Notable and Notorious Ancestors

Sir Admiral George Summers - 1554-1610 - 11th Great Granduncle - Founder of the London Company, brought

                               first settlers to Jamestown, VA 1609, claimed Bermuda for Great Britian.

Eli Whitney - 1740-1807 - 5th Cousin 5x removed - Inventor of the Cotton Gin.

Francis & Freelan Stanley - 1849-1918 & 1940 - 5th Cousins 3x removed - Inventors of the Stanley Steamer & a

                               machine that coated dry photographic plates.

Harriet Beecher Stowe - 1811-1896 - Wife of 5th Cousin 5x removed - Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

The Towne Sisters - Aunts to 1st Cousin 7x removed - Accused of witchcraft - Mary & Rebecca hung at Salem, MA.

'Methuselah' John Summers - 1732-1823 - 5th Great Grandfather - Claimed to be 116 years old.


War Records Clinton Henry Parkhurst - 1844-1933 - 1st Cousin 5x removed - Survived Andersonville Prison, author & journalist.


Richard Cheney - born 1941 - 9th Cousin 1x removed - VP of the United States 2000-2008.


Fort Boonesboro Nicholas Anderson - 1730-1809 - 6th Great Grandfather - Was at Ft Boonesboro, KY 1779


Benjamin (V) Harrison - 1726-1791 - 2nd Cousin 7x removed - A Signer of The Declaration of Independence and

                            a Governor of Virginia.

William Henry Harrison - 1773-1841 - 3rd Cousin 6x removed - The ninth President of the United States (1841),

                        an American military officer and politician, and the first president to die in office.

Benjamin Harrison - 1833-1901 - 5th Cousin 4x removed - Brigadier General during the Civil War & 23 President

                        of the United States.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill - 1874-1965 - 13th Cousin -  Prime Minister and Minister of Defence

                        in England until 1945

Princess Diana Frances Spencer - 1961-1997 - 13th Cousin 1x removed - Princess of England


James Abram Garfield - 1831-1881 - 5th Cousin 5x removed - 20th President of the US - assassinated in office.

witch John Proctor, Jr - 1632-1692 - 9th great Uncle - hung as a witch

witch trials Mercy Lewis - 1674-1730 - 2nd Wife of 8th Great Grandfather, Nathaniel Baker Jr - accusted people of witchcraft

  Mary Chilton - 1607-1679 - 11th Great Grandmother - Mayflower Passenger - First woman to set foot on Plymouth Rock


Note:  Meaning of 'Removed', genealogy terms. 

When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word "removed" is not used to describe your relationship.

The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."

Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed.