This weekend I went to watch the stage adaptation of the hit musical ‘Calamity Jane’, theatre is one of my biggest passions and Calamity Jane is a musical I grew up on, so it’s one of my all time favourites. As a result I also have a soft spot for Doris Day, her movies and her music.
When I got home that evening I got thinking as to whether or not I have a distant connection to the real life Martha Jane Canary (alias; Calamity Jane). So I started by searching her online biographies, Wikipedia, Online Trees and Ancestry Trees. There are a few mistakes on Ancestry as some people have claimed she descends from King Henry VII, But a closer look at his family revealed that these trees have attributed a grand-daughter that didn’t exist.
I did find a connection through my Owen / ap Tudor branch, I double checked each of her generations and cross referenced them with reliable sources, there were lots of them as she descends from a Scottish branch of Douglas and this line has been well researched.
Below is my family connection to Calamity Jane, she is my 16th cousin 1x removed. Calamity descends from the second eldest son of Sir Owain Tudor (1400 – 1461), Jasper ‘Earl of Pembroke’ TUDOR (1431 – 1495) and I descend from the youngest Sir David Owen (1459 – 1542). There is nearly a 30 year gap between these children and by the time the matching generations reach Calamity and my grandmother Joyce Margery Plaskett the gap has stretched further to 100 years. At first it looks as though there might be a missing generation or two (on my line), but this branch is well researched so I guess over the centuries the generations have just widened.
Below is a small collection of movie posters and Images relating to the real life Calamity Jane and the musical.