Clár Cinn An Anna

My Family Tree
My family tree up at Rootsweb. It leads back to Ireland, Wales, England, Germany and to Colonial America. My most recent ancestors came to America from Mountbellew, County Galway, Ireland and Barvaria in Germany. The remainder have been in America for a long time. I am a direct descendant of 3, yes, THREE Mayflower Pilgrims - Edward Doty (through my great-grandmother Mary Doughty/Doty) on one side and the other two on the COLE side - Stephen Hopkins and his daughter Constance Hopkins who was also a passenger on the Mayflower. Sarah Palin shares the same ancestor in Stephen Hopkins, making us cousins with Sarah. (Woo hoo! yes I do like Sarah Palin). And also of Margaret (Stephenson) Scott who was hanged as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials (she was my great x8 grandmother) and of Lady Godiva (Godgifu). I have almost 9,000 people in my family tree so far and I am related to many interesting people including Lizzie Borden, the late Princess Diana (through the Spencer line) and her two sons Princes William and Harry, and other members of the English Royal Family (House of Tudor and Windsor), General George Armstrong Custer, poet Emily Dickinson, many American Presidents including Ulysses S. Grant, Bill Clinton (William Jefferson Blythe III), George Bush, George W. Bush, a few First Ladies including Nancy Davis Reagan (She was born Anne Frances "Nancy" Robbins), a few U. S. Supreme Court Justices including Roger Brooke Taney and David Souter, Senator Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, author Laura Ingalls Wilder, astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard, Philo Farnsworth (the inventor of television), and many actors including Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch, Elizabeth Montgomery, James Arness, Peter Graves, Henry, Peter, Jane and Bridget Fonda, and Bette Davis. Although, most of my ancestors were hardworking everyday people: teachers, merchants, farmers, planters, ministers, coopers, inn-keepers, tavern-keepers, etc...

The first thing that comes to the mind of others when I mention that I'm descended from Lady Godiva is her naked ride through Coventry. The historical Lady Godiva was a devout Catholic Anglo-Saxon noblewoman. Both she and her husband Leofric (Leofric III, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry) were generous benefactors to many religious houses. They founded and endowed a Benedictine monastery at Coventry. In the 1050's, her name is coupled with that of her husband on a grant of land to the monastery of St Mary, Worcester and the endowment of the minster at Stow St Mary, Lincolnshire. She and her husband are commemorated as benefactors of other monasteries as well - at Leominster, Chester, Much Wenlock and Evesham. Lady Godiva's rosary hung round the neck of the statue of the Blessed Virgin at Coventry. The current Queen Elizabeth of England is also a direct descendant of Lady Godiva as well.

The Musings of an Irish Wench
I'm on Twitter @LadyAnnaKasper I am on Facebook, if you know me personally then you know my Facebook address and address for my blog. I'm still on MySpace, but don't visit there often. Roma Downey started Tweeting a few years back, so I joined Twitter :-) You can find Roma at @RealRomaDowney.

Official Roma Downey Pages
Visit the Official site for Irish actress Roma Downey (which I just happen to have created and continue to maintain! :-)

Pictures from Anna's Visit to the Set of Touched by an Angel - September 2002.
Or here are pictures from my visit to the set of "Touched by an Angel" back in January 2001

Irish History
Important dates in Irish history

Darling Irish cows!

Beautiful Pictures of the Emerald Isle

Geography of Ireland
Including the names of the ancient population groups

Celtic Proverbs
Irish wit and wisdom

Celtic Blessings
Including an old wedding blessing

Unique Irish Christmas Customs
Nollaig Shona!

The Irish-American Connection
How the Irish have affected American history.

Irish Surnames
History and origins of Irish surnames

Irish Folklore
Mermaids, Selkies, The Love Fairy and more!

Irish Symbols
Symbols associated with Ireland

Irish Pubs
Come in and have a pint!

Derry City, Northern Ireland
Learn about Roma's native city.

A Rose's Kiss: The Legacy of Rhoslefain Abbey Chronicles I by Joy Ann Harber

This book was written by my cousin and kindred spirit Joy.

Book Description - Ruffian Bardougne just spent the last six months fighting for King Edward II. Though mortally wounded, by a twist of fate, he was brought back. All he wants is to resume his old life, and to win the hand of the girl he left behind. But what he returns to is anything but familiar. Tessa MacLure has grown into an independent woman. And it seems the very foundation of Sedgemoor is being rocked by forces unseen, but foretold, by those who inhabited the land 100 years before. What happened to the settlers who built Rhoslefain Abbey? No traces exist except the stone chapel, which was left unfinished. Ageless faith battles ancient superstition in the Realm of Dundrennan, in the year 1309. Join two families as they uncover their connection to each other, the land, and to the elusive brotherhood of the 33 Messengers.

About the Author - Joy Harber makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband Roger, and children, Patrick and Shelby. She is the author of 23 published poetic works. She is a public library director whose main interests are writing and genealogy. This is her first novel. You may contact her at

A Wee Columbo Page
Any other Columbo fans out there?

You are listening to Prayer (From "Hansel and Gretel") sung by Heather Reazin.

Previously playing on my page: The Spinning Wheel from Catherine McKinnon's CD Voice of an Angel.

Last updated December 2014