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JIM shares research on Billy Joe Fudge's royal lineage

In response to Mr. Fudge. See: KY Color: Possible line of royalty awaiting further research

By JIM

Billy Joe's royal revelation just about knocked me backsides over butter churn, but (somewhat) at his behest, I regathered my scattered equilibrium and commenced poking around. Much to my dismay, I discovered -- alas! -- his distant kinswoman Queen Elizabeth Furkin Janes, no doubt a fine person and upstanding citizen in her own right, was an inadvertent pretender to the throne, a poser by the odd happenstance of her parents' choice of name.


A review of the Kentucky death record index 1911-1999 turned up more royalty than might be found at the Bicycle Card Company, including no fewer than 169 Queens and many, many more Reginas. (Of the Queens, the middle initials "E." and "V." remain locked in mortal combat for first place. As an aside, a handwritten document seen many years ago, the details of which are long since forgotten, reported the full given name of one Queen V. as "Queen Victrola," certainly a record, so to speak, in the "horseshoes and hand" grenades department.)

In descending order, a list of the first name royalty found in the index:

Earl, 7,861; Regina, 569; King, 246; Queen, 169; Prince, 131; Duke, 111; Princess, 34; Lord and Count, 7 each; Duchess, 2; and Regent, 1.

Viscount and Consort failed to blip the radar of the royal names. However, for those of a military bent, there are 377 Generals listed in the index. The name President also made no appearance, but there are more Abraham L.'s, George W.'s, Theodore R's, and Franklin D.'s than at which a body (phrased properly if deucedly awkwardly for the prepositional purists in the crowd) can shake two large sticks.


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