Ancestry.com Blog http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 American Nurse Throws Down with “Russian Bully”http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/21/red-cross-nurse-throws-down-with-russian-bully/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/21/red-cross-nurse-throws-down-with-russian-bully/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:52 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4376 When W. G. Sesser created this WWI-era poster for the Red Cross, he probably never dreamed that nurse Annie Laurie Williams would take it so literally. Red Cross nurse Williams filed for a passport in 1918, listing “China, Japan, Siberia” as her destinations. She was in Omsk, Siberia, as part of the relief efforts following… Read more

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They fight for you - protect them Help the Red Cross raise $100,000,000 at once / / W.G. Sesser. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WWI Posters, LC-USZC4-9930.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WWI Posters, LC-USZC4-9930.

When W. G. Sesser created this WWI-era poster for the Red Cross, he probably never dreamed that nurse Annie Laurie Williams would take it so literally.

Red Cross nurse Williams filed for a passport in 1918, listing “China, Japan, Siberia” as her destinations. She was in Omsk, Siberia, as part of the relief efforts following World War I when she made headlines—or headline to be specific: Plucky American Girl Lands on Bully’s Jaw:

“A certain Russian bully learned something about American women that will lurk in his memory for some time, through an encounter, a few days ago, with Miss Annie Laurie Williams in the freight yards at Omsk….

“The Russian was attempting to climb aboard a car in a refugee train in which were several girls. The girls were trying to shut the car door against him, when Miss Williams appeared and grappled with the intruder. She managed to land two blows on his jaw and then they rolled together down the embankment. As they arose she gave him another.”
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According to her passport application, Williams was 5 foot 3-and-a-half-inches tall and 40 years old at the time. She eventually intervened on the Russian’s behalf after two Czech soldiers took the matter—and the Russian—in hand.

Annie Laurie Williams was one of scores of American nurses who served in Siberia during and after World War I. But she was also one of a kind.

 

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Piers Morgan and Vanessa Williams Discuss Her British Rootshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/08/piers-morgan-and-vanessa-williams-talk-spit/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/08/piers-morgan-and-vanessa-williams-talk-spit/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:20:12 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4350 In one of his final interviews at CNN, Piers Morgan sat down with Vanessa Williams to discuss…spitting. Actually, Vanessa was excited to talk about the results of her recent DNA test. These included a breakdown of her ethnic background that reveals some English ancestry: genetically speaking, Williams appears to be about 17 percent British Isles.… Read more

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In one of his final interviews at CNN, Piers Morgan sat down with Vanessa Williams to discuss…spitting.

Actually, Vanessa was excited to talk about the results of her recent DNA test. These included a breakdown of her ethnic background that reveals some English ancestry: genetically speaking, Williams appears to be about 17 percent British Isles.

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“You’re one of us,” Morgan exclaimed.

Being an African American presents its own challenges when it comes to family history.

“It’s kind of a mystery to try to figure out where you’re from, even in Africa,” Williams pointed out. But DNA testing is providing an exciting new way for African Americas to begin the hunt.

Autosomal DNA tests like AncestryDNA determine a person’s likely ethnicity breakdown by comparing a test subject’s DNA sample to a reference panel. AncestryDNA built its reference panel from a large collection of DNA samples from people whose genealogy suggests they are native to one region. They used this panel to create genetic profiles for 26 different ethnic regions.

What’s even more exciting for African Americans is that recent discoveries have allowed AncestryDNA scientists to identify 6 ethnic regions in western Africa: Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal. This means test-takers can now get a finer-grained view of their Western African roots. On average, African American test-takers wind up with between three and four African regions in their genetic ethnicity estimate.

Comparing Vanessa Williams’ sample to these profiles revealed an ethnicity breakdown that indicated both West African and European roots. Her African ancestry includes ties to Ghana (23%), Cameroon/Congo (15%), Benin/Togo (13%), and Senegal (5%). Meanwhile, along with British roots, Williams boasts Finland/Northwestern Russia (12%), Southern European (11%), and Portuguese (4%) ancestry.

DNA testing is only one avenue Williams has traveled to reconstruct her past. You can listen to the rest of the interview, including stories about Williams’ free and slave ancestors, here.

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Carrie Underwood Is Related to Another American Idolhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/07/carrie-underwood-is-related-to-another-american-idol/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/07/carrie-underwood-is-related-to-another-american-idol/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:13:52 +0000 Jeanie Croasmun http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4339 It turns out that queen of country music Carrie Underwood is related to another American idol: Abraham Lincoln. Carrie was born and raised in Oklahoma, but her OK roots are actually fairly recent. Back in the late 1700s, she had an ancestor who had moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky: Abraham Lincoln. This wasn’t the Abraham… Read more

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lincolnIt turns out that queen of country music Carrie Underwood is related to another American idol: Abraham Lincoln.

Carrie was born and raised in Oklahoma, but her OK roots are actually fairly recent. Back in the late 1700s, she had an ancestor who had moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky: Abraham Lincoln.

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This wasn’t the Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president of the United States with this Abe’s grandson. This Abraham Lincoln was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 1744, moved with his family to Virginia in 1968, and 10 years later served as a militia captain during the Revolutionary War. He moved to Kentucky in 1781, where he was killed in an ambush in 1786. That same ambush also threated his son Thomas—who survived and grew up to have a son of his own whom he named Abraham, after his father.

Carrie’s relationship to President Lincoln comes through her great-grandfather Stanton M. Luke, who was married to Essene Elba Thompson. Essene was a 1st cousin 5 times removed of President Abraham Lincoln. Essene and Honest Abe’s common ancestor was the president’s grandfather and namesake.

Besides her link to one of America’s most famous presidents, Carrie’s family tree is full of folks from Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri to go along with OK and KY. So maybe it’s no wonder she sings country music. It’s in her blood.

 

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Captain America Star Chris Evans Comes from a Long Line of American Soldiershttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/07/captain-america-star-chris-evans-comes-from-a-long-line-of-american-soldiers/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/07/captain-america-star-chris-evans-comes-from-a-long-line-of-american-soldiers/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:13:48 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4329 Chris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war in American history. Captain America represents the quintessential American hero: a soldier wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of the U.S. of A. To celebrate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, researchers at Ancestry.com looked into the family… Read more

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flag on guamChris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war in American history.

Captain America represents the quintessential American hero: a soldier wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of the U.S. of A. To celebrate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, researchers at Ancestry.com looked into the family history of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and found him more than qualified to play the iconic American superhero. Evans has a long lineage of real-life heroes who have fought in nearly every major war in American history, all the way back to the American Revolution.

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A History of Heroes

Revolutionary War

Morgan Cryer, Evans’ 5th great-grand-uncle, served as a private in the 6th regiment from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War and was shot in the ankle during a skirmish.

 

War of 1812

Honor Cryer, Evans’ 5th great-grandfather, served in Captain Thomas Bickham’s Louisiana militia company in the War of 1812.

Battle of New Orleans, January 1815. Copy of lithograph by Kurz and Allison, published 1890.

Battle of New Orleans, January 1815. Copy of lithograph by Kurz and Allison, published 1890.

 

The Civil War

The Civil War was a particularly pivotal conflict for Evans’ family, with relatives fighting on both sides of the war. Daniel Cryer, Evans’ 4th great-grandfather, sided with the Confederacy, whereas John Garvey, Evans’ 3rd great-grandfather, fought for the Union. Both men died in separate battles during this brutal war.

 

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In the more recent past, several of Chris’s direct ancestors bravely served in World War II. One was a private in the U.S. Army. Another, great-grandfather George Robert Evans, was an officer who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with the class of 1929.
 
 

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Navy Muster Rolls Reveal WWII Service of Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Jason Robards, Ernest Borgninehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/01/henry-fonda-paul-newman-jason-robards-ernest-borgnine/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/04/01/henry-fonda-paul-newman-jason-robards-ernest-borgnine/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:51:22 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4287 When World War II took center stage, the stars came out to support the U.S. Navy. With an eye to the worsening situation in Europe, the U.S. authorized expansion to a two-ocean Navy in July 1940. Rapid and massive increases in ships and personnel followed. The Navy’s ranks totaled 126,418 in September 1939. By the time… Read more

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jason robards high schoolWhen World War II took center stage, the stars came out to support the U.S. Navy.

With an eye to the worsening situation in Europe, the U.S. authorized expansion to a two-ocean Navy in July 1940. Rapid and massive increases in ships and personnel followed. The Navy’s ranks totaled 126,418 in September 1939. By the time World War II came to an end, that number would reach 3.4 million.

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Muster rolls and reports of changes were prepared to help track and report on a unit’s personnel. Now, you can use these Navy documents to follow an ancestor through their years of military service. They include plenty of luminaries who served their country on the high seas during the Second World War.

 

Henry Fonda: Being Mister Roberts

Henry Fonda joined the Navy in 1942 at age 37, saying he didn’t “want to be in a fake war in a studio.” He began his service aboard the destroyer USS Satterlee, with muster rolls indicating he was assigned to the ship at her commissioning.

 

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Fonda’s service won him the Bronze Star and prepared him for future roles as Admiral Nimitz in the movie Midway and the iconic Mister Roberts, where he wore his own military cap for the Broadway production.

 

Paul Newman: Dangerous Waters

Paul Newman enlisted in the Navy in 1943 after graduating high school. By 1945 he was serving with his torpedo squadron on the aircraft carrier Hollandia, which was “sailing from a port outside the continental U.S. to dangerous waters.” Newman later took advantage of the GI Bill to attend Kenyon College.

 

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Jason Robards: Sink and Swim

Stage and screen star Jason Robards enlisted in September 1940, before either the war or his acting career had begun. He was serving aboard the USS Northampton when it was torpedoed and sunk in November 1942 at the Battle of Tassafaronga.

 

robards northampton shortly before it was sunk

 

Robards survived by treading water until he was picked up. Later he appears aboard the Nashville, where, as the story goes, he found a copy of Eugene O’Neill’s play Strange Interlude and began to consider a career as an actor.

 

Ernest Borgnine: The Call of Duty

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Connecticut in 1917. In 1935, Ermes joined the Navy and in 1936 was serving aboard the U.S.S. Lamberton, where he continued until October 1941, when he appears on the list of changes for the crew. Discharged in October, Borgnine re-entered the service following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in March of 1942 he reappears on Navy muster rolls, this time aboard the Sylph.

 

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But that was barely the beginning of the story for Borgnine. When he returned from the war discharged from the Navy, it was time to get a job. His mother said, essentially, you like to clown around in front of people. Why don’t you go be an actor? And at 30 years old, with 10 years in the Navy and a war under his belt, and no prior experience or inclination, he went ahead and did just that.

These are only a handful of actors who went on to awards and acclaim after their service. But they had already played their most important roles on the largest stage the world had ever seen.

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DNA Test Reunites Mother and Son After 50 Yearshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/15/dna-test-reunites-mother-and-son-after-50-years/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/15/dna-test-reunites-mother-and-son-after-50-years/#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:10:21 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4271 When Ken Drake of Lindon, Utah, took an AncestryDNA test, he had no plans to find his birth mother. Drake was looking to see what DNA might tell him about his ethnic profile. Ken had been adopted as a baby, and while he had never made an attempt to find his birth mother, he was… Read more

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When Ken Drake of Lindon, Utah, took an AncestryDNA test, he had no plans to find his birth mother.

Drake was looking to see what DNA might tell him about his ethnic profile. Ken had been adopted as a baby, and while he had never made an attempt to find his birth mother, he was interested in genealogy, and his genetic heritage intrigued him.

Meanwhile, miles away, Richard Larsen had received an AncestryDNA test as Christmas gift. Ken and Richard had never met, but once both tests were in the AncestryDNA database, the computers took over.

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Along with providing ethnicity estimates, AncestryDNA searches its database for possible family members based on the number of DNA markers two people share in common. Ken Drake and Richard Larsen came up as a close match. Drake had found his biological uncle.

Drake wrote Larsen a message explaining that he had never really tried to find his birth parents, but now he was curious. He got a reply in two days: It was almost certain that Larsen’s sister, Raella Bodinus, was Drake’s mother.

When she was sixteen years old, Bodinus had put her newborn up for adoption in an era when closed adoption was the standard. She hoped her son had found a good home, but she knew nothing of his life until results from two DNA tests met in a database—and a mother held her son for the first time in 50 years.

You can read Erin Alberty’s full story on Ken Drake’s reunion in the Salt Lake Tribune here.

 
 
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New DNA Tests Offer More Answers for African Americanshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/04/new-dna-tests-offer-more-answers-for-african-americans/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/04/new-dna-tests-offer-more-answers-for-african-americans/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:03:07 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4212 New discoveries around culture, identity, and family history reveal African Americans are their own “melting pot,” with an average of three or more African regions as part of their family history. New Science Leads to New Discoveries Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science, African Americans are making new discoveries about their ethnic origins. Genetic scientists at… Read more

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New discoveries around culture, identity, and family history reveal African Americans are their own “melting pot,” with an average of three or more African regions as part of their family history.

New Science Leads to New Discoveries

Thanks to cutting-edge genetic science, African Americans are making new discoveries about their ethnic origins.

Genetic scientists at AncestryDNA can now identify 26 ethnicities from around the globe, including 9 from regions in Africa. This is a recent improvement. Only a few months ago, all of West Africa was lumped into one ethnic region.

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Recent discoveries have allowed scientists to now identify 6 ethnicities in western Africa: Benin/Togo, Cameroon/Congo, Ivory/Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal. This means test-takers can now get a finer-grained view of their Western African roots.

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On average, African American test-takers wind up with between three and four African regions as part of their genetic ethnicity estimate.

How They Do It

AncestryDNA has a unique collection of DNA samples from individuals all across Africa. Scientists look at this data for clusters of individuals based on genetic similarity. The points in the graph below (on the left) are colored by the part of West Africa in which the samples were collected (see the map to the right to coordinate colors with locations).

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Interestingly, people group by color, which means their genetic data tends to group by geographic region. This is one way scientists can use an individual’s DNA to say something about where in the world their ancestors came from.

“AncestryDNA is connecting customers of African descent to the people and cultures that are part of their heritage,” says Dr. Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “And that can be a really exciting discovery for those whose family history journeys have been cut short.”

Journeys that may have been almost impossible just a few months ago.

 
 

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The Real Solomon Northup: Documents from the Slave Yearshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/04/solomon-northup-slave-documents/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/03/04/solomon-northup-slave-documents/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:02:31 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4225 Solomon Northup was born a free person of color in New York in 1808. This was the year the 1807 Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, which banned the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the United States, took effect. A somewhat ironic fact, considering what happened next. In 1841, Northup was lured to Washington, D.C, with… Read more

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solomon northup picSolomon Northup was born a free person of color in New York in 1808. This was the year the 1807 Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves, which banned the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the United States, took effect. A somewhat ironic fact, considering what happened next.

In 1841, Northup was lured to Washington, D.C, with the promise of a job with a circus. There he was kidnapped, put on a boat to New Orleans, and sold into slavery. Northup was liberated in 1853, and 12 Years a Slave, the book he wrote about his experiences, became both a popular seller at the time and an important historical document.

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While the 1807 act prohibited importing slaves into the United States as of 1 January 1808, slaves could still be bought and sold—and transported—within the country. The same law that banned the foreign slave trade also regulated the internal transportation of slaves, requiring masters of vessels carrying slaves in coastal waters to provide a manifest detailing their slave cargo when leaving (“outward”) or entering (“inward”) a port.

Most of the characters Northup mentions from the Orleans are included on this page of the brig’s manifest from April 1841.

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Northup also says he was assigned the name Platt. He appears on the manifest as #33 Plat Hamilton.

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Northup also likely appears on the 1850 U.S. census slave schedules. Though he is not listed by name: he is only a number, age, gender, and color. He is most likely the first slave listed under Edwin Epps, who owned Northup at the time of the census and records 1 black male 40 years of age.

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By time New York took its 1855 state census, Solomon was a free man again, living in Queensbury, Warren, New York, with his wife, Ann, and son Alonzo. From there, his history gets hazy, but his story has found new life in the Academy Award winning film based on his book: 12 Years a Slave.

You’ll find find Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave and other records documenting his history on Ancestry.com.
 
 

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Clovis Boy: DNA Unraveledhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/02/28/clovis-boy-dna-unraveled/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/02/28/clovis-boy-dna-unraveled/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:29:32 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4206 Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas? In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of… Read more

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Who were the first people to ever inhabit the Americas?

In sequencing the DNA of the remains of a boy from an ancient burial site in Montana, scientists from the University of Copenhagen have provided more evidence that the first humans to arrive in the Americas were originally from Northeast Asia.  Until now, evidence of this migration has been primarily from archaeological findings.

 

In this latest study, DNA was taken from 13,000-year-old bones found in a burial site of the Clovis culture, the oldest widespread culture in North America.  The DNA sequence of the “Clovis boy” revealed that his DNA is similar to that of present-day Native Americans of North and South America, as well as to Siberians.

 

Clovis Boy

Clovis cache: The child’s skull was found in Montana with a host of Clovis tools. Photo Credit: Samuel Stockton White.

What does this mean about the ancestors of contemporary Native Americans? 30,000 years ago, “Beringia” – or the “Bering Land Bridge” – provided a walk-able connection between continents that are now separated by sea. The study supports that there was a migration by individuals from Siberia across the land bridge to the Americas more than 15,000 years ago – giving rise to the Clovis culture and the Clovis boy, and eventually to today’s Native Americans.  

 

We can’t exactly re-trace the route of the ancestors of the first Native Americans, since we can’t walk from Siberia to Alaska anymore.  But at AncestryDNA, we’re pleased to see that ancient DNA has filled in some of the details about their journey.

 

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Tom Hanks Reveals Lincoln Connectionhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/02/26/tom-hanks-reveals-lincoln-connection/ http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2014/02/26/tom-hanks-reveals-lincoln-connection/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:58:46 +0000 Ancestry.com http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/?p=4187 When Tom Hanks took on the role of narrator for National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln, it turns out he was telling a family story. Hanks revealed that he is related to America’s iconic president through President Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. Nancy was an orphan by the age of nine and lived for a time with an aunt… Read more

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Abraham LincolnWhen Tom Hanks took on the role of narrator for National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln, it turns out he was telling a family story.

Hanks revealed that he is related to America’s iconic president through President Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks.

Nancy was an orphan by the age of nine and lived for a time with an aunt and uncle. She was living with the Richard Berry family when she came to know Thomas Lincoln. They were married on 12 June 1806 in Washington County, Kentucky.

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Abraham was the couple’s second child, born on 12 February 1809. Nancy died on 5 October 1818 at the age of 34, possibly of milk sickness, a disease contracted from drinking milk given by cows that had eaten white snakeroot. In his literary biogrpahy of Lincoln, Carl Sandburg descrives young Abe helping his father build Nancy’s coffin.

(Almost 25 years later, Abraham Lincoln would marry Mary Todd, and the couple would have four children of their own, but only one would reach adulthood. Abraham Lincoln’s last direct descendent died in 1985.)

Hanks is a third cousin, four times removed of the former president.  Hanks says, “the members of my branch of the family are either cousins or in-laws or poor relations.

“So when I was at school, guess which president I was always doing essays on.”

You can read the entire article from the Daily Mail here.

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