Pearl S. Buck – should have gotten extra credit in HS!

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If I had known Ms Buck was my 7th cousin, 3 times removed, in High School, when I had to read The Good Earth, I am sure I would have milked it for extra credit!  We are supposed to be related through our MRCA, Christian Gerber (1592-1650), the 5 times great grandfather of my 2 times great grandmother, Mary Ann Allen (1836-xxx), the furthest documented ancestor I have in the Allen Lineage.  (I have some work to do, that is really not very far back compared to the rest of my tree!!!  And, I have not found Grandmother Mary Ann’s death record either!).  I could have asked for double extra credit for knowing what the S stood for: Sydenstriker, Pearl’s maiden name!

 

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Dale Earnhardt – not the first really fast relative …

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So, We’re Related thinks Dale Earnhardt is my 9th cousin!  We link up through our MRCA, Jacobus Schaeffer (1657-1714), the great great grandfather of John Backus (1750-1823), the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage and my 4 times great grandfather.  The impressive entry in the proposed lineage between John and Jacobus is Jacobus’ son, Johann Georg Schaeffer (1691-1733) who apparently fathered a daughter, Catherina Scheffer (1700-1732) at AGE 9!  Whoever set up this lineage just slammed names and ignored that the life span of the person meant they were not a fit.

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James Madison – second go —

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In notice # 389, We’re Related, has notified that President James Madison was my 6th cousin, six times removed, through our MRCA, John Hall (1540-1630), the proposed great grandfather of Samuel Hall (1644-1689), my 8 times great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor that I have in that particular lineage.  President Madison’s lineage is traced through his mother, Eleanor Rose Conway (1731-1829).   A number of months ago, in notice # 76, We’re Related informed me that President Madison and I were 8th cousins, twice removed, through our MRCA, John Strong (1605-1699).   This one also goes through the President’s mother’s lineage, but they name her as Eleanor Rose Catlett (1731-1829) – dates are the same.  But, the line jumps around and one generation has Benjamin Phelps (1717-1761) as the father of Margaret Mason (1610-1665).  Now fathering a child over 100 years BEFORE you are born is some feat!  The jumble of the tree that We’re Related picked up in # 76 would explain how they think President Madison and I are only separated by 2 Generations.   Needless to say, # 76 is totally BOGUS and # 389 shows some promise.

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Matthew McConaughey – ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’

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The latest notice (#388) tells me that Matthew McConaughey is my 9th cousin through our MRCA, Thomas Deane (1639-1697), the proposed father of my 7 times great grandmother Lydia Dean (1679-1726), the furthest documented ancestor I have in this lineage.  We’re Related reports that Grandmother Lydia had a sister, Hannah Dean (1673-xxxx) who is the connector to the lineage of Matthew.   So, TO DO:  Did Lydia have a sister, Hannah?  Was the father of Lydia Thomas Deane?  Alright, Alright, Alright. I will add it to the list!

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William Blake – romantic poet not accepted in his own time — must be a cousin!

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William Blake is reported to be my 5th cousin, six time removed, through MRCA William Lane (1580-1654), the proposed grandfather of Hannah Baker (1638-1717), my 8 times great grandmother and the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage.  So, added to the TO DO list from yesterday, I need two more generations to prove out in Jolly Old England.   I had better start saving for a long research trip!

 

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Sir Francis Bacon – what’s not to like about a BACON?

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OK, now we jump from my 9 times great grandfather,  George Lewis (1600-1664), to his proposed great grandfather and the MRCA with Sir Francis, Nicholas Bacon (1509-1579).  This results in Sir Francis being my first cousin, 12 times removed.  Diggig through 16th century English records seems like a task I need to pawn off on Nathan Dylan Goodwin #NathanDylanGoodwin, after all, I have read all of his books and buy the next one as soon as it is published.  Seems fair?

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Marlon Brando – Stella or Godfather or Confused?

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We’re Related informed me many months ago that Marlon Brando was my 8th cousin, once removed, through our MRCA, Samuel Younglove (1638-1690), the grandfather of Bethiah Younglove, my 6 times great grandmother, the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage.   Then, a few days ago, in comes another notice, same lineage for both Marlon and me with the exception of the MRCA — it is now John Younglove (1640-1756), also supposed grandfather of Bethiah, and father of the same father of Bethiah, Joseph.   Cannot be both!  I hope someone else does not post a tree on Ancestry with a link to Marlon that We’re Related will then pick up and tell me about another grandfather for Behiah (and father of her father, Joseph).

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