Colin Powell, Sir!

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We’re Related tells me that the Four Star, Secretary of State, Chief of Staff,  is my 8th cousin, twice removed, though our MRCA, Jonathan Briggs (1635-1690), the proposed great grandfather of Sarah Thrasher (1740-1769), my 6 times great grandmother.  In addition, I have documentation that Grandmother Sarah Thrasher’s mother’s given name was Lydia.  We’re Related proposes that her mother’s full name was Lydia Briggs (1690-1757).  That is an avenue to investigate, but going into the research I question Lydia Briggs giving birth at the age of 50.   I know it is not impossible, but it is unusual.

 

 

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Ryan White – maybe not,

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Ryan White, the symbol for AIDS is a disease that is for all, is reported in # 383 as my 8th cousin, 3 times removed, through our MRCA, Mary Jane Wilkerson (1685-1758), the proposed great grandmother of Samuel Lane (1769-xxxx), my 4 times great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor in that lineage.  Once again, We’re Related is insisting that Grandmother Mary Jane was able to give birth the her daughter, Martha Lee Corbin (1688-1793), and the next step in Ryan’s  descendant line, at the age of 3.  Maybe someday, Ancestry will provide their subscribers the same type of application as MyHeritage that reviews the Tree and tells the owner the entries that just do not make sense so they can correct them.

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Alfred Hitchcock – send in the Birds…

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Notice # 382 has Alfred as my 7th cousin, three times removed, through MRCA Luke Hitchcock (1614-1659), the projected great grandfather of Moses Hitchcock (1717-1768), my 6 times great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor I have in the Hitchcock lineage.  Just a couple of weeks ago, We’re Related, in Notice # 369, said Alfred was also my 7th cousin, three times removed, but through MRCA Cicely Penny (1601-1683).  In that report, as in this one, Nathaniel Hitchcock (1677-1777) appears in both of our lineages – same name, same dates.  In # 369, both Nathaniel entries have the same mother, Hannah Chapin (1644-1719).  In # 382, the lines have different fathers: mine has John Hancock (1642-1712); Alfred has Calvin Hitchcock (1642-1712).  Off hand, I would venture, Ancestry grabbed some personal trees that were made public and mashed them together.  This is the result.  Are the two Nathaniels the same person?  Are John and Calvin the same person called by different names?  What a pile of spaghetti!  Well, Alfred was the master of suspense.  So I guess I’ll add this to my TO DO list and try to unscramble it!

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Janis Joplin – a return of dem ol cosmic blues?

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Flash back to the 70’s – Janis Joplin as my 9th cousin, once removed, though our MRCA, William Macomber (1610-1670), the great grandfather (proposed) of Nathaniel White (1700-1764), my 6 times great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor in that lineage.  This is notice # 381 from We’re Related.  Many months ago, in notice # 10, I was also informed of the connection to Janis as 9th cousins through our MRCAs Mary Jane Wilkerson (1685-1758) and her husband Nicholas Corbin (1650-1697).  They were the great great grandparents of my 4 times great grandfather, Samuel Lane (1769-xxxx), the furthest documented in that lineage.  #10 follows the lineage of Janis’ father, Seth Ward Joplin; # 381 follows the lineage of Janis’ mother, Dorothy Bonita East.  OK, so my drink of choice is Southern Comfort, so there must be a genetic connection.  I had better put  cousin Janis on my TO DO list along both lines to develop a proper proof of connection!

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President Jimmy Carter – 9C1R or 8C1R or both or neither?

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Notice # 380 tells me that President Jimmy Carter is my 9th cousin, once removed, through our MRCA Elizabeth Walton (1629-1674), the theoretical great great grandmother of my 5 times great grandmother, Thankful Isham (1752-1834).  Now Grandmother Elizabeth is supposed to have given birth to two children that connected our lines: Nathanien Conant (1650-1732) and Mercy Mansfield (1642-1686).  I have two issues with this: 1. each child has a different surname (could be explained by separate fathers) and 2. Mercy was born when here mother was 13 years old.  Even for 1642, that might be considered young.   Now, in Notice # 147, cousin Jimmy is reported to be my 8th cousin, once removed, through our MRCA, Charity Sparrow (1640-1687), the reported great great grandmother of my 4 times great grandfather, Samuel Lane (1769-xxxx).  There do not seem to be the surname or age of giving birth questions in this pedigree.  For my lineage, #380 goes through my grandfather’s mother’s ancestry; # 147 goes through the same grandfather’s father’s ancestry.  For cousin Jimmy, #380 goes through his mother’s lineage (aka Miss Lillian’s folks); # 147 goes through his father’s lineage.

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Jim Morrison – another Door has opened.

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In notice # 379, Jim Morrison was reported as my 8th cousin through our MRCA Anna Maria _________ (1675-1700), the proposed 3 times great grandmother of Mary Ann Allen (1836-xxxx), my great great grandmother and the furthest documented ancestor in that lineage.  Now besides the lack of a surname and 5 generations on my lineage to research, this might cause me to Light  My Fire to research.  But, back in notice # 219, Jim was reported to be my 8th cousin, once removed, through a different MRCA, Joshiah Thayer (1670-1728), the great great grandfather of Esther Clark, my 4 times great grandmother and the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage.  #379 tracks Jim’s lineage through his father; # 219 tracks through Jim’s mother.  The #219 lineage seems to be the way I will approach first – the line in question stays within the single surname of Thayer.

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Josh Hutcherson – 8C1R, or not ?

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Notification #378 brings Josh Hutcherson as my 8th cousin, once removed, through our MRCA Dutton Lane (1670-1726), the great grandfather of Samuel Lane (1769-xxxx), my 4 times great grandfather and the furthest documented ancestor I have in that lineage.  Now, Grandfather Dutton has another actor descendant, Brad Pitt, # 332.  In Josh’s lineage, Dutton has a son, Richard Lane (1698-1770).  In Brad’s lineage, Dutton also has a son, Richard Lane (1702-1770).  From there they split off into two separate children of Richard.   It does raise the question of whether the two Richard entries are really the same person.  They died the same year, but their birth year differs by 4 years.  Since I have not made it back to old Dutton, I cannot say for sure who his children were or for that matter who his grandchildren were.  So, until that TO DO is Done, I will leave this in the “I wonder if this is true” column.

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