Friday, January 29, 2010

Scott Brown a distant cousin of Barack Obama too!

The Washington Post and other newspapers have articles today describing the relationship of Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown to President Barack Obama.

The press release from the New England Historic Genealogical Society is here, and the descendant chart from their common ancestor, Richard Singletary of Haverhill MA, is here.

Scott Brown joins a lengthening list of famous cousins to the President, including:

* Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

* Vice-President Dick Cheney

* Actor Brad Pitt

* Many other notable persons (per NEHGS "Notable Kin" article)

* your humble scribe... (I can't help bragging about it - my New England cousins are ecstatic, my readers and audiences are amused or amazed).

An interactive Obama Family Tree is online here.

Thanks to the NEHGS for sleuthing these relationships - I can hardly wait for the next one because it may reveal another distant cousinship of mine. Now, I need to go see if I can find a relationship to Scott Brown. Who else may run for President in 2012? I already have cousinships to Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.

What I want to know is when President Obama will invite all of his distant cousins to the White House for a family reunion. It could be an august and large group. I will be happy to clear my calendar...anytime, cuz!


Karen Bruton said...

And I am related to both. I am also a descendant of Richard Singletary. Barack Obama is my 9th cousin, once removed, and Scott Brown is my 10th cousin, once removed. I think we should have a family reunion at the White House since I have two cousins living in the D.C. Area.

Unknown said...

The New England family history specialists report that Obama's mom, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Brown's mom, Judith Ann Rugg, both slipped from Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Mass. He passed on in 1687 at 102...