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ancestor

noun ascendant, auctor generis, auctor gentis, forebear, forefather, foregoer, forerunner, genitor, grandsire, parent, patriarch, precursor, predecessor, procreator, progenitor
Associated concepts: ancestral estate, ancestral property, descendant, immediate ancestor, inheritance, lineal ancessor, maternal ancestor, paternal ancestor
See also: ascendant, derivation, forerunner, kindred, parents, precursor, predecessor, primogenitor, progenitor

ANCESTOR, descents. One who has preceded another in a direct line of descent; an ascendant. In the common law, the word is understood as well of the immediate parents, as, of these that are higher; as may appear by the statute 25 Ed. III. De natis ultra mare, and so in the statute of 6 R. III. cap. 6, and by many others. But the civilians relations in the ascending line, up to the great grandfather's parents, and those above them, they term, majores, which common lawyers aptly expound antecessors or ancestors, for in the descendants of like degree they are called posteriores. Cary's Litt.45. The term ancestor is applied to natural persons. The words predecessors and successors, are used in respect to the persons composing a body corporate. See 2 Bl. Com. 209; Bac. Abr. h.t.; Ayl. Pand. 58.

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the penned sheep, kill one cow [and] offer aromatic wine [to] Ancestress Geng.
Two years later she reprised her Ancestress role with comparable effect.
my friendJane visits Tiberias the grave of Meir is a magnet for pilgrims but where is the grave of Bruriah she wanders streets puzzled no citizen can tell her where you lie rather they seem appalled or angry at the query nobody has a clue Bruriah my ancestress how when you taught Torah your words rang like a harp so diligent you were such soul you had
But the family silver nevertheless accompanied him through life (sometimes he usefully pawned it), and he also liked to hang the portrait of an eighteenth-century ancestress, Lady Mary Blair, wherever he lived.
And so successful were her daughters that today Mesopotamia features as the ancestress of 12 Group 1 winners.
Dr Fiona Watson said: "What seems to have happened is that a local family in Ayrshire, the Baileys of Lamington, claiming that their ancestress was this Marion, commissioned another version.
Smooth and indulged recipient of his love, by the Fall she becomes the mother of Cain, yet the ancestress of the Madonna who will redeem her.
And it may be that they mention Tamar as an ancestress of Boaz because she herself was a Canaanite (Gen.
There are other precedents, most particularly in the founder of the Fourteenth Dynasty, whose name (Panehsy) indicates that he was a Nubian, and there are (at least) the Aswani ancestress of the Twelfth Dynasty, and the major Nubian associations of the Eleventh (Morkot, Black Pharaohs, pp.
As if that wasn't enough to trouble her, she is also haunted by a strange, growing fascination with an ancestress from the distant past, which fuels her feelings of isolation.
Rua means "fish," and his function and integral place within the community is emphasized by his name, which is contained within the name of his ancestress Ngarua.