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Lady Katherine Swynford

Lady Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, (1350 – 1403)
(20th great grandmother)

Katherine de Roet lived from 25 November 1350 to 10 May 1403. She was the daughter of a SIR Payne de Roet and was considered very pretty in her time.  At a young age both her parents died and the queen took petty on her and sent her to a convent to be cared for. 

When she reached the age of 16, she was called to court and arranged to marry Sir Hugh Swynford.  When SIR Hugh died, she married John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster and Prince of England.  She had several children with both husbands and is the topic of several great books. 

She is the ancestor of many famous people including 5 American Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Dianna.

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William Hooper

(1742-1790), 5th cousin 8 times removed

William Hooper (1742-1790) was an American lawyer, politician, and a member of the Continental Congress representing North Carolina from 1774 through 1777 and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Originally he was a supporter of the British Government but during his time in the assembly became a supporter of the Federalist position. William Hooper is our 5th cousin 8 times removed.

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Edward J Murray

Edward J Murray was born in June, 1866 in Hoboken NJ. His father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in New Jersey. He married Delia Gaffney from Scotland who immigrated to America in 1888. They had 7 children (6 daughters and one son). Edward worked as a police officer in West Hoboken for over 20 years (before 1900 to after 1920).

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Charles Gregoli

Charles Gregoli was born in 1886 in Messina Italy and died in 1931 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He married Filippa Russo in 1908 in Patti, Sicily and had 4 daughters. Charles and Filippa migrated to America with 3 of their daughters. He is our great/great grandfather.

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Anton von Prokesch-Osten

Anton von Prokesch-Osten, (10 December 1795, Graz – 26 October 1876, Vienna) was an Austrian diplomat, statesman and general, and our 4th Great Grand-Uncle. The information below was pulled from Wikipedia.

Anton von Prokesch was a man of great versatility, whose multi-faceted career as a soldier, then as a diplomat and statesman, was one of the most remarkable of Austria in the nineteenth century.

He participated in the war against France in 1813-1814 and in 1815 as an officer for an order of the Archduke Charles, and then taught mathematics in a military school, before becoming, in 1818 to 1820, secretary of Marshal Karl Philipp von Schwarzenberg. He then joined the diplomatic corps at the invitation of Prince Clemens von Metternich.

From 1824 he was sent on mission to the Middle East to observe various conflicts starting with the Greek War of Independence. This appointment was a turning point in his career. He became an authority on the languages and cultures of the Middle East. In addition, numerous scholarly publications made him one of the most respected orientalist in Europe. At the same time, his political reporting won him support of the Metternich. As a Chief of Staff of the Navy since 1827 he signed convention for Christians in the Holy Land with the Pasha of Akka in 1829. In recognition of his services he was conferred the title of Knight von Osten (Knight of the Orient) in 1830. The same year he met at a dinner, the Duke of Reichstadt, son of Napoleon I, who had read his work on Battle of Waterloo, and was enthusiastic about him, he remained a friend until his death. Anton von Prokesch went to Bologna in 1831 as Chief of Staff of the Austrian army. In 1833, he contributed to the signing of a peace between the Viceroy Muhammad Ali, pasha of Egypt, and Sultan Ottoman Mahmud II in Cairo. He was ambassador to Athens from 1834 to 1849.Anton von Prokesch-Osten

In 1849, Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg named Anton von Prokesch ambassador in Berlin (1849–1852), with the mission to restore the influence of Austria in Germany, weakened after the revolutions of 1848. On the way to Berlin, he believed it was possible to restore the understanding that prevailed between the Austria and Prussia and allowed both states to dominate the German Confederation after 1815. However, he quickly realized that King Frederick William IV and his favorite minister, Joseph von Radowitz, considering the creation of a German Empire for the benefit of Prussia. Prokesch was ready to facilitate a limited expansion Prussia in northern Germany, but he understood that he could not reconcile the Prussian ambitions with the interests of Austria and other states of Germany. Isolated, often leaving Vienna without instructions, he turned to Metternich. Faced with the indifference of Schwarzenberg, who was preoccupied with other issues, Prokesch and his Austrian colleagues had established an informal network to exchange information and coordinate their actions. Since his exile in Brussels, where he remained since the revolution of 1848, Metternich had readily agreed to advise his former subordinates, he could influence the development of an Austrian influence on German Affairs. The full restoration of the Confederate regime must be credited much to Prokesch efforts, but his vigorous defense of the traditional role of Austria in Germany made him unpopular in Berlin. In 1853, he was recalled and sent to Frankfurt, as the representative of Austria at the Federal Diet. Appointed to chair this meeting, he had two years to bear the intrigues and tactics of obstruction of his Prussian colleague Otto von Bismarck.

During the Crimean War, he unsuccessfully proposed the mobilization of the army against the Russian, as Bismarck knew how to prevent it. It was there that in 1854, he befriended Joseph Arthur de Gobineau.

In 1855 he was appointed ambassador to the Sublime Porte, where he remained for sixteen years. At his departure in 1871, Emperor Francis Joseph I granted him the hereditary title of Count in recognition of sixty years of distinguished service. He was a member of the Academy of Sciences of Berlin and Vienna and had a large collection of coins which was purchased in 1875 by the museum in Berlin.

The architect Theophil von Hansen is the author of the mausoleum built over his grave in the cemetery of St. Leonhard, Graz.

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Robert Cece

Robert Cece, 77, of Lincroft, NJ, passed away on March 7, 2021 at home with his family at his side. He was born in Newark, NJ in 1944 and lived in Lincroft with his wife Maria. Robert owned his own construction business and retired in 2010. He loved horses and horse racing as well as playing golf with his family. He was happiest when he was around his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Maria (Cappadona) Cece; his five sons, DJ (Trish) Totland, Todd (Linda) Totland, Anthony (Megan) Cece, Randy (Fallon) Cece, and Robby Cece; his brother, Anthony Patrick Cece; his six grandchildren, Taylor Totland, Nicole Totland, Jake Totland, Coby Totland, Kailey Totland and Wyatt Cece.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2021, 10:15 AM at St. Leo the Great Parish, 50 Hurley St, Lincroft. Entombment will follow at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in Robert’s name to St. Jude Children’s hospital. Visitors are limited to FAMILY ONLY.

Arrangements are under the direction of John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, Middletown.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Robert Cece, please visit our Tribute Store.

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Denny Totland

Dennis “Denny” Totland, 59, passed away Jan. 21, 1998, at his home.

Born Jan. 14, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ode Emil and Golda Stringham Totland. Married Maria Cappadona, later divorced. Married Alice Moser Steorts, Jan. 1994, who remains his dear friend. Graduated from West High School, where he lettered in two sports, football and baseball. Received All-State Honorable mention in both sports. He was inducted into the West High Hall of Fame. Graduated from Coalinga Jr. College, where he received All Conference Baseball Honors and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in Nov. 1997. Denny continued his education at the University of L.A. where he led the league in home runs and made All Conference and was nominated for All American Honors. He signed with the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Team and played in the AA farm system for four years. He was an asphalt contractor. A devoted son who lived with and cared for his parents.

Survived by his beloved mother and father, Golda and Cecil Anderson; sons, D. J. (Trisha) Totland and Todd (Linda) Totland; brothers, Gary (Betty) Totland and Brent (Kathy) Anderson; granddaughters, Taylor and Nicole; aunt, Madge Huffman; uncles, Bud Stringham and Frank Stringham; and beloved nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, 12 noon at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St., where friends may call Tuesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions for a memorial marker may be sent to Totlands at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary.

Published 25 January 1998 in The Salt Lake Tribune (UT)