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Yes! I Am Actually Kin to Elvis!



Listening to Elvis sing is one of the things I’ve enjoyed since I was about 8 years old! I’m so excited to be going to an Elvis Tribute Artist’s  concert with my husband and some good friends this coming weekend! I’ll be sure to let you know all about it afterwards! 

The important thing today is to tell you that I’m kin to Elvis Presley! I don’t care how long distance it is, touch me, I’m kin to Elvis! LOL

If you read the last post, you’ll soon see another reason why the Langhorne’s are one of my favorite lines of ancestors! Besides taking me all the way back through the kings and queens of Europe, and Charlemagne, through them and the Steptoes, I am related to ELVIS! Yippee!

I talked about my great-grandmother Evelyn Langhorne in my last post. Today I’m  introducing her mother’s family the Steptoes!   My 5th great-grandfather was Col. James Steptoe, born 1710, and he fought in the Revolutionary War! 

Col. James Steptoe Sr., M.D.

Birth 1710 in Westmoreland City, Virginia, United States
Death 1778 in Westmoreland City, Virginia, United States

I’m sure this courageous patriot would be flabbergasted to think that his fifth great-granddaughter, writing about him over two hundred years after his birth, values him highly because he is the link to her kinship with Elvis! LOL Sorry Grandaddy, I love and admire you for a lot of reasons, but this one is important, and fun, today! 

Look at all the famous people James Steptoe, 1710,lets me add to my family tree! (see below) It is amazing, humbling, and strengthening. Yet, when I first saw this list, what did I do? I ran all over the place, announcing to anyone who would listen, to my red hatters especially, that “Yes! I am kin to Elvis! ”  

    Wouldn’t you like to know some of the famous people you are kin to? Or maybe you already know. I’d love to hear!  Have a great day! Helen

Famous People related to James SteptoeBETA—-from ancestry.com

RID=44679453; UP=0; DN=5 Nancy Astor (1879-1964)
Viscountess of Britain
Nancy Witcher Astor was the first woman to serve in the British House of Commons.
Relationship: 3rd Great Granddaughter
RID=172420; UP=8; DN=6 Zachary Taylor (1784-1850)
12th President of the United States
With most of his background in military service, Zachary Taylor assumed the title “Twelfth President of the United States” in 1849. He was the second president to die in office.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=8149813; UP=5; DN=10 Claudia Taylor Johnson (1912-)
First Lady
Claudia Taylor Johnson (commonly known as Lady Bird Johnson) was influential in promoting the Highway Beautification Act and was an advocate for the Head Start program.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=127260218; UP=5; DN=10 Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934)
American Outlaw
American bank robber and alleged murderer, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd robbed so many banks in the 1930s that there was a $56,000 reward on his head.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=42517174; UP=7; DN=8 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (1860-1914)
First Lady
Ellen Louis Axson Wilson was the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She found time for painting among other social responsibilities as First Lady.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=30987462; UP=8; DN=7 Angelica Van Buren* (1818-1877)
First Lady
Angelica Van Buren was the daughter-in-law of President Van Buren. His wife passed away several years before his presidency, so she assumed the role of First Lady and White House hostess.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=17859693; UP=7; DN=9 Richard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947)
Former Prime Minister
Richard Bedford Bennett was the first Canadian Prime Minister to be a member of the House of Lords.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=21479487; UP=9; DN=7 John Ledyard (1751-1789)
American Explorer
John Ledyard was an explorer who assisted Captain James Cook in the discovery of Hawaii.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=46282416; UP=5; DN=12 Ray Boone (1923-2004)
Baseball player
Raymond Boone has baseball in his genes. An infielder for the Cleveland Indians, his son, Bob Boone, and two grandsons have also played baseball professionally.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 7 times removed
RID=25843403; UP=7; DN=10 Lillian Gish (1893-1993)
American Actress
Lillian Diana de Guiche, or Lillian Gish, is known as the “first lady of the silent screen” and starred in many silent films including The Birth of a Nation and The Scarlet Letter. Her career spanned over 75 years and countless television and film appearances.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=29068182; UP=8; DN=9 James Abram Garfield (1831-1881)
20th President of the United States of America
Serving the second shortest term in U. S. history (only 6 months), James Garfield was the second President of the United States to be assassinated.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=18770559; UP=8; DN=10 Marlon Brando (1924-2004)
American Actor
Marlon Brando, Jr. was an Oscar-winning actor who appeared in many films includingA Streetcar Named DesireThe GodfatherJulius CaesarOn the Waterfront, andSuperman.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=29878269; UP=11; DN=7 William Whipple (1730-1785)
New Hampshire Representative
A merchant and Brigadier General in the New Hampshire Militia, William Whipple Jr. signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=20641173; UP=8; DN=11 Byron White (1917-2002)
Football star and Supreme Court Justice
Byron White was nicknamed “Whizzer” during his days playing football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He played for the Steelers (formerly the Pirates). He later became a Supreme Court Justice.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=2602884; UP=8; DN=11 Willa Cather (1873-1947)
American Author
Willa Cather has been called one of the most eminent American Authors. A muckraking journalist at first, she penned the famous My Antonia.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=29222693; UP=8; DN=11 Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
American Actress and Comedian
Lucille Desiree Ball was the comedic star of the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy. Often called, “The Queen of Comedy,” Ball has acted in Broadway productions, motion pictures, and TV shows.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=37087415; UP=8; DN=11 Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)
Alfred Deaking was the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia. He became prime minister in 1903, and served as prime minister for a total of five years in four different ministries.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=3980444; UP=8; DN=11 Jimmy Earl Carter (1924-)
39th President of the United States of America
President Carter sought to restore confidence in the American people after they had been deceived by President Nixon. The energy and inflation crises motivated him to set an example of how to conserve energy.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=19178938; UP=9; DN=11 Charles Kingsford Smith (1897-1935)
Charles Kingsford Smith was an Australian Aviation Pioneer. He was a legendary pilot who was the first to fly from the U.S. to Australia, and the first to fly non-stop across Australia.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=17249510; UP=8; DN=12 Bill Clinton (1946-)
42nd President of the United States of America
Bill Clinton’s agenda included healthcare improvements on a national level, and expanding the Income Tax Credit. He was impeached for perjury regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=22964736; UP=16; DN=4 Frank James (1843-1915)
American Outlaw
Alexander Franklin James was the older brother of Jesse James, and an outlaw in his own right. James became an outlaw during the American Civil War after he was captured and then released by Union soldiers. He joined a gang and was involved in several robberies and murders.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 12 times removed
RID=17129526; UP=11; DN=9 Jane Means Appleton Pierce (1806-1863)
First Lady
Jane Means Appleton Pierce was an American First Lady and the wife of President Franklin Pierce. The social obligations of First Lady were a constant struggle for her, but she found solace in her close friends.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=25639628; UP=8; DN=13 Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)
Cuban American Performer
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz was a Cuban-American musician, comedian, and actor. He performed with his wife, Lucille Ball, for several years before their divorce.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=18595371; UP=12; DN=9 George Eastman (1854-1932)
American Inventor
George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Co. and invented roll film. His invention was also a precursor for motion picture film.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=20960156; UP=11; DN=10 Robert Hobart (1760-1816)
Robert Hobar, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire, was elected Member of Parliament in 1788 and served as Colonial Secretary from 1801-1804. Hobart, Tasmania is named for him.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=43019606; UP=12; DN=10 Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
English Poet
Alfred, Lord Tennyson is remembered for his classical poetry. “Idylls of the King”, written in 1885 is a work derived from the legend of King Arthur and is one of Tennyson’s most famous pieces of writing.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=9808739; UP=11; DN=11 Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
American Poet, Playwright and Novelist
A writer of the Harlem Renaissance, James Mercer Langston Hughes used racial themes throughout most of his poetry. His poetry conveys the struggles, joys, and pride of being African-American.
Relationship: 10th Cousin
RID=18339010; UP=11; DN=11 Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-)
First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. She was the first First Lady to be elected to public office. She remains committed to women’s rights and children’s issues.
Relationship: 10th Cousin
RID=33878003; UP=11; DN=11 Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
American Entertainer
Elvis Aaron Presley is often called “The King of Rock and Roll”, or simply “The King”. He starred in movies but is best known for his music which includes over 100 top 40 songs including “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Hound Dog”, “Love Me Tender”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Jailhouse Rock”.
Relationship: 10th Cousin
RID=90786600; UP=12; DN=11 George Orwell (1903-1950)
British Author
Eric Arthur Blair is most commonly recognized by his pen name, George Orwell. His political commentary is a major theme in his most famous works: “1984”, “Animal Farm”, and “Down and Out in Paris and London”.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=15096157; UP=12; DN=11 William Avery “Billy” Bishop (1894-1956)
Canadian World War I flying ace William Avery Bishop is credited with 72 victories, the highest number for a British Empire pilot.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=35889447; UP=14; DN=10 Caesar Rodney (1728-1784)
Delaware Representative
Active in political beginnings of the United States of America, Caesar Rodney signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Delaware. He was also a member of the Continental Congress and President of Delaware during the Revolutionary War.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=78716524; UP=15; DN=12 William Charles Wentworth (1790-1872)
Early Settler
Australian explorer, journalist, and politician William Wentworth was a leading figure of early New South Wales. He helped explore the Blue Mountains, founded a newspaper, and helped draft the New South Wales constitution.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=31600732; UP=13; DN=14 Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
English Author
English author Aldous Huxley emigrated to England with his scientifically genius family. He was known for his novels, such as “Brave New World” and “Time Must Have a Stop”.
Relationship: 12th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=45763628; UP=13; DN=14 Robert Graves (1895-1985)
English Author
English scholar, poet, and novelist; Robert Graves produced over 140 works. His famous works include The Long Week-End.
Relationship: 12th Cousin 1 times removed

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

2 thoughts on “Yes! I Am Actually Kin to Elvis!

  1. So cool!!!:)I'm not sure personally though, I think I am more excited about all the royals you have found! I always did think I was a princess!


  2. And Princess you are! But you know, Elvis was King, so being kin to him would only add to your royalty! love you!


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