Tuesday, July 27

Ancestry and Famous People I am Probably Related To According to the One World Tree on Ancestry.com


Ancestry.com has a new feature that will tell you famous people you are
probably related to based on the information in the OneWorldTree
compiled from member trees. Information is only as accurate as the
individual trees, so we all take this with a grain of salt, but still.
Its fun to dream.

Below is the list generated for me. Some
relations are more fun than others. That I’m related to a couple famous
poets, a number of famous writers, and a couple founding fathers and
presidents is pretty cool. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is my 8th
Cousin twice removed. Oh well, nobody’s family is perfect. ;)

  • Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) English Poet

    • Richard Lovelace was an English Nobleman and poet. His “Lucasta” poems brought him fame.
    • Relationship: 9th Great Grand Uncle
  • Angelica Van Buren* (1818-1877)First Lady

    • Angelica
      Van Buren was the daughter-in-law of President Van Buren. His wife
      passed away several years before his presidency, so she assumed the
      role of First Lady and White House hostess.
    • Relationship: 4th Cousin 4 times removed
  • Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman (1885-1982) First Lady

    • Elizabeth
      Wallace Truman, often called “Bess Truman”, struggled with the lack of
      privacy that surrounded the family of the president. However, her sense
      of duty prevailed and she supported her husband in his duties.
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
  • Frank James (1843-1915) American Outlaw

    • Alexander
      Franklin James was the older brother of Jesse James, and an outlaw in
      his own right. James became an outlaw during the American Civil War
      after he was captured and then released by Union soldiers. He joined a
      gang and was involved in several robberies and murders.
    • Relationship: 5th Cousin 4 times removed
  • William Williams (1731-1811) Connecticut Representative

    • William
      Williams, a merchant and politician from Connecticut, signed the
      Declaration of Independence. He was a Harvard graduate who studied
    • Relationship: 3rd Cousin 8 times removed
  • Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American author and activist
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 3 times removed
  • Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-1889) First Lady

    • Lucy
      Ware Webb Hayes convinced her husband, Rutherford B. Hayes, to fight in
      the Union army and to oppose slavery. He later became an influential
      part of the abolitionist cause.
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 3 times removed
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797) Virginia Representative

    • Francis
      Lightfoot Lee was a radical patriot during the revolution. He worked
      with Patrick Henry to oppose the Stamp Act. He later signed the
      Declaration of Independence.
    • Relationship: 2nd Cousin 11 times removed

  • Sam Walton (1918-1992) Amercian Businessman

    • Samuel
      Moore Walton founded Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. From the very beginnings
      of his store owning years, he made sure to have a variety of goods at
      low prices.
    • Relationship: 7th Cousin 2 times removed
  • Edward “Ned” Kelly (1854-1880) Outlaw

    • Ned
      Kelly is the most famous Australian bushranger of the 19th century. He
      was a cattle rustler and bank robber, and became a folk hero for his
      defiance of colonial authorities. He is immortalized in numerous books,
      films and songs.
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
  • Mark Twain (1835-1910 American Author

    • Samuel
      Langhorne Clemens thought of his pen name, “Mark Twain,” while working
      on a riverboat. This humorist’s works include Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
  • Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) American Activist and Surgeon

    • Dr.
      Mary Edwards Walker was a feminist Union surgeon. She was given a Medal
      of Honor after the Civil War for her bravery as a prisoner of war,
      making her the only woman to have received this medal.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin

  • James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) 20th President of the United States of America

    • Serving
      the second shortest term in U. S. history (only 6 months), James
      Garfield was the second President of the United States to be
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin
  • Samuel Adams (1722-1803) Massachusetts Representative

    • Samuel Adams helped to organize the Boston Tea Party. From the beginning he was a loud voice for independence.
    • Relationship: 4th Cousin 8 times removed
  • Mae West (1893-1980) American Actress, Screenwriter, and Playwright

    • Mae
      West, born Mary Jane West, is considered one of the most controversial
      stars of the 1930’s. Her scripts often endured huge amounts censorship,
      but also huge success with audiences. She wrote and starred in She Done
      Him Wrong and I’m No Angel.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin 1 times removed
  • Willa Cather (1873-1947) American Author

    • Willa
      Cather has been called one of the most eminent American Authors. A
      muckraking journalist at first, she penned the famous My Antonia.
    • Relationship: 6th Cousin 5 times removed
  • Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915)

    • American educator, political leader, author
      T. Washington was born as a slave but was freed at the age of 9. He
      received national attention as a spokesperson for African American
    • Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
  • Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934) American Outlaw

    • American
      bank robber and alleged murderer, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd robbed so
      many banks in the 1930s that there was a $56,000 reward on his head.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin 1 times removed

    • Ray Bradbury (1920-) American Author
    • Ray
      Bradbury is an American horror, science fiction, and mystery writer
      best known for his books Martian Chronicles and Farenheit 451.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-) First Lady

    • Hillary
      Rodham Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. She was
      the first First Lady to be elected to public office. She remains
      committed to women’s rights and children’s issues.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
  • Gerald Ford (1913-) 38th President of the United States of America

    • President
      Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. became President after the resignation of
      President Nixon. He struggled through economic problems and even a few
      assassination attempts.
    • Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed

  • Judy Garland (1922-1969) American Actress

    • Judy
      Garland, born Frances Ethyl Gumm, was a child prodigy who’s singing and
      acting career soared after The Wizard of Oz. Her untimely death at 47
      was caused by a drug overdose.
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 1 times removed
  • William Faulkner (1897-1962) American Author

    • Mississippi
      native William Cuthbert Faulkner was known for his long, winding
      sentences. Some of his famous novels include Go Down Moses and As I lay
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 1 times removed

  • John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States

    • Irish-American
      politician John F. Kennedy is an icon of American liberalism. His
      presidency saw the beginnings of racial integration the Space Race and
      the Cuban missile Crisis. He was assassinated while in Texas.
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
  • Agatha Christie (1890-1976) English Author

    • English
      writer Dame Agatha Christie is the world’s best known crime-fiction
      writer in the world. She wrote the famous mysteries “Death on the Nile”
      and “The Mousetrap”.
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) American Icon

    • John
      F. Kennedy, Jr. was a lawyer, journalist, socialite, and publisher. The
      son of President John F. Kennedy, John Jr. grew up mainly on the Upper
      East Side of Manhattan. On July 16, 1999, John Jr. along with his wife
      and sister-in-law, were killed in a plane accident over the Atlantic
    • Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
  • John Cage (1912-1992) American Composer

    • John
      Milton Cage was an American experimental music composer, writer, and
      visual artist. He is most widely known for his 1952 composition 4’33”,
      whose three movements are performed without playing a single note.
    • Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
  • George Orwell (1903-1950) British Author

    • Eric
      Arthur Blair is most commonly recognized by his pen name, George
      Orwell. His political commentary is a major theme in his most famous
      works: “1984”, “Animal Farm”, and “Down and Out in Paris and London”.
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 4 times removed
  • Button Gwinnett (1735?-1777) Georgia Representative

    • Button
      Gwinnett has one of the most famous signatures in American history.
      This signer of the Declaration of Independence has a Georgia county
      named for him.
    • Relationship: 9th Cousin 7 times removed



1 Comment

  1. Did it also tell you that you are most likely related to George Read one of the signers of the Declaration of Indpendance. Seems like one of our direct grandfathers was a grand sone of his.

    At least so rumor goes. Uncle Riley