Famous Relatives

One of the most entertaining aspects of my genealogy hunt has been finding so many distant (okay, VERY distant) famous cousins! I discovered the first two by chance while searching Ancestry Dot Com (Presidents Nixon and Carter — who both descended from William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, who are my 11th great grandparents through various descendants!). I immediately went to Google to try to verify their connection to these ancestors (and was indeed able to find some sources, starting with Wikipedia). From there, I went searching for more “celebrity genealogy”… and found a treasure trove at Timothy Dowling’s site, which was my original starting place for many of the names/connections below.

(Admittedly, I soon learned that it was difficult to find additional sources for some of the famous names I discovered a “connection” to via Dowling’s site, but it’s still a good place to start; I also like famouskin.com.)

I’ll edit this list as needed, AND will devote “proper” blog entries to many (if not, eventually, all) of these names, where I’ll elaborate on our common ancestors (and include sources). But for now, here’s a list of my celebrity cousins, plus a few notable direct ancestors… an eclectic lineup, for sure!

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ART

Norman Rockwell: Maternal 11th cousin 1x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

William Thorne: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Borden and Joan Fowle; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

John Trumbull: Paternal 3rd cousin 8x removed, through William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden.

Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Paternal half-7th cousin 2x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

BUSINESS

Frank Nelson Doubleday: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through John Ogden and Jane Bond.

Bill Gates: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Fobes and Constant Mitchell. Also maternal 12th cousin, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Hetty Green: Paternal 6th cousin 4x removed, through Robert Bennet and Rebecca Wray (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Nicholas Arnold and Alice Gulley; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; Jeremy Clarke and Frances Latham; John Coggeshall and Mary [last name unknown]; Edward Fisher and Judith Smith; and John Fobes and Constant Mitchell). Also maternal 7th cousin 5x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Charles A. Pillsbury: Maternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Richard Warren Sears: Maternal 5th cousin 5x removed, through Zachariah Paddock and Deborah Sears (other mutual maternal ancestors include: John Mayo and [wife’s name unknown], and Richard Sears and Dorothy [last name unknown]). Also paternal 6th cousin 6x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt: Paternal half-7th cousin 4x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Gloria Vanderbilt: Paternal half-8th cousin 3x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

ENTERTAINMENT

Film and Television–

Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck: Paternal 9th cousins 1x removed, through Lodowick Hauksie and Mary Presbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding; Thomas Burgess and Dorothy [last name unknown]; Thomas Hazard and Martha [last name unknown]; Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord; and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant). Also maternal 9th cousins 1x removed, through John Paddock and Priscilla Hall (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Richard Sears and Dorothy [last name unknown]).

Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucie Arnaz: Paternal 9th cousins 1x removed, through John Warner and Anna Gorton, and Theophilus Whaley and Elizabeth Mills (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton, and John Sweet and [wife’s name unknown]).

Kevin Bacon: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle, and Thomas Cooke and Mary [last name unknown].

Sosie Bacon: Paternal 11th cousin, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and John Peabody and Isabel Harper).

Alec Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, and William Baldwin: Maternal 11th cousins, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Also paternal 12th cousins 1x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke.

Lucille Ball: Paternal 8th cousin 2x removed, through John Warner and Anna Gorton, and Theophilus Whaley and Elizabeth Mills (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton, and John Sweet and [wife’s name unknown]).

Bonnie Bedelia: Paternal 12th cousin 2x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Humphrey Bogart: Maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Also paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding, and Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

Alexandra Breckenridge: Paternal 8th cousin 1x removed, through John Baldwin and Mary Crane (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen and Katherine Starke, and Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock).

Jordana Brewster: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Thomas Burgess and Dorothy [last name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke, and Joseph Hull and [wife’s name unknown]). Also maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Paget Brewster: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Cook and Mary Borden, William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden, Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord, and John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins; George Allen; William Arnold and Christian Peake; Jeremy Clarke and Frances Latham; George Lawton and Elizabeth Hazard; Thomas Manchester and Margaret Wood; Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding; Richard Sisson and Mary [last name unknown]; Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

David Carradine, Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine: Paternal 8th cousins 2x removed, through Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis. Also maternal 12th cousins, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Ever Carradine: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis. Also maternal 12th cousin 1x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

John Carradine: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis. Also maternal 11th cousin 1x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Johnny Carson: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Marilyn Chambers: Paternal 9th cousin, through Thomas Burlingame and Martha Lippitt, and Joseph Hopkins and Martha Whaley (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Arnold and Christian Peake; John Briggs and Frances Fisher; Roger Burlingame and Mary Elizabeth Lippitt; Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet; Lodowick Hauksie and Mary Presbury; and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant).

Chevy Chase: Maternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Jabez Hackett and Frances [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown], and John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley). Also paternal half-10th cousin 3x removed, through Joseph Jewett.

Julia Child: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Dick Clark: Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Glenn Close: Paternal 9th cousin, through Jonathan Knight and Hannah Bennett (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Hazard and Martha [last name unknown]).

Anderson Cooper: Paternal half-9th cousin 2x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Walter Cronkite: Paternal 8th cousin 2x removed, through John Potter and Ruth Fisher (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Lippitt and Martha Ann Green, and Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

Kieran Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, and Rory Culkin: Paternal 13th cousins 1x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Paternal 13th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke.

Matt Damon: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Samuel Chamberlain and Elizabeth Emerson.

Ted Danson: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Philip Taber and Lydia Masters). Also maternal 11th cousin, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Ann B. Davis: Paternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen; John Fobes and Constant Mitchell; Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury; and Richard Sisson and Mary [last name unknown]). Also maternal 11th cousin, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

James Dean: Maternal 7th cousin 1x removed, through Christopher Hussey and Ann Garretson.

Johnny Depp: Maternal 6th cousin 2x removed, through Charles Reno and Alice Elizabeth Tipton. Also paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through John Lake and Neeltje Claessen Smit.

Bruce Dern: Maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]. Also paternal 11th cousin, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Laura Dern: Paternal 11th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord. Also maternal 11th cousin 2x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Diana Douglas: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock.

Illeana Douglas: Maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]. Also paternal 12th cousin 2x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Melvyn Douglas: Maternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]. Also paternal 10th cousin 4x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Michael Douglas: Paternal 10th cousin, through Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock.

Tony Dow: Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Burgess and Dorothy [last name unknown]). Also maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Sears and Dorothy [last name unknown].

Alison Eastwood and Scott Eastwood: Paternal 11th cousins 1x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Clint Eastwood: Paternal 11th cousin, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Zac Effron: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden). Also maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Rogers and Anna Churchman.

Dorothy Fay: Paternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

Jodie Foster: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Robert Treat and Jane Tapp (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins). Also maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Richard Gere: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown](other mutual paternal ancestors include: James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Chad Brown and Elizabeth Sharparowe; William Browne and Magdalene Elsick; John Coggeshall and Elizabeth Baulston; Thomas Hull and Joane Peson; and George Soule and Mary Buckett). Also maternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through John Bennett and Deborah Grover (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]).

Dorothy Gish and Lillian Gish: Paternal 9th cousins 1x removed, through Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock.

Kelsey Grammer: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through Philip Taber and Lydia Masters. Also maternal 12th cousin, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown].

Linda Hamilton: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Abraham Toppan and Susannah Taylor. Also maternal 12th cousin 1x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Margaux Hemingway and Mariel Hemingway: Paternal 10th cousins 1x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Alden and Priscilla Mullins; Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; and Jasper Crane and Alice [last name unknown]).

Katharine Hepburn: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through John Peabody and Isabel Harper (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke). Also maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Janet Leigh: Paternal 13th cousin, through Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke.

John Lithgow: Maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, and Christopher Hussey and Theodate Batchelder. Also paternal 12th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke.

Christopher Lloyd: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through Amos Stafford and Mercy Burlingame (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Nicholas Arnold and Alice Gulley; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; Edward Fisher and Judith Smith; John Fobes and Constant Mitchell; and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding). Also maternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown], and Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]).

Penelope Ann Miller: Maternal 10th cousin, through John Hall and Priscilla Bearse (other mutual maternal ancestors include: John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, and Zachariah Paddock and Deborah Sears). Also paternal 11th cousin 1x removed, through John Haseltine and Joan Auter (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; William Browne and Magdalene Elsick; and Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott).

Marilyn Monroe: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through Joseph Cook and Susanna Briggs (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen; William Almy and Audrey Barlowe; Richard Borden and Joan Fowle; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; John Cook and Mary Borden; George Lawton and Elizabeth Hazard; Thomas Manchester and Margaret Wood; William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden; Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding; and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber). Also maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]. *Of course, I might not be related to Marilyn at all — these mutual ancestors are all from the side of Charles Stanley Gifford, who is merely “believed” to be Marilyn’s father. But since it’s doubtful anyone will ever know for sure who her father was, I might as well claim the connection(s). đŸ™‚

Philip Nozuka: Paternal 11th cousin, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and John Peabody and Isabel Harper).

Bill Paxton: Maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown]. Also paternal 13th cousin 1x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Anthony Perkins: Maternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Anne Hawkins.

Oz Perkins: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Anne Hawkins.

David Hyde Pierce: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through George Sisson and Sarah Lawton.

Martha Plimpton: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis. Also maternal 12th cousin 1x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Christopher Reeve: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding, and Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

Molly Ringwald: Paternal 10th cousin, through David Ackerman and Elizabeth Bellier.

Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter: Paternal 9th cousins 2x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

John Ritter: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

Keri Russell: Paternal 9th cousin, through Thomas Burlingame and Martha Lippitt, and John Colvin and Deborah Dorothy Allen (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles, and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding).

Edie Sedgwick: Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde).

Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Sedgwick: Paternal 10th cousins 1x removed, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and John Peabody and Isabel Harper).

Brooke Shields: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Jonathan Knight and Hannah Bennett (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Hazard and Martha [last name unknown]).

Andrew Shue and Elisabeth Shue: Paternal 10th cousins, through Jasper Crane and Alice [last name unknown], and Samuel Swaine and Johannah [last name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: James Badcock and Mary [last name unknown]; John Greene and Ann Almy; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 11th cousins 2x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Meryl Streep: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Kate Upton: Maternal 10th cousin, through John Hall and Priscilla Bearse, and Zachariah Paddock and Deborah Sears (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster). Also paternal 12th cousin, through James Badcock and Mary [last name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

Dick Van Dyke and Jerry Van Dyke: Paternal 10th cousins 2x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and George Soule and Mary Buckett.

Raquel Welch: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen).

Orson Welles: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through William Fobes and Martha Pabodie (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Briggs and Sarah Cornell, and Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis).

Treat Williams: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Robert Treat and Jane Tapp.

Music–

Michael Bacon: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle, and Thomas Cooke and Mary [last name unknown].

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle.

Harry Chapin: Maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown]).

Kurt Cobain: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Abraham VerPlanck and Maria Vigne (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding).

Bing Crosby: Maternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown], and Thomas Prence and Elizabeth Brewster.

Fanny J. Crosby: Maternal 6th cousin 4x removed, through John Hall and Priscilla Bearse (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster).

Nelson Eddy: Paternal 7th cousin 2x removed, through Eleazer Whipple and Alice Angell (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; William Browne and Magdalene Elsick; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Richard Waterman and Bethiah Rice; John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through Robert Paddock and Mary [last name unknown].

Janis Joplin: Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

Willie Nelson: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle.

George Nozuka and Justin Nozuka: Paternal 11th cousins, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and John Peabody and Isabel Harper).

Elvis Perkins: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Anne Hawkins.

Chynna Phillips: Paternal 10th cousin, through Roger Williams and Mary Barnard (other mutual paternal ancestors include: James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]).

Michelle Phillips: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Roger Williams and Mary Barnard (other mutual paternal ancestors include: James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]).

Cole Porter: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

Pete Seeger: Maternal 11th cousin 2x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears: Paternal 9th cousins 2x removed, through Eleazer Whipple and Alice Angell.

Mike Stern: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and John Peabody and Isabel Harper).

Warren Zevon: Maternal half-10th cousin 1x removed, through Valentine Hollingsworth.

Stage–

Maude Adams: Maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Osgood Perkins: Maternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Anne Hawkins.

Lillian Russell: Maternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

HISTORY

Buzz Aldrin: Paternal 9th cousin 1x removed, through Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock.

Susan B. Anthony: Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through John Fobes and Constant Mitchell, and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Nicholas Arnold and Alice Gulley; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; Jeremy Clarke and Frances Latham; John Coggeshall and Mary [last name unknown], and Edward Fisher and Judith Smith).

Clara Barton: Maternal 7th cousin 6x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Luther Burbank: Paternal 5th cousin 7x removed, through Henry Kimball and Mary Wyatt.

Sir Winston Churchill: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Cook and Mary Borden. Also maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown].

Amelia Earhart: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes.

Thomas Edison: Paternal 3rd cousin 4x removed, through Samuel Ogden and Phebe Baldwin.

Shanghai Pierce: Paternal 6th cousin 4x removed, through William Fobes and Martha Pabodie (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden; and Edward Richmond and Abigail Davis). Also maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Rogers and Anna Churchman.

Joseph Smith: Maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Noah Webster: Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Roger Williams: Paternal 10th great grandfather. (My line = Roger Williams-Mercy Williams-Waite Waterman-Resolved Rhodes-Deliverance Rhodes-Joseph Whipple-Isabella Whipple-Tryphena Capwell [m. Stephen Tillinghast]-Isaac Fred Tillinghast-Wilmer Tillinghast-George H. Tillinghast-Dan Tillinghast-me.)

Brigham Young: Paternal 6th cousin 6x removed, through John Peabody and Isabel Harper. Also maternal 6th cousin 7x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Mayflower Passengers–

John Alden: Paternal 11th great grandfather. (My line = John Alden-Elizabeth Alden-Martha Pabodie-Elizabeth Fobes-Catherine Briggs-Rodman Sisson-George Sisson-Ruth Sisson [m. Isaac Tillinghast]-Stephen Tillinghast-Isaac Fred Tillinghast-Wilmer Tillinghast-George H. Tillinghast-Dan Tillinghast-me.)

William Brewster: Maternal 12th great grandfather. (My line = William Brewster-Patience Brewster-Hannah Prence-Thomas Mayo-Thomas Mayo-Elizabeth Mayo-Elizabeth Paddock-Elizabeth Hackett-Ephraim Hackett Pratt-Ephraim Farion Pratt-Susie Evesta Pratt-Lena Faye Williams-William Leonard Miller-Virginia Miller [m. Dan Tillinghast]-me.)

John Howland: Maternal 10th great grandfather. (My line = John Howland-Isaac Howland-Priscilla Howland-Peter Bennett-Jael Bennett-David Pratt-Ephraim Hackett Pratt-Ephraim Farion Pratt-Susie Evesta Pratt-Lena Faye Williams-William Leonard Miller-Virginia Miller [m. Dan Tillinghast]-me.)

Thomas Rogers: Maternal 11th great grandfather. (My line = Thomas Rogers-Joseph Rogers-Hannah Rogers-Elizabeth Higgins-Elizabeth Mayo-Elizabeth Paddock-Elizabeth Hackett-Ephraim Hackett Pratt-Ephraim Farion Pratt-Susie Evesta Pratt-Lena Faye Williams-William Leonard Miller-Virginia Miller [m. Dan Tillinghast]-me.)

George Soule: Paternal 11th great grandfather. (My line = George Soule-Susanna Soule-Francis West-Sarah West-Francis Phillips-John Phillips-Sarah Phillips-Polly Wilson-Nancy J. Capwell-Edith Brundage [m. Isaac Fred Tillinghast]-Wilmer Tillinghast-George H. Tillinghast-Dan Tillinghast-me.)

John Tilley: Maternal 11th great grandfather. (My line = John Tilley-Elizabeth Tilley-Isaac Howland-Priscilla Howland-Peter Bennett-Jael Bennett-David Pratt-Ephraim Hackett Pratt-Ephraim Farion Pratt-Susie Evesta Pratt-Lena Faye Williams-William Leonard Miller-Virginia Miller [m. Dan Tillinghast]-me.)

LITERATURE

Louisa May Alcott: Paternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Louis Auchincloss: Maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Mary Borden: Paternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle, and John Briggs and Sarah Cornell (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden). Also maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Rogers and Anna Churchman (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]).

William Cullen Bryant: Paternal 5th cousin 7x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Stephen Crane: Paternal 6th cousin 4x removed, through John Ogden and Jane Bond.

Richard Henry Dana: Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber.

Clarence Day: Maternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Ernest Hemingway: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Julia Ward Howe: Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton, and Pardon Tilliinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet, and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Louis L’Amour: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown].

Rose Wilder Lane: Paternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through Christopher Bartlett and Deborah Weed (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen).

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden. Also maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]).

H.P. Lovecraft: Paternal 7th cousin 2x removed, through John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown].

Nathaniel Philbrick: Maternal 12th cousin, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown].

Emily Post: Paternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Thomas Pynchon: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes. Also maternal 9th cousin 4x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Laura E. Richards: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton, and Pardon Tilliinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet, and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Margaret Sidney: Paternal 5th cousin 5x removed, through Robert Treat and Jane Tapp (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

John Steinbeck: Maternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown]).

Mark Twain: Paternal 5th cousin 7x removed, through Robert Clements and Elizabeth Fawne.

Noah Webster (published the first American dictionary): Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Sarah Helen Whitman: Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Borden and Joan Fowle; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through Christopher Bartlett and Deborah Weed (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen).

Tennessee Williams: Paternal 7th cousin 5x times removed, through Robert Ayer and Elizabeth Palmer (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Brown and Mary Holmes; John Coggeshall and Mary [last name unknown]; John Cook and Mary Borden; and Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord).

MILITARY

Nathanael Greene: Paternal half 2nd cousin 8x removed, through James Greene (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Rufus Barton and Margaret Honeywell).

Matthew C. Perry and Oliver Hazard Perry: Paternal 4th cousins 7x removed, through Francis West and Susanna Soule (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Arnold and Christian Peake; Thomas Hazard and Martha [last name unknown]; and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant). Also maternal 7th cousins 6x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]).

POLITICS

Presidents of the United States of America–

John Adams: Paternal 3rd cousin 9x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

John Quincy Adams: Paternal 4th cousin 8x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

George H.W. Bush: Paternal 10th cousin, through Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Peabody and Isabel Harper; and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding). Also maternal 10th cousin, through Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]; John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley; and John Mayo and [wife’s name unknown]).

George W. Bush: Maternal 8th cousin, through James Robert Alexander and Margaret McKnitt (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]; John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley; John Mayo and [wife’s name unknown]; Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown]; and Matthew Wallace and Elizabeth Alexander). Also paternal 9th cousin, through Jonathan Knight and Hannah Bennett (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock; Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; Henry Knowles and Elizabeth Potter; John Peabody and Isabel Harper; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding).

Jimmy Carter: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe.

Grover Cleveland: Paternal 9th cousin 5x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Calvin Coolidge: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen, and John Richmond and [wife’s name unknown]).

Millard Fillmore: Paternal 6th cousin 6x removed, through Thomas Grant and Jane Haburne.

Gerald Ford: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Clements and Elizabeth Ayer (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Ayer and Elizabeth Palmer; William Browne and Magdalene Elsick; Thomas Hull and Joane Peson; and Joseph Jewett and [wife’s name unknown]). Also maternal 12th cousin, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown].

James Garfield: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through William Arnold and Christian Peake (other mutual paternal ancestors include John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]).

Ulysses S. Grant: Paternal half-7th cousin 4x removed, through George Allen.

Warren G. Harding: Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, and Richard Sisson and Mary [last name unknown].

Herbert Hoover: Maternal 5th cousin 3x removed, through Andrew Yount and [wife’s name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Jacob Pfautz and Anna Magdalena [last name unknown]). Also paternal 9th cousin 4x removed, through Joseph Jewett and [wife’s name unknown], and Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott.

Lyndon B. Johnson: Paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through Richard Borden and Joan Fowle, and Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde (other mutual paternal ancestors include: James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]).

Abraham Lincoln: Paternal 6th cousin 6x removed, through Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde, and John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]).

Richard Nixon: Maternal 6th cousin 3x removed, through John Hussey and Ann Inskeep (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown], and Mordecai Price and Mary Parsons). Also paternal 9th cousin 3x removed, through William Almy and Audrey Barlowe, and John Ayer and Hannah [last name unknown (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott).

Franklin Pierce: Paternal 5th cousin 8x removed, through John Webster and Mary Shatswell.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Maternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Also paternal half-8th cousin 2x removed, through Maria Vigne (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Burgess and Dorothy [last name unknown], John Presbury and Katherine [last name unknown], and Philip Taber and Lydia Masters).

Theodore Roosevelt: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through Abraham VerPlanck and Maria Vigne.

William Howard Taft: Paternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through Richard Greene and Mary Hooker (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Peter Haseltine and [wife’s name unknown]; and Edward Jewett and Mary Taylor).

Zachary Taylor: Maternal 5th cousin 8x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

First Ladies–

Barbara Bush: Maternal 7th cousin 1x removed, through James Robert Alexander and Margaret McKnitt (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Matthew Wallace and Elizabeth Alexander). Also paternal 8th cousin 1x removed, through Jonathan Knight and Hannah Bennett (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock; Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; and Henry Knowles and Elizabeth Potter).

Rose Cleveland: Paternal 9th cousin 5x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Grace Coolidge: Maternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Mamie Eisenhower: Maternal 9th cousin 4x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Lucretia Garfield: Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton.

Nancy Reagan: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Edith Roosevelt: Paternal 7th cousin 3x removed, through John Ogden and Jane Bond. Also maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Paternal 8th cousin 2x removed, through Abraham VerPlanck and Maria Vigne.

Vice Presidents–

(in addition to John Adams, George H.W. Bush, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Theodore Roosevelt, all listed under ‘Presidents’)

Dick Cheney: Paternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through Michael Emerson and Hannah Webster (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Robert Clements and Lydia Drummer).

Charles Curtis: Paternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord.

Charles G. Dawes: Maternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster. Also paternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through Thomas Hull and Joane Peson.

Dan Quayle: Paternal 10th cousin 2x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]. Also maternal 11th cousin, through Richard Sears and Dorothy [last name unknown].

Nelson Rockefeller: Paternal half-6th cousin 3x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

James S. Sherman: Paternal 4th cousin 5x removed, through Alexander Brown and Honor Huling (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding, and Thomas Stafford and Elizabeth [last name unknown]). Also maternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Signers of the United States Constitution and the United States Declaration of Independence–

Abraham Baldwin: Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke).

William Ellery: Paternal 3rd cousin 8x removed, through Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Almy and Audrey Barlowe).

Nathaniel Gorham: Maternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Robert Treat Paine: Paternal 2nd cousin 8x removed, through Robert Treat and Jane Tapp.

William Whipple: Maternal 4th cousin 9x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Governors–

Henry B. Anthony (Governor of Rhode Island, 1849-1851): Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Arnold and Christian Peake).

Benedict Arnold, b. 1615 (Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1663-1666, 1669-1672, and 1677-1678) Paternal 10th uncle, through William Arnold and Christian Peake.

Jeb Bush: Maternal 8th cousin, through James Robert Alexander and Margaret McKnitt (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]; John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley; John Mayo and [wife’s name unknown]; Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown]; and Matthew Wallace and Elizabeth Alexander). Also paternal 9th cousin, through Jonathan Knight and Hannah Bennett (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Joseph Baldwin and Hannah Whitlock; Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke; Henry Knowles and Elizabeth Potter; John Peabody and Isabel Harper; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding).

John Chafee (Governor of Rhode Island, 1963-1969): Paternal 7th cousin 2x removed, through Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles, and John Rhodes and Waite Waterman (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; John Greene and Ann Almy; John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]; and Mercy Williams).

Lincoln Chafee (Governor of Rhode Island, 2011-2015): Paternal 8th cousin 1x removed, through Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles, and John Rhodes and Waite Waterman (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; John Greene and Ann Almy; John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]; and Mercy Williams).

Henry H. Crapo (Governor of Michigan, 1865-1869): Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding (other mutual paternal ancestors include: George Allen; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; and Edward Fisher and Judith Smith). Also maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]).

John Brown Francis (Governor of Rhode Island, 1833-1838): Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold, and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber).

William Greene (Governor of Rhode Island, 1743-1745, 1746-1747, 1748-1755, and 1757-1758): Paternal 2nd cousin 9x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, and Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet).

William Greene, Jr. (Governor of Rhode Island, 1778-1786): Paternal 3rd cousin 8x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, and Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet).

Charles W. Lippitt (Governor of Rhode Island, 1895-1897): Paternal 5th cousin 4x removed, through John Rhodes and Waite Watermam (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; John Greene and Ann Almy; Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles; and John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

Henry Lippitt (Governor of Rhode Island, 1875-1877): Paternal 4th cousin 5x removed, through John Rhodes and Waite Watermam (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; John Greene and Ann Almy; Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles; and John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

Sarah Palin (Governor of Alaska, 2006-2009): Paternal 9th cousin, through John Rhodes and Waite Waterman (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Browne and Magdalene Elsick; John Greene and Ann Almy; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Richard Waterman and Bethiah Rice; and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant). Also maternal 11th cousin, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

John Sargent Pillsbury (Governor of Minnesota, 1876-1882): Maternal 7th cousin 6x removed, through Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown].

Thomas Prence (Governor of New Plymouth Colony, 1634-1635, 1638-1639, and 1657-1673): Maternal 11th great grandfather. (My line = Thomas Prence-Hannah Prence-Thomas Mayo-Thomas Mayo-Elizabeth Mayo-Elizabeth Paddock-Elizabeth Hackett-Ephraim Hackett Pratt-Ephraim Farion Pratt-Susie Evesta Pratt-Lena Faye Williams-William Leonard Miller-Virginia Miller [m. Daniel Tillinghasst]-me.)

Jay Rockefeller (Governor of West Virginia, 1977-1985): Paternal half-7th cousin 2x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 11th cousin 2x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Winthrop Rockefeller (Governor of Arkansas, 1967-1971): Paternal half-6th cousin 3x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 10th cousin 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

George W. Romney (Governor of Michigan, 1963-1969): Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy. Also maternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Mitt Romney (Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007): Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Isabel Harding). Also maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, and Joshua Pratt and Bathsheba [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown]).

William Henry Vanderbilt III (Governor of Rhode Island, 1939-1941): Paternal half 8th cousin 3x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Samuel Ward (Governor of Rhode Island, 1762-1763 and 1765-1767): Paternal half 2nd cousin 9x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Other Politicians–

Nelson W. Aldrich (United States Senator from Rhode Island, 1881-1911): Paternal half-4th cousin 5x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Richard S. Aldrich (United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island’s 2nd District, 1923-1933): Paternal half-5th cousin 4x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 9th cousin 4x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

John Brown (United States House of Representatives, 1799-1801): Paternal 2nd cousin 9x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold, and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber).

Nicholas Cooke: Paternal 3rd cousin 7x removed, through Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold.

Stephen A. Douglas: Paternal 3rd cousin 6x removed, through James Briggs and Sarah Wickes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Arnold and Christian Peake; Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber; and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant).

Ray Greene (Attorney General of Rhode Island, 1794-1797 and United States Senator from Rhode Island, 1797-1801): Paternal 4th cousin 7x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy, and Thomas Greene and Elizabeth Barton (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Samuel Gorton and Mary Maplet).

John Kerry: Paternal 12th cousin 2x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

Henry F. Lippitt (U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1911-1917): Paternal 5th cousin 4x removed, through John Rhodes and Waite Watermam (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; John Greene and Ann Almy; Moses Lippitt and Mary Knowles; and John Whipple and Sarah [last name unknown]).

Jeremiah Mason (U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1813-1817): Paternal 7th cousin 7x removed, through William Browne and Magdalene Elsick.

John Wallace Robinson (United States House of Representatives from Ohio’s 9th District, 1873-1875) Maternal 4th cousin 4x removed, through James Robert Alexander and Margaret McKnitt (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Matthew Wallace and Elizabeth Alexander).

Adlai Stevenson III (U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1970-1981): Paternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Briggs and Sarah Cornell, and William Pabodie and Elizabeth Alden (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Borden and Joan Fowle). Also maternal 9th cousin 2x removed, through John Rogers and Anna Churchman (other mutual maternal ancestors include: William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown]).

Alphonso Taft (U.S. Attorney General, 1876-1877 and Secretary of War, 1876): Paternal 6th cousin 6x removed, through Thomas Emerson and Elizabeth Brewster (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Greene and Mary Hooker; Peter Haseltine and [wife’s name unknown]; and Edward Jewett and Mary Taylor).

Joseph L. Tillinghast (U.S. Congressman, 1826-1833): Paternal 3rd cousin 8x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber.

Thomas Tillinghast (U.S. Congressman, 1797-1799 and 1801-1803): Paternal 1st cousin 9x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Mary Keech.

RELIGION

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–

Parley P. Pratt: Paternal 5th cousin 6x removed, through John Greene and Ann Almy. Also maternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Episcopal Church–

Phillips Brooks: Maternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

SPORTS

Baseball–

Christy Mathewson: Paternal 2nd cousin 4x removed, through Stephen Capwell and Hannah Whitford.

Football–

Steve Young: Paternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through Richard Treat and Alice Gaylord (other mutual paternal ancestors include: John Peabody and Isabel Harper). Also maternal half-10th cousin 1x removed, through Valentine Hollingsworth (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Matthew Whipple and Joan [last name unknown]).

Golf–

A.W. Tillinghast: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Borden and Joan Fowle; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; and Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

INFAMOUS

Benedict Arnold: Paternal half 3rd cousin 8x removed, through John Coggeshall (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Arnold and Christian Peake, and Stukeley Westcott and Juliana Marchant).

Sam Bass: Paternal (half?) 2nd cousin 5x removed (?), through Nimrod (?) Fender (I’m related to the Fender family through Andrew Fender; there’s some dispute over whether Nimrod Fender or one of Nimrod’s brothers was Andrew’s father: link).

Dick Brewer: Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through John Cook and Mary Borden, and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: William Almy and Audrey Barlowe).

John Hinckley, Jr.: Maternal 10th cousin 1x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

H.H. Holmes: Maternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown]. Also paternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through George Marsh and Elizabeth [last name unknown].

OTHERS OF NOTE

James Rowland Angell (President of Yale University, 1921-1937): Paternal 6th cousin 5x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton, and Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

Kingman Brewster (President of Yale University, 1963-1977): Paternal 8th cousin 3x removed, through Thomas Burgess and Dorothy [last name unknown] (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Richard Baldwin and Ellen Apuke, and Joseph Hull and [wife’s name unknown]). Also maternal 8th cousin 5x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Moses Brown and Nicholas Brown (co-founded Brown University): Paternal 2nd cousin 9x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold, and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber).

Nicholas Brown, b. 1769 (philanthropist): Paternal 3rd cousin 8x removed, through John Brown and Mary Holmes (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold, and Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber).

Dr. Solomon Drowne (American Revolutionary War physician): Paternal 2nd cousin 9x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast and Lydia Taber (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold).

Henry Collins Flagg (New Haven, CT mayor from 1834-1839): Paternal half 4th cousin 7x removed, through Pardon Tillinghast (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Roger Williams and Mary Barnard).

Francis Edward Hinckley (co-founded the University of Chicago): Maternal 7th cousin 4x removed, through John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

Lewis Henry Lapham (co-founded Texaco Oil Company): Paternal 5th cousin 5x removed, through Amos Stafford and Mercy Burlingame (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Nicholas Arnold and Alice Gulley; John Briggs and Sarah Cornell; Edward Fisher and Judith Smith; John Fobes and Constant Mitchell; and Phillip Sherman and Sarah Odding). Also maternal 7th cousin 5x removed, through Stephen Bachiler and Ann [last name unknown] (other mutual maternal ancestors include: Henry Howland and Margaret [last name unknown]).

Charles Edward Merrill (co-founded Merrill Lynch & Company): Paternal 8th cousin 4x removed, through John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (philanthropist): Paternal half-5th cousin 4x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 9th cousin 4x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

John D. Rockefeller III and Laurance Rockefeller (philanthropists): Paternal half-6th cousins 3x removed, through Thomas Burgess (other mutual paternal ancestors include: Thomas Angell and Alice Ashton; William Arnold and Christian Peake; James Ashton and Alice [last name unknown]; Obadiah Holmes and Katherine Hyde; Zachariah Rhodes and Joanna Arnold; Henry Timberlake and [wife’s name unknown]; John Wightman and [wife’s name unknown]; Mercy Williams; and Roger Williams and Mary Barnard). Also maternal 10th cousins 3x removed, through William Brewster and Mary [last name unknown].

Charles Carpenter Tillinghast (chairman of TWA Airlines, 1961-1976 and chancellor of Brown University, 1967-1978): Paternal half 5th cousin 4x removed, through John Tillinghast (note: my 8th great grandfather, John Tillinghast, was married four times; I descend through his wife Anne Greene, and Charles Carpenter Tillinghast descends through Phebe Greene — Anne’s sister, and also my 9th great-aunt! Both Anne and Phebe were daughters of Thomas Greene and Anne Greene, who were first cousins as well as husband and wife. Oh, New England ancestors…)

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5 responses

  1. What is the line of descent from Roger Williams? Bud has always been enthusiastic about Roger Williams and his views and life, but has never talked about a relationship.

    1. The line requires further research, but if accurate, it would look like this (for my specific line):

      Roger Williams (Mary Barnard) — Mercy Williams (Resolved Waterman) — Waite Waterman (John Rhodes) — Resolved Rhodes (Mary Greene) — Deliverance Rhodes (Eleazer Whipple) — Joseph Whipple (Alice/Elsa Knight) — Isabella Whipple (Jeremiah Capwell) — Tryphena Capwell (Stephen Tillinghast) — Isaac Fred Tillinghast (Edith Brundage) — Wilmer Atkinson Tillinghast (Daisy Mae Richards) — George Horace Tillinghast (Clara Cornwell) — Dan Tillinghast (Virginia Miller) — me

      I’m still not sure how to properly source my information (or if that’s even possible in a comment!) but my resources include Whipple Genweb (http://www.whipple.org), http://www.rogerwilliams.org and Ancestry.com.

      I know other Tillinghast branches are connected to Roger Williams, too (in some cases, through more than one line) but this is the only evidence of a link I have found for our branch, although there is a possibility we’re connected through one of his sons (Joseph?). That, however, requires even more research. đŸ™‚

  2. my paternal great great grandfather was Christy Mathewsons cousin

  3. My paternal great great uncle was Christy Mathewson! đŸ™‚

  4. Amazing . I’m DNA confirmed to descend from several

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