Notable or interesting ancestors

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  1. MattL

    MattL Well-Known Member

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    Wanted to create a thread where people can post notable or interesting ancestors. They can be related to the Civil War or not. Also you are welcome to post indirect ancestors or indirect descendants as well, so cousins etc. They can be famous people, influential people, or just interesting people you have an interesting story or piece of knowledge about.
     
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    MattL Well-Known Member

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    Though I have a lot of relations I find more interesting since they have more recent and personal stories, the most notable probably are two Presidents I relate to.

    The most notable would be President Thomas Jefferson.

    My direct ancestor was his aunt, Judith Jefferson who was married to a George Farrar and resided in the same area of Virginia (the Farrars were a wealthy land owning family in the early days of Virginia), making Thomas Jefferson my 1st cousin 8 times removed. Our shared ancestor is Thomas Jefferson's grandparents, another Thomas Jefferson and a Mary Field.

    My connection leads through a daughter of Judith, Mary Farrar, who married a sizable land owner Thomas Moore. He didn't serve in the Revolution, he was 60-ish years old during this, though is recognized as having contributed supplies to the cause. My ancestor was their daughter Elizabeth Moore who married a John Daws in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia. John Daws served first as a Corporal in a Virginia regiment. Then was recruited and served in Washington's Life Guard. Was serving in the Life Guard during the winter at Valley Forge.

    My ancestor was their son Isaac H Daws who married a Susan C Roberts in Virginia then they travelled through Tennessee -> Alabama -> and finally resting in Dallas Co., Arkansas around 1860, eventually leading to Texas and to my mother, who was born in Texas.


    I am also related to President Richard Nixon. He was a 7th cousin, 2 times removed. We relate through shared Quaker ancestry (where ironically we are both cousins to James Dean via the same ancestry).
     
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    I grew up on a small farm that was originally a part of a Revolutionary War grant in the Ohio country. According to the deed abstract, which I still have, the name of that family was Milhous--as in Richard Milhous Nixson-- and the Quaker cemetery were they are buried is a couple of miles across the "crick", actually it was more like a river cuz you could not jump it or find rocks to use to wade across it and had a gorge.
     
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    In addition, our farm abutted Caesar Creek and now the "crick" crossing is at Haines Landing--marked northern most on the map.

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    The Quaker cemetery is down off of Roxanna- New Burlington Rd to the left down Compton. I worked at the park when I was a kid.
    The approx location of our farm was just below where the map uses the name Haines for the landing, we lived on the road named Mound which spurs to the left off S.R. 380

    Great area for arrow-head hunting.
     
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