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Bill Gates

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    Rebecca Briggs

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    • 11th Great-grandmother of Bill Gates — 14th Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • 13135 
    • Mother:
    • Birth Date:
    • Birth Location:
    • Christening Date:
    • 25 Oct 1600 
    • Christening Location:
    • St. James Clerkenwell, London, England 
    • Death Date:
    • 8 Feb 1673 
    • Death Location:
    • Burial Date:
    • Burial Location:
    • Marriage Date:
    • BEF 30 Mar 1623 
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    • Children:

    • Sarah Cornell

      William Cornell

      Thomas Cornell

      Rebecca Cornell (Ahnentafel No:6567 )

      Kelame Cornell

      Richard Cornell

      John Cornell

      Elizabeth Cornell

    • Notes: 
    • On the day that Rebecca Briggs died, she is said to have been sitting by the fire smoking a pipe when a coal appears to have fallen from the fire or her pipe. She was burned to death in the resulting fire. Her brother John Briggs claimed to have had a vision in which she appeared to him and said, “See how I was burned with fire.” The inference was that someone set fire to her and subsequently her son Thomas was tried and convicted on this evidence.

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  • Sources for Rebecca Briggs

    • 4 Brenneman, Richard E., "Notable Kin - New England in Hollywood, Part Three: The Possible Rhode Island Ancestry of Marilyn Monroe",, (accessed 10/09/2014).
    • 5 Carter, Jeff, Ancestors of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. (2012), 53-54.
    • 6 Cornell, Rev. John, Genealogy of the Cornell Family: Being an Account of the Descendants of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth, R.I., New York: Press of T.A. Wright (1902), 17-24.
    • 7 Cornell, Thomas C., Adam and Anne Mott: Their Ancestors and Their Descendants, Poughkeepsie, New York: A.V. Haight, Printer (1890), 330, 334.
    • 8 De Rapalj√©, Joris Janssen, Historic Families of America: William Almy, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1630, Chicago: Published by Charles Kingsbury Miller (1897), 17.
    • 9 Quinby, Henry Cole, Genealogical History of the Quinby (Quimby) Family In England and America, Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company (1915), 120.

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