Famous Cousins with
a Mayflower Connection
My father's family line includes
John Alden and Pricilla Alden.
My Mother's family includes Francis
These ancestors who arrived in
America on the Mayflower in 1620 have descendants who were or are
prominent members of our society They are distant cousins.
This is as much of the story as we
Your return trip to ...
During an internet journey looking for something else, I
discovered another web site about the Mayflower,
Famous Descendants of Mayflower Passengers. From the list I was hoping
to find a connection to the "automobile" Packard's but in failing to make
that particular connection I found several others of interest. I refer you
to the list of prominent men and women along with their genealogy found on
that web site
.Plugging this information into my Family Tree Maker
program and running the Relationship Calculator we arrive at the following;
On my father's side, through the Copeland line we find:
John and Ruth Alden were ancestors of my father. Some of their
descendants also include ....
John Adams was my 2nd cousin 6 times removed.
John Quincy Adams was my 3rd cousin 5 times removed.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was my 5th cousin 4 times removed.
William Cullen Bryant was my 5th cousin 4 times removed
Orson Welles was my 9th cousin
Marilyn Monroe was my 9th cousin
On my Mother's side, through the Packard line we find:
Francis Cooke, Jane Cooke, and Elizabeth Mitchell were
ancestors of my mother Some of their descendants also include ..
George H. W. Bush is my 9th cousin
George W. Bush is my 9th cousin once removed
Franklin D. Roosevelt was my 9th cousin 2 times removed
Grandma Moses was my 9th cousin 2 times removed
Richard Gere is my 10th cousin once removed
Confused? So was I so I looked it up and this is what I
A system of degrees and removes is used to
describe the relationship between the two cousins and the
ancestor they have in common. The degree (first,
second, third cousin, etc.) indicates the minimum
number of generations between either cousin and the
nearest common ancestor; the remove (once
removed, twice removed, etc.) indicates the number of
generations, if any, separating the two cousins from each
For example, the child of one's aunt or uncle is one's
first cousin, because there is one generation (unshared
parents) between the cousins and their shared grandparents.
The child of one's first cousin is one's first cousin
once removed because the child belongs to the next
generation following one's own.
John Adams is my second cousin because he is two
generations from our nearest common ancestor, Ruth Alden. We are 6
generations apart and so, 6 times removed. .
this is good company in which to be found. I am particularly happy to find a
relationship, albeit very distant, to the likes of Orson Wells, Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow and William Cullen Bryant. Of Norma Jean, I can just
wonder if she is more infamous than famous.
And what does all this mean? According to
MayflowerHistory.com There are millions of Mayflower descendants living
today. It is not a very exclusive
club. We all have potential and it is up to us to develop that potential.
Fortunately no one has published a web page listing the most notorious
descendants of Mayflower passengers ... or have they?
Famous Descendants of Mayflower Passengers
We are grateful to our distant cousin
Caleb Johnson and his excellent web site in furthering the knowledge of our
Our Mayflower connections
The Packard - Mayflower
Connection The Packard Family's
The Copeland - Mayflower
Connection The Copeland Family's
The Copeland Family
Includes Copeland, Thayer & Alden ancestors
The Packard Line
Includes Cecora, Lossner & Packard ancestors
The Story of Lucie Lossner
Includes Cecora, Lossner & Packard families
The Adoption Story of Harry
© Grandpa Don
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
January 25, 2008
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