What does the word ancestress mean?

Usage examples for ancestress

  1. Violet had started by giving the Douglas- heart ring which had come down to her from an ancestress made even more famous than she would have been otherwise, by Sir Walter Scott. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  2. Like a certain ancestress she had coveted the fruit of knowledge and knowledge had been given her. – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay