Mary Nede


Born: ? in ?

Died: Aft 1680 in ?

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Christopher Levis (c. 1621 – ?)

Married: 1648 in (unknown)

Child: Samuel Levis (? – c. 1734)

Child: Mary Levis (1652 – 1664)

Child: Richard Levis (1654 – 1663)

Child: Sarah Levis (1663 – 1701/02)

Child: Hannah Levis (1663 – 1705)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Thomas Wright (? – ?)

Married: 1680 in ?

Change Date

This data was last changed on 10 Apr 2008, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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Comly Family in America
by George Norwood Comly; Philadelphia, Pa, 1939. Privately published under supervision of J.B. Lippincott. [applies to name, death, marriage]
Genealogy of the Smedley family descended from George and Sarah Smedley, settlers in Chester Co., Penna.
by Gilbert Cope; Lancaster, Pa.: Wickersham Printing Co., 1901. [applies to name]
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania
by J. Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881. [applies to name]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Mary's last name is also spelled Need.

First off, it must be noted that while finding a royal ancestor is often a high point of researching one's family, such a discovery is no big deal for most English-speaking countries, one just has to find the connection. The lack of a real caste system allowed for marriage between classes, and there are estimated to be MILLIONS of "ordinary" people descended directly from English royalty. (Everyone else is probably at least a relative.)

Having said that, an article written by Leslie Mahler and published in "The Genealogist" in 1999 documents a direct lineage from Mary (actually, from her son Samuel) to King Edward III of England. (A 12th generation ancestor of Mary.) Other secondary sources also seem to indicate this lineage is correct, though none covers the full lineage from Mary to Edward.

The descent is through Edward's son Lionel of Antwerp, Lionel's daughter Philippa, Phillipa's daughter Elizabeth de Mortimer, and thence through the Percy, (de) Clifford, Melford, and Need/Nede families. The descent to the Clifford and possibly the Melford families should be well established in peerage genealogies.

Rather than use this source itself, I want to find the sources it cites (or maybe equivalents in the case of secondary sources) and use them directly, as part of a general plan to solidify the information elsewhere in this tree.

The book "Platagenet Ancestry - A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families" by Douglas Richardson, also cites a royal lineage, though it follows a different line from the de Cliffords to John of England, as well as noting other royal ancestors for the Cliffords. The above Leslie Mahler was thanked for part of this, possibly the notes about Samuel Levis only.