The first “Notable Kin” column, in the NEXUS for February 1986, was
preceded by two articles (NEXUS 2:125-27, 159-60) that covered 23
“new” noted kinsmen of Dr. Joseph Strong (1770-1812) of South Coventry,
Conn. and Philadelphia, The Princess of Wales (a great-great-great-great
granddaughter of Dr. Strong) and Princes William and Henry, her sons.
These articles also covered additional kinships for 14 of the 302 noted
distant “royal cousins” treated in American Ancestors and Cousins of
The Princess of Wales (henceforth AACPW), cited new
scholarship on several families in the Princess’s ancestry, and
mentioned three deaths among the 302 in 1984 or 1985. Since then, among
these 325 “notable royal kin,” or notable spouses, Spencer Woolley
Kimball, Jack Isidor Straus and (George) Orson Welles died in late 1985;
Cary Grant in 1986; Fred Astaire, (Howard) Malcolm Baldrige (Jr.), Rita
Hayworth, and (Mrs.) Clare Boothe (Brokaw) Luce, in 1987; Kingman
Brewster, Jr. and (William) Stuart Symington (Jr.) in 1988; Joseph
(Wright) Alsop (V) and Robert Penn Warren in 1989; and William Samuel
Paley, in 1990.
Also since 1985 I have continued to “collect” or
trace notable distant cousins of the Princess and her sons, and present
below a summary of my most important findings so far 25 — new noted
cousins, for a total of 350, plus six additional kinships to figures
treated earlier. Twelve of these new 25, plus three intriguing
possibilities, are derived from the 25 “Notable Kin” columns to date, in
the course of whose writing I often discovered unexpected connections,
more fully explored the ancestry of various major figures. and sometimes
decided that seemingly lesser notables were more important than might
at first appear. These 12 figures, the New England families they share
with the Princess, and pertinent NEXUS citations, may be listed as
follows; all of these lines are fully documented in the cited columns.
1-3. Anson Jones, 1798-1858, last president of the Republic
of Texas (Strong), Samuel May Williams, 1795-1858, private
secretary of Stephen F. Austin, Galveston banker and financial backer of
the Republic of Texas (Thompson), and Abel Head “Shanghai” Pierce,
1834-1900, cattleman responsible for the importation of Brahman cattle
to Texas (Fobes, Mitchell) (NEXUS 4: 242-43).
Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, 1870-1947,
Canadian prime minister, 1930-35 (Gore) (5:58-59).
Kazan[joglous], b. 1909, film director (1st wife, Mary Day
Thacher) (Hibbard, Luff, Walden) and Edgar Rice Burroughs,
1875-1950, creator of Tarzan (Parke, Thompson) (5:169-170).
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jr., 1804-1864, novelist and man of letters
8. George Herbert Walker Bush,
b. 1924, 41st U.S. president (a likely Thomas Mitchell descent)
9-10. Eliphalet Remington, Jr., 1793-1861,
and his son, Philo Remington, 181 6-1 889, arms manufacturers
and “molders” of the American West (Charde) (7: 113-14).
(Mrs.) Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, suffragette, women’s club
leader and author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (CogswelD, and her
husband, abolitionist and reform leader Samuel Gridley Howe,
Additionally the actress Marilyn Monroe,
two of whose husbands were baseball player “Joe” DiMaggio and playwright
Arthur Miller, may be a notable “royal cousin” - if her father was
really Charles Stanley Gifford and if the first Thomas Mitchell of Block
Island was Thomas, son of Experience and Jane (Cooke) Mitchell of
Plymouth (7:64-68). Among the 23 “new” cousins of Princes William and
Henry covered in NEXUS 2:159-60, J.R. Lowell and H.D. Thoreau
were more fully treated, and their Blott and Mitchell lines fully
documented, in NEXUS 6:205-6, 111-12. Among the 300 noted “royal
cousins” treated in AACPW, the 25 “Notable Kin” columns to date
have covered more fully - and documented such kinships for - John (Jr.),
John Q., Charles F., Brooks and Henry Adams; Mrs. Amos B. and Louisa
May Alcott; Susan B. Anthony; Lyman and H.W. Beecher; W.C. Bryant;
Samuel Colt; Mrs. Lee DeForest; Emily Dickinson; Dorothea Dix; R.W.
Emerson; Mrs. H.S. Firestone, Jr.; Mrs. Arthur H. Fleming; Mrs. William
Clay Ford; O.W. Holmes Sr. and Jr.; Mrs. C.H. McCormick; Mrs. Paul
Mellon; W.H. Prescott; Frederic(k) Remington; Elizabeth Cady Stanton;
Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Emma Hart Willard (28 in all). Some
documentation was provided in these columns also - but not to ancestors
shared with the Princess - for the second Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, W.S.
Porter (O. Henry), Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Lillian and
Dorothy Gish, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles and Rita
Hayworth, J.P. Morgans, Rockefellers, Mrs. W.S. Paley, Mrs. Vincent
Astor, Mrs. J.H. Whitney, Mrs. H.W. Cushing, Mrs. J.L. Straus,
Vanderbilts, Hetty Green, Mrs. T.F. Ryan, Mrs. H.L. Hunt and her sons,
-Childerses of Ireland, and Masaryks of Czechoslovakia.
In addition to the twelve new “Notable Kin” of The Princess of Wales
treated in earlier columns and listed above, the following 13 “new”
figures are also “royal cousins.” These 13 include one First Lady (Lou
Henry Hoover), so that the total number of U.S. presidents related by
birth or marriage to The Princess rises to 15; two Hollywood figures
(Glenn Close and Preston Sturges); Sarah Caldwell and Pete Seeger from
the world of music; plus W.S. Lewis, John O’Hara, Philip Rahv and
Tennessee Williams among twentieth-century literary figures. Several
fairly close kinships to earlier treated “royal cousins” are perhaps
surprising: Preston Sturges married a half-sister of Dina Merrill who
was also an aunt of the half blood of Glenn Close; Julia Ward Howe and
society leader Samuel Ward McAllister were first cousins; Glenn Close
and Brooke Shields are second cousins once removed (but Brooke is not
related to Mrs. Sturges or Dina Merrill); and Tennessee Williams,
through a line not covered in NEXUS 5:16-17 but recently brought
to my attention by John Anderson Brayton, was a third cousin once
removed of Zelda Sayre, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The format below
is the usual one for this column, and of AACPW also. Following
the notable kinsman’s full name, birth and death years, and a word or
phrase denoting achievement (plus parentheses and the spouse’s name if
the kinship is through this latter) is an outline, generation by
generation - parents, then grandparents, then great-grand-parents, etc.,
with semi-colons separating generations and commas separating couples
of the same generation (from the figure) if there are two or more
kinships - of the descent from the italicized ancestor shared by Dr.
Strong and the Princess. Following these thirteen figures (numbered
#338-50; the twelve listed earlier are considered #326-37) are
additional lines for Louis Auchincloss, Lee Remick, C.A. Black (husband
of Shirley Temple), Mrs. Charles Follen McKim and Katharine Hepburn.
These latter entries, following the figure’s full name and number (from AACPW)
begin with the last earlier-treated couple through one of whom the new
line begins, and then outline the descent as noted above. The final
listing covers a “new” line for John Wellborn Root, previously included
only as a “royal cousin’s” spouse.
CALDWELL, b. 1924, opera promoter, artistic director and conductor
of the Opera Company of Boston; Edwin F[letcher?] Caldwell & Carrie
Margaret Baker; Charles Davis Caldwell & Mary Ann Jones; Edwin
Caldwell & Martha J. Davis; John Hays Davis & Elizabeth Strong;
Jared Strong & Betsey Gregory; Horatio Strong & Patience
Stevens; Ozias Strong & Susannah West (see AACPW, p. 69);
Phineas Strong & Mary Baker; Joseph Strong & Sarah Allen.
339. GLENN CLOSE, b. 1947, actress;
William Taliaferro Close & Bettine Moore; Charles Arthur Moore, Jr.,
& Elizabeth Hyde; Charles Arthur Moore & Mary Campbell,
great-great grandparents of Brooke Shields, see AACPW, pp. 68-69
(Mary Campbell was a great-great granddaughter of Ozias Strong &
Susannah West, above).
340. FANNIE MERRITT
FARMER, 1857-1915, cookbook author and nutrition pioneer; John
Franklin Farmer & Mary Watson Merritt; John Adams Merritt & Mary
Watson Gore; Jeremiah Gore, Jr. & Thankful Harris; Jeremiah Gore
& Mary Watson; Samuel Gore & Mary Williams; Joseph Williams
& Abigail Davis; Stephen Williams & Sarah Wise; Joseph Wise
& Mary Thompson; John Thompson & Alice Freeman (RD).
HERBERT CLARK HOOVER, 1874-1964, 31st U.S. president, engineer,
secretary of commerce (wife, Lou Henry; Charles Delano Henry
& Florence Ida Weed; Phineas Weed & Philomelia Sophia Scobey;
John Scobey & Nancy M. Wallace; Josiah Wallace & Polly Goffe;
John Goffe (IV) & Jemima Holden; John Goffe (III) & Hannah
Griggs; Ichabod Griggs & Margaret Bishop; Samuel Bishop &
SHELDON LEWIS, 1895-1979, man of letters, Horace Walpole scholar and
editor (wife, Annie Burr Auchincloss; Hugh Dudley Auchincloss
Emma Brewster Jennings [parents of H.D. Auchincloss, Jr., stepfather of
playwright Gore Vidal and First Lady Mrs. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy
Onassis]; John Auchincloss & Elizabeth Buck; Gurdon Buck &
Susannah Mainwaring; David Mainwaring & Martha Saltonstall; William
Mainwaring & Rebecca Gager; Samuel Gager & Rebecca Lay; John
Gager & Elizabeth Gore).
WARD McALLISTER, 1827-1895, lawyer, leader (with Mrs. Astor) of New
York “400” Society; Matthew Hall McAllister & Louisa Charlotte
Cutler; Benjamin Clarke Cutler (a Cogswell descendant) &
Sarah Mitchell, grandparents of Mrs. Julia Ward Howe (see NEXUS
344. JOHN HENRY O’HARA,
1905-1970, short-story writer and novelist (3rd wife, Katharine Lansing
Barnes; Courtland Dixon Barnes & Katharine Lansing Barney;
Henry Burr Barnes & Hannah Elizabeth Dixon; Alfred Smith Barnes
& Harriet Elizabeth Burr, Courtland Palmer Dixon & Hannah
Elizabeth Williams; Timothy Burr, Jr. & Mary Chapin, Ephraim
Williams, Jr. & Hannah Elizabeth Denison; Aaron Chapin & Mary
King, Ephraim Williams & Hepzibah Phelps, Amos Denison & Hannah
Elizabeth Williams; Zebulon King & Keziah Loomis, William Williams
& Martha Wheeler [parents of Ephraim & Hannah Elizabeth]; Thomas
King, Jr. & Sarah Mygatt, John Williams, Jr. & Desire Denison,
William Wheeler & Hannah Gallup; Thomas King & Mary Webster,
John Williams & Martha Wheeler, Isaac Wheeler & Martha Parke
[parents of William & Martha]; John King & Sarah Holton, Isaac
Williams & Martha Parke, Thomas Parke & Dorothy Thompson;
William Holton & Mary ___, William Parke & Martha Holgrave
[parents of Martha], Robert Parke & Martha Chaplin [parents
of Thomas & William].
RAHV, 1908-1973, man of letters, founding co-editor of Partisan
Review (1st wife, Theodora Moran Jay; Delancey Kane
Jay & Elizabeth Sarah Morgan; Edwin Denison Morgan III &
Elizabeth Mary Moran; Edwin Denison Morgan, Jr. & Sarah Elizabeth
Archer; Edwin  Denison Morgan, U.S. senator and governor of
New York, & Eliza Matilda Waterman; Jasper Morgan & Catherine
Copp, great-great grandparents of Mrs. James Joseph “Gene” Tunney [see AACPW,
p. 57], Henry Waterman & Lydia Morgan, (sister of Jasper). Jasper
& Lydia Morgan, & Catherine Copp were all descendants of James
Morgan & Margery Hill and Catherine Copp was also descended
from John Thompson & Alice Freeman (RD).
NORMAN PERCIVAL ROCKWELL, 1894-1978, painter and illustrator;
Jarvis Waring Rockwell & Anne Mary Hill; John William Rockwell &
Phebe Boyce Waring; Samuel Darling Rockwell & Orilla Janes Sherman;
Jacob Sherman & Cafira Janes; Lemuel Sherman & Rose Blashfield;
John Blashfield & Mercy Rea; Luke Blashfield & Rose Trenance;
Thomas Blashfield & Abigail Hibbard; Robert Hibbard & Joan
347. PETE[R] SEEGER,. b.
1919, folk singer; Charles Louis Seeger, Jr. & Constance de Clyver
Edson; John Tracey Edson & Winona de Clyver Charlier; Cyrus Edson
& Martha Davidson Nelson; Ophir Edson & Sophia Williams; Ezra
Edson, Jr. & Asenath Perkins; Ezra Edson & Rebecca Johnson;
David Johnson & Rebecca Washburn; John Washburn (III) & Rebecca
Lapham; John Washburn, Jr. & Elizabeth Mitchell; Experience Mitchell
& Jane Cooke; Thomas Mitchell & Margaret Williams.
EDMUND PRESTON BIDEN, known as PRESTON STURGES, 1898-1959,
playwright and movie director (2nd wife, Eleanor Post Close,
also known as Eleanor Post Hutton; Edward Bennett Close [father by his
first wife, Elizabeth Taliaferro, of William Taliaferro Close, father in
turn of Glenn Close, #339 above] & Marjorie Merriweather Post,
society leader, founder of General Foods, Inc. & a descendant of John
Cager & Elizabeth Gore, see AACPW, p. 52).
FREDERICK JACKSON TURNER, 1861-1932, historian, author of The
Significance of the Frontier in American History
(wife, Caroline Mae Sherwood; Nehemiah Sherwood &
Lucinda Allen Ware; Ralph Ware & Lucinda Allen Clark; Jonathan Ware
& Anna Kirkland, Elisha Clark, Jr. & Lucinda Keith; John
Kirkland & Anna Palmer, Ebenezer Keith, Jr. & Hannah Allen;
Daniel Kirkland & Mary Perkins, great-great grand-parents of Mrs.
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr. [see AACPW, pp. 49-501. Mary Perkins
was a granddaughter of Joseph Morgan & Dorothy Parke),
Ebenezer Keith & Mary Pierce; Samuel Keith & Bethiah Fobes;
Edward Fobes & Elizabeth Howard; John Fobes & Constant
350. THOMAS LANIER
“TENNESSEE” WILLIAMS, 1911-1983, playwright; Cornelius Coffin
Williams & Edwina Dakin; Thomas Lanier Williams & Isabella
Coffin; John Williams & Rhoda Campbell Morgan; Rufus Morgan &
Elizabeth Trigg; Gideon Morgan & Patience Cogswell, great-great
grandparents of Zelda (Sayre) Fitzgerald, see AACPW, p. 42.
Gideon Morgan was a descendant of James Morgan & Margery Hill,
and Patience Cogswell was a descendant of William Cogswell &
17. LOUIS STANTON
AUCHINCLOSS; Joseph Howland Auchincloss & Priscilla Dixon
Stanton; John Winthrop Auchincloss & Joanna Hone Russell, Louis Lee
Stanton & Pauline Williams Dixon; John Auchincloss & Elizabeth
Buck (grandparents of Mrs. Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis, #342 above),
Courtland Palmer Dixon & Hannah Elizabeth Williams
(great-grandparents of Mrs. John Henry O’Hara, #344 above).
(Mrs.) LEA ANN REMICK COLLERAN GOWANS, known asLEE REMICK: Jesse Waldo & Bridget Thompson; Samuel Thompson
& Thankful (prob.) Palmer; William Thompson & Bridget
Chesebrough, Nehemiah Palmer, Jr. & Jerusha Saxton; Nathaniel
Chesebrough (1st husband) & Hannah Denison, Joseph Saxton (2nd
husband) & Hannah Denison; George Denison & Bridget Thompson; John
Thompson & Alice Freeman (RD).
SHIRLEY (JANE) TEMPLE (AGAR) BLACK (2nd husband, Charles
Alden Black; James Byers Black & Katharine McElrath; John
Edgar McElrath & Elsie Anne Alden; Hugh McDowell McElrath &
Elizabeth Lowrey Morgan; Gideon Morgan, Jr. & Mary Margaret Sevier;
Gideon Morgan & Patience Cogswell, see #350 above).
CHARLES FOLLEN McKIM (wife, Julia Amory Appleton;
Charles Hook Appleton & Isabella Mason; Jonathan Mason III &
Isabella Cowpland; Jonathan Mason, Jr. & Susannah Powell; Jonathan
Mason & Miriam Clarke; Benjamin Clarke (a Cogswell
descendant) and Miriam Kilby, great-great grandparents of Mrs. Julia
Ward Howe (again see NEXUS 7:211-13).
KATHARINE HEPBURN: Leman Benton Garlinghouse & Martha Ann
Spalding; Joseph Garlinghouse & Submit Sheldon; Reuben Sheldon &
Sarah West; Aaron Sheldon & Rhoda Belden; Ebenezer Sheldon &
Mary Hunt; Isaac Sheldon & Mary Woodford; Thomas Woodford &
190. JOHN WELLBORN ROOT,
1850-1891, architect, designer of the Columbian Exposition; Sidney Root
& Mary H. Clark; Salmon Root & Elizabeth Carpenter; Moses Root
& Anna Bardwell; Joseph Root, Jr. & Abigail Bridgeman; James
Bridgeman & Elizabeth Allis; John Bridgeman & Mary Sheldon;
Isaac Sheldon & Mary Woodford; Thomas Woodford & Mary Blott.Sources:
338. Caldwell: Research by Walter Lowe of Spokane,
public television producer and writer, plus B.W. Dwight, The History
of the Descendants of Elder John Strong of Northampton. Mass. (1871,
reprint 1975), pp. 14-19, 228-30, 308-10, 432-35, 438-39, and R.S.
Strong, Strong Family History Update, Volume II, Thomas Strong
(1990), p. 537.
339. Close: Daniel MacGregor, Close
Ties: American Ancestors and Cousins of Glenn Close, preliminary
ed. (1990), plus Who’s Who in America since 1986-7 for Glenn
Close, and Obituary Record of Graduates of the Undergraduate
Schools Deceased During the Year Ending July 1, 1950 (Bulletin of
Yale University number 109) (1951), p. 56 (CA. Moore, Jr.).
340. Farmer: Notable American Women, 1607-1950,
vol. 1 (1971), pp. 597-98; Suffolk Co., Mass. probate records, vol. 412,
p. 226 (1845 guardianship of Mary W. Merritt); C.W. Bowen, The
History of Woodstock, Connecticut: Genealogies of Woodstock Families,
vol. 6 (1935), pp. 13-14, 16-17, 20-21 (Gore); FL. Weis, Robert Williams
of Roxbury, Massachusetts and Some of His Descendants (1945), pp.
21-23, 53-54, 140, and TAG 56(1980): 80-82 (Wise).
Mrs. Hoover: Research by Mrs. Faye Vossberg of Shell Rock, Iowa,
and Mrs. Mildred Mather of the Hoover Presidential Library, kindly sent
to me by Larry F. Mikesell of Cedar Falls, Iowa, plus DAR application
paper 243738 (for Mrs. Jean Henry Large, a sister of Mrs. Hoover),
covering Mrs. Hoover’s descent from Maj. John Goffe IV; P.P. Woodbury,
Thomas Savage, and William Patten, History of Bedford, New
Hampshire from 1737 (1903), pp. 1110 (Wallace), 933 (Goffe); C.W.
Bowen, op. cit. (see 340 above), vol. 6 (1935), pp. 105-6
(Griggs); D.L. Jacobus and E.F. Waterman, The Granberry Family and
Allied Families (1945), pp. 233, 169-71, 199-200 (Griggs,
342. Mrs. Lewis: J. R.
Auchincloss and C.A. Fowler, John and Elizabeth (Buck) Auchincloss:
Their Descendants and Their Ancestry (1957), pp. 51, 55 (and
42, 46-47 for L.S. Auchincloss); RH. Walworth, Hyde Genealogy
(1864), pp. 222, 1111-12, 1116-17 (Mainwaring); ER. Gager, The Gager
Family (1985), pp. 1-13 and Jacobus and Waterman, op. cit.
(see 341 above), pp. 223-25 (Gager, which corrects the preceding).
McAllister: As per NEXUS 7:212-13.
O’Hara: E. D. Stevens and L.D. DuBois, The Ancestors of
Courtland Palmer Dixon and his Wife Hannah Elizabeth Williams of
Stonington, Connecticut, Containing Also a List of Their Descendants
(1927), pp. 3-4, 8, 12-14, 29-31, chart opp. 36, 39-41, 46-47, 55-56
(and 43, 49, and 58 for L.S. Auchincloss); G.W. Chapin, The Chapin
Book (1924), pp. 187, 457, 934-35, 1525-26; H.R. Stiles, The
History of Ancient Windsor, Conn., vol. 2 (1892, reprint 1976), p.
422 and LB. Barbour, Families of Early Hartford, Conn. (1977), p.
357 (King); Rev. E.P. Holton and Harriet Scofield, A Genealogy of
the Descendants in America of William Holton, 2nd ed. (1965), pp.
345. Mrs. Rahv: J.R.T. Craine and
H.W. Hazard, The Ancestry and Posterity of Matthew Clarkson (1664-1702)
(1971), pp. 205, 332 (Jay); E.F. Waterman and D.L. Jacobus, The
Waterman Family, vol. 1 (1939), pp. 593-95, vol. 2 (1942), pp.
650-52; N.H. Morgan, Morgan Genealogy (1869), pp. 80-82, 142-43,
346. Rockwell: H. Dale Heister, Norman
Rockwell’s Real Family Tree (1986), pp. 17-18, 51; Roy V. Sherman, The
New England Shermans (1974), pp. 68-69; R.M. Tingley, Some
Ancestral Lines [Tingley-Meyers] (1935), pp. 53-54, 134-36
347. Seeger C.A. Edson, Edson
Family History and Genealogy, vol. 1 (1969?), pp. 70, 561, 564,
569, 577, 583; Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of
Bridgewater [Mass.] (1840, variously reprinted), pp. 204, 322-23,
241-42 (Johnson, Washburn, Mitchell); R.S. Wakefield, Ralph Van Wood,
Jr., and others, Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and His Descendants
for Four Generations (an MFIP pamphlet, 1987), pp. 2-3, 9-10, 38-39
(Washburn, Mitchell); TAG 56 (1980): 97-98 (Mitchell).
Mrs. Shirges: Who Was Who in America, vol. 3 (1960), p.
832 and N.L. Major, C.W. Post...A Biography with Genealogical
Supplement (1963), PP. 294-97, esp. (on p. 2 this first marriage of
Eleanor Post Close is referred to only as “an unhappy previous marriage
349. Mrs. Turner: E.F. Ware, Ware
Genealogy (1901), pp. 74, 76, 114; Elfrieda A. Kraege, “The
Kirtland/Kirkland Families” (typescript, 1979), pp. 89, 91; A.H. and
K.W. Radasch, The Thomas Clark Family (1972), pp.
107-9; Nahum Mitchell, op. cit. (see #347 above), pp. 207-8, 212, 159
350. Williams: Louise Ingersoll, Lanier,
A Genealogy (1963), 95; Mary U. Rothrock, ed., The French
Broad-Holston Country: A History of Knox County, Tennessee (1946),
pp. 458-59 (Rufus and Gideon Morgan).
As per #s 342 and 344 above.
Forthcoming article by Dorothy Love McKillop of Seattle, based on
Willington and Stonington, Conn deeds, plus TAG 11(1934-35): 187
(Thompson) and E.G. Denison, J.M. Peck, and D.L. Jacobus, Denison
Genealogy (1963), pp. 1-2, 315, 571.
C.B. Sevier and N.S. Madden, Sevier Family History (1961), pp.
283. Mrs. McKim: As per NEXUS
313. Hepburn: The Sheldon Magazine,
#1(1855): 1, 2R, 6, 14, #2 (1857, reprint 1963): 37 and M.L. Holman, Ancestry
of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Frances Helen Miller,
vol 1(1948), pp. 403-13 (Sheldon, Woodford, Blott). This line was
brought to my attention by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garlinghouse of Merritt
190. Root: Dictionary of American
Biography, vol. 16 (1935), pp. 149-50; J.P. Root, Root
Genealogical Records (1870), pp. 126-27, 166, 227, 290; B.N.
and J.C. Bridgman, Genealogy of the Bridgeman Family (1894), pp.
15-16, 18-19; M. L. Holman, op. cit. (see #313 above).
final reminder of the significance of notable “royal - cousins” is
perhaps in order. In addition to reinforcing and massively extending
American kinship ties to the British royal family, who thus become a
central genealogical focus for much of the Anglo-American world, the
progeny of the Princess’s New England ancestors is broadly
representative of Connecticut and the Connecticut Valley as a whole.
Among her ancestors are two town “ur-mothers” - Mrs. Elizabeth
Charde Cooke Ford, ancestress of Strongs, Lymans, and Clapps of
Northampton; and Mrs. Alice Freeman Thompson Parke, forebear of Parkes,
Denisons, Stantons, Chesebroughs and Palmers of Stonington. And among
the Princess’s distant American kinsmen, who total probably 20-30
million, are many of the statesmen, tycoons, and intellectual,
entertainment, or social figures produced by Connecticut, upstate New
York, the Midwest, New York City and even, to some extent, Brahmin
Boston. Descent, then, from one of the Princess’s 20-25 Great Migration
family-head ancestors, or their near kinsmen, connects the reader to a
sizable and I hope well-documented slice of Americana.