Direct Descendent of Greatness

Well…having exhausted research on one branch of my family tree (my father’s), I went to my mother’s. Her family, especially the ones that came over from Holland in the 1600-1700s have done a great job of tracking their ancestry. has this thing called One-World-Tree, where everyone enters their trees, and thus there’s a chance of trees combining.

I found my mother’s mother on this One-World-Tree and then asked them the question: Any Famous Relatives?

I nearly fainted with the results.

Presidents: Ford, Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Fillmore
Entertainers: Elvis Presley, Shirley Temple, Humphrey Bogart
Writers: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury

But all of these are distant cousins, several times removed. Fun, but not the cherry at the top of this Sundae.

My 18th Great Grandfather (YES! 18th!) lived from 1343 – 1400. He wrote poetry. I’m going to say no more. You can look it up on Google. 1343 1400 poet. Top results. There was only one person living from 1343-1400 writing poetry that I would be this excited about anyway. Yes. Him!

I know this is completely dependent upon the fact that everyone involved entered their family tree correctly. Shush!

I am SO including this in every bio I send to editors from now on!

0 thoughts on “Direct Descendent of Greatness

  1. DL Emerick

    Chaucer, chow sir. A chow, sir, is a small dog. with a pedigree.

    for canine terms applied to human activities.

    I know that I am related, collateral descent, to Nicholas Emerick, who made the first great fortune in the United States. The Astor family apparently stole the estate, though, failing to honor the trust, at its maturity, and retaining the great wealth of the Emerick fortune as their own. But, the last of the Astor line went down with the Titanic, the sinking of which had an anniversary a day or so ago. Sic semper tyrannis, but where, oh where did the money go?

  2. DL Emerick

    If your “because” were a cause-to-be, sigh, it would say “although”, reluctantly.

  3. John

    It’s unfortunate, because it looks like fascinating linguistic research.

    I can only read the first page of the article because the website won’t allow me to read anymore without paying them money.

    It’s not the only time I’ve followed links to that site, though, so someday I might decide it’s worth it.

  4. John

    Actually…further research…it’s free at particular libraries. Though the list for Missouri libraries is made up completely of high school or college campuses. Except for one. the St. Louis Art Museum.

    Next free weekend, I’m making a trip.

  5. John

    Best of my abilities? I’ve been trying to think exactly how I would confirm it. There’s no question that the family trees entered have combined to form this conclusion. I trust the website in that regard. (Other ancestors don’t have any results for “Famous Relatives” so this isn’t a trick to get you to pay money or something.)

    It shows each link…that is the name of the individual. I’ve looked at (the Mormon site) and their “pedigree chart’ doesn’t go as far back on the line in question. That adds doubt, but it doesn’t mean it’s wrong though.

    I’m going to draw a chart for each of the famous people and see which ones are related to each other. Perhaps I can then see if anyone else has made that connection. For example if Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson are related, I would suspect if no one else has discovered this yet, at least someone out there will be interested in researching it for me, so that I don’t have to do the work.

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