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some of the more notable or patriotic members of our families
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Relatives of Loren Peter Dahling

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Pvt Johann Friederich "Frederick" Bohmbach

1843-1862

Bohmbach

Immigrant from Hannover. Company G, 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Civil War. Died at the Battle of Mill Springs in Kentucky. Buried at Mill Springs National Cemetery.

Dr. Christ J. Bohmbach

1871-1953

Bohmbach

Cigar maker and inventor. Chiropractor in Red Wing, MN for 37 years.

Dwight R. Bohmbach, Jr.

1917-2002

Bohmbach

Grandson of Dr. Christ Bohmbach. Author of What's Right with America - A Handbook for Americans, published by Random House circa 1972 with reprints in 1976 and 1986.

Dr. Jürgen Heinrich Bohmbach

private

Bohmbach

Head of Stadtarchiv Stade (city archive in Stade, Germany).

Frans August Carlson

1843-1935

Turner

Swedish immigrant, husband of Turner descendant. Served in Co D 3d Minn Vol Inf. Last survivor of Civil War in Red Wing, MN. Goodhue County Sheriff.

Gretchen Carlson

private

Turner

Child violin prodigy. First solo with Minnesota Orchestra at age 13. National Miss TEEN runner-up 1983. Miss Minnesota 1988. Miss America 1989, first classical violinist to win. TV reporter/anchor NBC/CBS. CBS Saturday Early Show co-anchor. Fox and Friends co-anchor. Two American Women in Radio and Television national awards and two local Emmy awards.

Casey Close

private

Turner

Husband of Gretchen Carlson. All-American outfielder with Michigan Wolverines and Baseball America Player of the Year in 1986. Played in New York Yankee minor league organization. Then sports agent for baseball's Eric Milton, Derek Jeter, Richie Sexson, and others.

Carl Friedrich Jürgen Dähling "Charles Dahling"

1825-1891

Dahling

Listed in History of Goodhue County, Minnesota as one of the early settlers of Hay Creek Township.

Frederick Edward Henry "Fritz" Dahling

1921-2000

Dahling

Minnesota farmer, township clerk, and insurance company agent and director. Respected Goodhue County Commissioner for over 19 years.

Per Emil "Emil P." Ekblad

1872-1965

Ekblad

Goodhue County, MN farmer and assessor. Known locally as a conservationist, having planted thousands of trees, and admired by those that knew him.

Bethany Ekblad

private

Ekblad

The wife of an Ekblad cousin, Bethany switched her college major from music to accounting but later returned to her passion and released her first CD, O Holy Night, featuring her piano solos.

Rev. William J. Hyllengren

1911-2005

Turner

Grandfather of 1989 Miss America and TV news anchor, Gretchen Carlson. As pastor, increased membership at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka from 900 members in 1956 to 7000 in 1998 - the second largest Lutheran congregation in America.

Sandra Hyllengren

private

Turner

Sang on Tonight Show with pop-jazz quartet Just Us. Lead singer of For Heaven's Sake thru 1980s. Named assistant to commissioner of Minnesota Department of Employee Relations by Governor Arne Carlson. Known for 1999 internal opinion memo criticizing Governor Jesse Ventura's money-making ventures.

Norman Bruce Johnson

private

Högberg

One of the most consistent scorers in old Western Hockey League - 3rd in career points, 3rd in goals, 5th in assists, and 10th in games. Professional career spanned 1954-71. Forward for both Boston and Chicago in the NHL in the late 1960s.

Hein Prigge

1855-1907

Dahling

Husband of Dahling descendant. Farmer and charter member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Goodhue Cooperative in Goodhue, MN. Dealer for the McCormick harvestor.

Stefen Reid

private

Högberg

Graduated from Boise State University and one of the best linebackers in Canadian Football League. Started career in Ottawa, where he was their rookie of the year, before being traded to Montreal.

Brian James Sprout

private

Bartels

Played baseball at St. Olaf College in Division III MIAC. Tied NCAA record with four homeruns in game. Team MVP four times, All-MIAC four times, MIAC MVP three times, and All-Midwest Region three times. Graduated 2002 and played with Joliet and Fargo-Moorhead of Northern League. Signed by LA Dodgers and played for Class A affiliate in Gulf Coast League.

Swan J. Turnblad

1860-1933

Turner

Managing editor of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, the most read Swedish language newspaper. He founded the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN in 1929, housed in his castle.

Peter Curtis Vollmers

1939-1986

Vollmers

College instructor whose song arrangements are used by many college bands. Created 10-piece Peter Vollmers Dance Orchestra. Appeared with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Players, and Tommy Loy and the Upper Dallas Jazz Band. Played in pit orchestras of Broadway Musical Theater in New York and worked showrooms in New York and Miami.

Relatives of Mary Jo Oven

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Lived

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PFC Leroy Cech

1942-1970

Cech

Winner of Air Medal during Vietnam War. Killed in action on combat operation near Cambodian border north of Saigon.

Joseph Louis Oven

1921-1985

Oven

Beloved Swanville, MN high school principal for 35 years after being industrial arts teacher & basketball coach. Secretary of Prairie Athletic Conference and charter member of Swanville Lions Club.

John Francis Whitcraft

1946-1998

Oven

Disabled Vietnam veteran.

Relatives of Denise Ann Simanski

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John Adams

1735-1826

Alden

Defense attorney for British soldiers accused of murder in Boston Massacre. Primary defender of Declaration of Independence on floor of Congress. Delegate to Continental Congress. Major role in drafting Massachusetts constitution. Minister to Netherlands and England. First Vice President of USA under Washington. 2nd President of USA. Federalist.

John Quincy Adams

1767-1848

Alden

Son of John Adams. Original formulator of Monroe Doctrine. Minister to Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and Great Britain. Massachusetts Senator. US Senator. Secretary of State. 6th President of USA. US House of Rep. Defended Africans of slave ship Amistad before Supreme Court in 1841. Some say he was Democratic-Republican. Others say no party affiliation.

Charles Francis Adams

1807-1886

Alden

Son of John Quincy Adams. Massachusetts legislator. Vice-presidential nominee. US House of Representatives. Ambassador to Great Britain.

Henry Adams

1838 -1919

Alden

Historian, writer, and son of Charles Francis Adams. Also secretary to his father, US Minister to Great Britain.

Brooks Adams

1848-1927

Alden

Historian and son of Charles Francis Adams. He was a critic of capitalism and theorized that civilization rose and fell along with the growth and decline of commerce.

John Alden

c1599-1687

Alden

Mayflower's cooper, arrived in 1620 with Pilgrims. Seventh and last last surviving signer of the Mayflower Compact. Among the founders of Duxbury, MA.

Priscilla (Mullins) Alden

c1603 - <1687

Alden

Wife of John Alden, arrived on the Mayflower in 1620.

Captain John Alden

c1626-1702

Alden

Son of John and Priscilla Alden. Accused of witchcraft during Salem hysteria of 1692. Jailed in Boston, escaped, and surrendered. Released when hysteria subsided.

Rev Edwin Hyde Alden

1836-1911

Alden

The real-life minister in Little House on the Prairie.

Fred Bean "Tex" Avery

1908-1980

Betterley

It's said that his wife was a Betterly, but I've been unable to track her down. Cartoon animator & director for Walter Lantz Studios. Created characters Daffy Duck, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, and Chilly Willy; as well as the personality of Bugs Bunny. Created the phrase "What's up, doc?" .

Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton*

1821-1912

Warren

Patent office clerk and schoolteacher. Distributed medical supplies during Civil War. Founder and first president (1882-1904) of American Red Cross.

Thomas Betterley

1751-1836

Betterley

Private from Worcester, MA during Revolutionary War.

William Carson Betterley

1758-1841

Betterley

Private from Worcester, MA during Revolutionary War. Said to have served under General Washington, but unlikely.

Charles C. Betterly

1838-1921

Betterley

Great grandson of William Carson Betterley. Civil War soldier, wounded at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Present at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC when President Lincoln was shot. Served in the Booth search party and on the honor guard at Lincoln's funeral.

T/Sgt Ernest Clarence Betterley

1921-1944

Betterley

Top turret gunner in B-24 Liberator bomber, having particpated in over 15 raids over Europe with 8th Army Air Force. Killed over England.

Horatio Bigelow*

1812-1868

Warren

Inventor and founder, with his brother, of Bigelow Carpet Company.

Erastus Bigelow*

1814-1879

Warren

Inventor and founder, with his brother, of Bigelow Carpet Company.

Ruth (Campbell) Bigelow*

1896-1966

Warren

Wife of Warren descendant. Founded Bigelow Tea Company.

David Campbell Bigelow*

b. 1926

Warren

Son of David and Ruth Bigelow. President of Bigelow Tea Company.

William Cullen Bryant

1794-1878

Alden

Acclaimed poet. Part owner and editor-in-chief of New York Evening Post. Defender of human rights and advocate of abolition and free trade.

Daniel Hudson Burnham

1846-1912

Alden

Chicago architect. Developed, with partner, the first American skyscrapers. Planned Columbian Exposition at Chicago World's Fair.

George Herbert Walker Bush*

b. 1924

Warren

Youngest naval pilot (18) of 1942. Distinguised Flying Cross and three air medals while torpedo bomber. Oil company founder and executive. Republican. US Rep from Texas. Lost two bids for US Senate. US Ambassador to UN. RNC Chairman. Chief of US Liaison Office in China during renewal of ties. CIA Director. Vice-President of USA for two terms under Ronald Reagan. 41st President of USA, but lost re-election bid.

George Walker Bush*

b. 1946

Warren

Oil company owner and executive. Managing general partner, Texas Rangers baseball team. Republican. First Texas Governor to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms. 43rd President of USA.

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush*

b. 1953

Warren

Real estate. Florida Secretary of Commerce. Founded Foundation for Florida's Future. Lost election once and then elected twice as first Republican to serve as Florida Governor.

John Lester Hubbard Chafee

1922-1999

Whipple

USMC WWII, Korea. Graduated Yale and Harvard Law. Providence, RI lawyer. RI House of Rep. RI Governor 1963-69. US Sec of Navy under Nixon. Lost US Senate bid 1972. US Senator from RI 1976-1999. Died in office, posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom 2000. Republican.

Lincoln Davenport Chafee

b.1953

Whipple

Son of Senator John Chafee. Graduated Brown Univ 1975, captained wrestling team and received Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship, and athletics. Montana State Univ Horseshoeing School and worked as blacksmith at harness racetracks in US and Canada. Mfg company management in RI. Warwick, RI City Council. Mayor of Warwick. Appointed to finish father's senate term 1999, elected 2000. Republican.

Elder John Crandall

c1617-1676

Crandall

Early English immigrant to RI and a founder of Westerly. Elder in Baptist church but later joined Seventh Day Baptists and apparently held regular meetings in his home. One of signers of letter to England in 1658 to be presented to English king.

Lucien Stephen Crandall

1844 - >1910

Crandall

Inventor of the Crandall Typewriter, which in 1879 became the second typewriter on the American market. The type was aranged on a cylindrical sleeve, long before IBM's golf ball design. One of them is in the collection at the Smithsonian Institute.

Prudence Crandall

1803-1890

Crandall

Opened first "academy of higher education for young ladies and misses of color" in Canterbury, CT in 1830s. Imprisoned for violating "Black Law", only instituted as result of her admitting a black student to her school in 1831. She was the subject of a 1991 TV special starring Mare Winningham entitled "She Stood Alone".

Dorothea Lynde Dix*

1802-1887

Warren

It was apparently in her grandparents' household that two of General Joseph Warren's children were living when he was killed at Bunker Hill. Educator, philanthropist, reformer of penal system, and author. Superintendant of army nurses during Civil War. Advocate for mentally ill.

Frank Nelson Doubleday*

1862-1934

Alden and Warren

Business Manager for Scribner's Magazine. Publisher. President of Doubleday, Page, & Co., Inc. Founder of Doubleday and Company.

Herbert Henry Dow

1866-1930

Alden

Chemistry pioneer who received over 100 patents. Founded The Dow Chemical Company.

Rev William Eddye

c1560-1616

Eddy

Received BA from England's Cambridge University in 1583. Curate at Thurston Parish in Suffolk until receiving Magister in Arbitus (Master of Arts) in 1586. Then curate at Parish Church of All Saints in Staplehurst until 1591. Appointed by Archbishop of Canterbury as Vicar of St. Dunstan's Parish Church in Cranbrook, Kent and served until his death.

Mary Baker Eddy

1821-1910

Eddy

Wife of Asa Gilbert Eddy. Author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and founder of The Church of Christ, Scientist. Founded a publishing company and the Christian Science Monitor.

Nelson Ackerman Eddy

1901-1967

Eddy

Classically-trained baritone, Philadelphia Civic Opera, successful concert career. Signed with MGM Studios, 1933. Paired with Jeanette MacDonald. 19 films, including Let Freedom Ring, I Married an Angel, and Phantom of the Opera. Successful nightclub act in '53 with singer Gale Sherwood & accompanist Ted Paxson. Collapsed onstage of cerebral hemorrhage, 1967. Inducted posthumously, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

Duane Eddy

b. 1938

Eddy

His "twangy" rockabilly guitar highlights hits from 50s and 60s including Rebel Rouser, Because They're Young, Peter Gunn, and The Ballad of Palladin. Married in the 60s to singer/songwrite Jessi Colter before she married Waylon Jennings. Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

James Elkin

b. c1717

Elkin

Sgt from Halifax Co, VA in French and Indian War.

James Elkin

1755-1836

Elkin

Revolutionary War soldier enlisted from Henry Co, VA. Battle of Kings Mountain. Indian Spy.

Joel Estes

1806-1875

Estes

First white people to settle in the present area of Estes Park, CO were Joel and Patsy Estes. He first saw his valley on gold-hunting expedition in 1858. Brought his family in 1859 and stayed until 1866.

Arthur Fenner, Jr.

1745-1805

Whipple

Governor of Rhode Island 1789-1805.

James Fenner

1771-1846

Whipple

Son of Gov Arthur Fenner. US Senator from Rhode Island 1805-1807. RI Governor 1807-1811, 1824-1831, 1843-1845. Presidential elector 1821 & 1837. President of RI Constitutional Convention 1842.

Gerald Rudolph Ford (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.)

b. 1913

Eddy

Lt Cmdr US Navy WWII. Attorney. Republican. US Representative (later Minority Leader). Vice President of USA under Richard Nixon. 38th President of USA.

John Brown Francis

1791-1864

Whipple

Governor of Rhode Island 1833-1838.

James Abram Garfield*

1831-1881

Warren

Professor. Colonel in Civil War. Major General. Republican. US Representative, President Elect, and Senator Elect at the same time (Nov. 4-8, 1880). 20th President of USA. Shot in July 1881 and died in September.

Samuel Gentry

b. c1664

Gentry

Said to have arrived with British forces to put down Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia. Shown in Kent County land records in 1684.

Nicholas Gentry

c1665-c1736

Gentry

Arrived with brother, Samuel, in response to Bacon's Rebellion. Shown in Kent County land records in 1684. Ancestor of our line.

Pvt David Gentry

1754-1847

Gentry

Served from Virginia in American Revolution.

Capt Meshach Gentry

1748-1846

Gentry

Served from North Carolina in American Revolution.

Pvt Richard Gentry

1763-1843

Gentry

Served from Virginia in American Revolution. Present at Yorktown during surrender of Cornwallis. Buried at Jackson Barracks Nat Cem.

Col Richard Gentry

1788-1837

Gentry

Columbia, MO postmaster and tavern owner. Referred to as both Colonel and General. Commanded Missouri troops in Black Hawk War and Seminole Indian Wars. Fell at Battle of Okeechobee Lake, FL. Gentry County in Northern Missouri may have been named for him.

Ann (Hawkins) Gentry

1791-1870

Gentry

Wife of Col Richard Gentry. Replaced husband and served 28 years as postmaster of Columbia, MO. Outspoken advocate of Union. Middle school and municipal building in Columbia named for her.

William S. Gentry

1811-1864

Gentry

North Carolina seceded from Union, but Hanging Dog community hated slavery. Rebels arrested William and sons John and Stephen as bushwhackers after setting their house on fire to force them out. Were taken over the mountain to Tomotla, tied to a Mulberry tree, and shot to death.

Christopher Columbus Gentry

1837-1927

Gentry

Served in Civil War and developed smallpox which damaged an eye. Built gristmill and sawmill. Helped establish Rock Hill ME church on Hanging Dog Creek, donating one acre of land for the church.

2nd Lt David W. Gentry

1834-1910

Gentry

Co F, 14th Kentucky Regiment,Union Army.

Martha Graham

1894-1891

Alden

Teacher, dancer, and choreographer. Modern dance pioneer, founded Dance Repertory Theater in 1930.

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell

1821-1891

Alden

Congregational clergyman and abolitionist. Founded Grinnell College and Grinnell, IA.

George Bird Grinnell

1849-1938

Alden

Naturalist and conservationist. Editor of Field and Stream. Founded the National Audubon Society.

Granville Stanley Hall

1844-1924

Alden

Psychologist, college professor, and first President of Clark University. Founded American Journal of Psychology.

William Henry Harrison

1773-1841

Eddy

Husband of Eddy descendant. Maj Gen US Army. Secretary of Northwest Territory. US Representative. Governor of Indiana Territory and Superintendant of Indian Affairs. Fought Indians at Tippecanoe in 1811. Ohio State Senator. US Senator. Minister to Columbia. 9th President of USA. Died of pneumonia after one month in office. Whig.

Benjamin Harrison

1833-1901

Eddy

Great-grandson of signer of Declaration of Independence. Grandson of President William Henry Harrison. Brevet Brig Gen 70th Indiana Volunteers Civil War. City Attorney. Secretary of Indiana Republican Central Committee. State Supreme Court Reporter. US Senator Indiana. 23rd President of USA. Republican.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

1804-1864

Alden

Husband of Alden descendant Sophia Peabody. Graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and future President Franklin Pierce. Author of The Scarlet Letter, Twice-Told Tales, and The House of the Seven Gables.

Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne

1809-1871

Alden

Wife of Nathiel Hawthorne. Sister of Mary and Elizabeth Peabody. Noted illustrator and textbook author. Educator and education reformer.

Chet Huntley

1911-1974

Alden(?)

Roots of the Rich and Famous by Robert Davenport states that this famous half of the news team Huntley-Brinkley is descended from President John Adams. I haven't been able to verify this.

More Relatives of Denise Ann Simanski

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Carey Estes Kefauver

1903-1963

Estes

US Rep & Senator from Tennesee, Democrat. Senate Crime Investigating Committee Chair. Used early TV to publicize crime bosses, top ten most admired men in America. Beat President Truman in NH primary 1952 and swept all but two primaries but defeated by Adlai Stevenson at convention. Stevenson's VP choice in 1956 over Senators Gore & Kennedy, lost to President Eisenhower. Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee Chair. Collapsed on Senate floor, heart aneurysm, died Bethesda, MD.

Robert Lansing

1864-1928

Alden

Lawyer and statesman. Served as Secretary of State under President Wilson but resigned over a League of Nations dispute.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807-1882

Alden

Most popular US poet of 1800s. Works included Song of Hiawatha, Paul Revere's Ride, Courtship of Miles Standish, The Village Blacksmith, Christmas Bells.

Heinrich Longsdorf (Langsdorf)

1714-792

Longsdorf

Deeded two acres, buildings, and improvements for five shillings to Lutheran Congregation of East Pennsborough Twp, Cumberland Co, PA in 1771. Longsdorf Church and Longsdorf Cemetery were founded there.

Martin Longsdorf

1749-1804

Longsdorf

Associator of Cumberland Co, PA militia during Revolutionary War.

Dr William Henry Longsdorf

1834-1905

Longsdorf

Dentist. Major in the 9th PA cavalry during Civil War. Attended Gettysburg military cemetery dedication while on leave and heard Lincoln's address. Discharged Jan 1864 w/ two broken ankles. Longsdorf Depot south of Centerville, PA named for him.

Zatae (Longsdorf) Straw

b. 1866

Longsdorf

Daughter of Dr. W. H. Longsdorf. First female graduate of Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA in 1887.

Lisle L. Longsdorf

1901-1991

Longsdorf

Extension Editor at Kansas State College and manager of KSAC, the college radio station. Helped establish extension service organization for Ministry of Agriculture in Teheran, Iran in 1953. U.S. Dept of Agriculture. Coordinated 1960 U.S. International Agricultural Exhibit in Cairo, Egypt.

Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft

1890-1937

Whipple

Horror author, including The Dunwich Horror, Herbert West --Re-animator, Call of Cthulhu, and History of the Necronomicon.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell*

1856-1943

Warren

Brother of Amy and Percival Lowell. Political science educator, author, and attorney. President of Harvard University (1909-1933).

Amy Lowell*

1874-1925

Warren

Sister of Abbott and Percival Lowell. "Imagist" poet and writer, poems reflected lesbian eroticism. Often criticized, not for her work but for being a lesbian, wearing men's shirts, smoking cigars, and obesity. Her book, What's O'clock, won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1926.

Percival Lowell*

1855-1916

Warren

Brother of Abbott and Amy Lowell. Astronomer /author. Built Lowell Observatory atop Mars Hill at Flagstaff, AZ. Thought "canals" on Mars were proof of intelligent life and drew many maps. Devoted much of last eight years searching for "Planet X", finally discovered in 1930 and named Pluto.

Horace Mann

1796-1859

Alden and Whipple

Whipple descendant, husband of Alden descendant Mary Tyler Peabody. "Father of American Education" & "Father of the American Public School". Attorney. MA State Representative & Senator. First MA Secretary of Education. US Representative from MA. President of Antioch College.

Mary Tyler Peabody Mann

1806-1887

Alden

Second wife of Horace Mann and his biographer. Sister of Sophia and Elizabeth Peabody. A leader in the American Kindergarten movement with Elizabeth.

Thomas Garrigue Masaryk

1850-1937

Alden

Husband of Alden descendant Charlotte Garrigue. Elected to the Austrian parliament. Principle founder of Czechoslovakia and its first President in 1918.

Samuel Eliot Morison

1887-1976

Alden

Historian and history professor. Winner of Pulitzer Prizes in 1943 and 1960.

Norma Jean Mortenson

aka Norma Jean Baker

aka Marilyn Monroe

1926-1962

Alden

Father reportedly Alden descendant Charles Stanley Gifford rather than Ed Mortenson. 1950s actress, films included Some Like it Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch. Husbands included Arthur Miller and Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio. Died of apparent accidental sleeping pill overdose. Rumors of romantic involvement with both John & Robert Kennedy. Remembered for breathy rendition of Happy Birthday, Mr. President at JFK's birthday party.

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

1804-1894

Alden

Sister of Sophia and Mary Peabody. Educator, writer, and proprietor of the West Street Bookstore in Boston. Founded American Kindergarten movement.

Abel Head "Shanghai" Pierce

1834-1900

Alden

Colorful cattle rancher who determined that "Texas fever" was caused by ticks. His estate first brought Brahmin cattle to Texas after his death.

J. Danforth Quayle

b. 1947

Alden

US Representative and US Senator from Indiana. Vice President of the USA under George Bush. Republican.

Glen Richardson

1931-1953

Richardson

US soldier killed in Korean War.

Bishop Samuel Seabury

1729-1796

Alden

Author, loyalist. First US Episcopal bishop (CT, RI).

Henry Hastings Sibley

1811-1891

Whipple

Gr-grandson of Commodore Abraham Whipple. Studied law. Clerk/partner, American Fur Company. Traded in Wisconsin/Dakota Territories. Democrat. Delegate to US Congress from Wisconsin Terr. 1848. Promoted organizing Minnesota Terr. and was its delegate to Congress 1849-1853. Helped draft legislation for statehood. MN territorial legislature 1855. President of Constitutional Convention 1857. 1st governor of Minnesota 1858-1860. Brigadier general led forces that ended 1862 Sioux Uprising and expedition against Sioux 1863, breveted major general.

Adlai Ewing Stevenson II

1900-1965

Alden

Husband of Alden descendant. Grandson of Vice President Adlai Stevenson. Highly-regarded orator. US Senator. Illinois Governor. Lost two Democratic Presidential bids. UN Ambassador.

Lucy Stone*

1818-1893

Warren

Women's sufferage and legal rights activist. A leader of the first National Woman's Rights Convention (1850). Founder and editor-in-chief of The Women's Journal (1870-1893).

Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.

1710-1785

Alden

Husband of Alden descendant. Merchant. Elected to colonial general assembly. Colonel during French and Indian War. Colonial Governor of Connecticut, and only royal governor to support patriots in Revolution. Master of providing provisions to Washington's army.

Joseph Trumbull

1737-1778

Alden

Son of Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. Merchant. Member of Continental Congress and Commissary General of Continental Army.

Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.

1740-1809

Alden

Son of Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. Merchant and Revolutionary soldier. US Rep and Speaker of the House. US Senator. Governor of Connecticut.

John Trumbull

1756-1843

Alden

Son of Jonathan Turmbull, Sr. Patriot. Best known as painter. Four works are in U.S. Capitol Rotunda, including Declaration of Independence.

Joseph Trumbull

1782-1861

Alden

Grandson of Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. Son of David Trumbull. US Rep from Connecticut. Third in this family to serve as Governor of Connecticut.

Frederica von Stade

b. 1945

Alden

Mezzo-soprano opera singer.

General Joseph Warren*

1741-1775

Warren (?)

Family tradition says he's a relative, but no proof. Spokesman for liberty in MA during Stamp Act controversy. Leading role in bringing legal case against British soldiers for Boston Massacre. Sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on famous ride to warn of British troops. Elected Major General of provincial army but killed at Bunker Hill before officially receiving commission.

Commodore Abraham Whipple

1733-1809

Whipple

Privateer during war with France. As commodore of first American Navy (RI), fired first authorized naval gun at English ship in Atlantic and won first official naval battle of Revolution. Captured ten vessels of Jamacian fleet bound for London without firing shot. First to unfurl American flag in London as merchant marine commander. Member of first RI state legislature.

Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple

1822-1901

Whipple

First Episcopal Bishop in Minnesota in 1859. Called "Straight Tongue" by Indians for honesty and candor.

Walter Frank Whipple

1877-1936

Whipple

Silent screen star, stage actor. Supposedly taught monster portrayer Lon Chaney about makeup.

Fred Lawrence Whipple

b. 1906

Whipple

Astronomer. Chairman of Harvard's Department of Astronomy, and Director of Smithsonian Institute's Astrophysical Observatory. Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona is named for him.

Eli Whitney*

1765-1825

Warren

Inventor and mechanical engineer. Invented the cotton gin. Pioneered mass production with the concept of interchangeable parts while making muskets for the federal government.

* Link to Watertown, MA Warren family is supported by family tradition, and birth record of Lydia Warren there in 1752 is probably our Lydia (Warren) Betterley. She was living with two children of General Joseph Warren when he was killed at Bunker Hill. Her relationship to him, however, has not been substantiated.
 

Relatives of Amber Aleighcia Davis

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Daniel Abbott

1584-1647

Abbott

Arrived in Salem, MA with the 11-ship Winthrop Fleet in 1630 from London. Settled at Cambridge, MA. One of original 50 property-owners of Providence, RI.

Captain Daniel Abbott

1685-1760

Abbott

Grandson of immigrant Daniel Abbott. Speaker of the House in RI General Assembly 1738. Deputy Governor 1738-40.

John Simpson Chisum

1824-1884

Chisum

Noted Texas cattle baron, used Chisholm Trail and owned 70,000 head according to conservative estimates. Previously building contractor and Lamar County Clerk. Subject of John Wayne movie "Chisum". Employed Billy the Kid, who made good on threat to steal enough of Chisum's cattle to cover what he felt he was owed for his services in Lincoln County War.

Penelope Van Prinzen Stout

c1622-c1732

Stout

Ambiguous roots, but legend says shipwrecked on New Jersey shore in 1640s. Local Indians killed husband and left her for dead, partially scalped and partially disembowled with a fractured skull and a left shoulder forever limiting use of that arm. Hid in hollow tree, found by another tribe and nursed back to health. Later returned to her people in New Amsterdam (NY) and married Richard Stout. Called "founding mother of New Jersey". Tradition says lived 100+ years, but others say died c1712, either way leaving reported 502 descendants.

Richard Stout

1615-1705

Stout

Legend says he became sailor after father refused to allow marriage. Settled in New Amsterdam (NY) as a soldier. Among founders of Gravesend, Long Island. Married Penelope and later one of original patent holders of Monmouth Co, NJ and founders of Middletown. Among founders of first Baptist church in New Jersey and of the colony/state itself.

Jacob Emmanuel Stout

d. 1781

Stout

A conservative and, thus, reluctant revolutionary in 1776 but later served 6 years in Delaware General Assembly.

Jacob Stout

1764-1857

Stout

Son of Jacob Emmanuel Stout. Manufacturer & Federalist politician. DE State Rep Jan 1813 to Jan 1815. DE State Senate Jan 1816 to Jan 1820. Elected Senate Speaker in 1820 under assumption he'd immediately be DE governor, as Molleston died before taking office. Served Jan 1820 to Jan 1821. Named Associate Justice of Common Court of Pleas, 1822. A founder of Leipsic, DE. Owned tannery in Dover. President of Smyrna Bank 1844-47.

Elisha Walling, Jr.

1734-1818

Walling

"Longhunter" was perhaps 3rd or 4th white man to travel the Wilderness Trail thru Cumberland Gap. On first "long hunt" in 1761 was accompanied for part of trip by Daniel Boone. Trip said to take 18 months and covered Long Island to Cumberland Gap, followed by another in 1762 and a 3rd in 1763. Hunted TN/KY, built forts, and sold land to settlers.

Colonel Jesse Walling

1794-1867

Walling

Militia colonel, sheriff , tax assessor/collector in Covington Co, MS. Justice of the Peace, west TN. Enlisted as private in TX. 13 bullet holes in clothes during two days in final Cherokee War campaign. Fought decisive Battle of San Jacinto during Texas war for independance from Mexico, unit credited with "Remember the Alamo", received Santa Anna's snuffbox, name on San Jacinto Monument. Justice of the Peace, ran cotton gin, Republic of Texas Rep from Nacogdoches Co 1842-43. Sponsored bill for Texas census, well acquainted with President Sam Houston. State Rep from Rusk Co twice. Elected board of trustees president, Millville Male and Female Academy.

Elder Isaac Webb

1833-1913

Webb

Minister of 11 Primitive Baptist churches in VA. Moderator of New River Assn of churches. Taught in 25 schools. County treasurer, 12 years. Military officer, 15 years, including Confederate Battle of Chattanooga and Atlanta campaign. VA state senator, two terms. Carroll Co judge, 2 terms.

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