Notable or interesting ancestors

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Wanted to create a thread where people can post notable or interesting ancestors. They can be related to the Civil War or not. Also you are welcome to post indirect ancestors or indirect descendants as well, so cousins etc. They can be famous people, influential people, or just interesting people you have an interesting story or piece of knowledge about.
 

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Though I have a lot of relations I find more interesting since they have more recent and personal stories, the most notable probably are two Presidents I relate to.

The most notable would be President Thomas Jefferson.

My direct ancestor was his aunt, Judith Jefferson who was married to a George Farrar and resided in the same area of Virginia (the Farrars were a wealthy land owning family in the early days of Virginia), making Thomas Jefferson my 1st cousin 8 times removed. Our shared ancestor is Thomas Jefferson's grandparents, another Thomas Jefferson and a Mary Field.

My connection leads through a daughter of Judith, Mary Farrar, who married a sizable land owner Thomas Moore. He didn't serve in the Revolution, he was 60-ish years old during this, though is recognized as having contributed supplies to the cause. My ancestor was their daughter Elizabeth Moore who married a John Daws in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia. John Daws served first as a Corporal in a Virginia regiment. Then was recruited and served in Washington's Life Guard. Was serving in the Life Guard during the winter at Valley Forge.

My ancestor was their son Isaac H Daws who married a Susan C Roberts in Virginia then they travelled through Tennessee -> Alabama -> and finally resting in Dallas Co., Arkansas around 1860, eventually leading to Texas and to my mother, who was born in Texas.


I am also related to President Richard Nixon. He was a 7th cousin, 2 times removed. We relate through shared Quaker ancestry (where ironically we are both cousins to James Dean via the same ancestry).
 

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I am also related to President Richard Nixon. He was a 7th cousin, 2 times removed. We relate through shared Quaker ancestry (where ironically we are both cousins to James Dean via the same ancestry).
I grew up on a small farm that was originally a part of a Revolutionary War grant in the Ohio country. According to the deed abstract, which I still have, the name of that family was Milhous--as in Richard Milhous Nixson-- and the Quaker cemetery were they are buried is a couple of miles across the "crick", actually it was more like a river cuz you could not jump it or find rocks to use to wade across it and had a gorge.
 

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I grew up on a small farm that was originally a part of a Revolutionary War grant in the Ohio country. According to the deed abstract, which I still have, the name of that family was Milhous--as in Richard Milhous Nixson-- and the Quaker cemetery were they are buried is a couple of miles across the "crick", actually it was more like a river cuz you could not jump it or find rocks to use to wade across it and had a gorge.
In addition, our farm abutted Caesar Creek and now the "crick" crossing is at Haines Landing--marked northern most on the map.



The Quaker cemetery is down off of Roxanna- New Burlington Rd to the left down Compton. I worked at the park when I was a kid.
The approx location of our farm was just below where the map uses the name Haines for the landing, we lived on the road named Mound which spurs to the left off S.R. 380

Great area for arrow-head hunting.
 

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I grew up on a small farm that was originally a part of a Revolutionary War grant in the Ohio country. According to the deed abstract, which I still have, the name of that family was Milhous--as in Richard Milhous Nixson-- and the Quaker cemetery were they are buried is a couple of miles across the "crick", actually it was more like a river cuz you could not jump it or find rocks to use to wade across it and had a gorge.
In addition, our farm abutted Caesar Creek and now the "crick" crossing is at Haines Landing--marked northern most on the map.



The Quaker cemetery is down off of Roxanna- New Burlington Rd to the left down Compton. I worked at the park when I was a kid.
The approx location of our farm was just below where the map uses the name Haines for the landing, we lived on the road named Mound which spurs to the left off S.R. 380

Great area for arrow-head hunting.
Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Interestingly Nixon double descends from our specific shared quaker ancestors making him my 6th cousin 3x removed and 7th cousin 2x removed. We do relate up his maternal line and a connected quaker line to the Milhouse family, though I don't have Milhouse ancestors. We descend from John Hussey m. Anne Inskeep. Here are his two lines of descent

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and then mine from my great grandparents generation on

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My quaker ancestor cousins to that Ohio Milhouse family did also end up in Ohio, though in a different county, as well so might have spent time on that land if they staid in contact. My ancestors that ended up in Ohio were Solomon Cox m. Naomi Ami Hussey.

Interestingly though I don't double descend from those same ancestors Nixon did, I too double descend within my Quake cluster. Solomon Cox was 1st cousin 1x removed from his wife Naomi Amy Hussey (her mother Ann Garretson's mother was a daughter of Solomon Cox's grandfather). My own Quaker line went to South Eastern Kentucky -> Arkansas -> Texas.
 

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The only one I can think of off the top of my head who is a relative, not an ancestor, is Clara Barton. She's a very distant relative, because my ancestry is from a different line of the Barton family tree than Clara, presumably going back to some common ancestor, so call her a very, very distant cousin. Still, not a bad historical person to be related to.
 

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I am a nephew of Presley O'Bannon. A GGG Grandmother of mine was Elizabeth O'Bannon. He was her Great Uncle. (Grandfather's Brother). Presley's father, & a number of other relatives fought in the Revolution. Though none are as famous as he is. He had a Navy Destroyer named after him..!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presley_O'Bannon


All Marine recruits learn about him in boot camp today. Marine Officers today, still carry the Mameluke sword, which is because of him.

As if that isn't enough..... the O'Bannon line, runs all the way to Leap Castle in Ireland.
 

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Let's see... My hubby is Norwegian/German/Scot-Irish/Sioux/Blackfoot. Somehow he's related to BOTH George Custer and Crazy Horse.

I'm a direct descendant of King Haigler, well-known chief of the Catawba in SC. Also direct descendant of Mawima, last head man of the Konomihu...who were wiped out except for two families between 1850 and 1860. Settin' on the gold!

Dad's family says we're related somehow to Powhatan, but since he had at least 65 kids, we may never know how!
 

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why? put them all in one place and have your second in command select one for you if the need arises
:D That second in command was usually the oldest wife! (She ruled the roost and the rooster...)
 
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