As a country music superstar, Trisha Yearwood has sung her share of emotional songs. But on tonight’s Who Do You Think You Are? she discovers that her 5x great-grandfather’s life actually sounds like one.
Trisha begins her journey with a simple question: who was the first person in her Winslett family line to set foot in America? Her query reveals Samuel Winslett, born in England in 1744 — she’s found her man. And that’s where the story gets really interesting.
She follows Samuel’s trials and tribulations: from being orphaned at a young age to facing a devastating punishment to starting a new life in unfriendly territory. Trisha’s roller coaster journey builds as she uncovers more layers to Samuel’s story in parish records — and more court documents than she could ever imagine. Her immigrant ancestor’s life comes full circle as a story that started with despair ends in redemption, and Trisha concludes that we “draw strength and part of our own character from what comes before us.”
Don’t miss this incredible episode TONIGHT at 9|8c on TLC. And then watch more celebrities discover their family history.
Who Do You Think You Are? Episodes from Season 4:
- Kelly Clarkson
- Christina Applegate
- Chelsea Handler
- Zooey Deschanel
- Chris O’Donnell
- Cindy Crawford
- Jim Parsons (pending: show airs on September 10th)
About Kristie Wells
Kristie is Ancestry's Head of Global Social Media and Online Support Community and is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that was supposedly French and Catalan, but it seems was really the Christopher's from Iowa) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.
[...] to Ancestry.com, Yearwood’s episode features the singer tracing her 5x great-grandfather Samuel Winslett, [...]