I'm obviously becoming entrenched in learning how deep my father's lineage does go! There are so many places to diverge from and web out into distant relatives. When I hit a dead end with John Allen, my 11th great grandfather, born in 1569 Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, I decided to back track and go up the path of my paternal grandmother's side. Her father was Bill Brewer, and it seems the Brewers have been in this country since the early 1600s as well... with John (III) Brewer born in Isle of Wight, Virginia in 1635. His father, John Brewer, born Apr. 11th, 1619 in St. Vedant, England.
Here's where the intersting part comes in... the Brewers were upper class, Sirs and Ladys, and knights, a time of chilvary. It seems the last name was spelled De Brewere in England with Wiliam DeBrewere (b.1480 in Chard, Somerset, England, my 16th great grandfather), and his father, with surname spelled as Sir William DeBriwere (b. 1430 in Topcroft, Norfolk, England). And just one more hop to Sir William's father, Sir Robert De Brewes, Baron Brewes of Stinton (b.1355 in Norfolk, England).
Another dead end, I had to back track to Sir Robert De Brewes's daughter-in-law's mother, Eleanor Lucy (b.1407 in Wapenham, Northamptonshire, England) whose lineage goes all the way back to Charles the Great (742-814), and his father, Pepin the Short (714-768).
As of today, the oldest relative that I can trace back is Theodon VonBavaria, born in 470 AD, in Schwaben, Kelheim, Bayern, Germany. He is my 51st great grandfather.
I repeat... HOLY SHIT!