Truman Capote, one of the more prolific writers of the first half of the 20th century, is reported as my 8th cousin, once removed, through our MRCA, Daniel Erhardt (1646-xxxx), the supposed 3 times great grandfather of my 4 times great grandfather, John Backus (1750-1823). The lineage up from Grandfather John is decidedly German. The details are decided slim. My own research leaves Grandfather John as being either Irish or German — he claimed both at various times. So, the lineage proposed is suspect. I suspect the research into this family line will be no Breakfast at Tiffany’s.