The Boston Herald newspaper article yesterday, titled Ben Affleck and Matt Damon: Keepin’ it in the family!, by Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa, reported that actors, and best friends, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are distant cousins. Rhonda McClure and Chris Child at the New England Historic Genealogical Society did the research.
The article has a link to a descendants chart for both men. Their common ancestors are William Knowlton (1615-1655) and Elizabeth ____ who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Here's the chart:
How am I connected to Ben and Matt? Well, I have a descent from William Knowlton's (1615-1655) parents, William Knowlton (1584-1639) and Ann Elizabeth Smith (????-1675). Here is my line:
1. William Knowlton (1584-1639) and Ann Elizabeth Smith (????-1675)
So, I am a 11th cousin once removed to Ben Affleck and a 12th cousin to Matt Damon. Who knew? See any resemblance between the three of us? I thought not! After 12 generations, we share maybe 1/4,096 of the same genes. Obviously, they got some good hair genes, eh?
Boy, are my cousins going to be excited about this! They didn't believe me at first when I told them they were related to Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, then they scoffed at my claim that we were cousins to Barack Obama, but now they'll be ecstatic about cousins Matt and Ben!
Are there any readers that have these Knowltons in Ipswich MA? We are cousins too, and you are cousins with Matt and Ben. Please let me know!