President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett are 7th cousins, 3 times removed. Family history experts at Ancestry.com discovered the relation and determined that the men are related through a 17th-century Frenchman named Mareen Duvall – Pres. Obama’s 9th great-grandfather and Buffett’s 6th great-grandfather.
Duvall was born in France and came to Maryland in the mid-1600s. Once in America, he served as an indentured servant, but by 1659 had purchased property in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which he later named “Middle Plantation.” In a rags-to-riches story, Duvall became a planter, merchant, carpenter, and was considered to be a country gentleman. According to historical records, Duvall belonged to a religious sect called the Jacobites, and he was “conservative in his political life.” He died in the 1690s, the father of 12 children – six daughters and six sons.
French roots and the relation to Warren Buffett is the latest of several discoveries Ancestry.com has revealed about the President’s family tree:
- German Roots – Earlier this year, Ancestry.com confirmed that President Obama has German roots through his 6th great-grandfather Johann Conrad Wolfley from Besigheim, Wuerttemberg, Germany. Wolfley arrived in the United States in the mid-1700s.
- Pres. O’Bama? – In 2007, Ancestry.com uncovered the President’s family history connection to Moneygall, Ireland. Pres. Obama’s 3rd great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney left his hometown of Moneygall for the New World, landing in New York harbor in 1850.
- Celebrity Connection – In 2007, Ancestry.com linked the President to Brad Pitt; the two are 9th cousins. Edwin Hickman, their 8th great-grandfather, owned land that later became part of Thomas Jefferson’s estate, “Monticello.”