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Old 10-04-2017, 11:14 AM
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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Originally Posted by Sarahsez View Post
I have a very distantly related cousin who was a Playboy Centerfold...
Bingo!!! We've got a winner! That beats being connected to old dead people anytime, regardless of their claim to fame. At least 50% of us here are green with envy!
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:00 PM
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Yes, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Jack Kerouac, Ellen Degeneres, Celine Dion are all distant cousins. They are all French Canadian descendants and many French Canadians are related to them. My husband is related distantly to the Bush's on the Bush side. My most famous ancestors though, as in they are great something pappies, are Charlemagne and William the Conqueror.
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Old 10-04-2017, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Gray Man View Post
I'm a crummy genealogist but I know I had one ancestor that arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in about 1628. Puritans. Distantly related to some of the early American personalities.
Become better, if you have one that you know of arriving in 1628 in Massachusetts there is a good chance you might have a Mayflower passenger in the family.
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Old 10-04-2017, 01:58 PM
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I don't know about 'famous', but I'm distantly related to Chief Richard Fields, of the Texas Cherokee.

I also had a great great uncle, who was the lawyer for the Barker Gang brothers, and who brought Ma Barker's body home (to Oklahoma) for burial, as a favor to his friend George Barker.

George and Kate were never divorced, and apparently either he still had feelings for her, or felt a familial responsibility for her still.
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Old 10-04-2017, 03:24 PM
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Sam Houston General of the Republic of Texas and first President of the Republic of Texas (also a Governor of Tennessee and Texas) is a 2nd cousin 7x removed.

Thomas Jefferson President of the United States is a 1st cousin 8x removed. My ancestor Judith Jefferson was his aunt and I share his grandparents as my ancestors, Thomas Jefferson and Mary Field.

My closest royal ancestor through a gateway is King Edward III of England.

Herman Webster Mudgett who was known as Dr. H. H. Holmes, often referred to as the first reported serial killer in the US, is an 8th cousin 4x removed. Through the ancestor I share with him I (and he) are also cousins with Mitt Romney, Christopher Lloyd, Sir Winston Churchill, Kelsey Grammer, President Gerald Ford, and a lot of other famous people (the ancestor was Stephen Bachiler a notable 1600s New England immigrant with a lot of descendants).

Through that same line but a bit closer through Quaker ancestors James Dean is a 7th cousin 1x removed and President Richard Nixon is a 7th cousin 1x removed.

Through related Quaker ancestors I am cousins with Mark Perkins (Bradbury) convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Samuel Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, President Millard Fillmore, J. P. Morgan, the Pillsbury brothers (founders of Pillsbury), Humphrey Bogart, President Franklin D Roosevelt, Lucille Ball, Christopher Reeve, Halle Berry, and various others.

Through Long Island ancestors I'm a cousin to Abraham Woodhull (the spy featured in the show "Turn") and Cornelius Vanderbilt (Commodore Vanderbilt) who established the Vanderbilt fortune (making me a cousin to Anderson Cooper as well whose mother was a Vanderbilt) and a cousin to the man who built the Biltmore house.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:42 PM
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I still carry the same surname as a famous Englishman from the 1500's. He's probably one of the top 5 most famous Englishmen of his century.

I have ancestors who were prominent in forming the Republican Party and by coming to Bleeding Kansas where we still remain. But none of their names are famous.

All of that is on my fathers side, I don't know a whole lot about my mothers ancestry. I know a lot about her father, but that's it. He was killed in WWII when his fighter was shot down. My mother never met him, she was born shortly after he left to go to war.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:11 AM
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I tell people the only reason my wife married me was to have another family tree to work on. lol She's traced us back to Miles Standish (have a copy of his will) and on back to the Lord Mayor of London in the early 1400s.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:59 PM
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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John Howland (the Pilgrim that fell off the Mayflower on the way over from England..). Through him, many other "famous" people- the Baldwin brothers, the Bushes, Mormon Joseph Smith, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sarah Palin, Chevy Chase and quite a few others.

J.P. Morgan, Sigourney Weaver, and John Kerry share a common ancestor with me (Simon Lynde).
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:05 PM
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Distant cousin to an American actress.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:31 AM
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James Fenimore Cooper.

It's interesting that the 'Fenimore' was passed down generation by generation. My uncle is Henry Fenimore B*** III and goes by Fen.
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