Originally Posted by IslandDweller
I hope it's okay that I've taken the liberty of starting a thread on Stephanie's family. Her sister-in-law Beatrice Spates - wife of her eldest brother Jehan - has a varied lineage. She was born in 1968 in Washington DC to Alfred Waters Spates
of Maryland USA and Belgian aristocrat Marie Renée Kneppelhout van Sterkenberg
If I am not mistaken, the Belgian noble title in Beatrice Spates's family was carried by her maternal grandmother, Countess Madeleine du Chastel de la Howarderie, who married Cornelius Kneppelhout van Sterkenburg
, a Dutch man. The Kneppelhout van Sterkenburg family does not belong to the Belgian aristocracy, although some of its members may have carried the title of Jonkheer (Esquire) in the Netherlands.