Our Royal Connection

Our royal connection is on my maternal great-grandfather Charles Griner’s paternal 5th great-grandmother, Priscilla Burnett was born into the Burnett of Leys family of Scottish nobility, she was one of the daughters of Thomas Burnett Jr.  and Mary Cooper.

Priscilla, was the first generation of the Burnett Family of Southampton, Long Island, New York to be born in the New World a.k.a The America. Priscilla was one of eleven children born to Thomas Burnett, Jr and his wife, Mary Cooper

Priscilla’s grandfather was Dr. Thomas Burnett Sr.,who received his M.A. degree from Cambridge University  and later soon became a physician of eminence practicing in Braintree, Essex, England, his wife was Jane Foys, a daughter of John Foys of London. Jane and her husband Thomas had three children: Thomas Burnett Jr. b. 1612, Alexander Burnett b. 1613 and Frances Burnett, b. 1614., who married the Rev. Thomas Templer, Rector of Weston, Northampton. Dr. Thomas Alexander Burnett, Sr.’s parents were Alexander Burnett, 11th Laird of Leys and Katherine Arbuthnot, their family seat was at Crathes Castle.  Priscilla Burnett’s 2nd great-granddaughter was Eleanor Garrison, who married John Griner Sr. in 1807.

All of Thomas and Jane’s children was all born in Braintree, Essex, England.

* The English Royal Connection is from Edward III of England, the great-grandfather of Lady Joan Beaufort, the wife James I of Scotland (Family Records)​

  • In order to understand the family connection here, please read Samuel Fithian Sr. will and inventory records first, then read the will of Henry Joyce to understand how the Fithian’s siblings connects with Robert Tullis. Robert Tullis was the father of my 6x great-grandfather, William Tullis Sr. and grandfather of Anna Tullis (1765-1858) and a great-grandfather of Eleanor Garrison, who married John Griner Sr. in Cumberland County, NJ in 1807. And also the 2nd great-grandfather of Eli Griner Sr. (c. 1816 – to about 1865), Eli Griner Sr. is my 3rd great-grandfather whom I descended from by one of his sons, Louis Eli Griner who was the father of my maternal great-grandfather, Charles Berdeaux Griner (1889-1964).

Priscilla Burnett and Samuel Fithian Sr. had a total of 7 children: 6 boys and one girl they are: John Fithian (b.1681), Josiah Fithian (b.1685), Samuel Fithian Jr. (b.1688), Esther Fithian (b.1691), Matthias Fithian (b.1694), William Fithian (b.1698) and lastly, Isaac Fithian (b. sometimes before 1702).

Samuel Fithian Sr’s will and inventory (click here) * some translation, (Easter aka Esther, the only daughter of Samuel Fithian was given 20 pounds after her father’s deceased.)

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