This is Garrett Van Swearingen (1636-1698), a Dutchman who emigrated to colonial Maryland/Delaware. He is my 9th great grandfather on my mom's side. I 'm trying to figure out what he's holding. Is it a chicken foot? What is the meaning? If anyone knows, please share!
EDWARD "THE BLACK PRINCE" Plantagenet of Wales 1330-1376. The eldest son of KING EDWARD III of England and PHILIPPA of HAINAULT, and father to KING RICHARD II of England. His wife was JOAN PRINCESS OF ENGLAND. He became the first Knight of the Garter. He was one of the founders. Edward was raised with his cousin Joan. He gained papal permission and absolution for this marriage to a blood-relative (as had Edward III when marrying Philippa of Hainault, his second cousin. 18th G GRAND UNCLE
I was whipped by the Romans when they tried to take our lands — and now I am fighting for my freedom. Think how many of us are fighting and why. We must win this battle or die. Let the men live as slaves if they want. I will not.