My mother (Mary) Elizabeth Boyd Roberts, who was born in Corsicana, Texas, December 31, 1912, died in Houston, January 24, 2002. Having twice read at funeral services a eulogy covering her life, I now wish to present a genealogical tribute treating 50 notable figures in American history who are among our distant kinsmen, and whom I have never covered before - in either American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales, Ancestors of American Presidents, Notable Kin, Volumes One and Two, later "Notable Kin" columns in NEXUS and New England Ancestors, or this current column series.These 50 "new" figures are sometimes derived from the Somerset or Barnstable, Mass. Hulls or from Rhode Island ur-mother (at least sometimes so considered) Mrs. Frances Latham Dungan Clarke Vaughan, who figure in the ancestry of my maternal grandfather, farmer, politician, and oilman George Wesley Boyd (1880-1952) of Navarro County, Texas. Mostly, however, they are cousins somehow of Ephraim H[ough] Root (1813-1880), my mother's mother's father's father, who migrated from Geneseo, Livingston County, New York, via Memphis (where he married) to Navarro County, Texas also, and whose parents were born in Southington and Wallingford, Conn. respectively.I outlined my mother's lines from the royally-descended Col. Thomas Ligon/Lygon of Virginia and Act. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke of Rhode Island in my 1993 compendium, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, pp. vii-viii, 204-6, 248-49, with slight corrections in the 2001 edition, pp. 669, 671. My mother's presidential kin were listed on the dedication page of my 1995 first edition of Ancestors of American Presidents (AAP). A likely addition, via the Ver(r)ys of probable Scudder descent, is William Howard Taft. I published a six-generation ancestor table in The American Genealogist (TAG) 55 (1979): 114-15, and corrected it in the second paragraph of #41 of the current column series ("Some Personal Notes - or Why I Trace the Ancestry of Notable Figures"). In Notable Kin, Volume Two (NK2, 1999), chapter 34 covers twelve of my mother's distant cousins of note via Worshams, seven of whom were descendants of Pocahontas. Of the remaining five, a relatively close cousin is Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter's White House chief of staff. Chapter 48 treats our "notable kin" who descend from Act. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke of Rhode Island. Chapter 50 covers the Lygon descents of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princes William and Harry. Chapter 42 treats the probable descents from Jeremiah Clarke and Rev. Joseph Hull of the actress Marilyn Monroe, and Chapter 46 covers Baldwin and Stanton descents of the playwright "Tennessee" Williams. In the last two issues of NEXUS (16 : 156-59, 200-202) and the first three issues of New England Ancestors (1 , 1:64-66, 2:38-41, 3:42-44), I treated Ligon/Lygon descendants in England, the American South, and New England. Earlier NEXUS columns (13 : 204-211, 14 : 70-73, 206, 15 : 30-32, 116-17) included the Lygon descents of Lord Byron, Sir Winston Churchill, and the Leveson-Gower "Whig cousinage."In the preceding column series, #s 22 and 23 introduce the Stoughton and Scudder progenies; #14 notes the Lathrop, Scudder, Stoughton, Royce, Stanley, Gaylord, Stebbins, and Tough ancestors of Selina Alleyne Stanhope Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley, daughter-in-law of the late Princess Margaret of Great Britain; #37 covers the Day, Stebbins, Root, and Haynes forebears of rock singer Janis Joplin; #42 The New York Times; and #48 covers the Lygon descent, via Mrs. Amy Wyllys Pynchon of Springfield, of the novelist Thomas [Ruggles] Pynchon [V]. The previous two columns in this series cover my mother's noted Lathrop and Dwight kinsmen in considerable detail. My mother's New England forebears were largely associated with Connecticut - especially New Haven (plus Branford and Milford), Hartford (plus Windsor and particularly Farmington), and New London (plus Norwich). New Englanders from these areas were often derived from earlier Massachusetts settlers; notably from several towns near Boston (Roxbury, Dorchester, Watertown, and Dedham among my ancestors), and "Mayflower country" (Plymouth County and Cape Cod especially). My mother's Stanton-Clarke-Latham strand is from Newport, Rhode Island. Scudder and Betts cousins were early in Long Island, and Dwights, Day cousins, and Catlins were associated with the Connecticut Valley, particularly Springfield, Northampton, Hadley, Hatfield, and Deerfield. Like many prolific Connecticut families, my mother's Root forebears moved to upstate New York, and kinsmen migrated to Vermont, Nova Scotia, and beyond upstate New York to western Pennsylvania, the Western Reserve, and the Midwest generally, especially Chicago.Of kin to various noted colonial clans (the progenies of Jonathan Edwards, Jonathan Trumbull, Francis Dana, and Rufus King especially), my New England cousins also participated somewhat in the literary "flowering of New England" and Harvard. They include over a dozen major tycoon families (Morgans, Fields, Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts of "The Breakers" and Biltmore, the Cushing sisters, Fishes, Wideners, Pattersons, the wives of H.F. Guggenheim and J.P. Getty, Dorrances, Otises and Chandlers of Los Angeles, and C.S. Eaton of Cleveland); various political and twentieth-century literary figures, often associated with Yale; and among American heiresses who married in England or on the Continent, Jennie Jerome, Mrs. Harry Gordon Selfridge, and Queen Geraldine of the Albanians are treated below as well. A few scientists, artists or architects, a college founder, an aviation pioneer, and a magazine entrepreneur compose the bulk of the remaining 50 figures treated below - and the 10 progenies below that are already treated in NK1 or NK2 . A final surprise is the first archbishop of Québec, grandson of one of the captives from Deerfield taken to Canada.
Below, in the usual format for "Notable Kin" columns, are outlined my mother’s Jeremiah Clarke and Rev. Joseph Hull descents through her father; then the Farrington, Cowles, Whiting, Royce, Gaylord, Andrews-Peck, Woodruff, Stanley, Paul Peck, Hale, Alcock, Dwight, Catlin, Lathrop, Stebbins, William Peck, Bullard, Calkins, Bates, Withington, Baldwin, Thomas Scott, Scudder, Stoughton, and Martin ancestry of E.H. Root; then the ancestry shared by my mother and 12 figures treated in Notable Kin, Volumes One or Two who themselves left several major notable descendants, often children or grandchildren; then the 50 “new” figures who descend from one of the families just listed. Sources are divided into general such for each of the progenies considered, then works covering the line from an ancestor in these initial sources to (1) G.W. Boyd and E.H. Root, (2) 12 figures in my Notable Kin volumes who themselves left distinguished progenies, and (3) each of the 50 noted cousins untreated by me in print to date. Pamphlets covering all of these progenies are available in the Society’s library; I add to them frequently.
Elizabeth Boyd Roberts, 1912-2002, wife of Jack Carl Roberts, 1911-1990, and mother of genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, b. 1943; George Wesley Boyd & Fannie Kate Root; Hugh Blair Boyd & Mary Elizabeth Bressie, Charles Mitchell Root & Mary Lucy Wade Peevey; Joseph Addison Bressie & Martha Anne Edens, Ephraim H[ough] Root, b. 1813, & Caroline Pool; Ezekiel Edens & Mary Gammill; James Edens & Phereby Averitt; Benjamin Averitt & Amy Spooner; John Spooner & Hannah Stanton; Henry Stanton & Mary Hull; John Stanton & Mary Clarke, John Hull & Alice Tiddeman, Jeremiah Clarke, acting gov. of R.I. & Frances Latham, Tristram Hull & Blanche ----; Rev. Joseph Hull & ---- ----; Thomas Hull & Joan Peson (Pyssing).
Ephraim H[ough] Root, b. 1813; Judah Root & Sarah Hough; Samuel Root, Jr. & Chloe Palmer, Ephraim Hough, Jr. & Eunice Andrews; Samuel Root & Abigail Cowles, Judah Palmer & Mary Farrington, Ephraim Hough & Hannah Royce, Andrew Andrews & Esther Royce; John Root & Mary Woodruff, Isaac Cowles & Mary Andrews, Micah Palmer, Jr. & Damaris Whitehead, Nathaniel Farrington & Sarah Whiting, James Hough & Sarah Mitchell, Robert Royce & Joanna Gaylord (parents of Hannah and Esther), Joseph Andrews & Abigail Payne; John Woodruff & Mary ----, Samuel Cowles & Abigail Stanley, Daniel Andrews & Mary Peck, John Whitehead & Martha Bradfield, John Farrington & Mary Bullard, Nathaniel Whiting & Sarah Dwight, Samuel Hough & Mary Bates, Michael Mitchell & Sarah Catlin, Isaac Royce & Elizabeth Lathrop, Joseph Gaylord & Sarah Stanley, Samuel Andrews & Elizabeth Peck (parents of Joseph); Matthew Woodruff & Hannah ----, John Cowles & Hannah ---, Timothy Stanley & Elizabeth ----, Paul Peck & Martha Hale (parents of Mary), ---- Whitehead & Elizabeth Alcock, William Bullard (Jr.) & ---- -----,John Dwight & Hannah ----, William Hough & Sarah Calkins, James Bates (III) & Anne Withington, John Catlin, Jr. & Mary Baldwin, Robert Royce & Mary ----, Samuel Lathrop & Elizabeth Scudder, Walter Gaylord & Mary Stebbins, John Stanley (III) & Sarah Scott, William Peck & Elizabeth ---- (parents of Samuel); John Stanley & Susan Lancock (parents of Timothy and John, Jr.), John Hale & Martha ----, William Bullard & Grace Howes, Hugh Calkins & Anne ----, James Bates (Jr.) & Alice Glover, Henry Withington & Elizabeth Smith, Joseph Baldwin of Milford and Hadley & Hannah Whitlock, Rev.John Lathrop & Hannah House, John Scudder & Elizabeth Stoughton (later Chamberlain), William Gaylord & ---- ----, Edward Stebbins/Stebbing & Frances Tough, John Stanley (Jr.) & ----, Thomas Scott & Anne ----; James Bate(s) & Mary Martin, Henry Scudder & Elizabeth ----, Rev. Thomas Stoughton & Katherine ----, William Stebbins/Stebbing & ---- ----; James Martin & Joan Adam.
(Martin [Bates-Stowe], Stebbins, Bullard, Hull):English Origins of New England Families From NEHGR, 1st series, vol. 1 (1984), pp. 155, 178-81 (or Register 66 : 54, 92 : 395-98) (Martin, Bigge, Bates), 437-41 (or Register 70 : 347-49, 93 : 296-98) (Stowe), A.C. Bates, Ancestral Lines for Eight Generations of Capt. Lemuel Bates, 1729-1820 (1943), esp. pp. 11-15, George Lincoln, History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, vols. 2-3 (1893, reprinted in 1 vol., 1982), pp. 38-51 (Bates), Raeola Ford Cooke, “John Stow/Stowe of Massachusetts and His Descendants of Middletown, Conn.” (1986), and F.C. Pierce, Foster Genealogy (1899), pp. 486-88, 492-95, 504-10, 521-23, etc.; TAG 30 (1954): 193-212, 31 (1955): 193-201 (Stebbins/Stebbing, Tough), Ken Stevens, Wilsons from New England, Volume “R,” Five Families from Hartford County, Connecticut (1989), pp. 1-161, Mildred Cadwell Doubet, Cadwells in America (1982), D.L. Jacobus and E.F. Waterman, Hale, House and Related Families (1952, repr. 1972, hereafter Hale-House), pp. 509-14, 538-43 (Day, Ely), G.E. Day, A Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the Male Line of Robert Day of Hartford, Conn., 2nd ed. (1913), and P.J. McCarthy, Some of the Descendants of Jasper Gunn of Milford, Conn., 2 vols. (1997-98), 1:5-6, 11-12, 30-34, etc.; D.C. Smith and M.L. Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part I, The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879 (1996), pp. 198-214 (Bullard English origins esp.), E.J. Bullard, Bullard and Allied Families (1930), pp. 9-32 and Other Bullards: A Genealogy (1928), T.S. Lazell, Whiting Genealogy (1902), pp. 14-15, etc., D.F. Parker, The Farringtons: Colonists and Patriots, rev. ed. (1981), pp. 9-66, E.E. Dana, The Dana Family in America (1956), Pauline Ames Plimpton, The Ancestry of Blanche Butler Ames and Adelbert Ames (1977), pp. 170-72 etc., and G.A.B. Dow, Dow, Ball, Eaton and Allied Families (1951), pp. 297-301, etc.; Lindsay L. Brook, ed., Studies in Genealogy and Family History in Tribute to Charles Evans on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (1989), pp. 44-51 (Pysing, Hull), Robert E. Hull, The Ancestors and Descendants of George Hull (ca. 1590-1659) and Thamzen Michell of Crewkerne, Somerset, England, Dorchester, Massachusetts, Windsor and Fairfield, Connecticut (1994), C.H. Weygant, The Hull Family in America (1913), esp. pp. 245-459, Mary and John, vol. 7 (1987), pp. 101-7 (Pinney), M.L. Holman, The Scott Genealogy (1919), pp. 232-35 esp. (Bursley), E.P. White, John Howland of the Mayflower, Volume 2, The First Five Generations: Documented Descendants Through his Second Child, John2Howland and his Wife, Mary Lee (1993), pp. 31-32, 65-72, 153-68 (Bursley, Crocker), W.A. Walter, Crocker Genealogy (1952), pp. 2-3, 6-7, 9-10, 16, 18-21 etc., R.S. Newton, The Dimick Family (1989), pp. 29 etc.
(Latham [Dungan-Clarke], William Peck, Royce, Gaylord):The Genealogist 4 (1983): 187-202, 10 (1989, published 1994-98): 167-94, esp. 182 (Dungan), A.R. Justice, Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke of Rhode Island and Dungan Genealogy (1922), E.F. Barker, Barker Genealogy (1927), pp. 11-102, Eben Putnam, The Holden Genealogy, vol. 1 (1923), pp. 379-411, Holden Manuscript Compiled by Frederic August Holden (between 1852 and 1910), 9 vols., 1989, bound photocopy at NEHGS of original at Rhode Island Historical Society, plus NK2: 192-202 (notable descendants of Mrs. Frances Latham Dungan and Act. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke) and sources cited therein; D.L. Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven (1922-32, 1939, repr. in 3 vols., 1974 [henceforth FANH]), pp. 1383-89 (William Peck), 61-62, 71-76, etc. (Atwater), 537, 539-44 (Dickerman), 546-47, 553-54 (Doolittle), 1884, 1902-5 (Tuttle), 873, 877-81, 886-87 (Hull), 642-43, 646-50, etc. (Gilbert), 1211, 1214-15, etc. (Morris), 1669-70, 1688-90, etc. (Sperry), 2014, 2017-18, etc. (Wooding), 669-72, etc. (Goodyear), 40-45, etc. (Andrews), 1710-13 (Street), 694, 706-9, etc. (Hall), Darius Peck, A Genealogical Account of the Descendants in the Male Line of William Peck (1877), esp. pp. 15, 18-19 and TAG 13 (1936-37): 122 (Peck), M.S. Beach, Rev. William Ely, and G.B. Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry (1902), pp. 62-64, S.S. Rogers, E.S. Lane and E. Van D. Selden, Selden Ancestry (1931), pp. 79-110, 122-30, 147-57, etc., J.P. Lovelace, The Pratt Directory, 1995 Revised Edition (1995), pp. 746 (Samuel 1655), 182 (David 1688), etc.; AFNH, pp. 1549-70 (Royce, plus the Helen Elizabeth Royce mss. collection at the Connecticut Historical Society), 148-49, 152-53, etc. (Beach), 91, 94-96 (Austin), 1081 (Lathrop), Timothy Hopkins, John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634 and Some of His Descendants (1932), pp. 31-32, 44-45 (Messenger), K.W. Calkins, Calkins Family in America (2000, hereafter Calkins), pp. 8, 15-17, 11-13, etc., Alfred Andrews, Genealogical History of Deacon Stephen Hart and His Descendants (1875), pp. 366-67, 370-74, etc., Dexter North, John North of Farmington, Connecticut and His Descendants (1921), pp. 18-19, 24-27, etc.; Mary and John, vol. 5 (1987), pp. 17-34, AFNH, pp. 636-40, TAG 60 (1984): 213-14, 30 (1954): 202-3 (Gaylord), Day sources as above under Stebbins, The Descendants of John Porter, as above under Stanley, pp. 732-36, 114-25, etc.
(Hale, Calkins, Cowles):TAG> 38 (1962): 237-39 and Hale-House, pp. 3-261 (Hale, Peck), 591-93 (Hills), E.E. Cornwall, William Cornwall and His Descendants (1901), pp. 11, 15-18, etc., Alfred Andrews, Genealogical History of John and Mary Andrews (1872), pp. 59-60, 66-69, etc., and FANH, pp. 855, 859-60 (Howe), 409, 415-17, etc. (Clark); Calkins, as above under Royce, plus Mrs. Turney Sharps, “Genealogy of the Calkins Family,” typescript, 2 vols. (1949), H.A. and L.P. Abell, The Abell Family in America (1940), pp. 59-60, 77, 99, M.S.P. Guild, The Stiles Family in America: Genealogies of the Massachusetts Family (1892), pp. 177 (Ruth Calkins, not Carlings), 182-87 etc., R.H. Walworth, Hyde Genealogy, 2 vols. (1864), pp. 5-6, 12-21, 24-25, 62-88, 100-3, etc. Albert and C.W. Leffingwell, The Leffingwell Record (1897), pp. 50-51, E.F. Waterman and D.L. Jacobus, The Waterman Family, vol. 1 (1939), pp. 662-64 (Gifford), 112-13, 247-62, etc., FANH, pp. 846-54 (Hough), E.C. and F.B. Hough, “Descendants of William Hough of Connecticut,” bound copy of annotated mss. (CS71/H837/1992f at NEHGS), and C.H.J. Douglas, A Collection of Family Records … Douglas (1879), pp. 65-69, 78-86; C.D. Cowles, Genealogy of the Cowles Families in America, 2 vols. (1929), M.P. Miller, Some Descendants of Robert Porter, Farmington, Connecticut, 1640 (1986), pp. 3-24, Stanley, pp. 232-38, etc., A.P. Pitkin, Pitkin Family of America (1887), pp. 3-4, 8-16, etc., J.J. Goodwin and F.F. Starr, The Goodwins of Hartford, Connecticut (1891), pp. 549-624, E.V. Smith, Descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson (1978), pp. 415-540, Lyman Coleman, Genealogy of the Lyman Family (1872), pp. 57-196 and Lebanon VRs (Elizabeth Lyman and George Smith).
(Withington, Woodruff, Alcock):Register 75 (1921): 142-54, 196-216, 246-73, 76 (1922): 6-27 (Withington), 43 (1889): 279-90 (Baker), 5 (1851): 467 (White), Robinson Family Association, Robinson Genealogy, Volume XII: William Robinson of Dorchester, Massachusetts, n.d., pp. 5-6, 7 etc., E.L. Woodworth-Barnes and A.C. Williams, Mayflower Families through Five Generations,Volume 16, Part 1, Family of John Alden (1999), pp. 211-12 (Robinson), G.W. Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, vols. 3 and 4 (1923, repr. in 1984 as Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Massachusetts), pp. 733-38, etc., partly corrected by F.B. Dexter, Bibliographic Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, vol. 1, 1701-1745 (1885), pp. 499-502 (White), J.J. May, Danforth Genealogy (1902), pp. 18-23, E.A. Bowen, Lineage of the Bowens of Woodstock, Connecticut (1897), pp. 224-26, 229-31 (Danforth, Whiting, Sparhawk), Capt. Lemuel Bates, as above under Martin, pp. 14-47, plus Hough sources under Calkins and F.W. Chapman, The Chapman Family (1854), pp. 190, 193, 195-97, etc.; S.W. Abbott, Woodruff Genealogy: Descendants of Mathew Woodruff of Farmington, Connecticut (1963), J.P. Root, Root Genealogical Records (1870), pp. 108, 115-17, etc., G.F. Shepard and D.L. Jacobus, The Shepard Families of New England, vol. 3 (1970), pp. 96-217, G.D. Seymour and D.L. Jacobus, A History of the Seymour Family (1939), pp. 42-46, 55-60, etc., and A.A. Pomeroy, History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family (1912), pp. 148-50, 175-80, etc.; Register 97 (1943): 10-14 (Alcock), FANH, pp. 12-14 (Alcock), E.B. Sumner, Ancestry of Edward Wales Blake and Clarissa Matilda Glidden (1948), pp. 23-24 (Alcock, Soper), and Ancestry and Descendants of Amaziah Hall and Betsey Baldwin (1954), pp. 210-13, etc. (Whitehead), Genealogies of Rhode Island Families from Rhode Island Periodicals, vol. 2 (1983), pp. 399-406 (Williams), C.H. Farnham, History of the Descendants of John Whitman of Weymouth, Mass. (1889), pp. 17-19, 40-46, 59-71, etc., J.G. Lamb, The Descendants of Thomas Lambe of Roxbury, Massachusetts (1993), pp. 23-26, 36-37, and History of Weymouth, as above under Withington, pp. 313-32 (Hunt).
(E.B. Roberts): Mrs. Will M. Miller, Ligons and Their Kin of Graves County, Ky. (1978), pp. 100-3, 112-21, esp. 117, Thomas Spooner, Records of William Spooner of Mass. and His Descendants (1883), pp. 69-70, W.H. Stanton, A Book Called Our Ancestors of Stantons (1922), pp. 31-33, and further Onslow Co., N.C. Spooner-Stanton research by Mrs. Will M. Miller, Ancestry of Jeremy Clarke, as above under Latham, pp. 45-54, esp. 49-50, Hull sources as above, plus W.J. Cleaver, The Ancestry of Allen Grinnell Cleaver and Martha Irene Jessup (1909), pp. 548-66 (Hull also).
(E.H. Root):Root Genealogy and Records, as above under Woodruff, pp. 108, 116-17, 132, 722, 249, E.H. and C.M. Root family Bible, formerly owned by Miss Eleanor Clayton Root and Charles Root of Lufkin and Houston, Texas, respectively, and “Descendants of William Hough of Connecticut” under Calkins, pp. 102, 21, 106-7, 126; Woodruff, Cowles, Stanley and Hale-House genealogies as noted above under these families; H.W. Palmer, “Palmer Famil[ies] in America” (1915-53), typescript (Mss 297 at NEHGS), pp. 5802-3, 5817-18, Whitehead and Alcock sources as above under Alcock, and Farrington, Bullard, Whiting, and Dwight genealogies as above under Bullard and in the immediately preceding Dwight column; FANH, pp. 846-47, 851 (Hough), Calkins, as above under Calkins and Royce, Bates, Martin, and Withington sources as above under Martin and Withington, Marilyn Jordan-Solari, Some Descendants of Michael and Sarah (Catlin) Mitchell of Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1694-1988 (1988), pp. 2-24, 28-29, and Baldwin sources as above, under Baldwin; FANH, pp. 1549, 1551-52, 1563 (Royce), 1081 (Lathrop), 636, 638 (Gaylord), 40-41, 44-45 (Andrews), 1383, 1385 (Peck); Stanley, Hale, Bullard, Bates, Martin, Baldwin, Scudder, Stoughton, and Stebbins English origins sources as noted above under these families, plus Lathrop sources as per column #56, Gaylord sources as above, and “Warner,” p. 419 (Scott).
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