Post # 1
After the “what’s your background?” thread, I’m curious to know who out here has someone famous in their family history.
My family doesn’t have anyone, but it’s been passed down through oral family history my Great-great-great-great-great Grandfather (“Chief” Logan, a Tuscarora indian) was friends with Davy Crockett.
lol so that’s a stretch, but what about you? Any famous politicians/composers/criminals/royalty/historical figures/etc. in your family?
Oh! Almost forgot- Darling Husband is supposedly a descendant of Jesse James.
Post # 3
I am a direct decendant of Admiral DeGrasse, he stopped the English so Washington could cross the Delaware. They still have a celebration in his hometown in France every year. My uncle was stationed there a few years ago and go to be grand martial.
Also cousins to Alix of Hesse, the final Czarina of Russia.
And finally Baron Montag of Hesse.
Post # 4
Well, going the historic route, the n-th time removed cousin of George Washington.. later on Col. George Washington Scott of the Confederate Army & founder of Agnes Scott college.. and more recently Dr. James D. Hardy (the guy who did the first heart transplant).
I like knowing family history, and I should definitely check in with my great-aunt to get the details on George Washington. 🙂
Post # 5
@SnowflakeDS: Hey, ours saved this counry together!!
Post # 6
Ah, I wish! Especially since I’m a history major. But my grandma has books dating back to around 1750 that show my ancestors and extended family, and no famous people 🙁 Though I discovered that I am 7th cousins with my Fiance… we figure that since our common ancestor lived in 1750 that we’re good but some people get weirded out 😉
Post # 7
@tksjewelry- that sort of background somehow doesn’t surprise me! It’s in keeping with your character. Very cool. 🙂
Both you ladies have a nice little pocketful of notable family!
Post # 8
I hope not! Being royalty gets your head chopped off or a long stay in prison where my dad is from. 🙂
We did find that my Irish great-great grandmother was a landowner, which seemed highly unusual for the period.
FI’s family has been in Virginia so long that they don’t know specifically where they are from!
@Jazziberry: Did you know that Loudoun County just opened a new high school named Tuscarora?
Post # 9
My Fiance is a direct descendant of Pierre La Porte, Deputy Premier and Minister of Labour of Quebec, who was kidnapped and killed by members of the FLQ.
My mother is related to the Musitano crime family in Canada…
We have rather daunting histories 😛
Post # 10
My great-great (etc.) uncle was the first mayor of Perth, Western Australia. And my great great grandmother won the lottery, was swindled out of the money by her son, (my grandpa’s uncle) who used the money to start a successful grocery store chain and was a foundation member of the South Melbourne Football Club, now know as the Sydney Swans.
Post # 11
My great-great-great-great… (I lost track of how many “great”‘s it could be) grandfathers was the influential teacher of the Ottoman Sultan who conquered Constantinople back in the 1400s.
Post # 12
@[email protected]_small_chic- no, I did not know that. Thanks for sharing!
I love these histories, bees. They fascinate me.
Anyone else? Keep ’em coming! 🙂
Post # 13
Going back ALOT of years, we are descendant from the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. That’s where my Fiance proposed to me last summer, in front of his Castle, soooo sweet hihi
Post # 14
President Calvin Coolidge, although I have no idea what the exact relationship is. It would be really interesting to find out someday.
Post # 15
My family on my mother’s side is related to the royal family of Monaco. Fiance is related to a man who came to America on the Mayflower, and he eventually helped set up Huntington, Long Island. There are books written about him.
Post # 16
My grandpa was a very famous clown. He had his own tv show for 25 years. No, not Bozo.
Anyway, I’ll just leave it at that 🙂