52 Ancestors 2015 #45: Political Ties

Week 45 (November 5-11) – Free. (Pick your own theme!) Political ties – relatives, albeit some rather distant, in politics. So far – there may be more, but this is what I have currently.

Let’s start with the one of the first men to have a position of rulership in the Colonies in America – Governor William Bradford. He was the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, & 12th governor of the colony, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact – and is my 8th great grandfather.

william bradford governor

William Bradford, Major & Governor (1624 – 1703) 8th great-grandfather
Hannah Bradford (1662 – 1738) daughter of William Bradford
Alice Ripley (1683 – 1768) daughter of Hannah Bradford
Mary Edgerton (1713 – 1784) daughter of Alice Ripley
Mary “Molly” Fuller (1747 – 1830) daughter of Mary Edgerton
Sarah Hunt (1788 – 1881) daughter of Mary “Molly” Fuller
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Sarah Hunt
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Edward Winslow, third Royal Governor (1595 – 1655) 11th great-uncle – on Mom’s side. Josiah Winslow, the 13th Governor of Plymouth Colony was my 10th great grandfather – and brother to Edward.

Edward_Winslow  Josiah Winslow

Josiah Winslow (1606 – 1674) 10th great-grandfather
Margaret Winslow (1640 – 1721) daughter of Josiah Winslow
John Miller III (1670 – 1727) son of Margaret Winslow
David Miller Reverend (1708 – 1783) son of John Miller III
Francis Miller Captain, Sr. (1733 – 1800) son of David Miller Reverend
Hannah Miller (1766 – 1830) daughter of Francis Miller Captain, Sr.
Fannie Foss (1805 – ) daughter of Hannah Miller
Hiram Hills Roberts (1827 – 1863) son of Fannie Foss
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

Thomas Prence, the 4th, 8th and 12th Governor (1599 – 1673)  was also my 9th great-grandfather on my Dad’s side.

Thomas Prence

Thomas Prence, the 4th, 8th and 12th Governor (1599 – 1673)
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Thomas Prence Governor
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge, etc.

Senior Elder William Brewster, my 10th great grandfather served as the first Governor’s right hand and was a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.

william brewster

William Brewster (1560 – 1644) 10th great-grandfather
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

And then we have the very first President of the United States of America – George Washington.  He is the husband of my fourth cousin, 8x removed, Martha Dandridge.

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George Washington , Colonel, First President of the United States (1732 – 1799)
husband of 4th cousin 8x removed
Martha Dandridge (1731 – 1802) wife of George Washington , Colonel, First President of the United States
John Dandridge , Colonel (1700 – 1756) father of Martha Dandridge
John Dandridge (1655 – 1731) father of John Dandridge , Colonel
William Dandridge (1613 – 1693) father of John Dandridge
Agnes Wilder (1537 – 1580)mother of William Dandridge
John Wilder (1500 – 1583) father of Agnes Wilder
John Wilder (1544 – 1588) son of John Wilder
Thomas Wilder (1584 – 1634) son of John Wilder
Edward Wilder (1623 – 1690) son of Thomas Wilder
John Wilder (1653 – 1724) son of Edward Wilder
Isaac Wilder (1700 – 1780) son of John Wilder
Bethsheba Wilder (1756 – 1840) daughter of Isaac Wilder
Theophilus Wilder (1787 – 1865) son of Bethsheba Wilder
Mary Ann Wilder (1828 – 1905) daughter of Theophilus Wilder
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Mary Ann Wilder
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts (My maternal grandmother)

John Adams, the second President of the United States, 2nd great-nephew of husband of 9th great-aunt, on my Dad’s side. Also, his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President.

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John Adams President (1735 – 1826) 2nd great-nephew of husband of 9th great-aunt
John Adams (1690 – 1761) father of John Adams President
Joseph Adams (1654 – 1737) father of John Adams
Joseph G. Adams (1626 – 1694)father of Joseph Adams
Edith Squire (1587 – 1672) mother of Joseph G. Adams
Edward Adams (1629 – 1716) son of Edith Squire
Lydia Penniman ( – 1676) wife of Edward Adams
Lydia Elliot (1610 – 1676) mother of Lydia Penniman
Samuel Penniman (1645 – 1705) son of Lydia Elliot
Elizabeth Penniman (1679 – 1703) daughter of Samuel Penniman
Zipporah Morse (1702 – 1780) daughter of Elizabeth Penniman
Ebenezer Smith (1741 – 1852) son of Zipporah Morse
Nathaniel Green Smith (1781 – 1860)son of Ebenezer Smith
Ebenezer Trumbull Smith (1816 – 1875) son of Nathaniel Green Smith
Elvira May Smith (1857 – 1927) daughter of Ebenezer Trumbull Smith
Olive May Lougee (1883 – 1956) daughter of Elvira May Smith
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Olive May Lougee
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy is the husband of my sixth cousin, 5x removed, Sarah Knox Taylor. Again, on my Dad’s side.

jefferson-davis-portrait-AB Sarah Knox Taylor Davis

Jefferson Davis General/Confederate President  husband of 6th cousin 5x removed
Sarah Knox “Knoxie” Taylor (1814 – 1835) wife of Jefferson Davis General/Confederate President
Zachary Taylor President of the United States (1784 – 1850) father of Sarah Knox “Knoxie” Taylor
Richard Taylor (1744 – 1829) father of Zachary Taylor President of the United States
Elizabeth Lee mother of Richard Taylor
Sarah Allerton (1660 – 1731) mother of Elizabeth Lee
Isaac Allerton II, Colonel (1628 – 1702) father of Sarah Allerton
Fear Of God Brewster (1600 – 1634) mother of Isaac Allerton II, Colonel
William Brewster (1560 – 1644) father of Fear Of God Brewster
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

The twelfth President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, is also a relative – fifth cousin, 6x removed – yes, on my Dad’s side.

1860 ---  by George Peter Alexander Healy --- Image by © The Corcoran Gallery of Art/CORBIS

1860 — by George Peter Alexander Healy — Image by © The Corcoran Gallery of Art/CORBIS

Zachary Taylor President of the United States (1784 – 1850) 5th cousin 6x removed
Richard Taylor (1744 – 1829) father of Zachary Taylor President of the United States
Elizabeth Lee mother of Richard Taylor
Sarah Allerton (1660 – 1731) mother of Elizabeth Lee
Isaac Allerton II, Colonel (1628 – 1702) father of Sarah Allerton
Fear Of God Brewster (1600 – 1634) mother of Isaac Allerton II, Colonel
William Brewster (1560 – 1644) father of Fear Of God Brewster
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Then we have the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford. He is my ninth cousin, again, yes,  on my dad’s side.

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Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., President of the U.S. (1913 – 2006) 9th cousin
Dorothy Ayer Gardner (1892 – 1967) mother of Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr
Adele Augusta Ayer (1867 – 1938) mother of Dorothy Ayer Gardner
George Manney Ayer (1840 – 1914) father of Adele Augusta Ayer
Elida Vanderburgh Manney (1802 – 1877) mother of George Manney Ayer
Elizabeth Collins (1774 – 1851) mother of Elida Vanderburgh Manney
Rhoda Ricketson (1748 – 1829) mother of Elizabeth Collins
Jonathan Ricketson (1725 – 1772) father of Rhoda Ricketson
Abigail Howland (1686 – 1769) mother of Jonathan Ricketson
Benjamin Howland (1659 – 1727) father of Abigail Howland
Zoeth Howland (1635 – 1676) father of Benjamin Howland
Mary Howland (1665 – 1743) daughter of Zoeth Howland
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Mary Howland
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889)son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

A Vice-President is also a relative – Levi Parsons Morton – my third cousin, 6x removed – this time, on my mother’s side.

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Levi Parsons Morton , Vice President of the United States (1824 – 1920) 
Daniel Olivier Morton (1788 – 1852) father of Levi Parsons Morton
Levi Morton (1760 – ) father of Daniel Olivier Morton
Ebenezer Morton Jr. (1726 – 1775) father of Levi Morton
Ebenezer Morton Captain (1696 – 1750) father of Ebenezer Morton Jr.
Mary Morton (1711 – 1780) daughter of Ebenezer Morton Captain
Urania Wadsworth (1748 – 1841) daughter of Mary Morton
Sylvia Ewell (1790 – 1884) daughter of Urania Wadsworth
Mary Pendleton (1813 – 1892) daughter of Sylvia Ewell
Andrew John Hooper (1835 – 1900) son of Mary Pendleton
Laura Emma Hooper (1858 – 1935) daughter of Andrew John Hooper
Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896 – 1963) son of Laura Emma Hooper
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Harry Nelson Reynolds

A more distant relation, we have the Bush Presidents.  George Herbert Walker Bush, the 42nd President, is the husband of 7th great-niece of husband of 8th great-aunt – which means his son, George Walker Bush, the 43rd President is the 8th great-nephew of husband of 8th great-aunt. On Mom’s side.

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030114-O-0000D-001 President George W. Bush.  Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

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President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

George Herbert Walker Bush husband of 7th great-niece of husband of 8th great-aunt
Barbara Pierce wife of George Herbert Walker Bush
Marvin Pierce (1893 – 1969) father of Barbara Pierce
Scott Pierce (1866 – ) father of Marvin Pierce
Jonas James Pierce (1839 – 1913) father of Scott Pierce
James Pierce (1810 – 1874) father of Jonas James Pierce
James Pierce (1768 – 1849) father of James Pierce
Esther Richardson (1727 – 1819) mother of James Pierce
Nathan Richardson (1702 – 1775) father of Esther Richardson
Deborah Brooks ( – 1703) mother of Nathan Richardson
Eunice Mousall (1626 – 1684) mother of Deborah Brooks
Ebenezer Brooks (1666 – 1703) son of Eunice Mousall
Martha Wilder (1670 – 1716) wife of Ebenezer Brooks
Edward Wilder (1623 – 1690) father of Martha Wilder
John Wilder (1653 – 1724) son of Edward Wilder
Isaac Wilder (1700 – 1780) son of John Wilder
Bethsheba Wilder (1756 – 1840) daughter of Isaac Wilder
Theophilus Wilder (1787 – 1865) son of Bethsheba Wilder
Mary Ann Wilder (1828 – 1905) daughter of Theophilus Wilder
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Mary Ann Wilder
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

If you REALLY want to stretch the whole ‘related’ connection, we could also add Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill – step 6th great-grandson of sister-in-law of 8th great-grandmother. Yep, you guessed it, Dad’s side.

Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill Sir, Prime Minister of UK (1874 – 1965)
Jennie Jerome (1854 – 1921) mother of Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill Sir
Clarissa ‘Kitty’ Hall (1825 – 1895) mother of Jennie Jerome
Clarissa Wilcox (1796 – 1870) mother of Clarissa ‘Kitty’ Hall
David Wilcox (1763 – 1828) father of Clarissa Wilcox
Sarah Smith (1741 – ) mother of David Wilcox
Eliezer Smith (1713 – 1742) father of Sarah Smith
Gershom Smith (1644 – 1718) father of Eliezer Smith
John Smith (1618 – 1692) father of Gershom Smith
Ruhama Kirby (1640 – 1707) wife of John Smith
Richard Kirby (1603 – 1686) father of Ruhama Kirby
Richard Kirby II (1638 – 1720) son of Richard Kirby
Abigail October (1635 – 1707) wife of Richard Kirby II
Mary Howland (1665 – 1743) daughter of Abigail October
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Mary Howland
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

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