February 3, 2008

All in the Family

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 10:15 pm by Jenn

I spent most of the day, as promised catching up on my family tree project.  I must say that I am pleased with my project and very entertained at some of the findings.  I’m using the Ancestry.com website as my database and today for the first time I noticed a feature in the tools section called “find famous relatives”.  Now I was just about ready to call it quits for the day when I happened across this little gem.  Needless to say I click it and this is what it revealed ( I was thrilled in MOST cases, and SHOCKED in others).  Here’s my list of famous relatives and how we are related.  Enjoy, or as my cousin Julia Child would say, “Bon Appétit!

RID=11427764; UP=11; DN=8 Robert Frost (1874-1963)
American Poet
Robert Frost is remembered for his award-winning American poetry. He was the recipient of 4 Pulitzer Prizes and read his poem “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=1189038; UP=13; DN=6 John Milton (1608-1674)
English Poet
John Milton is famous for his epic poem “Paradise Lost.” The poem is written in blank verse and consists of twelve books. Paradise Lost follows the biblical story of the fall of man.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 7 times removed
RID=13467088; UP=11; DN=9 Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986)
American Painter
Georgia O’Keefe is well-known for her abstract and close-up paintings of flowers.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=14023161; UP=11; DN=9 John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
American Author
John Steinbeck’s writing is characterized by portrayals of working class families in California. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize. Two of his most famous works are The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=7796354; UP=12; DN=8 Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
American Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne was a key figure in the development of American literature. He wrote such classics as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=22129923; UP=11; DN=9 O. Henry (1862-1910)
American Writer
Born William Sydney Porter, O. Henry’s famous endings known for their clever surprises, coined the phrase “the O. Henry ending.”
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=44567168; UP=12; DN=8 Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
American Novelist
Louisa May Alcott’s transcendentalist family supported abolitionist and feminist movements during the Civil War. Her family was the inspiration for her best known novels, Little Women and Little Men.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=30942720; UP=11; DN=9 Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
American Author
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s experiences growing up in the unsettled West inspired her famous children’s series Little House on the Prairie.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=3289946; UP=13; DN=7 Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)
14th President of the United States of America
A strong background in law, military service and politics brought Franklin Pierce to the presidency of the United States in 1853. During his term the Kansas-Nebraska Act was enacted and the Gadsden Purchase, 45,535 miles of land, bought what now makes up the southernmost area of New Mexico and Arizona.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 6 times removed
RID=17035302; UP=12; DN=9 T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
American-born British Poet
Nobel prize winning poet T.S. Eliot is considered one of the most significant poets of the twentieth century. His most famous works are “The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land”.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=12794071; UP=12; DN=10 Jimmy Hoffa (1913-1971)
Teamster Leader
James “Riddle” Hoffa was an American labor leader with ties to the Mafia. The circumstances surrounding his assumed death and disappearance are still a mystery.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=3569271; UP=15; DN=7 Robert H Goddard (1882-1945)
American Inventor
Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, once asserted that rocket technology would make it possible to get to the moon. This claim was mocked and scoffed at by the public until Goddard launched the world’s first liquid fueled rocket on March 16, 1926 and continued his rocket research until his death in 1945.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 8 times removed
RID=11133200; UP=12; DN=10 George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-)
41st President of the United States of America
President George H.W. Bush is known for leading the U.N. coalition in the Gulf War. His presidency saw the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=38292134; UP=12; DN=10 Julia Child (1912-2004)
American Gourmet Chef
American chef Julia Child introduced French cuisine to America through her many cookbooks and television shows.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=11133204; UP=12; DN=11 George Walker Bush (1946-)
43rd President of the United States of America
George W. Bush declared a global War on Terrorism and the overthrow of the Taliban. He also adopted the No Child Left Behind Act.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=13090314; UP=12; DN=11 Bette Davis (1908-1989)
American Actress
Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis was the first actress to receive the American Film Institute’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Her career spanned almost 100 films, including “All About Eve” and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=22559127; UP=15; DN=8 William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
English Poet
England’s Poet Laureate from 1843 through 1850, William Wordsworth began what is now referred to as the Romantic Age in literature. “The Prelude” is considered one of Wordsworth’s most notable and applauded poems.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 7 times removed
RID=12825335; UP=11; DN=13 Bob Hope (1903-2003)
American Actor
British-born American actor Leslie Townes Hope, better known as Bob Hope, was best known for his role in “My Favorite Brunette” and other radio and TV appearances.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=1714953; UP=13; DN=11 John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
35th President of the United States
Irish-American politician John F. Kennedy is an icon of American liberalism. His presidency saw the beginnings of racial integration the Space Race and the Cuban missile Crisis. He was assassinated while in Texas.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=17981922; UP=13; DN=12 John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999)
American Icon
John F. Kennedy, Jr. was a lawyer, journalist, socialite, and publisher. The son of President John F. Kennedy, John Jr. grew up mainly on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. On July 16, 1999, John Jr. along with his wife and sister-in-law, were killed in a plane accident over the Atlantic Ocean.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=25851890; UP=11; DN=15 Cary Grant (1904-1986)
British-born, American Actor
Archibald Alexander Leach, better known by his screen name, Cary Grant, was an English film actor. With his distinctive Mid-Atlantic accent, he was noted as perhaps the foremost exemplar of the debonair leading man, not only handsome, but also witty and charming. He was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=7715631; UP=15; DN=15 Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
British-American Actress
Audrey Kathleen Ruston (Audrey Hepburn), born in Belgium, continues to be a figure of iconic beauty and classic film. Her award-winning role in “Roman Holiday” marked the beginning of her long and successful movie career. Hepburn is also well-known for her humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Relationship: 14th Cousin

So Jimmy Hoffa!  How funny is that? And then on a sad note…..George Bush?  Why me?  Oh, and I KNEW I was related to Laura Ingalls….I just KNEW IT! 

Scott’s list was just as impressive, and very scary and perhaps explains a lot about him with ancestors such as:

RID=12861406; UP=11; DN=7 Sam Bass (1851-1878)
American Outlaw
American train robber Sam Bass robbed the Union pacific gold train and took $60,000, the largest robbery of the Union Pacific to date.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=27163917; UP=13; DN=10 James “Wild Bill” Hickock (1837-1876)
American Outlaw
James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok was a legendary gunfighter and law man in the American Wild West. Many characters in Western novels are fashioned after Hickok.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=176093699; UP=13; DN=12 Joe Ball (1896-1938)
American Serial Killer
Joseph D. Ball, also known as “Alligator Man” and “the Butcher of Elmendorf,” was a murderer and bootlegger in the 1930’s at the end of Prohibition.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=928558; UP=13; DN=12 Clyde Barrow (1909-1934)
Infamous American Robber
Clyde Barrow, with Bonnie Parker, traveled around the central United States during the Depression robbing small stores and gas stations.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=857392; UP=13; DN=12 Buck Barrow (1903-1933)
American Outlaw
Marvin Ivan “Buck” Barrow was the older brother of Clyde Barrow (of the infamous duo “Bonnie and Clyde”). Barrow and his wife participated in several armed robberies and car thefts.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=16990733; UP=13; DN=12 Doc Holliday (1851-1887)
American Outlaw
John Henry “Doc” Holliday was an American dentist and gunfighter in the Old West. He was a key player at the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed

Notice a trend?  LOL.  He also had Walt Disney and Mark Twain which I find absolutely hysterical given that he told me to stop acting like a kid when we were at Disney and the last book he read was “Why Men Fall Asleep After Sex”.

Grammy would have been fascinated by all of this information and I can imagine the hours and hours of conversation that would have transpired from these lists!  Oh, and if you are just as confused by the 25th cousin, twice removed thing as I am, just use this link, or this one.


  1. Angie said,

    You’re distantly related to my idol, JULIA CHILD??!!!! Holy cats!

    And all those poets and writers! How lucky are you? Wow.

    My library subscribes to Ancestry.com, I may have to look at that feature while I’m at work today. Cool.

  2. not goth said,


    sorry excuse the caps. I just fainted.

  3. not goth said,

    Now I have recovered! Wow. I love ancestory.com and I have been slacking on doing my tree. I know we’ve talked about it before.. are you doing your maternal or paternal side? I rather ambitiously am doing both. However I think I am just going to concentrate on my maternal as its easier (less siblings etc).

    My mum sent me some great books on using online sites to research your tree – you should see them, they are at least 4 inches thick!!

  4. Herb Behrens said,

    I am a volun teer at the National Steinbeck center, Salinas, CA.
    I have constructed a geneology chart of Steinbeck.
    I would like to know your ancestry link to John Steinbeck. Much of my information about his family/ancestors ends in the 1980s.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Herb Behrens

  5. sjsmart said,

    I just think this list is incredible. Of course everything is left to the accuracy of the Ancestry.com members supplying the information so some things may not be “true”, but hell I don’t care, I’m going to sleep tonight and dreaming of a feud with Nelly Olsen!

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