Jacob Grimm – really scary! and not a fairy tale!

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Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm as my 7th cousin, 4 times removed, is possible only if his lineage can be believed with his two times grandfather being born when his three times great grandfather was only 14!  I know they started younger back in the 17th century, but at 14?  To get the the suggested MRCA, Hans Kiese (1583-1628), the 4 times great grandfather of Magdalena Dockstader, my 4 times great grandmother and the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage, I have a great deal of research in Germany to complete.  This was for notice # 365.  In notice #231, Related wanted me to believe that my 8th great grandfather, Hans Jerg Hermann (1672-1714) fathered Anna MArie Hermann (1674-1735) at AGE 2!  Either notice does not take into account normal ages for procreation and just accepts whatever uncontrolled, undocumented names and dates someone throws out there.

 

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President James Garfield – take 2.

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We’re Related decided to re-notify me that James A Garfield was my 7th cousin 4 times removed — previous notification had him as 6th cousin, 4 times removed.  Apparently, there was a correction to the lineage projections made and one generation was added to both of us.  In the previous notice, William Holbrook (1620-1699) was our MRCA.  He is my 9th great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor in that lineage.  Eunice Holbrook (1658-1699) was reported as his daughter.  In the most recent reporting, Grandfather William is Eunice’s uncle and our MRCA is now Thomas Holbrook (1599-1677), the father of William and his brother John (1617-1699).  I think someone guessed at Eunice being William’s daughter back a number of months ago and in the intervening time someone else has moved her from William to John.  Interesting take on the fluidity in the Ancestry world!

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George Clinton – 5C7R

GeorgeClintonGeorge Clinton, the first person reported by We’re Related that I had to look up because I had no idea who the heck he was, showed up in a second reporting, # 364, as my 5th cousin, 7 times removed, through our MRCA, Margaret Campbell (1560-xxxx), the grandmother of James Pringle (1602-1634), my 9th great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage.  Now the claim is that Granny Margaret had two daughters, 30 years apart, my lineage at age 8!, George’s at age 38.  George’s is much more believable.  In the earlier notification, # 65, we walk the same line, but call out Margaret’s husband as the MRCA, William Cunningham (1532-1580).   William’s dates seem more reasonable.  Possibly, whoever typed in the tree that Ancestry pick these fruits from, missed a key stroke for Margaret’s birth year.

Oh, in case you were wondering, George Clinton was the Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and again under James Madison.

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Ashton Kutcher – also related to George Lucas?

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We’re Related report # 363 gives Ashton Kutcher as my 9th cousin through our MRCA, Anna Bauman (1635-1686).  Anna is the great great grandmother of Magdalena Dockstader though her grandmother, Anna Elizabeth Meyer, my MRCA with George Lucas (see yesterday’s post).  So, exactly how many steps of separation does this qualify?

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George Lucas – light sabers on!

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George Lucas was reported as my 8th cousin, once removed in # 362 through our MRCA, Valentin Ahl (1645-1700) – this is way deep in German research — 4 generations beyond my furthest documented ancestor, Magdalena Dockstader.   In report # 5 he is my 7th cousin, twice removed, through our MRCA  Anna Elizabeth Meyer (1680-1740), the grandmother of the same Magdalena Dockstader.  The difference is that #362 goes through her mother’s lineage, # 5 goes through her father’s lineage.   For George, #362 goes through his mother, Dorothy Ellinore Bomberger; #5 goes through his father, George Walton Lucas, Sr.  If I track, I will start with # 5.

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President John Adams – 3 time hit!

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I received my THIRD notification from We’re Related that President John Adams was my cousin – #361, # 349, and #3.  In addition, his son, President John Quincy Adams appeared in # 292 which called out a lineage through his father.  In #361, John is my second cousin, eight times removed through our MRCA, John Bass (1630-1716), the 3 times great grandfather of my 4 times great grandmother, Esther Clark, the furthest documented ancestor in that line.   In # 346, John is my 6th cousin, 7 times removed, through our MRCA, John White (1550-1618), the 5th great grandfather of Thankful Isham (1752-1834), the furthest documented ancestor I have in that line.  The two meet at John’s parents: # 361: his father John Adams (1691-1761); # 349: his mother, Susanna Boylston (1708-1797).  John Quincy Adams was reported along the lineage that leads to John Bass.  In that lineage, his father, President John Adams, was given as PRIVATE!.   In # 3, John Adams is reported as my third cousin, 8 times removed, through our MRCA, Henry Adams (1583-1646), the four times great grandfather of the same Elizabeth Clark as in #361, but this lineage goes through her father and # 361 goes through her mother.  Spaghetti anyone?

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Edward Hopper – 8C2R

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One of the strangers lineages with a generous connection of surnames.  In Edward’s line they go from the German to the English and back to the German: Kuyper and Cooper.  With no documentation, I really cannot be sure what to make of it.  My line is not better, having Barcolo being the child of the much more complicated Van Borckeloo.  Really?  The whole presentation leaves me saying, No!  I have no desire to even attempt to figure this one out!

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