Boston, MA, October 13, 2010 –The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston has discovered that Burlington, Massachusetts native and Saturday Night Live Alum Amy Poehler has some interesting family ties that date back to early New England history.
NEHGS genealogist Chris Child discovered that Poehler, on her father’s early New England side, is related to Stephen King, Benjamin Franklin, Dick Cheney, and Senator Scott Brown. She is also distantly related to Moby-Dick author Herman Melville(chart). Child found that Poehler also descends from the famous Folger family, once long-time residents of Nantucket, who went on to found the Folger coffee empire.
“It’s always remarkable to me,” said Child, “that as soon as you find one ancestor from early colonial New England, you start finding all sorts of fascinating connections.”
According to Child, Poehler’s early Ancestry includes Ben Franklin’s first cousin, Jethro Folger, who in 1710 married Mary Starbuck. This makes Poehler herself a first cousin to Benjamin Franklin(chart), although the difference in generations makes it 10 times removed.
Poehler is a tenth cousin to author Stephen King(chart). They share a common ancestor in Edward Starbuck of Nantucket, who died in 1690. This same ancestor also connects the actress to Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown(chart), making them eleventh cousins.
She is also a tenth cousin to former Vice-President Dick Cheney(chart). They share a common ancestor in Richard Kimball who died in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1675. Poehler is a sixth cousin to Moby Dick author Herman Melville, with a common ancestor in Tristram Coffin, who died in 1681 in Nantucket.
Poehler also descends from the 1710 marriage of Jethro Folger and Mary Starbuck, both of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Folger’s descendants went on to found the Folger coffee company and the Starbuck family name played a role in the naming of today’s Starbuck’s coffee.