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(Google)   Subby's boyfriend found out last month that he's a Son of the American Revolution. What random, fun fact do you know about your lineage?   ( divider line 632
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2012-07-13 12:27:16 AM  
I'm descended from relatives of John Wilkes Booth. And from relatives of President William McKinley, so I figure it balances out.
2012-07-13 12:27:21 AM  
I've got both English and French royalty in my ancestry. I'm also directly descended from Prussian nobility, the title ending only a generation before my family emigrated. There's a few Newtons in my line, a rabbinic dynasty, and many of my ancestors were involved in the American Revolution, even attending a constitutional convention or two. I've family that stretches back to the earliest permanent European colonization of America, and recent immigrants in this last century. I have ancestors who fought in the civil war on both sides, one member of the union army lived only a county over from another in the southern army. Their son and daughter married. I have English, Irish, Jewish, Polish, German, Dutch, French and Scottish blood, among many other nationalities.

I could go on, but I've already bored you to tears anyway. I don't care. I'm proud of my heritage, and couldn't resist posting.
2012-07-13 12:27:34 AM  
I would be very surprised if less than 75% of natural-born US citizens can claim a participant in the American Revolution as an ancestor.
2012-07-13 12:27:57 AM  
Actually, my uncle was contacted by Walt Disney to be an artist at this new place he was building in Anaheim. Thinking he was nuts (as must people did at the time), he turned him down but still made a living painting logos on sides of buildings and stuff like that.
2012-07-13 12:28:05 AM  
I'm related to Queen Isabella of Spain. You know, the chick who funded Columbus.

Also, my grandparents were missionaries in China and built the first playground there.

My mom's cousin is the actress that played the mom in Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

/all I got
2012-07-13 12:28:33 AM  
Both of my grandmothers were daughters of the American on each side.

My great-grandparents had tickets to see Our American Cousin at the Ford Theater on the night Lincoln was shot. Great-grandma got too tired to go, so they stayed home.

Grandfather was with McKinley when he was shot, and when he died.

I'm descended from the only Nobel Laureate with a #1 song on the Billboard Top 40.

Mrs. Gough and I are both descended from the same person on the Mayflower.
2012-07-13 12:29:14 AM  
My mother's father's mother's mother's father was a rabbi in Minsk, Belarus. As my great-grandmother mentioned stayed around until my college days, I knew my ancestor rabbi's granddaughter.
2012-07-13 12:29:17 AM  
My mom's dad was L.A.'s County Jailor back in the 1920's or so. He found the treatment of the inmates so horrific that he immediately started reforms of the system. His first change was to fire the food crew and replace them. He allegedly hired the cook from The Pantry.

Later, he ran for mayor, but was railroaded by the Hearst machine, who had a candidate they preferred. They set him up to be photographed being handed something, and he knew instantly it was a set-up. He didn't open the box until he got home, and his wife was already looking at the item in the afternoon Hearst paper, front-page. It was a gold ring, set with an emerald, engraved inside: "From grateful prisoners."

/True story, no lie.
//His brother Jack was head of the western branch of the Secret Service.
///His brother James was the first person killed in the newly incorporated town of Emeryville, CA (also the first police officer killed in the line of duty there)
///His brother Dan once hid under the floorboards of a brothel for 4 days in San Francisco until the Tong war was over.
////His brother Denis moved east and was never heard from again.
2012-07-13 12:29:19 AM  
Another great-great-great grandfather, who lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, fought in the Civil War. For the Union. In a New York regiment. Where the soldiers dressed like the guy on the right during combat:
2012-07-13 12:30:43 AM  
I could join:
Daughters of the Confederacy
Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the American Colonists
Colonial Dames of the 17th Century
Magna Carta Dames

if I wanted to hang out with a bunch of women who smell like a nursing home.

442BCE Yes, it can be done.
2012-07-13 12:31:07 AM  
My Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather was this
2012-07-13 12:31:56 AM  
Mom's side were United Empire Loyalists. Her grandfather was president of the Canadian version of the NRA and the Lion's Club.
There's also a mathematician (when I was a kid, I heard about someone finding this out after delving into geneology.) I Googled and the only mathematician with the same name discovered cotangent or something.

I don't know much about my dad's side. Wish I was able to communicate with the grandparents when they were alive (language barrier).
2012-07-13 12:32:00 AM  
My grandfather's grandfather was a sheriff in tennessee and had to carry out an execution. He also served in the state senate there, and my paternal family has been in the country since the late 1600's.

Still wanting to do some digging to find out the son of the american revolution stuff, or civil war too.
2012-07-13 12:32:22 AM  
I hope FARK is still around in 10 or 15 years( doubt I will be ) and asks this same question.Then I can read what cool things my kids, their kids,etc. have to say about me.
2012-07-13 12:32:41 AM  
My great grandmother was President McKinley's cousin, and she didn't think very much of him. I was young when she died and I thought she just went around swearing about random Presidents.
2012-07-13 12:32:47 AM  
I'm related to Eric the Midget from the Howard Stern Show. Top that!
2012-07-13 12:33:11 AM  
My grandmother was a Nazi spy in the U.K.
2012-07-13 12:33:32 AM  
I'm indirectly related to Stephen Austin, the founder of Texas, on my mother's side of the family.

My Uncle Stan was a rather prolific inventor. He invented a component of the Norden bombsight, one of the first remote garage door openers, the record changing mechanism for the Seeberg jukeboxes, the dollar bill changer in vending machines and those spiral thingies (technically, helices) in candy and snack vending machines. In his seventies, he got hit with both Altzheimers and Parkinsons. Not fair.
2012-07-13 12:34:33 AM  
I am a direct descendant of Sir Thomas Wyatt and a distant cousin of Harry Truman. Also, my grandmother's family were super wealthy. I never saw the money.
2012-07-13 12:34:37 AM  
My great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandson will be Admiral James T. Kirk.
2012-07-13 12:34:42 AM  
Ive learned a ton about my ancestry just from clicking the leaf thingys on ancestry dot com. Its not cheap.. i went all in with the european and us searching. My earliest American ancestor is a guy named Issac Stearns who landed in Salem, Ma in 1630. We quickly left Salem and went west to found Watertown, helped design and build the first bridge over the Charles River. He leads down a few generations to several revolutionaries. One who answered the call to the Lexington Green, but got there to late, and his son who captured Fort Ticonderoga with Ethan Allen..
Now.. the sad thing is I lived for years in and around Boston.. my wife lived in watertown when we were dating, i spent a lot of time in Lexington, Concord, Groton area.. and the whole time back then i had no clue that i had a direct ancestral link to all the historic events and places around there. wish i would have known then.. but its very cool to be able to find out so much so easily.

// ancestry dot com somewhat recently added scanned pdfs of all the applications for the sons and daughters of the revolution which is how i got all the details. once i got a couple of generations back with all the pertinent details it was just a matter of clickity click click click.. and i filled in generations going way way way back.
2012-07-13 12:35:26 AM  

Enigmamf: I would be very surprised if less than 75% of natural-born US citizens can claim a participant in the American Revolution as an ancestor.

I'd be in the 25%. Technically, I'm considered first-generation American. My father was born in France. Mom was born here, but her family came over around 19-teens, so nope, we weren't even here for the Civil War.
2012-07-13 12:35:45 AM  
One of my 8th great-grandfathers is James Moore. He was the Governor of Carolina from 1700-1703. He is remembered for leading several invasions of Spanish Florida, including attacks in 1704 and 1706 which wiped out most of the Spanish missions in Florida. He sent captured Indians to the West Indies and his family imported about 4,000 slaves from Africa. Wiki

His father is Rory O'Moore. He was an Irish landowner of ancient lineage, and is most notable for being one of the four principal organizers of the Irish Rebellion of 1641. Wiki

These are the only two I could find with Wikipedia pages as of now, but I have more than enough research from my Grandfather to keep me busy for years.

My family also fought in the Revolutionary War for the United States, and the South in the Civil War. Some of them also had skirmishes with Indians after they lost and moved to Texas. We also have a family Bible that still has names and ages of the slaves before they were freed.

I would encourage anyone to do as much family genealogy research as possible. It can be a lot of fun, and you will most certainly find something interesting,
2012-07-13 12:35:53 AM  
Also found out recently that three of my grandmother's uncles committed suicide.
2012-07-13 12:36:11 AM  
i had family fighting on both sides of world war one and two
2012-07-13 12:36:16 AM  
I have great uncles on opposite sides of the family who were on opposing sides of the Gallipoli landings.

My father's uncle was an officer in the Turkish army

My mother's uncle was an ANZAC commando.
2012-07-13 12:36:16 AM  
Bootlegging on my mom's side.
2012-07-13 12:36:35 AM  

Mr_Ectomy: Ceteris Paribus says: Mr_Ectomy: Ceteris Paribus says: My great grandfather disowned my grandmother for marrying someone who wasn't Irish. This in a town that still had some anti Irish prejudices.

My uncle's family (basically) disowned him for marrying a white woman (my aunt). They only spoke to him again because their first born was a boy

You look pretty white so that is confusing.

My aunt (white, blood related) and my uncle (from India)

It's like that "I can't operate on him, he's my son" riddle, but rather than being sexist, it's racist.

Actually I think the confusing bit is that you said your aunt married your uncle. Wouldn't he more typically be referred to as an uncle-in-law?
2012-07-13 12:36:46 AM  
I actually know a crapton about my lineage because my father in law did all the research to put it together. On both sides I have had ancestors in America since pre-Revolutionary War times and I am related to one of the women hanged in the Salem Witch Trials (she would be a great great great [insert correct number of greats] aunt). My ancestors fought on both sides of the Civil War. One of my relatives was a Civil War hero who died refusing to give up the names up his friends who helped bomb a bunch of bridges in order to undermine the Confederacy. I'm 1/64th Native American! My great grandmother was Puerto Rican (though if you just looked at me I would look like the whitest kid ever) and from a very well-to-do family we were able to trace back to Spain. I'm also one quarter Czech and that branch of the family didn't get here until only two generations ago. I'm about as American as you can get.

/Genealogy is cool
2012-07-13 12:37:19 AM  
One of the other branches had line of nobility that ended in 1879. I'm also somehow connected to a powerful cardinal under Leo X, one of the Medici popes.

My great uncle was a respected judge in Philadelphia. My uncle once ran a street gang in Philadelphia.
2012-07-13 12:37:51 AM  
My paternal grandpa, a quiet, gentle giant of a man one ran an illegal moonshine operation in the Appalachian area of Kentucky, one had one of his stills raided by federal agents.

During the raid one of the agents grabbed him by the face and grandpa bit off one of his fingers and swallowed it.

My maternal grandmother is a polish jew, who managed to, as a twelve year old get her, and her little brother out of Poland and into 1938.
2012-07-13 12:38:37 AM  
Pre-revolutionary ancestors known about: the Scot clan who were largely kicked out of Scotland by another clan, who were themselves, hah, displaced by a third, the last rewarded for their ferocity with the Clearances while mine were setting up in North America and forgetting about tartans.
2012-07-13 12:39:53 AM  
ohh and i found out that my great grandfather died in Joliet Prison. I think he was in for writing bad checks.. this was never spoken of in my 40 some odd years.. my grandma never once mentioned it. i guess it was the big family secret.
2012-07-13 12:41:28 AM  
I'm a redheaded stepchild, but not even redheaded (though my real mother is).
2012-07-13 12:41:29 AM  
The earliest a direct ancestor of mine was in the US was 1634, the furthest back I can trace my lineage is 1194 to a knight who was probably present for the first Magna Carta. Other interesting facts, I have an ancestor who was hung as a witch, another ancestor who was an Indian fighter during the Utah Indian wars, and another ancestor who via his second wife I am related to (As he was a Mormon, one of the original settlers of Utah of the 100 plus or so). He had three wives, his third wife was the mother of the second wife (My direct ancestor). Another ancestor ended up in Utah after sailing from England to Australia. Hmm, and much much more I'm sure but that's mostly just on my father's side. On my mother's side they're mostly German, and other than being pioneers like those on my father's side of the family I can't go much further back than my great-great-great grandfather reliably. They helped found Tours, Texas while my other ancestor the mormon and also my -great-great-great grandfather on my father's side founded Benjamin, Utah. Two towns of no great importance but even so they carved out a settlement and lived.

I'm not so sure as far as my ancestors go on the Civil or American Revolutionary war. They must of been around, but no such info of their involvement is present. That being said my family isn't all that military, despite serving in the military. My father served in the Texas National Guard on tank duty, never went anywhere and got out on a bum arm. My grandfather was in the Navy but spent all of WWII in training to become an engineer which he would put to use by working on the B-36, for NASA during the Apollo program, for Honeywell when they made computers, and such. Then there is my brother, who as a communications Sergeant in the Army and has served two tours in Iraq and is about to start his second tour in Afghanistan.

Hmm, guess that about covers it.
2012-07-13 12:41:37 AM  
I don't know if it's true, but it's said that one of my ancestors was a bastard child of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, who was a Governor General of New France in the late 1600s.
2012-07-13 12:41:50 AM  
Verifiable ancestry: My 3rd-great grandfather once had a hearty laugh at the line "Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal - you sockdologizing old man-trap" during a visit to the theater in April of 1865, and then some guy jumped onto the stage from the President's booth and yelled "sic semper tyrannis."

Unverifiable ancestry: My 35th-great grandfather is William I the Conqueror, King of England. By extension, that makes me Barack Obama's half 29th cousin 6 times removed.
2012-07-13 12:42:05 AM  

AirborneBuckeye: My Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather was this guy[ image 225x225]

ha! my great-great-grandfather fought under him (no, not like that, perv) in the war of 1812 and named my great-great grandfather after him and he fought in the civil war. no, everyone called him dick, not francis, so lighten up.
2012-07-13 12:42:14 AM  
I'm a son of the revolution and the confederacy.
my family came over in the 1650's and were part of the first wave of French Hugonauts.

a land grant was given to them by King James and it was the largest at the time and encompassed a large swath of land between the western out reaches out Richmond Virgina, and the eastern out reaches of Charlotsville Virginia.

On my German mothers side, I'm three generations removed from being a baron. and my blood line makes us the mutts of europe. I'm like a third cousin of the British royal family and can count Cathrin the great and King Ludwig as direct relatives.
2012-07-13 12:42:29 AM  
My girlfriend is related to Blackbeard.
2012-07-13 12:42:47 AM  
dad used to tell us one of ours was head of the Queen's stables long ago = menial labor, horse shiat. grandfather's family in the New England states owned mills, fabulously wealthy. of course, he was the scumbag black sheep ne'r-do-well alcoholic son that was disowned, disinherited and drank himself to death when my dad and his siblings were young children. it's a tale rich with white trash goodness, my roots.
2012-07-13 12:43:23 AM  
My family used to live in Ukraine and had their own serfs. My, how the family has fallen since those days.

And some of my distant cousins did not fare well after the Russian Revolution.
2012-07-13 12:44:00 AM  
My great-great-great grandfather fought in Napoleon's army.
2012-07-13 12:45:19 AM  
My oldest recorded ancestor was given the title of Forester in Fee by King Edward II in Engand in 1322 (he was responsible for the lands in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire) and another ancestor married the grand-daughter of Miles Standish in the Mass Bay Colony.

\other than that, we're a bunch of toothless, lead-mining, indian-fighting drunkards.
2012-07-13 12:45:37 AM  
I'm descended from the Cole and Jim Younger family. On both sides of my family. My family tree has vines instead of branches.

One of my relatives gave Brendan Fraser a place to live when he was first starting out in show business. It was surreal when Encino Man came out and we were all like, "Holy crap! There's Brendan on the side of that bus!"
2012-07-13 12:45:53 AM  
I'm two degrees from Kevin Bacon.
2012-07-13 12:46:07 AM  
I tried to trace my genetic background once. I found out both my grandparents on my dads side were orphans, so that was the end of that and my great grandparents on my mothers side were Blackfoot Indian (no help) and English laborer who immigrated to America in the mid 1700's ...... I stopped there, cuz I surmised I'm just a typical American mutt.
2012-07-13 12:50:53 AM  

kmoser: I'm two degrees from Kevin Bacon.

only one degree here.
2012-07-13 12:51:39 AM  
I'm related to Reese Witherspoon. Seriously.
2012-07-13 12:52:11 AM  
Grand dad was a boy mechanic in a car that ran the indy 500 like in '38 or some shiat(i guess they were required to carry a mechanic with them back then or something so it was popular to get little(small) kids to do it cus they're lighter.

great grand dad was a utility player for the decatur staleys in 1918-1919 before they became a certain team from a certain town in a certain midwestern state.

way back somewhere we had a lord from england(Botheroyd) and about the same time or earlier we had a burgemeister(spelling?) which is like a mayor i guess from Baden Baden(Baden?) germany.

then supposedly some dude in the fam way back invented the screw on lids with the little nubs as opposed to threads(like your pickle jar), and then another dude in the lineage supposedly either invented or developed or whatever the process by which they put neon into the glass tubes for neon lights.

probly all BS. Mom might've just been blowin' smoke when I was a kid.
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