Lee Harvey Oswald

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Accused Assassin of President John F. Kennedy


    Diana Skipwith

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    • 11th Generation — 8th Great-grandmother of Lee Harvey Oswald
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    • In the January 2000 issue of The American Genealogist magazine, Charles Martin Ward Jr., historian of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Tennessee, wrote an article refuting the claim that Katherine (Dale) Carter was the daughter of Diana Skipwith.

      Mr. Ward contends that Katherine was not the daughter of Edward Dale by his wife Diana Skipwith, but that she's the daughter of an unknown prior wife of which there is no record. Mr. Ward's argument relies on two key pieces of data being true (to read Mr. Ward's complete argument see The American Genealogist, Jan 2000, Volume 75, Pages 27-29).

      First that Katherine was born prior to 18 SEP 1655.

      Second that Diana married Edward Dale after 18 SEP 1655.

      Mr. Ward believes that Katherine was born circa 1652 or 1653 based on an entry into a family prayer book after Katherine's death in 1703 that states she died "in the 51st year of her life."

      Mr. Ward believes that Diana Skipwith married Edward Dale after 18 SEP 1655 because that is the last date with which she still signed a document using her maiden name and not her married name. The first document appearing with her married name is dated 09 JUN 1660.

      However, death records are notorious for having incorrect birth dates. Professional genealogist and author Rhonda McClure in her book Finding Your Famous {and Infamous} Ancestors in a section titled "Resolving Conflict" on page 159, states how "the information supplied on a death certificate for the birth date and parents' names of the deceased may be more suspect than the same information found on the marriage license." It would only take the person entering Katherine's death into the prayer book to be off by 2 years on her age in order for Diana Skipwith to remain eligible to be Katherine's mother.

      The facts not disputed are that Katherine (Dale) Carter is the daughter of Edward Dale, that Edward Dale married Diana Skipwith sometime before 09 JUN 1660, and that currently there is no evidence of a prior wife for Edward Dale.

      So while Mr. Ward's theory remains possible, until something more concrete is found, such as evidence of a prior marriage for Edward Dale, we have to conclude that Katherine Dale is the daughter of Diana Skipwith based on the facts that are known and mentioned above.

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  • Sources for Diana Skipwith

    • 1 Carter, Jeff, Ancestors of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. (2012), 13, 28-31.
    • 4 Tyler, Lyon G., editor, William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 17, Richmond, Virginia: Whittet and Shepperson (1909), Jan 1909, No. 3, Pages 198-199, JSTOR (Digital Library).
    • 5 Virginia Historical Society, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 43, No. 2, April 1935, 153, JSTOR (Digital Library).
    • 6 Virginia Historical Society, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 67, No. 1, January 1959, Richmond, Virginia: Whittet and Shepperson (1959), 116, JSTOR (Digital Library).
    • 7 Warner, Charles Willard Hoskins, Hoskins of Virginia and Related Families: Hundley, Ware, Roy, Garnett, Waring, Bird, Buckner, Dunbar, Trible . . ., Tappahannock, Virginia: unknown (1971), 402-404, 406-407, Heritage Quest (Digital Library).