Celebrity Connections

I often compare my genealogy work to a Treasure Hunt.  You may dig many holes, but the great majority of the time, you are forced to back out when you hit the bottom.  And sometimes, you break through and discover something wonderful.  

Over the years, I have discovered stories of family that can make you cry, make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, make you feel proud, or cause you to wonder how and why.  There are so many stories...and that's why I do this...and LOVE my job!

These are some of my treasures.  And yes...I'm STILL working on my research and application to the Sons of the American Revolution.  In my years of working on the family tree, I discovered many ancestors who fought for the revolution and even found instances of family who fought the war on the British side...Tories.   

I have been working on establishing links to family Patriots for many years and have been frustrated with the "walls" you run into when you are trying to gather the "proofs" in documentation which is needed for the SAR membership.  Not there yet...but I'm on it.
 
Otherwise...Some interesting connections to several celebrities: 


Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953. 
American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century. 
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.
7th Cousin 2 times removed

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (1906-1971),
Inventor of the Electronic Television, grew up in Rigby, Idaho and tinkered with electronics for fun. His "image dissector tube" was the first prototype of the modern electronic television which showed only one straight line across the screen.
5th Cousin 3 times removed
 
General Tom Thumb (1838-1883),
Circus Performer, (born Charles Stratton) was taught to sing, dance, and act by circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. His small frame and many talents made him famous around the world.
5th Cousin 3 times removed
 
Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893),
19th President, was known for his honesty and military involvement in the American Civil War. After the scandal ridden years of the Grant administration, Hayes restored trust to the presidency and ended Reconstruction during his term.
4th Cousin 5 times removed

Daniel B. Wesson (1825-1906),
Gun Company Owner, partnered with Horace Smith in Norwich, Connecticut in the early 1850's to develop the first repeating rifle, the volcanic rifle.
4th Cousin 5 times removed

Samuel Adams (1722-1803),
Massachusetts Representative, helped to organize the Boston Tea Party. From the beginning he was a loud voice for independence.
2nd Cousin 9 times removed
 
Frances Folsom Cleveland (1864-1947)
She married President Grover Cleveland in the White House, the only couple
to have done so. Their 27 year age difference proved no disadvantage to their romance.
4th Cousin 4 times removed
 
Samuel Huntington (1731-1796),
He signed the Articles of Confederation as a member of the Continental Congress. Later he signed the Declaration of Independence as Governor of Connecticut.
3rd Cousin 6 times removed
 
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003),
She was a four-times Academy Award winning Actress, maintained a successful acting career for over 70 years. Her notable performances in The African Queen
and On Golden Pond, as well as countless other films, contributed to her title as the AFI's Greatest American Female Star.
6th Cousin 2 times removed

Mamie Doud Eisenhower (1896-1979),
She was the wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her popularity came from her beautiful clothes, her pride in her home and her husband, and her million dollar fudge recipe.
6th Cousin 2 times removed

James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) ,
The 20th President, serving the second shortest term in U. S. history (only 6 months),  was the second President of the United States to be assassinated.
5th Cousin 4 times removed

John Piermont Morgan I (1837-1913),
He was a Banker, one of the wealthiest men at the beginning of the 20th century. A financier and banker, he arranged the merger for General Electric, and his bank today is known as Morgan Stanley.
5th Cousin 4 times removed
 
William Williams, (1731-1811),
Connecticut Representative, a merchant and politician from Connecticut, signed the Declaration of Independence. He was a Harvard graduate who studied theology.
3rd Cousin 8 times removed
 
Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, (1831-1889),
First Lady, convinced her husband, Rutherford B. Hayes, to fight in the Union army and to oppose slavery. He later became an influential part of the abolitionist cause.
6th Cousin 3 times removed
 
Isaac Newton (1643-1727),
He is regarded as one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians in history. He described 3 laws of motion that also govern the entire earth and the celestial bodies surrounding it.
2nd Cousin 11 times removed

Willa Cather (1873-1947),
She has been called one of the most eminent American Authors. A muckraking journalist at first, she penned the famous My Antonia.
7th Cousin 2 times removed

John Steinbeck (1902-1968),
His writing is characterized by portrayals of working-class families in California. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize. Two of his most famous works are The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.
7th Cousin 2 times removed

Chester Alan Arthur (1830-1886),
He became the 21st President of the United States after the assassination of James Garfield. His presidency is remembered for the Pendleton Act, which helped reform civil service, and Tariff Reforms.
6th Cousin 4 times removed
 
Tsarina Alexandra (1872-1918).
Alexandra Feodorovna was Empress of Russia as the spouse of Nicholas II—the last ruler of the Russian Empire—from their marriage on 26 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. 
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.


**Celebrity bio notes are from Wikipedia.  Smiles.


Willard Mitt Romney (1947-).
He is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
1/2 Third Cousin, 1x Removed

Jimmy Buffett (1946-).
He is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle.
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).
He was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.  Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, he is best known for the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction.
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.

Warren Buffett (1930-).
He is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804).
He was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper.
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1755-1804).
He is the husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II.  Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. 
Confirmed by Paternal and Maternal DNA.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950).
He was an American fiction writer best known for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan, the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter and the fictional landmass within Earth known as Pellucidar.
Confirmed by Paternal DNA.

Luke the Evangelist (?-84 AD).
He Luke the Evangelist is one of the Four Evangelists—the four traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical Gospels.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Marie Antoinette (1755-1793).
She was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an Archduchess of Austria and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).
He was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Susan Sarandon (1946-).
Susan Abigail Tomalin, better known as Susan Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933).
He was an American politician and the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Copernicus (1473-1543).
He was a Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe, likely independently of Aristarchus of Samos, who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Birger Jarl (1200-1266).
Birger Jarl, or Birger Magnusson, was a Swedish statesman, Jarl of Sweden and a member of the House of Bjelbo, who played a pivotal role in the consolidation of Sweden. Birger also led the Second Swedish Crusade, which established Swedish rule in Finland.
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.

Florence Mabel Kling Harding (1860-1924), 
She was the wife of President Warren G. Harding. Though she had struggled to support herself and her young son, she thrived as the hostess of the White House. 
7th Cousin 3 times removed
 
Lillian Gish (1893-1993), or Lillian Diana 
de Guiche, is known as the "first lady of the silent screen" and starred in many silent films including The Birth of a Nation and The Scarlet Letter. Her career spanned over 75 years and countless television and film appearances. 
8th Cousin 1 times removed
 
Sir Arthur John Evans (1851-1941), 
He was the British archaeologist known for uncovering the Minoan civilization. 
7th Cousin 6 times removed
 
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), 
English author, immigrated to England with his scientifically genius family. He was known for his novels, such as "Brave New World" and "Time Must Have a Stop".
11th Cousin

Sven II Estridsen - The Last Viking King (1872-1918).
Alexandra Feodorovna was Empress of Russia as the spouse of Nicholas II—the last ruler of the Russian Empire—from their marriage on 26 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. 
Confirmed by Maternal DNA.