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Amazing Ancestry: Dr. Mary Racelis, Filipino sociologist

10 July 2011

Mary Aylett Racelis is a respected sociologist, anthropologist, and research scientist.  Of late, she has appeared in public debates and given interviews on Philippine media on her position on the controversial RH Bill.  Using publicly available sources, I have tracked her rich, global lineage.

Parents.  In her book, “Bearers of Benevolence”, Mary Racelis wrote about her Filipino father, RAMON RACELIS who was among the pensionados of the American-run Philippine government in the mid-1920s; and her American mother, ELSIE AYLETT, who was a librarian at the New York Public Library near Columbia University where Racelis matriculated.  The couple met, fell in love and married in 1929; and moved to Manila in the same year.  All of their children were born and raised in Manila.

Grandparents.  (Aylett) I have not found her Filipino grandparents; but there is a wealth of data on her American ancestry from the US Census Records.  On the 1920 census, I found the 16-year old Virginia-born Elsie, living with her parents in a house along Garrison Street, Queens, New York.  PHILIP AYLETT was born in Virginia, USA in 1868.  He a civil engineer for a railroad company.  His wife CHRISTINE AYLETT (nee Fernquest) was born in Sweden in 1869.  She received her citizenship when the couple married in 1883.  Ten years earlier, in 1910, I found them living in 4001A Connecticut Street, St. Louis, Missouri.  Philip’s occupation was listed as “Civil Engineer, bridge work”.  By 1912, Philip was listed in the St. Louis City Directors living in the same house — his job “engineer of const Sewer Dept”

Great-Grandparents.  (Aylett)  In the 1880 census, I found the 13-year old Philip, living with his parents in Aquiton, King William, Virginia.  WILLIAM ROANE AYLETT was born in 1833 in Virginia who rose from captain to colonel in the Confederate army during the American Civil War and later, served as commonwealth’s attorney.  He died in 1900.  ALICE AYLETT (nee Brokenborough) was born in 1838 in Virginia.  Philip’s siblings were Sally, Pattie, Alice, Bettie, William and Patrick.  Their household maintained one servant.  Similar data appears in the 1870 census.  In the 1860 census, ten years earlier, William appears to be living alone — which supports the likelihood that he and Alice got married between 1860 and 1870.

This historical marker stands in front of the Aylett plantation.

2x Gread-Grandparents. (Aylett)  In the 1870 census, I found the 17-year old William R. Aylett, living in King William, Virginia with his siblings and widowed mother, JUDITH PAGE AYLETT (nee Waller).  His older brother, Patrick, who was a lawyer, was the head of the family at 25 years old.  His younger siblings included Pattie (15) and Rosalie (14).  It is interesting to note that the census and the slave schedules listed the children as owning property — the boys each had land worth $10,000, the girls owned land valued at $4,000 each.  Patrick owned 14 slaves, William, 10 slaves, Pattie, 11 slaves and Rosalie, 10 slaves.  Judith P Aylett is listed as owning a separate 28 slaves — so the family owned 73 slaves, at the least .  Judith died in 1850 in May 1860 in King William, Virginia from apoplexy.  JOHN PHILIP AYLETT  Jr. (1791-1848) served in both the Virginia House and Senate.  He had inherited Montville, the ancestral plantation.

3x Great-Grandparents. (Aylett)  PHILIP AYLETT Sr. (1767-1831) married ELIZABETH “Betsey” HENRY.  Philip Sr. held a general’s commission in the war of 1812, and possessed a very large plantation at Montville, on which slaves were employed in the cultivation of cotton, corn and tobacco. Like all of his family, he adhered to the Episcopal church, and was a stanch Democrat in political principle.

Henry was among those who signed the US Declaration of Independence.

4x Great-Grandparents.  (Aylett)  WILLIAM AYLETT (1743-1781) married MARY MACON (1742-1781) in 1766.  William was a vestryman of St. John’s parish; a member of the House of Burgesses; a member of the Virginia conventions of 1775-76, and a warm personal friend of General Washington. He resigned his seat in the legislature in 1776 to accept a commission from the American Congress as Deputy Commissary General of the forces in Virginia.  …..  (Henry)  PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799) married SARAH SHELTON.  A Founding Father, Patrick served as the 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia and is best remembered for his “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech.

You can see more of Dr. Racelis’ ascendant tree here.  Her ancestors include members of the medieval and ancient royal houses of Europe.  Ancestors who appear multiple times in various branches are marked with an asterisk (*).  She also has several Catholic saints in her direct line.

11x GGPs.  SIR RALPH SHELTON (1560-1628) was the 26th Lord of Shelton.  He was a ward of Queen Elizabeth I, as he was orphaned early.  He was knighted 1607 and a Member of Parliament 1611. He was killed in a battle 2 miles at sea where the Huguenots were under seige by the French Catholics.

12x GGPs.  SIR RALPH SHELTON (1530-1580) was the 23rd Lord of Shelton.  He served as High Sheriff of Norfolk 1571.  He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1578.

Crest of the House of Zahringen

27x GGPs.  BERTHOLD HERZOG VON ZAHRINGEN (1134-1186) was the Duke of Zahringen.  Zähringen is the name of an old German family that founded a large number of cities in what are today Switzerland and Baden-Württemberg.

29x GGPs.  ERMESINDE VAN DAGSBURG (1080-1143) was the Countess of Luxembourg.

31x GGPs.  ERMESINDE DE LONGWY (1022-1068) was the Countess of Longwy.  PIERRE GUILLAUME VII D’AQUITAINE (1023-1058) was the Duke of Aquitaine

32x GGPs.  ADALBERT II (1000-1048) was the Duke of Haute-Lorraine.

33x GGPs.  ERMENTRUDE DE ROUCY (963-1002) was the Countess of Rheims.  GERARD II VON METZ (960-1045) was the Count of Bouzonville and Metz .  GISELA ALSACE VON METZ (990-1045) was the Countess of Alsace.

34x GGPs.  ADALBERT II DE METZ (970-1033) was the Duke of Basse-Lorraine.  ALBERADE DE LORRAINE (930-973) was the Countess of Roucy.

35x GGPs.  EBERHARD IV VON NORDGAU (900-972) was the Count of Nordgau.  GERBERE was the Duchess of Lorraine.  GISELBERT (890-939) was the Duke of Lorraine.  LUITGARDE DE TRIES (910-986) was the Countess of Luxembourg.

36x GGPs.  HERSENT was the Princess of France.  HILDEGARDE DE FERRETTE (876-940) was the Countess of Ferrette.  HUGO III DE NARGAU (870-940) was the Count of Nordgau.

37x GGPs.  CHARLES THE BALD* (828-877) was the Emperor of Rome.  ERMENTRUDE* was the Empress of Rome.

38x GGPs.  EUDES was the Count of Orleans.  JUDITH (800-843) was the Princess of Bavaria.  LOUIS I THE PIOUS* (778-840) was the Holy Roman Emperor.  MATTFRIED II VON EIFELGAU (820-unknown) was the Count of Eifelgau.

39x GPPs.  CHARLEMAGNE* (742-814) was the Holy Roman Emperor.  HILDEGARD OF VINZGOUW* (757-783) was the Empress of Rome.  WELF I (787-830) was the Duke of Bavaria.

40x GPPs.  BERTRADE DE LAON* (720-783) was the Queen of Franks.  ISEMBART OF ALTORF was the Lord of Altorf.  PEPIN III THE SHORT* (714-768) was the King of the Franks.

41x GPPs.  CHARLES MARTEL*(686-741) was the King of the Franks.  ROTRUDE DE TREVES* (690-724) was the Duchess of Austrasia.  WARIN OF ALTORF was the Lord of Altorf.

42x GPPs.  EBERNARD was the Duke of Alsace.  PEPIN II THE MIDDLE* (640-714) was the Duke of Austrasia.

St. Begga of Landen

43x GPPs.   ADALBERT was the Duke of Alsace.  ANSIGISEL DE METZ* (610-622) was the Duke of Austrasia.  GERLINDA ws the Duchess of Alsce.  ST. BEGGA OF LANDEN* (615-693) became a nun upon the death of her husband.  She founded several churches, and built a convent at Andenne on the Meuse River where she spent the rest of her days as abbess.

44x GPPs.   ST. ADELA (710-730) was a Princess of Austrasia.  She was a disciple of St. Boniface and became a nun after the death of her husband.  She served as Founder and Abess of the Palatiolum of Pfalsel Convent near Trier, Germany.  ST ARNOUL DE METZ* (580-640) was the Bishop of Metz.

45x GPPs.  BODEGIESEL II* (565-610) was the Duke of Aquitaine.  MATILDA was the Princess of England.  ST ODA* (556-611) was a French princess. When her husband died, she devoted her life to the care of the sick and the poor.  She served as the Abess of Amay.

46x GPPs.   ST GONDOLFUS OF TONGRES (545-607) was the Bishop of Tongres.  INECHILDE was the Queen of Australia.  SIGIBERT III (631-656) was the King of Austrasia.

47x GPPs.  DAGOBERT I (602-638) was the King of the Franks.  MUNDERIC (500-575) was the Lord of Vintry-en-Perthois.

48x GPPs.  ALTRUDE was the Queen of the Franks.  CHLOTHAR I THE OLD* (501-561)  was the King of the Franks.  CLODERIC THE PARRICIDE* (478-509) was the King of Cologne.  HARAGONDE* was the Princess of Thuringia.

49x GPPs.  CHILPERIC I (539-584) was the King of Soissons,  one of the most ancient settlements of France.  FREDEGONDE (543-596) was the Queen of the Franks.  SIEGBERT I THE LAME* (460-509) was the King of Cologne.

50x GPPs.  CHLODEBAUD VON KOLN II* (430-450) was the King of Cologne.

51x GPPs.  CHLODEBAUD VON KOLN I* – (398-448) King of Cologne.

52x GPPs. BLESINDE VON KOLN* (380-418) was the Princess of Cologne.   THEODEMIR* (374-413) was the King of the Franks.

53x GPPs.  FLAVIUS RICHOMERES* (335-393) was the Consul of Rome.

54x GPPs.  MELLOBAUDE DE TOXANDRIA* (320-376) was the King of Wormsgau.

55x GPPs.  MELERIC I OF TOXANDRIA* (295-360) was the King of the Franks.

56x GPPs.  MEROGAIS* (270-307) was the King of the Franks.

57x GPPs.  GENEBALD I*(245-289) was the King of the Franks.

58x GPPs.  MARCOMIR DE TOXANDRIE – (220-281) King of the Franks.

(on-going)

Post Script: After I wrote to Dr. Racelis (I found an email address on her on-line resume from a conference) and got no reply, I had thought of reaching out to her in Ateneo. I quickly nixed that idea for being too creepy. Then she found me — sort of. A US article on her referred to my research, so her family has been trying to figure out who I was and how I know what I know. Then it turns out her daughter is my 8yo daughter’s softball coach! We are planning to meet this week, so I could show Dr. Racelis my work. I feel like I’m meeting a rock star!

Research Notes

–  “Begga“. Wikipedia.org. Date published: 16 April 2011. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “House of Zahringen“. Wikipedia.org. Date published: 11 June 2011. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “Soissons“. Wikipedia.org. Date published: 18 June 2011. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “Montville – Virginia Historical Markers“. Waymarking.com. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index Record for J.P. Aylett“, 1860.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for Elsie Aylett“, 1920.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for Philip Aylett“, 1880.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for Philip Aylett“, 1910.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for William R. Aylett“, 1850.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for William R. Aylett“, 1860.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census Record for William R. Aylett“, 1870.  Ancestry.com.  Date accessed:  23 June 2011.
–  “U.S. Federal Census, Slave Schedules“, 1850. Ancestry.com. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “St. Louis City Directory“. St Louis, MO, 1912. Page 202. Footnote.com.  Date accessed: 29 June 2011.
–  “St. Louis City Directory“. St Louis, MO, 1913. Page 253. Footnote.com.  Date accessed: 29 June 2011.
–  Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. “Aylett, Patrick Henry“. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Vol. III, Page 154. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.
–  “William Aylett“. The House of Swords and Guords. Date accessed: 30 June 2011.

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