Harvey Cushing – it shouldn’t require brain surgery!

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Who would not want a world renowned brain surgeon as their 6th cousin?  Even 4 times removed?  I can confirm in my pedigree up to my 6th great grandfather, Moses Hitchcock (1717-1768). We’re Related goes three more generations with the MRCA being defined as PRIVATE (xxxx-xxxx)!  I may start with G’pa Moses and see if the next two generations pan out and then see if I can find the elusive and secret PRIVATE.  I do have a clue since the daughter on both lines carries the surname Filley.

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Schuyler Colfax — might be ..

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Schuyler Colfax, possibly my 7th cousin, 4 times removed, is one of the cleanest pedigree charts presented by We’re Related in a long time.  Not a single PRIVATE in either line.  Our MRCA, William Morgan (1560-1653) is only two generations beyond my furthest documented ancestor on that line, my 8th great grandfather, Thomas Stevens (1630-1685).   So, this goes into the actual TO DO pile for further research.

 

 

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Elias Howe – close to really sewing one up …

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Elias Howe is reported to be my 6th cousin, four times removed, through our MRCA, Mary Parmenter (1610-1690).  Mary would be my 9th great grandmother.  There is a one generation jump from my 7th great grandmother, Abigail Bellows (1661-1726) through a PRIVATE mother of Abigail, daughter of Mary to complete the connection.    The people line in Elias’ pedigree are unbroken up to Mary.  All in all, this is pretty complete.  But, still, I wonder, if Private is the known daughter of Mary (probably with the surname of Wood since that this the surname of the next generation on Elias’ chart)  and the mother of Abigail, why the secret?    Another item in the great vacuum bag of mysteries to be solved.

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Julia Boggs Grant — a VERY PRIVATE First Lady

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Julia Boggs Dent Grant, wife of President Ulysses S Grant, reported as my 6th cousin, 4 times removed.   First look at the pedigree looks good.  There is a full line to the MRCA, Naomi Hughes (1616-1645) in my line.   That is encouraging.  Then to Mrs. Grant’s line,  Three generations leading to Naomi Hughes are PRIVATE.  As far as I am concerned, that removes this from my TO DO list of persons to research.

 

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John Edwards – possible black sheep?

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OK, John Edwards, the fallen politician from North Carolina is reported to be my 9th cousin, once removed.  We’re Related provided an almost clean pedigree for both sides — right up to the MRCA who they claim is PRIVATE (xxxx-xxxx).  This would be the mother of my 7th great grandfather, Isaac Lawrence (1652-1731).   In earlier proposals, We’re Related suggested she was Elizabeth Cooke (1611-1663).  Cousin John’s line goes from the MRCA down, starting with John Lawrence (1635-1672).   Now, other than the implication that Elizabeth must have been having children across a 17 year period (1635 → 1652), ending at the age of 41, this is not impossible.  It will be a clue to investigate.   And, who doesn’t love to claim a nationally known political scandal as one of their own?

 

 

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Meriwether Lewis – Possible, but ….

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How cool would it be to claim Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as a 5th cousin, 6 times removed?  Well, We’re Related actually presented a pedigree line for me with only one Private Male and that was a documented person in my line.  So, I have people with names and dates up to the MRCA, Thomas Smith (1565-1625).  Yes, SMITH!  Now, I have painstakingly gone up through my 5th great grandmother, Mary Smith (1737-1787) → Jacob Smith (1706-1797), her father → Joseph Smith (1680-1734), his father → Edward Smith (1636-1693) END.  We’re Related adds two more Smith generations and then links to Meriwether’s Smiths.  This could take a very long time to confirm.  There really are a lot of Smiths and I have seen just too much unqualified connecting by We’re Related.  But, it might be worth while to stick this one in the TO DO pile.

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William S Burroughs – cool, baby!

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William Seward Burroughs II, my potential 9th cousin, twice removed.  The product of a well heeled family (think Burroughs Adding Machines that morphed into Burroughs computers) who went Beat, did drugs, became an artistic individual.  Wrote and painted under the name William Lee.  Anyway, the pedigree presented to our MRCA, PRIVATE MALE (xxxx-xxxx) has me questioning the authenticity of the research.  Above my 6th great grandmother, Dinah Harris (1702-1796), We’re Related shows:  Richard Harris (1668-1750) [her father], Thomas Harris (1641-1711) [father of Richard], and Thomas Harris (1672-xxxx) [father of Thomas].  This leads to PRIVATE MALE.  What is interesting is the elder Thomas Harris was born AFTER his son, the younger Thomas Harris and AFTER his grandson, Richard Harris.   So, cannot buy it.  Just like in my previous life as an IT guy, I could not buy the Burroughs sales pitch because it did not ring true, neither does this one.

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