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Old 03-13-2015, 01:34 PM
 
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I am a direct descendent of Fielding Lewis and Betty Washington (sister of George).

I've enjoyed reading all the posts on this subject. Some are quite humorous.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:06 AM
 
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My great, great grandfather on my dads side was an Atlanta pioneer, Joel Hurt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He built the first skyscraper in Atlanta that still stands to this day.

Fun fact for anyone thats never bothered with the math on ancestors, but you have 16 great, great grandparents.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:11 AM
 
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^^^I had an office in the Hurt. Lovely building. "Matlock" had his office there as well!
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:13 AM
 
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^^^I had an office in the Hurt. Lovely building. "Matlock" had his office there as well!
Nice! My grandmother gave me a lot of heirlooms of his including a doorknob from the Equitable building when they demolished it.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:47 PM
 
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My great, great grandfather on my dads side was an Atlanta pioneer, Joel Hurt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He built the first skyscraper in Atlanta that still stands to this day.

Fun fact for anyone thats never bothered with the math on ancestors, but you have 16 great, great grandparents.
Cool!

I used to work in the Hurt building too!
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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I am currently investigating whether I am related to Michelle Obama. I found via researching one of my ancestor's birthplace - Henry County, VA that Michelle Obama also has ancestry in that area and her relatives are listed on the "cohabitation register of Henry County" from 1866. I have been going over it trying to connect some of my ancestors with people on the register and have found quite a few until I read that article about Michelle Obama so I am going to go back through the info I have to see if I have some sort of distant connection with her, which would be cool.

First lady's family tree has deep roots in Henry County - Martinsville Bulletin
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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Not necessarily famous but interesting. One of my favorite shows is Justified. Which takes place in Harlan County, Kentucky. My wife liked to tease me since I have a lot of southern ancestry (though we were both born and lived in the west). In fact I have eastern Kentucky ancestry, people who lived in the county (Knox) that Harlan was created out of and lived in a county nearby (on the modern border between Knox and Whitley county, though I think it was Whitely when Knox was first divided, where they lived now resides on the Knox side of that county line). Of interest I knew I had some Harlan surname ancestors that connect with that line, it turns out that Harlan county was named after a man who was my 2nd cousin (many times removed). So just found that amusing. I'm guessing due to how early my Kentucky bloodline is half of Eastern Kentucky are probably all distant cousins.
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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Does George Burns count? He was second cousin to my dad and "Burns" was not his real surname.

Muriel Seibert (had a financial company that's still alive and well and was the first woman to have a seat on the NY Stock Exchange). She was a cousin to my dad but where in line, I'm not sure. She came to his funeral.

Have a first cousin (a scientist - still alive, so I won't mention his name) who was on Johnny Carson myth busting things like how people walk across glowing coals and how to lay down on a bed of nails without getting pierced - things like that. It was fun and right up my alley.

Lancelot Hogben and Wikipedia is accurate with its accounting of him. He was one of my grandfathers.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:22 PM
 
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The Dionne Quints were my mom's distant cousins.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:27 AM
 
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Does George Burns count? He was second cousin to my dad and "Burns" was not his real surname.

I also have famous (but forgotten) comedian in my family tree: Chester Conklin
( Chester Conklin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) He is a first cousin on my third great-grandmother's side of the family.

Chester made about 15 silent movies with Charlie Chaplin. He was the head keystone cop who would always chase and club Chaplin in the head.

In the 1950's Chester gave an interview with Variety, claiming that he taught Charlie Chaplin how to do slapstick comedy. (Chaplin never denied it.) It makes sense since Chester had a background as a circus clown and Chaplin started doing standup (non-physical) comedy. They remained lifelong friends, and Chaplin attended Chester's funeral.

The last movie Chester appeared in was "It's a Mad, Mad World."
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