Ancestor of the Day: Feninsa Farsa

My first female ancestor that I’m able to post, yay! Not very many women are mentioned so far back in our family line. My last post was on Phoeniusa Farsaidh, King of Scythia. Feninsa is his mother, the wife of Bathath farssaidh. I’m excited about this post! Through Feninsa I can claim all 5 feet, 2 inches, and 150 pounds of me to be an Amazon Worrier (laughing- out loud).

Feninsa had two sons, besides her first child Phoeniusa Farsaidh, there was Esru. Esru was the second son. All we know about him is he had a son named Sru.

I’m excited to write about this ancestor. My cousin A.A. Kelly and I could give her a warrior type of personality and create a book that legends are made of, keeping it as real as possible though. Instead of a God like figure, like Wonder Woman, I think Feninsa would be described best as a strong woman with warrior like qualities. A woman history finds worth mentioning.

amazonian-woman.jpgFeninsa Farsa;

“Today I am posting the 8th ancestor and 1st female since I started way back in history. She was the wife of Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia and mother of Phoeniusa Farsaidh, King of Scythia and Esru. Her estimated birth date is between 2564 BCE and 2504 BCE.”

From Wikipedia: “In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a race of women warriors. Scythian women may have inspired the myth. Herodotus reported that they were related to the Scythians (an Iranian people) and placed them in a region bordering Scythia in Sarmatia (modern territory of Ukraine). Other historiographers place them in Anatolia, or sometimes Libya.”


“Esru is the 2nd son of Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia and brother to Phoeniusa Farsaidh, King of Scythia. Well, it sucks to the be the 2nd son. All we know about this guy is that his estimated birth date is between 2495 BCE and 2469 BCE, he had a son named Sru (lara) and that he was related to the 2 Kings above.”

From the Encyclopedia Britannica: “Until the 20th century, most of what was known of the history of the Scythians came from the account of them by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who visited their territory. In modern times that record has been expanded chiefly by Russian and other anthropologists excavating kurgans in such places as Tyva and Kazakhstan.”

By A.A. Kelly

My Next post will also include another female. The only Child listed for Phoeniusa Farsaidh, and his wife- stay tuned

H.E. Olsen


ANCESTOR OF THE DAY:Phoeniusa Farsaidh, King of Scythia

My ancestor, Phoeniusa Farsaidh, would be a very interesting person to write a fiction after. I love getting to know my ancestors, especially those who are connected to biblical times and scripture. To have one who was involved with building the Tower of Babble is amusing to me, it makes me giggle. Also, to learn that he was part of studying the different confused languages at Nimrod’s Tower is splendid. This journey of where I come from is so mind boggling. I’m sometimes struck with awe and wonder.

ConfusionPhoeniusa Farsaidh was born in -2533 in Scythia, Ancient Eurasia and Died in -1800 in Scythia, Ancient Eurasia. That would have made him 733 at the time of his death. He was the 1st of 2 sons of Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia, and the son that our family line is descended from. Information I have been reading refers to him as the legendary king of Scythia.

He was also known as “Fenius Farsa”, “Fenius the Antiquary”, and “King of Greater Scythia”.

There is quite a bit of information on this guy and he shows up in different versions of Irish mythology. According to some legends, he invented the Ogham alphabet and the Gaelic language. In the ancient “Lebor Gabala Erenn”, he is said to be one of the 72 chieftains who built Nimrod’s Tower of Babel, and then travelled to Scythia after the tower collapsed.

From Wikipedia: According to the Auraicept na n-Éces, Fenius journeyed from Scythia together with Goídel mac Ethéoir, Íar mac Nema, and a retinue of 72 scholars. They came to the plain of Shinar to study the confused languages at Nimrod’s tower. Finding that the speakers had already dispersed, Fenius sent his scholars to study them, staying at the tower, coordinating the effort. After ten years, the investigations were complete, and Fenius created in Bérla tóbaide “the selected language”, taking the best of each of the confused tongues, which he called Goidelic, after Goídel mac Ethéoir. He also created extensions of Goídelc language, called Bérla.

By A.A. Kelly

My Cousin A.A, Kelly has uncovered some amazing things about our history. I can’t wait to share more, stay tuned!

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Faithechta, also known as Fathochta.

I love getting to know my ancestors. The path they have me on is very colorful and filled with the beginning of legends from Christianity to Greek mythology and other beliefs. Every story, myth, and belief has a beginning, real or false. Magog is the grandson of the Biblical Noah, born to Noah’s son Japheth. Christianity is the beginning of this journey, from the great big flood of the Bible’s Old Testament, bringing a new beginning. I’m debating whether to start with Magog or his first son King Bathath Farssaidh for this book series.

Irish-MilesiansFaithechta, another +++ uncle, is the 3rd son of Magog and another brother to Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia. He is estimated to be born between 2643 BCE and 2583 BCE. He had 2 sons that we know of. Their names were Partholan and Braiment/Fraimaint. There is no more known about Faithechta but there is quite a legend regarding his son Partholan, a +++ cousin. It is said that he was the first person to colonize Ireland after the Flood. His people landed in Ireland in the year 1484 BC and the entire colony was wiped out by plague 300 years later in 1184 BC. The Chronicum Scotorum gives a short account of the legend, “”On a Monday, the 14th of May, he arrived, his companions being eight in number, viz., four men and four women.” If the kingdom of Desmond were as rich then as now in natural beauty, a scene of no ordinary splendour must have greeted the eyes and gladdened the hearts of its first inhabitants. They had voyaged past the fair and sunny isles of that “tideless sea,” the home of the Phoenician race from the earliest ages. They had escaped the dangers of the rough Spanish coast, and gazed upon the spot where the Pillars of Hercules were the beacons of the early mariners. For many days they had lost sight of land, and, we may believe, had well-nigh despaired of finding a home in that far isle, to which some strange impulse had attracted them, or some old tradition—for the world even then was old enough for legends of the past—had won their thoughts. But there was a cry of land. The billows dashed in wildly, then as now, from the coasts of an undiscovered world, and left the same line of white foam upon Eiré’s western coast. The magnificent Inver rolled its tide of beauty between gentle hills and sunny slopes, till it reached what now is appropriately called Kenmare. The distant Reeks showed their clear summits in sharp outline, pointing to the summer sky. The long-backed Mangerton and quaintly-crested Carn Tual were there also; and, perchance, the Roughty and the Finihe sent their little streams to swell the noble river bay. But it was no time for dreams, though the Celt in all ages has proved the sweetest of dreamers, the truest of bards. These men have rough work to do, and, it may be, gave but scant thought to the beauties of the western isle, and scant thanks to their gods for escape from peril. Plains were to be cleared, forests cut down, and the red deer and giant elk driven to deeper recesses in the well-wooded country. Several lakes are said to have sprung forth at that period; but it is more probable that they already existed, and were then for the first time seen by human eye. The plains which Partholan’s people cleared are also mentioned, and then we find the ever-returning obituary:— “The age of the world 2550, Partholan died on Sean Mhagh-Ealta-Edair in this year.”[3] The name of Tallaght still remains, like the peak of a submerged world, to indicate this colonization, and its fatal termination. Some very ancient tumuli may still be seen there. The name signifies a place where a number of persons who died of the plague were interred together; and here the Annals of the Four Masters tells us that nine thousand of Partholan’s people died in one week, after they had been three hundred years in Ireland.[4] Another tidbit about Scythia which is where Faithechta lived: “Scythia was a loose state that originated as early as 8th century BC. Little is known of them and their rulers. The most detailed western description is by Herodotus, though it is uncertain he ever went to Scythia. He says the Scythians’ own name for themselves was “Scoloti.” The Scythians became increasingly settled and wealthy on their western frontier with Greco-Roman civilization.”

A.A. Kelly

This detailed description has me thinking. Could it be that the Pillars of Hercules be pillars of a place that was inhabited by people before the flood? Were these pillars so foreign looking and strange to these explorers that they chalked it up to god-like. Could this have been, in part, the beginning of some Greek mythologies? Could’ve Partholan and his people been cursed by creating and worshipping false gods? Regardless of these questions what an interesting view of the past.

Also, imagine the boats and ships that were made. The boat makers were probably taught by Noah who was instructed by God Himself with understanding and wisdom of how to build a strong ship. His wisdom was, more than likely, passed to his sons and so on.

God Bless and Much Love,

H.E. Olsen


ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

The ancestor of the day doesn’t have much information about his life other than that he was the king of the Scythians. If we choose to write a book on him it will have to be total fiction. If we do write about him I would like to gather information before and after his time, also what else we can dig up that went on around his time. This would give me an idea of Bathath and who he might have been. My cousin A.A. Kelly is doing a great job with her research.


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ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: King of Scythia, Bathath Farssaidh

There is a surprising lack of information on this guy. I looked at many web sites and there was barely a snippet about him anywhere, although most websites went on to talk about the origins and culture of Scythia which is interesting. As I work through our Scythian King ancestors, I am going to insert a small piece of history about the Scythian land and history.

Bathath Farssaidh, King of Scythia is the 1st son of Magog and the one that our line descends from (supposedly). Understand I assert all this information loosely as it cannot be proved scientifically. Anyways he was born circa -2500 and died in Scythia. As I stated yesterday, according to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (Book of the Invasions of Ireland) and the 17th century “Annals of the Four Masters”, Bathath and his 3 brothers were the ancestors of the Irish kings. From “The origin and stem of the Irish Nation” by John O’Hart, it states, “Boath, (Bathath), one of the sons of Magog; to whom Scythia came as his lot, upon the division of the Earth by Noah amongst his sons, and by Japhet of his part thereof amongst his sons.”

From Wikipedia: “Scythia was a region of Central Eurasia in classical antiquity, occupied by the Eastern Iranian Scythians, encompassing parts of Eastern Europe east of the Vistula River and Central Asia, with the eastern edges of the region vaguely defined by the Greeks. The Ancient Greeks gave the name Scythia (or Great Scythia) to all the lands north-east of Europe and the northern coast of the Black Sea. “

Hope you are enjoying your trip through Scythia!

Researched and Authored by A.A. Kelly

Thank you for being interested in my family history,

H.E. Olsen

Magog- Ancestor of the Day…

How many people can say that they can trace their ancestors all the way back to Noah of the bible? Well, My Cousin has accomplished this. I have found complete amazement by what my Cousin has been digging up that I have asked if I can share. We are also going to co-author a series of fictional books based off the ancestors from our direct line. My Cousin enjoys the research and I enjoy writing books. This will be fun!

I know that many could trace back to this ancestor, we all are branches off of Noah- this is my belief. However, I love seeing and comparing other beliefs and finding similarities. Since my lineage is of Irish, Scottish, and Norwegian decent, my Cousin and I will share what is found by their stories and beliefs as well.

Enjoy the ancestor of the day, a very good candidate for our first book in the series!

ANCESTOR OF THE DAY: Magog (Irish Version- researched by my cousin);


By Johannes Magnus (1488-1544) – Gothorum Suenorumque historia, Public Domain, 

There are many legends of Magog, although the Hebrew and Irish legends seem to be the most well known. Our family traces back to the Irish version of Magog. In Wikipedia it states that in the Hebrew Bible Magog may be individuals, peoples, or lands.

Irish legend and mythology references an ancient Irish text called “Lebor Gabala Erenn” (The Book of Invasions) and explains Magog as the son of Japheth, son of biblical Noah of the flood. Folklore states that he is the father of the Irish race and the progenitor of the Scythians, as well as numerous other races across Europe and Central Asia.

According to the book, “Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History”, before the 18th century, the Irish were rarely seen as Celts. In the Nineteenth century, many writers began to recognize and affirm the Celtic traditions of Ireland. The scholars of Europe had long understood that the ancient celts were descended from Scythia, therefore the connection was drawn that they were descendants of Magog, son of Japheth (one of the three sons of Noah), and related to the Gauls, descendants of another of is sons, Gomer (the eldest son of Japheth). Although many references state that this information is based on folklore and was an attempt for the Irish/Gaelic people to fit their origins into biblical ties.

Scythia Minor in ancient times was the region surrounded by the north and west side of the Danube and the east side of the Black Sea. It is today the land of Dobrogea, with some land in Romania and part in Bulgaria.

So anyways, that is just some background history. According to the GENI program, for our purposes, Magog is the legendary ancestor of the Irish kings. According to the Bible, one of Noah’s grandsons was Magog. Biblical scholars generally believe that Magog was intended to be the ancestor of the Scythians, north of the Black Sea. Magog has biblical sons, but Irish legend gives him 4 other sons with different names (although there are similarities to the biblical names). Their names were Bathath, Faithechta, Jobbath and Emoth. According to the 11th century “Lebor Gabala Erenn”, and the 17th Century “Annals of the Four Masters”, these sons were the ancestors of the Irish kings.

These lines from the Irish kings back to Adam and Eve entered the genealogical mainstream in the works of John O’Hart (1824-1902). They now appear in thousands of Internet genealogies, but cannot be considered an authentic tradition which means, that it is considered to be the stuff of legend and folklore.

Magog was born in -2761 and died in -2675 which would have made him 86 years old. (There are many tidbits about Magog on the internet if anyone wants to explore more)

…I will post more ancestors as I find time…