Friday, January 29, 2016 Tells Me I'm Related to Some Interesting Authors

I was browsing through today and decided to look for some famous authors.  Here are some of who I found are my relatives:

1)  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) is my 7th cousin 3 times removed:

The common ancestors according to were William Collier (1580-1671) and Jane Clark (1590-1666). My Collier ancestor is Ruth Collier according to, but my actual Collier connection is Mary Collier (1612-1658) who married Thomas Prence.  So my line back is different, but the result is the same.

2)  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) is my 7th cousin 4 times removed:

The supposed common ancestors are Henry Howland (1564-1635)  and Anne Ailes (1567-1629), who were the parents of Henry Howland (my ancestor) and John Howland of the Mayflower (Ralph's ancestor).  Unfortunately, I don't know who were the parents of my Henry Howland (1603-1671).  So this relationship may be wrong.

3)  Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)  is my 6th cousin five times removed:

The common ancestors are David Stone (1540-1625) and Ursula Clark (1563-????), parents of Simon Stone (1586-1665) (my ancestor) and Gregory Stone (1592-1672) (Nathaniel's ancestor).

4)  Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is my 5th cousin 5 times removed:

The supposed common ancestors are Richard Church (1608-1668) and Elizabeth Warren (1616-1670) Geni claims my line goes through Deborah Church (1657-????) who married Sylvanus White (1667-1688).  I don't think (and the Mayflower Society) thinks that the Deborah who married Sylvanus White is not Deborah Church but another Deborah.  However, I do have Richard Church and Elizabeth Warren as ancestors, but through their son Joseph Church.  So my line is different from what has in its database.

For all of the above, I have assumed that the line for the famous person is correct.  I don't know if that's true or not.  I do know that does not have all of my lines back to common ancestors correct, as discussed above.  By doing these comparisons, I can find probably errors in's database and perhaps be able to correct them.


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  1. I am apparently related to Samuel Clemens, but oddly enough, it is not through either of my Clemens lines, but through my Moorman line.

  2. Run this on the Richmond/White side of the family, please! So neat!

  3. Laura (Team Spice), I will when I find some that are related to that side of the family. I did all of the Presidents some time ago in a series of 8 posts - you might check those for Richmond/White lines.

  4. The relationship finder is a great way to find and correct mistakes. If you need help fixing something on Geni, just contact a Curator. Because errors like these are being found and fixed every day, the tree on Geni is by now the most accurate large three ever created.