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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
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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.
2012-07-13 12:53:08 AM  

Bucky Katt: a lot of felons, mental patients and one or two politicians

You repeat yourself.
2012-07-13 12:54:40 AM  
I can actually trace my lineage straight back to Charlemagne (and a bit further beyond that). Sir Francis Drake is a cousin. My favorite relatives would have to be Nithard the Chronicler and Anthenor III, Queen of the West Franks.
2012-07-13 12:54:58 AM  
Is this a subversive advert?
2012-07-13 12:56:11 AM  
Because I can;
Maternal grandmothers great grandfather was a Pony Express rider in Quebec.
Maternal great grandfather was a pitcher for the Minneapolis Millers.
Maternal grandfather was set to fly the second mission if D-Day had failed. He flew bombers and C130s in WWII and Korea.
Paternal side goes all the way back to Prussia, he dropped the Von when he fled to Canada for beating up a priest.
Paternal 3x great grandfather was a drummer boy in the Civil War.
/Mr. Exeter is Lebonese and Dutch.
//MIL was once told by her grandmother, "you no marry Arab man! He beat you! He beat you!" cause she was too independent and taught herself to tie her shoes at 6.
2012-07-13 12:56:13 AM  
I have a great-great-etc grandmother who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Her brother and husband managed to convince the magistrate that she was just crazy instead. On the other side of my family,my great grandmother was the first recipient of electroshock therapy in the state of minnesota.
2012-07-13 12:56:22 AM  
My Great grandfather was murdered on a roof in Sicily.

/ mafia related.

// no such thing as the mafia.

/no such thing as slashies

this conversation never happenned
2012-07-13 12:56:47 AM  
I'm like 1/8th Cherokee
2012-07-13 12:56:54 AM  
On my mother's side, I'm related to Robert E. Lee as one of my distant uncles. That's how they came up with my middle name apparently, and as I tell people the story.
2012-07-13 12:57:36 AM  
What a great thread! Weve got quite a lot of history here between us farkers!

I dont have a whole lot to contribute but some niftyness I suppose. On my irish side weve traced back the 14th century in Tipperary where my great times a billion grandfather was a lord. The italian side of my familys lineage ends with my great grand parents who we know little about other than that there was an adoption and thats where we lose it. My grandfather was an engineer on the front lines during wwii, going ahead of tank units clearing the way and such, building bridges...very cool stuff. He also made bath tub gin during prohibition.
2012-07-13 12:57:39 AM  

Krymson Tyde: I come from a long line of white trash.

Cousin Clete? when did you learn puter typin?
2012-07-13 12:58:48 AM  
I'm directly descended from a man who was kicked out of New Amsterdam for selling his wife to another man.
2012-07-13 12:59:40 AM  

Paris1127: 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:
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Zouaves of the American Civil War Link
2012-07-13 12:59:45 AM  
Related to Presidents Taylor and Monroe; both descended from William the Conqueror/Bastard as well as a lot of his men. Direct descendant of: Lady Katherine Grandison, the lady with the garter. Eleanor of Aquitane - and Henry II. John of Gaunt. Isabelle the She-Wolf of France. King John. Gruffydd ap Llewellyn. Black Will de Braose. Empress Aelia Gallia Placida. St. Vladimir. King Louis the Pious. Rollo and Poppa. Rev. Dr. Rowland Taylor (beheaded by Bloody Mary). Capt. Anthony Savage. Pepin I of Italy (I think his brother put out his eyes with a red hot poker). Saint Boniface.

And a lot of other folks. It helps that there are genealogical societies for Taylor and Monroe...

But NOT related to Shakespeare, Milton, Yeats, Wordsworth, Byron, any Bronte, Jane Austen, or to F. Scott Fitzgerald (or Zelda, as far as I can tell - at least not closely), or to anyone else with any literary talent.

Hey there, cousin Korb. Yep, we're both related to Obama - and Brad Pitt and Elizabeth Taylor.
2012-07-13 12:59:52 AM  

SquiggsIN: I'm Shawnee on my maternal grandmother's side. mostly German, Scottish, and Dutch for the rest.

Mostly irish and chickasaw here. Mom spoke gaeilge natively. Dad was mostly 1st people, then irish, and euro-mutt. A somewhat unlikely coupling since chickasaw was a very small tribe by the 1700's, and the irish presence in the south at the time was small enough that most people aren't even historically aware it existed at all.
2012-07-13 01:00:24 AM  
my great grand father worked for and was killed by al capone. well, probably not by al capone himself, but you get the idea.
2012-07-13 01:00:33 AM  
My great-grandmother's sister was nanny for the Rockefellers.

And a distant relative saved Robert the Bruce's life.
2012-07-13 01:01:27 AM  
doctors, lawyers, a couple murderous crazies, stock brokers, architects, and electrical engineers.

Dad's side is descended from Russian/Slovak Jews, mom's side from western Europeans (Irish, German, English, French)... some Protestant, some Catholic.
2012-07-13 01:01:28 AM  

WaytooTired: I'm directly descended from a man who was kicked out of New Amsterdam for selling his wife to another man.

Was she hot?
2012-07-13 01:01:43 AM  

Krymson Tyde: I come from a long line of white trash.

same here.
we owned land, houses/rentals, and in Ireland possibly slaves. I hate that part, but it's over 250 years ago and not related to me. None of us in this day and age have a problem with color. I am happy to say that to my melado niece, Mexican/Kentuckian nephews and nieces. :-) One of the schools I went to was part of the 'Underground Railroad'. People are awesome.
2012-07-13 01:01:52 AM  
My family was originally involved in the Malting process for Guinness.
2012-07-13 01:02:28 AM  

Miss Stein: 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!"

Your ancestors robbed a bank in MN that was in a building owned by my wife's family. I guess it went badly....
2012-07-13 01:02:50 AM  

I sound fat: Krymson Tyde: I come from a long line of white trash.

Cousin Clete? when did you learn puter typin?

1/3rd of all European Whites that came to America from Europe were basically slaves.

GGGGGGGrandpa was an indentured servant? Slave.

A lot of White trash were descended from escaped slaves.
2012-07-13 01:02:55 AM  
It's completely irrelevant.
2012-07-13 01:03:32 AM  
Josip Broz Tito is my cousin, and my maternal great-great-great(might have another great) grandfather was PM of Italy (Link).
2012-07-13 01:03:37 AM  

Lernaeus: It's completely irrelevant.

Unless your grandma makes a real big deal of it.
2012-07-13 01:04:11 AM  

Coelacanth: I sound fat: Krymson Tyde: I come from a long line of white trash.

Cousin Clete? when did you learn puter typin?

1/3rd of all European Whites that came to America from Europe were basically slaves.

GGGGGGGrandpa was an indentured servant? Slave.

A lot of White trash were descended from escaped slaves.

hmmm... I am thinking reparations sound like a good idea all the sudden...
2012-07-13 01:04:29 AM  

SquiggsIN: My great, great, great, great, great, great grand uncle was William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield of the famed Hatfield & McCoy feud.

My paternal grandmother is a descendant of the McCoy clan. Truce or not, I may have to kill you.
2012-07-13 01:05:03 AM  
The first of my family came to what's now the USA as a mercenary. He was what is called a hessian. Even thou he was from Bruinswick. Three of his grandsons faught in the war of northern aggression as bushwhackers in Missouri. Rode with Quantrill at Lawerance. Later two of them including the one I'm from are caught and hung by federal troopers. The last marries his bothers widow and raises the boy that is my dad lineage
2012-07-13 01:06:19 AM  

I sound fat: my great grand father worked for and was killed by al capone. well, probably not by al capone himself, but you get the idea.

My grandfather came up with the idea to charge Capone with tax evasion.
2012-07-13 01:06:20 AM  
Family fun, let's see...

One branch of the family goes back to a small town in Alasce-Lorraine. They left centuries before the fun started, so God be praised, I am not decended from Frenchmen. As far as I know. They were here a few decades before 1776, but seemed to keep to themselves. Out of this branch came an engineer who built the largest grain elevator in the world, at the time. Funny story, my father never knew this guy's name - his great-grandfather. He only knew him by his initials. I'm home to visit during the summer, tell dad the guy's very distinct name, and when my dad stops laughing, he says if he'd known that, the distinct name would be my middle name. Another end of this branch, from Prussia, was also here well before the Revolution, but kept to themselves.

One branch that intersects with that branch to from my dad contains a state senator from Missouri.

The branches intersect at Kansas University in the 1920s. My great-grandfather founded a small oil company, bought a bunch of farmland in the Dust Bowl, and made more money selling gasoline than using his law degree. This man also briefly was on the Board of Regents for a small Kansas university.

My great-aunt was the an early female graduate from KU med, and claims to have beaten Wilt Chamberlain at H-O-R-S-E regularly.

On my mom's side, a Union soldier from Kentucky who freed his slaves and joined the winning team. His son moved to Oklahoma, participated in a land rush, and got a mail-order bride. Jesse James slept in someone's barn on this side of the family - not sure who.

Thanks Fark. I had no idea what I'd do tonight, so I'll be off to work on my own genealogy some more.
2012-07-13 01:07:16 AM  
my grandfather worked for the mob in east st. louis right after ww2.

according to him, "The worst thing about working for the mob is that if they don't get paid then you don't either and there's nothing you can do about it."
2012-07-13 01:07:24 AM  
I am a direct descendant of Richard Pace who saved the Jamestown colony from massacre.
2012-07-13 01:07:35 AM  
Through my mother's mother's father's side, my grandmother's brother traced the family back to Alfred the Great. I am his great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandson, with many women between us. And very few firstborns.

I am the great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandson of Æthelred the Unready.

On my father's side, little is known except they were a long line of Norwegian ship makers.
2012-07-13 01:08:00 AM  
One ancestor was 1 of 6 guys executed for the murder of Governor Bent during the Taos revolt in New Mexico.

Other ancestors include a Spanish Conquistador and an orphaned Aztec boy taken in by a Spanish family.
2012-07-13 01:09:53 AM  
My dad's side were Slovak peasants who settled near Pittsburgh. I'm Thomas Edison's first cousin 4x removed..and my 9x great grandfather is Robert Treat. Mom's side, of course.

So, I have that going for me, which is nice.
2012-07-13 01:10:45 AM  
Great-grandpa was a freemason. Don't know any more detail than that.

His daughter, my paternal grandma, was born in Los Angeles in 1922. According to her, she either knew, or had a FOAF who knew every last famous or well-to-do Californian of the twentieth century. As we were reminded last week when Andy Griffith died.

Aaand my mother was a legal secretary for an advocate of the Jacuzzi family, as well as sundry KS mafia.
2012-07-13 01:11:30 AM  

Farks_alot: I kinda envy most people here 'cause I don't know hardly anything about my family.

/Will find more than I need to know when dad dies.
//Mom has done research about her lineage, Purposely leaving me in the dark.
///I have no clue.

same here
2012-07-13 01:11:36 AM  
Hello cousin VibroCount - nice name choice.
2012-07-13 01:12:23 AM  
This is probably total bullshiat, but my dad told me that my when my grandparents lived in Dallas, my grandmother knew(?) Jack Ruby. My grandfather was super jealous and thought she was cheating on him with Ruby. So, my grandfather was going to straight up murder him. But, my grandmother stopped him. My dad said that if my grandmother hadn't stopped her husband JFK might not have been assasinated.

I know jack shiat about my lineage (mom was adopted, dad doesn't talk about his parents often) so that's the best I can do.
2012-07-13 01:12:53 AM  
I have a madam AND a genuine 1920s flapper gun moll in the family tree. What can I say? We are a bloodline of wild, wild, womenfolk!
2012-07-13 01:13:14 AM  
My grandfather died in a German concentration camp during WWII.

He fell off a guard tower
2012-07-13 01:16:18 AM  

Lernaeus: It's completely irrelevant.

THIS. My oldest brother is named after the most famous of our ancestors (my other brother is named after the second most well-known). His ancestry is how my oldest brother has defined himself for most of his adult life. He's in his 70s now, and it's a little like Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, "There's no there, there."

It's all fun and games to talk about our ancestors, but, in the end, that and $5 will get you a Starbucks....
2012-07-13 01:16:56 AM  
Have several ancestors that fought the British in the Revolutionary war. One guy even re-up'ed for the War of 1812 with his son.

My 8G Grandfather, Joseph Herrick, was the principal law enforcement officer of the Salem witch trials.
My 9G Grandfather, Nicholas Noyes, was the second minister, called the "Teacher," to Rev. John Higginson. During the Salem witch trials, Noyes acted as the official minister of the trials.
2012-07-13 01:16:56 AM  
Both sides of my family (mother and father) fought in the revolutionary war.
2012-07-13 01:17:51 AM  
I am a direct descendant of adam and eve. ha! I WIN. you all LOSE
2012-07-13 01:18:25 AM  
I come from a number of long lines of historical nobodies, many of whom happen to be cousin to historical somebodies. Mary Todd Lincoln's an ancestor's cousin. Robert E. Lee's an ancestor's cousin. My direct lines? Nobodies, the lot of 'em. But a Dever ancestor was neighbor to Abraham Lincoln's dad. One of my Neavil ancestors was one of the many folks George Washington surveyed land for.

I've been researching the family history since 1997, and I've uncovered tons of neat stories, met cousins all over the place, and collected a great deal of family photos. The most fun is finding century-old scuttlebutt; when you find scandalous ancestors. Mamau's dad was a bootlegger, her grandfather lost all his money in the civil war, her nephew preceded his parents' wedding by six months. On my Papau's side I'm a bastard Hatfield; my grandfather's grandad was legally a Dial- but his "dad" was not around for his conception, seeing as how he was away fighting for the confederacy. Said Dial wife seems to have had her bills paid during that period by a Hatfield. I just wish I knew which one it was.

One weird thing I've encountered is that I don't seem to have any recent lines into this country; every line I've traced down goes back to before the American revolution. It surprises me; I kept expecting to find some recent immigrants but I don't have any. Even my dead ends are far enough back that if they were immigrants they'd still be here well before 1800.

/most lines were in Kentucky before it got statehood.
2012-07-13 01:18:32 AM  
Great great great great great grandfather died as a loyalist in revolutionary war. Family got shoved out to PEI for about a century before great granddad came back down.
2012-07-13 01:18:39 AM  

smells_like_meat: On dad's side Dutch German drunks. Fled to Canada during the Revolution. Mostly semi-literate horse thieves and part time prostitutes. On mom's side Scots drunks. West Va. hillbillies. Mostly semi-literate sheep thieves and failed part time moonshiners.

I am the first one on both sides of my family to graduate from college.

To wit I was the first one to join the military. Fastest to get out as well (busted foot/fracture) in Ft. Jackson. That sucks. But I tried?
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