by standards of the times, a token of her bravery. I don't doubt that she rode a horse in protest of her husband's high taxes on her people--not his people, as he married into the position--but riding naked is just not proven.


Note: God Bless Rootsweb for allowing people free access---

My entire Tree at Rootsweb.
Only about half of those listed are related to Tillman and Barbara Neel Blizzard. There are many that were done as research for other people.

Our Tree at Rootsweb.
These are the ancestors and siblings of Tillman and Barbara Neel Blizzard.

Jennings and Rowles Tree of Judy Richardson
Judy is my cousin and genealogy partner on the Rowles family history since 2000.

Descendants only, tree of Lady Godiva at Rootsweb.
Barbara and cousins C. Annelies Mouring and Donna Kay Weiss are SDLG Founding members.

Barbara's tree at MyHeritage site.
Everyone is connected to me by blood or marriage.

Ron's family tree at MyHeritage
My mother's cousin, Ron Potter, has been my genealogy partner on the Headley family since early 1970's.

to my family genealogy online.

I didn't get into this much trouble online all by myself. Ron Potter, earliest partner on the Headley page, researched our family history as a teenager and gave a copy to his uncle Clyde, my grandfather. On my grandmother Sybil's side, cousin Judy Richardson helped with Rowles genealogy. On my husband's side of the family, Pat Bonneau provided records with Pool genealogy on the original Blizzard and Pool Family page. Other cousins whose help has been relied on in the early days of this web-page are Glenn Headley, Jo Bendon Mercer and Carolyn Headley Stober. 

Both sides of my family were early settlers in Missouri in early 1800's. Both were named Smith----neither stayed! My gggreat-grandfather William F. Smith came to Missouri but moved on to Iowa, and my paternal gggreat-grandfather General James Hans Smith was a state senator and congressman in both Missouri and Arkansas and written about in history as a great orator. Later he moved to Texas where he was murdered for his money while in Houston buying supplies for his family and neighbors.

On my mother's side of the family, her great-grandfather William D. Rowles was a senator and congressman in Nebraska. (More about them below.)William's son-in-law, my great-grandfather, Prof. James Walter Newman, was superintendent of schools of Sarpy County, Nebraska. my paternal grandmother, Ione Donalson Neel(without a second "d" in Donalson, is an Irish name,) went to Denton college for women and became a schoolteacher. Ione was the great-granddaughter of Hans Smith.

The Pool and Blizzard families have all been within a radius of 30 miles of Lexington County, South Carolina for well over two centuries. The American colonies were a great melting-pot of nationalities. So Tillman and I are both a little of everything, and descend from royalty through our Gunter/Awbrey line, of William Gunter of Abergavenne, as well as other lines.

Among the ancestors of three of my grandparents are Rameses the "Great" Pharaoh of Egypt, Emperor Charlemagne, and the great Spanish warrior "El Cid," Rodrigo Diaz. I also descend from Lady Godiva who made her famous bare-back ride to prove the innocence of her husband. And William Marshall the undefeated knight, Regent of England, through four of his daughters. But, an Irish Bishop cursed William and all his male descendants died within a few years, so all of his descnedants are through his daughters.

My Smith great-grandmothers, Nancy Nora Smith, and Caroline Smith, were both of royal descent but not related to each other. On my father's side, Nancy's father, Al Sidney Smith was the son of Capt. James Hans (Shmidt) Smith, School-teacher from Pennsylvania, was a Senator and Congressman in Missouri and Arkansas as stated above and on the Neel page. Not to be outdone, my mother's great-grandfather William Donaldson Rowles was also a Senator and Congressman of Nebraska, on the Rowles page. And on her mother's side, Caroline's grandparents, William Smith, mentioned above, and his wife and cousin Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith are on the Headley page. William and Betsy were cousins and both descended from William Smith and wie Elizabeth Maier/Moyer. Caroline married George W. Headlee who rode with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.


YOU CAN GET A FAMILY FINDER-AUTOSOMAL-DNA TEST at either 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA or Ancestry dot com.
Then upload your raw date file to GEDmatch.com to match with cousins who tested at different companies.

Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" tests well over 800,000 genes per person to locate ancestry across all family lines of that person tested. The test consists of Autosomal, family matches, and recent origin before coming to America. The Family Finder DNA test "MyOrigins" results on the origins of ancestral location of recent history within the last few hundred years more or less, show that Tillman’s ancestry is 97% European in origin, and Barbara’s ancestry is 93% European, which included the Brittish Isles.

The only way to match with my cousin Raymond Surwillo was to test with Ancestry DNA, so I did, and we match as first cousins, which we are, as we are children of siblings Hazel Neel Surwillo and James Herbert Neel. Hazel's daughter Linda Maxwell later tested at FTDNA as well as at GEDmatch. At GEDmatch my adopted son, Anthony Blizzard, is a DNA match with both my mother's relatives and my father's neice Linda Maxwell and myself. That is very interesting!! Anthony's paternal DNA surname was Patterson.

As you may know, I am the Administrator of three FTDNA projects: Maryland, New York State, and Blizzard DNA. At DNA.Ancestry I have matches proving some of our ancstors were descendants of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins through both of my maternal grandparents. Clyde descends from John Snow and Mary Smalley, and Sybil descends from John's sister Sarah Snow and William Walker. On my dad's side: Thomas Hill and Mary Percy (above,) John T. Neel, Sr. and Martha Lemmons, connected Wm. Alexander Neal and their sister Ellen Neel O'Conner (aka Mary Ellen Neel O'Conner)as children of John Neel and Sarah Hutchinson (Ellen's parents' names proven through church records sent to me by Shannon Weigel) Legislator Hans Smith and wife Nancy Owen and beyound to Thomas Owen. Plus, I have many matches descended from William G. Dudley, grandfather of Mary Ann Dudley, including Capt. Christopher Dudley and Elizabeth Daniel. Christopher descends from multi Royal lines.

I'm so glad we tested at Ancestry because we have multi matches with Doherty/Dougherty/Daugherty. Orignal Irish spelling was O'Dochartaigh as descendants of Cornelius who lived in the 15th century.

My husband, Tillman Blizzard and I tested at FTDNA, as well as my daughter EB, my aunt Geri, her daughter and granddaughter, Glenn Headley, Ron Potter, Judy Richardson and Michael Hadley, as well as my father's niece, Linda Maxwell.My husband's cousin Pat Bonneau had DNA of her uncle and herself tested at FTDNA. My daughter EB Blizzard, Pat Bonneau and I tested at Ancestry DNA as well as FTDNA as mentioned above, so, through matches we can be sure the matches with distant cousins prove our lineage with the unique tool at FTDNA of the Chromosome Browser.

My great-grandmother, Mary Ann Dudley Neel, daughter of Ransom W. Dudley was indeed the son of William G. Dudley of royal descent from Maj. Robert Dudley who married Elizabeth Ransom, with at least one match of those who allow their tree to be seen by matches. Robert descends from King Edward III of England and also his wife Lady Philippa of Hainault. Both descend from the Pharaoh Rameses (I) and his wife, Queen Sit.re' Tia who descends from Thutmoses I, Pharaoh of Egypt, and Celtic Queen Boudicca.

Genealogy is on the cutting edge of science with DNA testing. It can create great changes in who we thought we were with a simple swab of the cheek. In DNA testing we are actually looking for your earliest proven ancestor and not you per se so that you may remain anonymous if you so choose. The point is matching ancestors. In projects with only surnames listed, you are still publicly anonymous because they only list your surname with your DNA results and no further information. DNA testing changed the history of our paternal Pace line. The Pace Chart of our Pace ancestors William Pace and wife Ruth Lambert, has the same y-DNA as Richard Pace who married Elizabeth Cain, but has been linked with an entirely different Richard Pace line.

DNA testing proved that there were three different Pool/Poole families in early South Carolina. All the Blizzards tested so far are different as well, except for the descendants of Colonial Thomas Blizzard. In this family Tillman Blizzard and the Alabama descendants of Thomas Blizzard are an exac 12 marker match, the limit so far of Thomas' testing.

DNA has also proved that the Pharaoh Ramses II was a Berber from Libya, Just like Johan Peter Pelzer Fry's family who are E-Y-DNA; while Henry Frey and Anna Catherine Levering's descendants are R Y-DNA from Europe. (Ramses is listed in the book Royalty for Commoners with the spelling Rameses.)

The World is a DNA Melting Pot! There is no right or wrong DNA. It is just branches of a genetic tree, but you are a UNIQUE leaf on it somewhere. It's a lot of fun to discover your leaf on the tree.

Family Talent

Our family were basically Bankers, Nurses, Politicians and School Teachers. My daughter Sybillina is an artist as well as a school teacher. My grandmother Sybil Newman was a nurse, and her father J. Walter Newman, was a Professor and Superintendent of Schools in Nebraska, and Sybil's sister was a school tacher. Sybil's mother's father, William D. Rowles, was a Nebraska Senator and Congressman, a descendant of Hon. Edmund Jennings, acting Govenor of Virginia. Her maternal grandfather, John Crowthers, Sr. was president of Towson bank in Maryland, and three of my aunts were also bankers. My grandmother Ione, great-granddaughter of Senator Hans Smith, was a school teacher, and her sister was a published poet. Sybil's cousin Gwen DeLaney (Gwen Delano stage name)was an actress on radio, TV and films.

My Welsh Headley relatives were very musical and beautiful singers. The Headley siblings held barn dances on Saturday night at their farm in Iowa. My mother sang "God Bless America" acappella at the Hollywood Bowl on the first I Am An American Day for President Franklin Roosevelt which was broadcast on the radio, 12 June 1939. And my cousin Ron Potter sings in Nebraska. Our cousin Gene Pursell sang on TV, and his sons and grandsons are singers as well. A 1951 video of our cousin Gene Pursell, the very first "Irish Tenor" on the Lawrence Welk Show on TV, is on you-tube. It is out of sync but a rare find and worth the viewing. Gene is the grandson of Aunt Nora Headley Bendon, oldest sister of my grandfather Clyde Hadley, and Ron's mother Golden Daisy Headley Potter. But hey! you knew that, didn't you!

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