William H. Seward

by follers on July 2, 2017

Birth Name: William Henry Seward

Date of Birth: May 16, 1801

Place of Birth: Florida, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: October 10, 1872

Place of Death: Auburn, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

William H. Seward was an American politician. A member of the Anti-Masonic, the Whig, and later the Republican, Party, he was Governor of New York, from January 1, 1839 to December 31, 1842, a U.S. Senator from New York, from March 4, 1849 to March 3, 1861, and the U.S. Secretary of State, from March 5, 1861 to March 4, 1869.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1856 and 1860.

William was the son of Mary (Jennings) and Samuel Swayze/Sweezy/Swezy Seward, a physician, jurist, businessperson, and politician. He was married to Frances Adeline (Miller) Seward. He had six children.

William’s paternal grandfather was John Seward (the son of Obadiah Seward and Isabelle Luce). John was born in New Jersey. Obadiah was the son of Obediah Seward and Dinah Biggs. Isabelle was the daughter of Eleazer Luce and Sarah Wines.

William’s paternal grandmother was Mary Swayze (the daughter of Samuel Swayze and Penelope Horton). Mary was born in New York. Samuel was the son of Joseph Swasey, who was born in Massachusetts, to English parents, and of Mary Betts, whose parents were also English. Penelope was the daughter of Barnabas Horton and Sarah Wines.

William’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Jennings (the son of Richard Jennings and Phoebe Allison). Isaac was born in New York, to English parents.

William’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Jackson (the daughter of Thomas Jackson and Elizabeth). Margaret was born in New York.

Sources: Genealogies of William H. Seward – https://www.geni.com


Stephen A. Douglas

by follers on July 2, 2017

Birth Name: Stephen Arnold Douglass

Date of Birth: April 23, 1813

Place of Birth: Brandon Township, Rutland, Vermont, United States

Date of Death: June 3, 1861

Place of Death: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Welsh

Stephen A. Douglas was an American politician. He designed the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, which created those territories. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the Secretary of State of Illinois, from 1840 to 1841, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois, from February 15, 1841 to June 28, 1843, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from March 4, 1847 to June 3, 1861.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1860, representing the Northern Democrats. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1852 and 1856 presidential nominations.

Stephen was the son of Sarah (Fisk/Fiske) and Stephen Arnold Douglass. He was married to Martha Martin, until her death, and to Adele Cutts, until his death.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was Benajah Douglas (the daughter of Asa Douglass/Douglas and Rebecca Wheeler). Benajah was born in Connecticut. Asa was the son of Deacon William Douglas and Sarah Proctor. Rebecca was the daughter of Jonathan Wheeler and Sarah Partridge.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was Martha Arnold (the daughter of Stephen Arnold and Mary Martha Gardiner). Stephen’s grandmother Martha was born in Rhode Island. Stephen’s great-grandfather Stephen Arnold was the son of Joseph Arnold and Hannah Gifford. Stephen’s great-grandmother Mary Martha was the daughter of Nicholas Gardner and Martha Havens.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Nathaniel Fisk (the son of Benjamin Fiske/Fisk and Susannah Briggs). The Rev. Nathaniel was born in Rhode Island. Benjamin was the son of Benjamin Fiske and Abigail Bowen. Susannah was the daughter of James Briggs and Sarah Wickes.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Arnold (the daughter of Edward Everett Arnold and Hannah Sheldon). Sarah was born in Rhode Island. Edward was the son of Stephen Arnold and Mary Sheldon. Hannah was the daughter of Nicholas Sheldon and Abigail Tillinghast.

Source: Genealogy of Stephen A. Douglas – https://www.geni.com


Andrew Johnson

by follers on October 10, 2012

Date of Birth: December 29, 1808

Place of Birth: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: July 31, 1875

Place of Death: Elizabethton, Tennessee, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, 1/256th Bohemian Czech

Andrew Jackson was an American politician. As a member of the National Union Party, and then the Democratic Party, he served as the 17th President of the United States, from April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869. He was previously the 16th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1865 to April 15, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1864. He took over as President upon Abraham Lincoln’s death.

He was previously also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1853, the 15th Governor of Tennessee, from October 17, 1853 to November 3, 1857, a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, from October 8, 1857 to March 4, 1862, and again from March 4, 1875 to July 31, 1875, and a Military Governor of Tennessee, from March 12, 1862 to March 4, 1865.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1860 and 1868.

President Johnson was the son of Mary (McDonough) and Jacob Johnson. He was married to Eliza McCardle Johnson, with whom he had five children.

President Johnson’s paternal grandfather was Andrew William Johnston (the son of Arthur Johnson and Margaret Phares). Andrew was born in Virginia. Arthur was the son of John Johnston, who was born in New Leslie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Margaret was the daughter of John Phares, whose mother was Scottish, and of Agnes Margaret Johnson.

President Johnson’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Henkel (the daughter of Johann Justus Hinckel and Maria Magdalena Eschmann). Hannah was born in Pennsylvania. Johann was born in Mosbach, Kurpfalz, Germany, the son of The Rev. Anthonius Jacobus Henckel and Maria Elisabeth Dentzer. Maria Magdalena was the daughter of Abraham Eschmann/Ashman, who was of German origin, and of Elizabeth Ellis.

President Johnson’s maternal grandfather was Andrew C. McDonough (the son of Andrew McDonough and Mary Odeon). President Johnson’s grandfather Andrew was born in North Carolina. President Johnson’s great-grandfather Andrew was born in Ballyclare, Tyrone, Ireland, the son of Andrew McDonough.

President Johnson’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Lindley (the daughter of James Lindley and Mary Cox). President Johnson’s grandmother Mary Ruth was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Thomas Lindley, who was born in County Wicklow, Leinster, Ireland, and of Ruth Hadley, who was born in Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster. President Johnson’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of William Cox, who was born in England, and of Catherine Kinkey.

Sources: Genealogy of President Johnson – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of President Johnson (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Photo By Mathew Brady, Retouched by Mmxx [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Abraham Lincoln

by Joeytwo2 on September 28, 2012

Date of Birth: February 12, 1809

Place of Birth: Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.

Date of Death: April 15, 1865

Place of Death: Petersen House, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: English, more distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, possibly small amounts of Irish and Dutch

Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer. As a member of the Republican Party, he served as the 16th President of the United States, from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1860 and 1864. He was the first Republican Party President. As a member of the Whig Party, he was previously a Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, from 1834 to 1842, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, from March 4, 1847 to March 3, 1849.

President Lincoln was the son of Nancy (Hanks) and Thomas Lincoln. He was married to Mary Todd Lincoln, with whom he had four children. He had English ancestry, along with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish roots. He may have also had more distant Irish forebears, with ancestors surnamed McLaughlin and McKinley.

President Lincoln’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Lincoln (the son of John Lincoln and Rebecca Flowers/Flower). President Lincoln’s grandfather Abraham was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of Mordecai Lincoln and Hannah Salter/Saltar. Rebecca was the daughter of Enoch Flowers and Rebecca Barnard/Bernard.

President Lincoln’s paternal grandmother was Bathsheba Herring (the daughter of Alexander Herring and Abigail Harrison). Bathsheba was born in Virginia. Alexander was the son of Alexander Herring, who may have been Dutch descent, and of Margaret. Abigail was the daughter of Isaiah Harrison, who was from Chester, Cheshire, England, and of Abigail Smith.

The identity of President Lincoln’s biological maternal grandfather remains undetermined.

President Lincoln’s maternal grandmother was Lucy Hanks (the daughter of Joseph Hanks and Ann “Nancy”/”Nanny” Lee). Lucy was born in Virginia. Joseph was the son of John Hanks and Catherine Williams. Ann was the daughter of William Lee, who had Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry, and of Anne.

President Lincoln’s mother was the half-sister of Mary Ann Sparrow, who was the maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother of actor George Clooney (they were both the daughters of Lucy Hanks). This makes President Lincoln and George Clooney half-first cousins, five times removed. President Lincoln is also a third cousin, four times removed, of actor Tom Hanks. President Lincoln’s maternal great-great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the paternal six times great-grandparents of Tom Hanks.

Sources: Genealogies of President Lincoln – http://www.geni.com

DNA testing of President Lincoln’s matrilineal line – https://www.familytreedna.com

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Hannibal Hamlin

by follers on July 7, 2012

Date of Birth: August 27, 1809

Place of Birth: Paris, Massachusetts, U.S. (now Paris, Maine, U.S.)

Date of Death: July 4, 1891

Place of Death: Bangor, Maine, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Hannibal Hamlin was an American attorney and politician. He served as the 15th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1861 to March 4, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1860. He was the first Republican Party Vice President. He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847, a U.S. Senator from Maine, from June 8, 1848 to January 7, 1857, again from March 4, 1857 to January 17, 1861, and then from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1881, Governor of Maine, from January 8, 1857 to February 25, 1857, and a U.S. Minister to Spain, from June 30, 1881 to October 17, 1882. He was a member of the Democratic Party until 1856, and then a Republican.

Vice President Hamlin was the son of Anna (Livermore) and Cyrus Hamlin. His great-uncle, Samuel Livermore, was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, from 1793 to 1801, and President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, in 1796 and 1799.

Vice President Hamlin was married to Sarah Jane Emery, until her death, and then to Ellen Vesta Emery, until his death. Sarah and Ellen were half-sisters, and the daughters of Stephen Emery, who was Attorney General of Maine. He had four children with Sarah, and two with Ellen.

Vice President Hamlin was of English descent, including numerous Mayflower passengers among his ancestry, a few of whom were among his great-great-great-grandparents.

Vice President Hamlin’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Giles Hamblin, who was born, c. 1590, in Devon, England. Assertions that the Hamlin family is German, which were included among other places in a 2018 final clue on the show Jeopardy!, are not correct.

Vice President Hamlin’s paternal grandfather was Eleazer Hamlin (the son of Benjamin Hamlin and Anne Mayo). Eleazer was born in Massachusetts. Benjamin was the son of Eleazer Hamlin and Lydia Sears. Anne was the daughter of Samuel Mayo and Ruth Hopkins.

Vice President Hamlin’s paternal grandmother was Lydia Bonney (the daughter of Ichabod Bonney and Elizabeth Howland). Lydia was born in Massachusetts. Ichabod was the son of John Bonney and Elizabeth Bishop. Vice President Hamlin’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Abraham Howland and Annie/Ann Rouse/Colson.

Vice President Hamlin’s maternal grandfather was Elijah Livermore (the son of Samuel Livermore and Hannah Brown). Elijah was born in Massachusetts. Samuel was the son of Jonathan Livermore and Rebecca Barnes. Hannah was the daughter of William Brown and Hannah Pease/Peas.

Vice President Hamlin’s maternal grandmother was named Hannah Clarke. Hannah was born in Massachusetts.

Among Vice President Hamlin’s Mayflower passenger ancestors was William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogies of Hannibal Hamlin – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Hannibal Hamlin (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com