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Inspired by the work of Gary Boyd Roberts at NEHGS, here are a few well-known relatives (and relatives who were spouses of the well-known) and how I'm connected to them. Granted, this information and $10 will get me a coffee at Starbucks, but I think it's a fun facet of genealogical research.

NAME

RELATIONSHIP

COMMON ANCESTORS

Charles Alden Black
- Husband of Shirley Temple

7th cousin, 3 times removed

Isaac Sheldon (1627-1708)
and Mary Woodford (1638-1684)

Humphrey Bogart
- American actor and husband of
Lauren Bacall, American actress

8th cousin, twice removed

Isaac Sheldon (1627-1708)
and Mary Woodford (1638-1684)

George Bunker
- Owner of Bunker Hill in Charlestown, MA

10G grandfather

Direct Ancestor (1600-1664)

Hugh Capet
- King of France

32G grandfather

Direct Ancestor (~938-996)

Edith Kermit Carrow
- Wife of President Theodore Roosevelt

7th cousin, 5 times removed

Robert Blott Sr. (1582-1664/5)
and Susanna Selbee (~1586-1659/60)

Charlemagne
- Holy Roman Emperor

39G grandfather

Direct Ancestor (747-813/14)

Eleanor Clark
- Wife of novelist Robert Penn Warren

9th cousin, twice removed

Thomas Woodford (~1615-1667)
and Mary Blott (~ 1615-~ 1662)

Sir William de Tracey
- One of the four knights who murdered Thomas á Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

26G grandfather

Direct ancestor

Admiral George Dewey
- American naval hero

7th cousin, 3 times removed

Thomas Dewey (~1613-1648)
and Frances

Emily Dickinson
- American poet

7th cousin, 5 times removed

Robert Blott Sr. (1582-1664/5)
and Susanna Selbee (~1586-1659/60)

Erle Stanley Gardiner
- American detective novelist

9th cousin, 3 times removed

Robert Blott Sr. (1582-1664/5)
and Susanna Selbee (~1586-1659/60)

Godgifu (a.k.a. Lady Godiva)
- Legendary equestrian

32G grandmother

Direct ancestor (~1010-?)

Ulysses Simpson Grant
- Union general and 18th President of the United States

5th cousin, 5 times removed

Christopher Huntington (1629-1691)
and Ruth Rockwell (1633-1728)

Henry I
- King of England

28G grandfather

Direct ancestor (1068-1135)

Anneke Jans
- Legendary citizen of New Amsterdam whose farm in lower Manhattan was the subject of decades of lawsuits and scams

9G grandmother

Direct ancestor (~1605-1663)

Thomas Jefferson
- 3rd President of the United States, author of The Declaration of Independence

21st cousin, 8 times removed

Robert of Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester (~1090-1147)
and Mabel FitzHamon (?-1157)

Janis Joplin
- American singer

8th cousin

Joseph Root (1686-1728)
and Mary Russell (1689-1737)

Henry Robinson Luce
- Publisher (Time, Life, Sports Illustrated) and husband of
Clare Boothe Luce, author, congresswoman and American diplomat

8th cousin, twice removed

John Roote (1608-1684)
and Mary Kilbourne (~1619-~1697)

Margaret Mead
- Anthropologist

9th cousin, 3 times removed

Robert Blott Sr. (1582-1664/5)
and Susanna Selbee (~1586-1659/60)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- 32nd President of the United States

6th cousin, 4 times removed

8th cousin, 3 times removed

Isaac Sheldon (1627-1708)
and Mary Woodford (1638-1684)
Simon Huntington (1583-1633)
and Margaret Barrett

Elihu Root
- Statesman and recipient of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize

6th cousin, 4 times removed

John Roote (1608-1684)
and Mary Kilbourne (~1619-~1697)

George Frederick Root
- Civil War-era composer

5th cousin, 5 times removed

John Roote (1608-1684)
and Mary Kilbourne (~1619-~1697)

Margaretta Sergeant
- Wife of Union General George Meade

6th cousin, 6 times removed

Robert Blott Sr. (1582-1664/5)
and Susanna Selbee (~1586-1659/60)

Captain Myles Standish
- Pilgrim leader

10G grandfather

Direct ancestor (~1584-1656)

Harriet Beecher Stowe
- American author

5th cousin, 5 times removed

Isaac Sheldon (1627-1708)
and Mary Woodford (1638-1684)

Martin Van Buren
- 8th President of the United States

4th cousin, 6 times removed

Cornelis Maessen Van Buren (1616-1648) and Catalyntje Martense (? -1664)

Diana, Princess of Wales

10th cousin, once removed

Thomas Woodford (~1615-1667)
and Mary Blott (~1615-~1662)

Prince William and Prince Harry
- Sons of the Prince and Princess of Wales

11th cousins

Thomas Woodford (~1615-1667)
and Mary Blott (~ 1615-~1662)

Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Wallace
- Wife of President Harry S Truman

8th cousin, twice removed

Isaac Sheldon (1627-1708)
and Mary Woodford (1638-1684)

William the Conqueror
- King of England

29G grandfather

Direct ancestor (1024-1087)

. . . and a documented brush with greatness

My half-fourth cousin, once removed -- Benjamin Franklin Merklee, Jr. -- with Pete the dog from the Our Gang films.

 


And lest you think this is some form of bragging, you might want to check out "The Royal We" by Steve Olson, wherein the mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of European ancestry is descended from Muhammad and Charlemagne. Take care, cousins.

 

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