Thursday, December 28, 2023

Randy's Cousins -- 7th Cousin 1x Removed Leroy Gordon Cooper (1927-2004) - a NASA Astronaut

 This week's famous cousin is Leroy Gordon Cooper (1927-2004). the NASA Astronaut.  Here is the FamilySearch Family Tree Brief Life History biography:

"When LeRoy Gordon Cooper Jr. was born on 6 March 1927, in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States, his father, LeRoy Gordon Cooper Sr., was 24 and his mother, Hattie Lee Herd, was 26. He married Gertrude Bernice Olson in 1947. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Tecumseh, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. He died on 4 October 2004, in Ventura, Ventura, California, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States. 'Gordo' piloted the Mercury 9 and Gemini 5 space capsules."

The FamilySearch Family Tree indicates that I am his 7th cousin once removed. Here is the relationship path:

My most recent common ancestors with cousin Leroy Gordon Cooper are my 8th great-grandparents George Stearns (1688-1760) and Hannah Sanderson (1689-1770).

My grandkids will be thrilled, I think.  I am - the NASA astronauts were my heroes.

Are you related to Leroy Gordon Cooper?  Check it out on FamilySearch Family Tree by clicking the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to be connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.


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