Re: the case for thomas stafford 16--- ?
James, enjoyed your post!Your line " life is an illusion, so you might as well pick the most pleasant one,"was a kick.
I am not a professional genealogist, just a family researcher who strives to get it right.For 20 yrs. I have been researching my mother's maternal and paternal ancestry (both male and female lines on each side).I have only a few loose-ends to wrap-up and then I will be through on this side of the ocean.Will I search on the other side?I doubt it, unless the job would be far less difficult than it has been here.
You are right about our impasse, concerning Thomas Stafford.As much as I would like to claim "kin" to the Illustrious Staffords of Staffordshire, I cannot bring myself to do so w/o proper documentation.
I wonder if the Thomas Stafford "mystery" will ever be solved?Does anyone know if there are any "proven" male heirs of the Stafford Lords?If so, they could give blood for dna testing, to be compared with the dna of a proven Thomas Stafford descendant.I fear that is the only way that the matter will ever be settled.