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Present at the Birth of the Our Country, William Langhorne, 1721-1797, –52 Ancestors in 52 weeks, #25

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St. Johns Church, Richmond, Virginia

St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia

Newspaper archives make genealogy come alive! They make history come alive! That’s one reason I love my subscription to genealogybank.com. The articles I have found there have made my ancestors real for me! Normally searching the archives for specific relatives, the other day, on a whim, I opened genealogybank .com and entered the family name I was currently researching, Langhorne, then entered “oldest” to search for the oldest articles they had on the family. Bingo! Several small things from 1771–came up, but then I found this– the first real newspaper article. It came from the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg Virginia, Issue 1234, pages 2 and 3, Saturday, April 1, 1775.  It is an article about the gathering  of the Delegates of the counties in the Colony of Virginia at a Convention held at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia,from March 20, 1775-March 27, 1775. During this meeting the Delegates chose their representatives to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More about the Second Continental Congress itself in a minute, but let’s look at this local, Virginia meeting first.

Second Continental Congress

A depiction of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775 from Wikimedia commons.

Look who was present just among the  Virginians — George Washington (my fourth cousin), Thomas Jefferson, Peyton Randolph, John Tabb, Robert Lawson, John Nicholas, Bartholomew Dandridge, Thomas Walker, Richard Bland, James Mercer, Carters, John Harvie, Thomas Mann Randolph, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Henry Taylor, Archibald Cary (my first cousin), James Scott, Henry Lee, Richard Lee, Thomas Nelson, Patrick Henry, and many more.  Most important to me in this moment, is that my  fifth  great-grandfather, William Langhorne was present at this immensely important meeting with all these august leaders of our colony of Virginia, where they charted a course for our future! He had actually been present at all of the Conventions in Virginia so far.  This one however, is when Patrick Henry gave his famous speech saying, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The delegates  not only elected Virginia’s representatives to the Second Continental Congress at this meeting, but they laid out a plan for Virginia to fight the Revolutionary War, how it would raise the armies, organize them, arm them, and how the citizens would help with everything from ammunition, to conserving wool to make clothes for the soldiers! The detailed plans they made are clearly laid out in the newspaper article below. Chosen to represent the Colony of Virginia at the Second Continental Congress were the Hon. Peyton Randolph, Esq. George Washington, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, Edmund Pendleton, Benjamin Harrison, and Richard Bland, Esquires. (this can be seen in the write-up from Saturday, March 25, 1775)

 

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This explanation from Wikipedia about the Second continental congress explains it much better than my paraphrasing could do:  The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that started meeting in the summer of 1775, in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, soon after warfare in the American Revolutionary War had begun. It succeeded the First Continental Congress, which met between September 5, 1774 and October 25, 1774, also in Philadelphia. The second Congress managed the colonial war effort, and moved incrementally towards independence, adopting the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. By raising armies, directing strategy, appointing diplomats, and making formal treaties, the Congress acted as the de facto national government of what became the United States.

When the Second Continental Congress came together on May 10, 1775 it was, in effect, a reconvening of the First Continental Congress. Many of the same 56 delegates who attended the first meeting were in attendance at the second, and the delegates appointed the same president (Peyton Randolph) and secretary (Charles Thomson).[2]Notable new arrivals included Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and John Hancock of Massachusetts. Within two weeks, Randolph was summoned back to Virginia to preside over the House of Burgesses; he was replaced in the Virginia delegation by Thomas Jefferson, who arrived several weeks later. Henry Middleton was elected as president to replace Randolph, but he declined. Hancock was elected president on May 24″

 This is not a story about the Revolutionary War, but about getting ready for war, getting ready for independence and the amazing feeling we can get when we realize this was not just statesmen and their rhetoric, but our grandfathers, our cousins. You might want to read a former post Genealogical Find of the Day where I wrote about this same William Langhorne and his service as the Aide-De- Camp to Marquis De Lafayette. He was a busy man in those years, yet he married Elizabeth Cary Scarsbrook and had  nine children to carry on his legacy, a legacy of service and leadership. I may never experience a July 4th celebration again without thinking of our grandfather William Langhorne, and all the men who were brave enough to declare our independence, craft our Constitution, and fight for our independence! Thanks to all of them! 

 

Maj. William Langhorne

Birth 1721 in Gambell, Warwick, Virginia, United States
Death Sep 1797 in Gambell, Warwick, Virginia, United States

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Yes! I am actually kin to Elvis!

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I’ve always loved Elvis! I can’t remember when I didn’t ! Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about Elvis and my kinship to him!  As part of the Zero to Hero Challenge, I was assigned today to revisit an old post that I thought I might improve with some of the new skills I’ve learned in the challenge! I chose this post because it was fun, and I wanted to add something new–like a slideshow. I have this wonderful picture of Elvis blowing us a kiss! Swoon! Swoon! I just had to share it and these other pictures with you! 

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  My 5th great-grandfather was Col. James Steptoe, born 1710, and he fought in the Revolutionary War! 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!  Starting with James Steptoe, and going through his family–all the way back to the Andersons in colonial America then forward to the Presleys in Tupelo, Missisippi, we can see that Elvis is my tenth cousin!  Sorry Grandaddy, I love and admire you for a lot of reasons, but this one is important, and fun, today! I promise to write about James Steptoe himself, for his own story is amazing–but today we are celebrating Elvis!

Discovering all the famous people James Steptoe, 1710, lets me add to my family tree through his kinship  (see below) 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– “Yes! I am kin to Elvis! ”  This chart used to be available on ancestry.com, but they no longer make it accessible. I am sorry that is true, because I found this feature  fun, educational,  and entertaining!
For now, I hope you have a “love me tender” kind of 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)
Politician
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)
Aviator
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)
Politician
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)
Military
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
 
 
 

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Our grandfather crossed the Deleware and fought with George Washington!–David Jackson

     David Jackson, 1730 to 1811, my fifth great grandfather, emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1762. He and his wife Elizabeth Reed, came with their four children, one a newborn. They left Derry, Ireland, a place besieged with war and conflicts for years, and came to America, where he joined in war again to protect his new country! Courageous and brave was this Irishman! He actually fought in the Revolutionary War under George Washington and was wounded in the Battle of Trenton. 
    David was the half brother of Andrew Bennett Jackson who was the father of our Seventh President, Andrew Jackson, making that President my first cousin, six generations removed! David’s daughter Mary was my fourth great grandmother and married Robert Fulton Hogue/Hogg my fourth great grandfather.  Robert Hogue had emigrated from Scotland with fighting for religious freedom a background in his own family. 

Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.

      Our Grandfather David Jackson, must have been on one of those boats with George Washington, crossing the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776! Don’t you think he would rather have been at home with his wife and four children warm in front of a fire! Instead…look at this story I found on ancestry.com:
      
“In 1776 the Revolutionary War began, and ended in 1784.Some time during the first year of the war David Jackson entered the service of the Colonies under General Washington, and was in the battle of Trenton December 25, 1776, in which he lost a hand. The particulars are as follows :Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River in the night, when the river was running full of ice. The attack wasmade upon the British very early in the morning in the midst of a blinding snow storm. Quinton Anderson, James Ewing and David Jackson were comrades. In the midst of the battle, theywere standing together. James Ewing was very much down in spirit, and said, he felt that he would be shot before night. David Jackson and Q. Anderson were talking to him and trying to cheer him up. But, while they were talking, a cannon ball came along, killing James Ewing, and struck David Jackson’s gun and broke it in two pieces, and cut his wrist nearly off.  He immediately wrapped his lacerated and bleeding wrist with his pocket handkerchief, picked up the barrel of his gun, and leaving the stock, he walked to an oxcart loaded with wounded men,,mounted it, and with one hand drove it three miles to a place of safety. This circumstance ended his soldier life, but he often held up the stump wrist to his grandsons and said: “Boys,never disgrace the flag of your country! Never!”—from “The Genealogy of the Jackson Family -1890” by Hugh Parks Jackson

As it turns out, There were two Battles of Trenton, and according to my cousin Andrew Kyle Galloway, “There were 2 battles. The one in which David Jackson lost his left hand was not on December 26, 1776, but rather the second battle of Trenton which occurred on January 2, 1777. Historical records show only a few casualties on December 26. There were a few that fell in the snow during the march from exposure to the cold and only a few others whose names are known. But the second battle had many more casualties, the number is disputed but David Jackson’s name and the fact that he lost his hand from a cannonball is listed in the History of Chester County Pennsylvania.” Thank you Andrew for this correction. 

Battle of Trenton by Charles McBarron from Wikipedia

“The Battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, after General George Washington‘s crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton, New Jersey. The hazardous crossing in adverse weather made it possible for Washington to lead the main body of the Continental Army against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief battle, nearly the entire Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans. The battle significantly boosted the Continental Army’s flagging morale, and inspired reenlistments.

The Continental Army had previously suffered several defeats in New York and had been forced to retreat through New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Morale in the army was low; to end the year on a positive note, George Washington—Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army—devised a plan to cross the Delaware River on Christmas night and surround the Hessian garrison.
Because the river was icy and the weather severe, the crossing proved dangerous. Two detachments were unable to cross the river, leaving Washington and the 2,400 men under his command alone in the assault. The army marched 9 miles (14 km) south to Trenton. The Hessians had lowered their guard, thinking they were safe from the American army, and had no long-distance outposts or patrols. After having a Christmas feast, they fell asleep. Washington’s forces caught them off guard and, after a short but fierce resistance, most of the Hessians surrendered. Almost two thirds of the 1,500-man garrison was captured, and only a few troops escaped across Assunpink Creek.
Despite the battle’s small numbers, the American victory inspired rebels in the colonies. With the success of the revolution in doubt a week earlier, the army had seemed on the verge of collapse. The dramatic victory inspired soldiers to serve longer and attracted new recruits to the rank” –from The Battle of Trenton, Wikipedia
 
Again, I stand amazed and humbled by the history in my own family, I would love to hear some of yours. 
 
Until we meet again, I am wishing you always and only the best, Helen


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Genealogical Find of the Day–William Langhorne and Marquis de Lafayette


~~~Family Connection to Marquis de Lafayette ~~~










“On this day in 1825 French military leader Marquis de Lafayette is honored in Murfreesboro, NC for helping the Patriot cause in the American Revolution.”  Bill Leslie from WRAL TV News in Raleigh, North Carolina posted this on his facebook page today, February, 26, 2013. It made me think of another very interesting bit of information I learned while researching for our family tree. I remembered a story I had discovered about our fifth great grandfather, William Langhorne, who served as the aide-de-camp for Lafayette! I found this story that I had posted to our family tree a couple years ago:  


                                                 
“Major William Langhorne-
  • –         The younger son of Capt. John Langhorne, Maj. William Langhorne (1721-1797) held possession of the Warwick County, Virginia, estates and became the most prominent of the sons. He married Elizabeth Cary Scarsbrook, a cousin of George Washington and Thomas Nelson, and daughter of the wealthy Yorktown merchant Col. Henry Scarsbrook and his wife Martha Cary (of the illustrious Cary family, for which the town of Cary, North Carolina is named). Henry Scarsbrook was the great-grandson of Capt. Nicholas Martiau, the man whose plantation was later turned into Yorktown.

           Like his father, William Langhorne served as a Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, and as a Burgess. He was also a magistrate for forty years. During the Revolutionary War, William Langhorne served as aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette, was a member of the Committee of Safety, and was the only representative of Warwick County for the first four out of five Revolutionary Conventions. His service has been commemorated on a memorial in Williamsburg, Virginia.
         Of his nine children, two sons were the most prominent. Maj. John Scarsbrook Langhorne (1760-1797) married the daughter of his Uncle Maj. Maurice Langhorne of Cumberland, thus uniting two lines of family inheritance. Marrying of cousins, a common practice among the wealthy families of Virginia and other colonies likewise, helped to keep money in the family. John Scarsbrook Langhorne’s younger brother, another Maurice Langhorne (1769-1818) married Martha Holladay of “Indian Fields”, and their grandson Maurice Finney Langhorne married Lillian Isabelle Blair Polk, a close relative of President James K. Polk.” (source unknown)


        Just what is an “aide-de-camp”? According to  wikipedia, “An aide-de-camp (French for field assistant) is a personal assistant, secretary, or adjutant to a person of high rank, usually a senior military officer or a head of state. The first aide-de-camp is typically the foremost personal aide.
    In some countries, the aide-de-camp is considered to be a title of honor (which confers the post-nominal letters ADC or A de C), and participates at ceremonial functions.
    The badge of office for an aide-de-camp is usually the aiguillette, a braided cord in gold or other colors, worn on the shoulder of a uniform. Whether it is worn on the left or the right shoulder is dictated by protocol.”

       I wanted to include the Cary’s in this blog post,because the town of Cary is very close to where we live in North Carolina, and I used to work there. President Polk is a native North Carolinian also. My husband and second child are native North Carolinians, and although Virginia will always be home to me, I have now lived in North Carolina longer than I lived in Virginia! 

          This is pretty cool, I think. It certainly makes history come alive!  It’s just amazing to me what you find when you start digging in your family tree! 

        By the way, if you are unable to leave a comment on this blog, would you please let me know at helenholshouser@gmail.com. 

         Until we meet again, have a wonderful day!         Helen






   


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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)
Politician
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)
Aviator
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)
Politician
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)
Military
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
 
 
 


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Look, I’m Related to Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Kings and Queens of Europe!

      One of the coolest things you can get on ancestry.com sometimes, is a list of famous people to whom you are related.  It is not something that is available for anyone in your tree. It is a service that ancestry.com provides for people using their Ancestry World Tree, formerly called the One World Tree. This is a compilation of all the family trees on ancestry.com since they started and is nothing short of amazing!  Generally, I find that you are more likely to find a person born in the 1800’s or before in this resource. Also, I find the listings are generally more available for ancestors of English, Scottish, Irish, or French descent. It doesn’t seem that I find a lot for my German or Italian ancestors. With that in mind, lets take a look and see if we can find some famous relatives for me! 
       One of my favorite ancestors is my great grandmother, Evelyn Howell Langhorne, born in 1866. I think that as I’ve learned more and more about her, I’ve begun to think of her as a person, not just a name on a page. She was only 15 years old when she married my gg grandfather Walter Thomas Houchins.  15! Take a look at your fifteen year old daughter, or think back to  what you were like at 15–we were babies! Instead, this young lady of a wealthy plantation-owning family in Virginia, got married and immediately had seven children , then died at age 34! Her husband Thomas was twelve years older than her, 27 when they married. Do you think he knew how to care for a fifteen year old wife? And Evelyn knew heartache and tragedy. One of her children died at about age 3. Another was blinded in a horseback riding incident. Their house burned down! All this before 1900! Upon her death, when she was only 34, a wealthy relative, Lady Nancy Langhorne Astor, first woman elected to Parliament, swooped in and sent the boys to boarding schools, and the girls each as they chose to nursing school and to study law. Thomas went on to marry again, and have two more children.  
     If you look up Evelyn Howell Langhorne in the One World Tree in the card catalog of ancestry.com, you can get a wealth of information. But you must be careful! Because this is a compilation of other people’s work, there are mistakes. I have found it best to check all information gained by as many historical records as possible–things like censuses, wills, church and court records. But you can have fun without doing anything more. If I click on the line item labeled “Find Famous Relatives” , look what comes up!  (Quoted from the One World Tree on ancestry.com)

Famous People related to Evelyn Howell LanghorneBETA

RID=44679453; UP=2; DN=3 Nancy Astor (1879-1964)
Viscountess of Britain
Nancy Witcher Astor was the first woman to serve in the British House of Commons.
Relationship: 1st Cousin 1 times removed
RID=37437517; UP=5; DN=4 Harriet Lane* (1830-1903)
First Lady
Harriet Lane was the niece of the bachelor President James Buchanon, and acted as First Lady for 4 years. She was so popular as a White House hostess that women copied her hair and clothes.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 1 times removed
RID=17689705; UP=9; DN=1 Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
English Poet
Richard Lovelace was an English Nobleman and poet. His “Lucasta” poems brought him fame.
Relationship: 6th Great Grand Uncle
RID=42055160; UP=4; DN=6 Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)
American Poet and Novelist
Most famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren has also won several prizes and awards (including other Pulitzer Prizes) for his poetry and other writings. He was the first U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 2 times removed
RID=44160689; UP=6; DN=5 John C. Fremont (1813-1890)
American Explorer
John Charles Fremont led several surveying expeditions through the western United States including the Oregon Trail and the Sierra Nevadas.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=115806949; UP=8; DN=5 William Henry Harrison (1773-1841)
9th President of the United States of America
William Henry Harrison is famous for having the longest inauguration speech and shortest term of any president. He was the first president to die in office; he died of pneumonia only 30 days into his term.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=127260218; UP=5; DN=9 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 4 times removed
RID=8018868; UP=8; DN=6 Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor (1788-1852)
First Lady
Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor was the wife of President Zachary Taylor. It has been said that she was delicate and tender, although she began her marriage in rough and difficult circumstances.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=10093770; UP=6; DN=8 Frances Folsom Cleveland (1864-1947)
First Lady
Frances Folsom Cleveland married President Grover Cleveland in the White House, the only couple to have done so. Their 27 year age difference proved no disadvantage to their romance.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=30987462; UP=8; DN=6 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: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=10472973; UP=4; DN=10 Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)
American Poet
Emily Dickenson is considered one of the most influential poets in American history. During her lifetime she published only a few poems, though her writing career produced over 1700 poems (all published posthumously).
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 6 times removed
RID=28518327; UP=11; DN=3 Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797)
Virginia Representative
Francis Lightfoot Lee was a radical patriot during the revolution. He worked with Patrick Henry to oppose the Stamp Act. He later signed the Declaration of Independence.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 8 times removed
RID=5912078; UP=6; DN=9 Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)
American author and activist
American author and activist
Relationship: 5th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=31152557; UP=8; DN=7 Edward “Ned” Kelly (1854-1880)
Outlaw
Ned Kelly is the most famous Australian bushranger of the 19th century. He was a cattle rustler and bank robber, and became a folk hero for his defiance of colonial authorities. He is immortalized in numerous books, films and songs.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=24652586; UP=7; DN=8 Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915)
American educator, political leader, author
Booker T. Washington was born as a slave but was freed at the age of 9. He received national attention as a spokesperson for African American citizens.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=8152837; UP=6; DN=9 Lyndon B Johnson (1908-1973)
36th President of the United States of America
Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President on Air Force One after the assassination of President Kennedy. He launched the Medicare Program, and saw the beginnings of the Vietnam War.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=16436051; UP=8; DN=7 Mark Twain (1835-1910)
American Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens thought of his pen name, “Mark Twain,” while working on a riverboat. This humorist’s works include Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=40638222; UP=7; DN=8 John Browning (1855-1926)
Gunsmith
John Browning was a firearms designer who developed a variety of weapons, cartridges, and gun mechanics.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=41839550; UP=6; DN=9 William C. Durant (1861-1947)
Founder of General Motors
William Durant worked with Louis Chevrolet to design a new brand of motor car and helped to found the Chevrolet Company.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=19760062; UP=8; DN=7 Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
23rd President of the United States of America
Grandson of President William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison was the 23 President of the United States. During his term 6 states joined the United States and the Sherman Antitrust Act, an act which prohibited monopolies, was passed.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=2602884; UP=9; DN=7 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: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=3955223; UP=6; DN=10 Rosalynn Smith Carter (1927-)
First Lady
Rosalynn Smith Carter was named “The Steel Magnolia” by the White House press corp. for her Southern sweetness and tenacity.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=10218754; UP=7; DN=9 Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman (1885-1982)
First Lady
Elizabeth Wallace Truman, often called “Bess Truman”, struggled with the lack of privacy that surrounded the family of the president. However, her sense of duty prevailed and she supported her husband in his duties.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=7799855; UP=7; DN=9 William Howard Taft (1857-1930)
27th President of the United States of America
Taft, serving first as President then as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, is the only president to be the head of both the Executive and Judicial branches of government. He was the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=69649713; UP=6; DN=10 Howard Hughes (1905-1976)
American Aviator
Howard Robard Hughes was famous for his multiple air speed records. He also produced the films “Hells Angels” and “The Outlaw”.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=7862408; UP=9; DN=7 Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American Author
Spending 2 years “living simply” in the forest was the premise for Henry David Thoreau’s famous book, “Walden”. Thoreau also wrote “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”, an essay that encouraged people to prohibit governments from having absolute power.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=19760048; UP=8; DN=8 Mary Harrison McKee* (1858-1930)
First Lady
Mary Scott Harrison McKee was the First Lady to her father, Benjamin Harrison, when her mother passed away.
Relationship: 7th Cousin
RID=34642785; UP=10; DN=7 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish Novelist and Poet
Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson penned the classic adventure tale, Treasure Island. His experiences traveling not only inspired his fictional novels, but led him to write several travel books as well.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=33451140; UP=11; DN=6 Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
English Poet
““Ozymandias,” “Ode to the West Wind,” and “Mont Blanc” are famous poems written by Percy Shelley. He has been called one of the greatest lyric poets of all time. His wife, Mary Shelley, is the author of the classic novel Frankenstein.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=46311437; UP=7; DN=10 Sam Walton (1918-1992)
Amercian Businessman
Samuel Moore Walton founded Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. From the very beginnings of his store owning years, he made sure to have a variety of goods at low prices.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=18506625; UP=11; DN=7 L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
Canadian Author
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is famous for her series of novels, Anne of Green Gables.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=23325553; UP=8; DN=10 Mae West (1893-1980)
American Actress, Screenwriter, and Playwright
Mae West, born Mary Jane West, is considered one of the most controversial stars of the 1930’s. Her scripts often endured huge amounts censorship, but also huge success with audiences. She wrote and starred in She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=68041652; UP=7; DN=11 Emmett Ashford (1914-1980)
Baseball Umpire
Emmett Littleton Ashford was the first African American umpire to work in Major League Baseball. He dressed impeccably and exaggerated his calls with gestures.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=29827789; UP=7; DN=11 Edwin Hubble (1889-1953)
American Astronomer
Edwin Powell Hubble was an American Astronomer known for his discovery of galaxies beyond the Milky Way.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 4 times removed
RID=14230539; UP=11; DN=8 William Lamb (1779-1848)
Politician
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne served as prime minister in 1834 and 1835-1841. He was a mentor to Queen Victoria, and was noted for his ability to find the political middle ground. Melbourne, Australia is named for him.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 3 times removed
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     Isn’t this interesting! Lady Astor, her first cousin, is the first to come up. But there’s Mark Twain, and even Pretty Boy Floyd! You have to take the good with the bad! Look at the astronomer, politicians, actors, actresses, authors! I was blown away the first time I saw this list. With a little sleuthing, you can prove these relationships as well–a good idea if you’re going to believe them or brag about them! Ancestry does a lot of it for you, or at least points you in the direction you need to research. If you click on the “show relationships” above, look what you get: 

Grandparent of Evelyn Howell Langhorne Great Grandparent of Nancy Astor
PID: 16321717 Frances Steptoe
(1798-1832)
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PID: 44679335 James Steptoe Langhorne
(1822-1905)
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PID: 71979573 Evelyn Howell Langhorne
(1866-1900)
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PID: 44679453 Nancy Astor
(1879-1964)
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How about for Pretty Boy Floyd? 

3rd Great Grandparent of Evelyn Howell Langhorne 7th Great Grandparent of
PID: 5067971 Ann Burton
(1664-1736)
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PID: 14642678 George Stovall
(1695-1786)
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PID: 14646089 Rachel Stovall
(1760-1850)
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PID: 41877791 Mary Dillon Turner
(1794-1879)
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PID: 18435886 Elizabeth R Omohundro
(1825-1915)
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PID: 71979573 Evelyn Howell Langhorne
(1866-1900)
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PID: 127260218

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The last yellow box on the right should have  “Pretty Boy Floyd” in it. 

Here’s Mark Twain:

6th Great Grandparent of Evelyn Howell Langhorne 5th Great Grandparent of Samuel Langhorne Clemens
PID: 1413006

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PID: 18931276

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PID: 18953928 Elizabeth Smith
(1673-1770)
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PID: 30052642 Lawrence Battaile
(1698-1750)
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PID: 30055339 Elizabeth Battaile
(1732-1786)
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PID: 11379457 Elizabeth Muse
(1760-)
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PID: 18435622 Ellis Putney Omohundro
(1790-1852)
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PID: 18435886 Elizabeth R Omohundro
(1825-1915)
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PID: 71979573 Evelyn Howell Langhorne
(1866-1900)
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PID: 16436051 Samuel Langhorne Clemens
(-1910)
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If you notice, some of the boxes are empty, that happens sometime. However, once you start researching, its generally fairly easy to fill in these names. For one thing, these are all parent/child/parent /child. If you jump to a husband or wife in this chart, you nullify the whole thing! 

     Once you have filled in a few more generations, I find it interesting to check the famous people again. Just three generations later, my fourth great grandfather is John Scarsbrook Langhorne b. 1760. Here’s his list of “famous people”. 

Famous People related to John Scarsbrook LanghorneBETA

RID=44679453; UP=0; DN=4 Nancy Astor (1879-1964)
Viscountess of Britain
Nancy Witcher Astor was the first woman to serve in the British House of Commons.
Relationship: Great Great Granddaughter
RID=17689705; UP=6; DN=1 Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
English Poet
Richard Lovelace was an English Nobleman and poet. His “Lucasta” poems brought him fame.
Relationship: 3rd Great Grand Uncle
RID=44160689; UP=3; DN=5 John C. Fremont (1813-1890)
American Explorer
John Charles Fremont led several surveying expeditions through the western United States including the Oregon Trail and the Sierra Nevadas.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 2 times removed
RID=115806949; UP=5; DN=5 William Henry Harrison (1773-1841)
9th President of the United States of America
William Henry Harrison is famous for having the longest inauguration speech and shortest term of any president. He was the first president to die in office; he died of pneumonia only 30 days into his term.
Relationship: 4th Cousin
RID=172420; UP=6; DN=5 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: 4th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=31152557; UP=5; DN=7 Edward “Ned” Kelly (1854-1880)
Outlaw
Ned Kelly is the most famous Australian bushranger of the 19th century. He was a cattle rustler and bank robber, and became a folk hero for his defiance of colonial authorities. He is immortalized in numerous books, films and songs.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=8152837; UP=3; DN=9 Lyndon B Johnson (1908-1973)
36th President of the United States of America
Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President on Air Force One after the assassination of President Kennedy. He launched the Medicare Program, and saw the beginnings of the Vietnam War.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 6 times removed
RID=19760062; UP=5; DN=7 Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901)
23rd President of the United States of America
Grandson of President William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison was the 23 President of the United States. During his term 6 states joined the United States and the Sherman Antitrust Act, an act which prohibited monopolies, was passed.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=5912078; UP=5; DN=8 Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)
American author and activist
American author and activist
Relationship: 4th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=7862408; UP=6; DN=7 Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American Author
Spending 2 years “living simply” in the forest was the premise for Henry David Thoreau’s famous book, “Walden”. Thoreau also wrote “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”, an essay that encouraged people to prohibit governments from having absolute power.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=19760048; UP=5; DN=8 Mary Harrison McKee* (1858-1930)
First Lady
Mary Scott Harrison McKee was the First Lady to her father, Benjamin Harrison, when her mother passed away.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=10218754; UP=3; DN=10 Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman (1885-1982)
First Lady
Elizabeth Wallace Truman, often called “Bess Truman”, struggled with the lack of privacy that surrounded the family of the president. However, her sense of duty prevailed and she supported her husband in his duties.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 7 times removed
RID=12650193; UP=5; DN=8 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-1889)
First Lady
Lucy Ware Webb Hayes convinced her husband, Rutherford B. Hayes, to fight in the Union army and to oppose slavery. He later became an influential part of the abolitionist cause.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=34642785; UP=7; DN=7 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish Novelist and Poet
Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson penned the classic adventure tale, Treasure Island. His experiences traveling not only inspired his fictional novels, but led him to write several travel books as well.
Relationship: 6th Cousin
RID=46311437; UP=3; DN=11 Sam Walton (1918-1992)
Amercian Businessman
Samuel Moore Walton founded Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. From the very beginnings of his store owning years, he made sure to have a variety of goods at low prices.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 8 times removed
RID=7098139; UP=8; DN=6 Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (1768-1830)
First Lady
Elizabeth Kortright Monroe was the wife of President James Monroe. She spent many of her years as First Lady frail and sickly.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=16436051; UP=6; DN=8 Mark Twain (1835-1910)
American Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens thought of his pen name, “Mark Twain,” while working on a riverboat. This humorist’s works include Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=18506625; UP=8; DN=7 L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
Canadian Author
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is famous for her series of novels, Anne of Green Gables.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 1 times removed
RID=23325553; UP=5; DN=10 Mae West (1893-1980)
American Actress, Screenwriter, and Playwright
Mae West, born Mary Jane West, is considered one of the most controversial stars of the 1930’s. Her scripts often endured huge amounts censorship, but also huge success with audiences. She wrote and starred in She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=18339010; UP=3; DN=12 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: 2nd Cousin 9 times removed
RID=8149813; UP=6; DN=9 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: 5th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=29878269; UP=8; 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 1 times removed
RID=1807854; UP=11; DN=4 Edward Tilly (1588-1621)
Mayflower Passenger
Edward Tilly and his wife came to Plymouth on the Mayflower. He signed the Mayflower compact.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 7 times removed
RID=24652586; UP=5; DN=11 Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856-1915)
American educator, political leader, author
Booker T. Washington was born as a slave but was freed at the age of 9. He received national attention as a spokesperson for African American citizens.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 6 times removed
RID=21538790; UP=7; DN=9 Charles Stratton (1838-1883)
Circus Performer
General Tom Thumb (born Charles Stratton) was taught to sing, dance, and act by circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. His small frame and many talents made him famous around the world.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 2 times removed
RID=7039358; UP=6; DN=11 George Clymer (1739-1813)
Pennsylvania Representative
George Clymer led demonstrations against the Tea Act and the Stamp Act. He signed the Declaration and served in political offices until the end of his life.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=17249510; UP=6; DN=11 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: 5th Cousin 5 times removed
RID=131630370; UP=5; DN=12 Elizabeth II (1952-present) (1926-)
Windsors- Queen of the Commonwealth Realm
Elizabeth II, Queen of the Commonwealth Realm, took the throne upon the death of her father, George VI, in 1952. She is married to the Duke of Edinburgh and currently resides in Buckingham Palace in London.
Relationship: 4th Cousin 7 times removed
RID=21625576; UP=6; DN=12 James Stewart (1908-1997)
American Actor
James Maitland Stewart was an Academy Award-winning American actor. He starred several classic films, among them; Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonVertigoIt’s a Wonderful Life, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 6 times removed
RID=1338463; UP=7; DN=13 Laurence Olivier (1907-1989)
British-born Actor, Director and Producer
Laurence Kerr Olivier was an Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer. He acted in such films as Wuthering HeightsPride and Prejudice, and Spartacus. Olivier also appeared in many plays throughout his career.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 6 times removed
RID=90786600; UP=9; DN=12 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: 8th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=21027079; UP=10; DN=13 Elizabeth Browning (1806-1861)
English Author and poet
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. These famous words were penned by English poet and author Elizabeth Barrett Browning, one of the most respected writers of the Victorian era.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=7715631; UP=10; DN=13 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: 9th Cousin 3 times removed
RID=14277885; UP=8; DN=15 Wernher von Braun (1912-1977)
Rocket Scientist
Wernher Von Braun was a leading figure in the development of rocket technology. He is generally thought of as the father of the United States space program.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 7 times removed
RID=78716524; UP=12; 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
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    A lot of these names are the same, but look closely and there’s Queen Elizabeth II! Then look again, there are the Tilly brothers who arrived on the Mayflower! “Touch me” LOL, it makes me one of the first families of our nation! Not only that, I now know that the Tilly’s bring my kinship to the kings and queens of England, Scotland, and France! I have royal blood flowing through these veins, so how come I have no money! LOL

Let me show you a Tilly chart: 


9th Great Grandparent of John Scarsbrook Langhorne Great Great Grandparent of Edward Tilly
PID: 4676013 Elizabeth Plantagenet
(1466-1503)
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PID: 1074876 Henry Tudor
(1491-1547)
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PID: 21427228

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PID: 21427247 Richard Edwards
(1566-1635)
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PID: 21413525 William Edwards
(1590-1624)
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PID: 21413594 William Edwards
(1615-1673)
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PID: 55026982 John Edwards
(1652-1713)
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PID: 21451829 Anne Edwards
(1679-)
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PID: 4761671 Elizabeth Cary
(1678-)
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PID: 11971266 Henry Scarsbrook
(1700-)
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PID: 11972262 Elizabeth Scarsbrook
(1736-)
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PID: 44678720 John Scarsbrook Langhorne
(1760-1797)
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PID: 1807854 Edward Tilly
(1588-1621)
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Now look what it looks like in a relationship chart:

King Edward III of England Plantagenet (1312 – 1377)
is your 19th great grandfather
son of King Edward III of England Plantagenet
daughter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster Plantagenet
son of Joan Plantagenet “Countess Westmoreland” (Beaufort) (Ferrers) Neville
daughter of Sir Richard (5th Earl of Salisbury) Neville
son of Eleanor Neville
daughter of George STANLEY
son of Jane Stanley
daughter of Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield
son of Eleanor Sheffield
son of John 1st Earl of Clare, Holles
daughter of Robert Hollis
son of Susanna Hollis
daughter of Maj. Robert Beverley Sr.
son of Mary Beverley
daughter of Col. Maurice Langhorne
son of Elizabeth Langhorne
son of Henry Scarsbrook Langhorne
daughter of James Steptoe Langhorne
daughter of Evelyn Howell Langhorne
daughter of Katherine Steptoe Houchins
You are the daughter of Margaret Steptoe Kerse – (not you


         How much fun is that! I find it fascinating! I have learned a fair amount of history along the way as well. 

          I’d really like to know what you think of this, whether you are already acquainted with it and enjoying this information, or whether you had no idea this was available. If you leave a comment, you might be chosen to win a chart like this yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t know your family members back to the 1800’s, we can figure that out.  If you know at least one parent or grandparent born before 1940 it would help. Looking forward to showing you more next post. What do you think? Helen













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Genealogy, One of My Passions!

      Over the last couple of years, I have discovered a new passion! Perhaps I should even say an obsession! Genealogy! More specifically, ancestry.com! I haven’t shared  much about it, which is amazing, because most of my time for the last two years, especially during the winter, is spent on ancestry.com. It started out innocently enough, I wanted to find out a little about the Italian side of my mother’s family. I knew they were there, I just knew very little about them. My last remaining aunt, one of my mother’s six sisters, was turning 90, and I wanted to do a very simple family tree for her, a direct line chart showing her Irish and Italian grandparents and great grandparents. 

                                          
     I had heard that ancestry.com was the place to get this information, so I signed up for a free 14 day trial, thinking that would be all I would want or need. Good gracious, its been two years, and rarely a day goes by that doesn’t find me logging on at one time or another! 




       I started out with my mother, father and my grandparents. Now in my original family tree, I have over 9,000 relatives! Besides that, I’ve developed a separate family tree for my husband’s family where I’ve catalogued 3,000 family members! I was having so much fun, that I had to share the wealth, so I helped some friends and family members start or work on their own family trees , to the tune of five more trees!  On top of that, I have met so many other interesting people, many cousins I never knew I had, and we have decided to “share” trees so that we can help each other find interesting or hard to find information. It is amazing to me that I now share 24 family trees with other people! I love it, and thank you very much my wonderful friends and family who share with me! Many of them have taught me how to find things, how to document, how to enjoy! 
         Working on the trees is like putting a huge puzzle together, except you’re finding your blood relatives! There’s something very special about that to me–these aren’t just names on a paper, they are my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles! Some of the lines go back 30 or 40 generations. I think the furthest back I go is during the 700’s–Charlemagne! He is my 38th great grandfather! Can you imagine, his and all those after him– their blood flows through mine. There personality traits, their courage, their intelligence runs through my veins also! It inspires me to be better, to try harder, to live up to their bravery! 

Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Charles Great Charlemagne

Your 38th great grandfather
Birth 742 in Hesse, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Death 777 in Aachen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
     There are so many cool things you can do and discover on ancestry, I really want to tell you about it in the next couple of posts. There are other really cool sites also I’ll tell you about! Like fold3, and genealogybank.com. You get the stories there, the information that brings your ancestors to life for you! You’ll feel like you get to know them! I’ve got so many stories to tell! 
     I’m planning to hold a little contest as well. Sometime, after a few more entries about this hobby, I will draw a name from all who leave a comment on any of these posts about genealogy. Then, I will help you find something fun, like a relative who fought in the Civil War perhaps, or some famous relatives you never knew you had! We will have to collaborate to see what we can find, but there will be either some old newspaper articles about a grandparent or great grandparent if they were here in the U.S.  or how about some muster cards showing that your ancestor fought in the Civil War and got paid that month! I am not offering a family tree my dear, but a couple pages of unique and interesting information for you, a keepsake.  So talk to me, tell me some of your family stories, or about your hobbies. Looking forward to hearing from you! Helen