Sam Rayburn

Birth Name: Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn

Date of Birth: January 6, 1882

Place of Birth: Kingston, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Death: November 16, 1961

Place of Death: Bonham, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish/Irish

Sam Rayburn was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, from 1911 to 1913, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, from March 4, 1913 to November 16, 1961, House Majority Leader, from January 3, 1937 to September 16, 1940, and the 43rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from September 16, 1940 to January 3, 1947, January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1953, and January 3, 1955 to November 16, 1961, among other duties.

He was a putative candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1956.

Speaker Rayburn was the son of Martha Clementine (Waller) and William Marion Rayburn.

Speaker Rayburn’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Rayburn/Rayborn (the son of Thomas Rayburn and Sarah Curtis). Thomas was the son of John Rayburn and Mary Parrish.

Speaker Rayburn’s paternal grandmother was Mary Margaret “Peggy” Marney (the daughter of Amos Marney and Sarah “Sally” Vance). Amos was the son of Robert R./P. Marney, whose parents were from Cork, Ireland, and of Mary “Polly”. Sarah was the daughter of Samuel Vance, whose parents were from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and of Margaret Laughlen/Laughlin, or of Agnes Penquite.

Speaker Rayburn’s maternal grandfather was John Barksdale Waller (the son of William Waller and Mary “Polly” Barksdale). John was born in Virginia. William was the son of George Waller and Ann Winston Carr. Mary “Polly” was the daughter of John Barksdale and Sarah.

Speaker Rayburn’s maternal grandmother was Catherine/Katherine Pickel (the daughter of Henry Pickel and Margaret Peggy Barger). Catherine was born in Tennessee. Henry was the son of Christian Pickel and Catherine Puffenbarger.

Sources: Genealogy of Speaker Sam Rayburn –

Genealogy of Speaker Rayburn’s paternal grandmother, Mary Margaret “Peggy” (Marney) Rayburn –

Genealogy of Speaker Rayburn’s paternal grandmother, Mary Margaret “Peggy” Marney (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Speaker Rayburn’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Samuel Vance (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogies of Speaker Rayburn’s maternal grandparents, John Barksdale Waller and Catherine/Katherine Pickel –

George Bell Timmerman, Jr.

Birth Name: George Bell Timmerman Junior

Date of Birth: August 11, 1912

Place of Birth: Anderson County, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: November 29, 1994

Place of Death: Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Irish, distant Dutch

George Bell Timmerman Jr. was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he was Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, from January 21, 1947 to January 18, 1955, and Governor of South Carolina, from January 18, 1955 to January 20, 1959.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1956.

George was the son of Mary Vandiver (Sullivan) and George Bell Timmerman, a U.S. federal judge.

George’s paternal grandfather was Washington Hodges “W. H.” Timmerman (the son of Ransom Hodges Timmerman and Lydia Judy Bledsoe). Washington was born in South Carolina. Ransom was the son of Jacob Timmerman and Elizabeth Clegg. Lydia was the daughter of Barlett Bledsoe and Lydia Douglass.

George’s paternal grandmother was named Henrietta Marie/Maria Wolfe Bell.

George’s maternal grandfather was John Pleasant Sullivan (the son of Kelly Sullivan and Margaret Jane Watt). Kelly was the son of Pleasant Sullivan and Milly Kelly. Margaret was the daughter of John Watt and Margaret Dobbins and/or Mary.

George’s maternal grandmother was Nancy Elizabeth Vandiver (the daughter of Augustus W. Vandiver and Mary E. Pagett). Augustus was the son of Aaron Vandiver and Nancy Harris.

Sources: Genealogy of George Bell Timmerman, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of George’s maternal grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth Vandiver (through Nancy’s sister, James R. Vandiver) (focusing on their father’s side) –

Genealogy of George’s maternal great-grandfather, Augustus W. Vandiver (through Augustus’s sister, Martha Vandiver) –

Harry F. Byrd

Birth Name: Harry Flood Byrd

Date of Birth: June 10, 1887

Place of Birth: Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.

Date of Death: October 20, 1966

Place of Death: Berryville, Virginia, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, distant Scottish

Harry F. Byrd was an American newspaper publisher and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 50th Governor of Virginia, from February 1, 1926 to January 15, 1930, and a U.S. Senator from Virginia, from March 4, 1933 to November 10, 1965. He was a prominent leader in Virginia politics.

He was, mostly unofficially, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1932, 1944, 1956, and 1960. He was also nominated for President, in 1956, and Vice President, in 1952, by minor parties.

While he was not on the ballot, he received fifteen electoral votes for President from unpledged and faithless electors in the 1960 presidential election.

Harry was the son of Eleanor/Emily/Esther Bolling (Flood) and Richard Evelyn Byrd, a politician, who was Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1908 to 1914. His brother was naval officer and explorer Richard E. Byrd, his uncle was politician Henry D. Flood, and his half-uncle was politician, lawyer, and judge Joel West Flood. Harry was married to Anne Douglas Beverley, with whom he had four children, including Harry F. Byrd, Jr., who was also a U.S. Senator from Virginia, succeeding his father, from 1965 to 1983.

Harry’s patrilineal line traces back to prominent planter and author William Byrd II.

Harry’s paternal grandfather was William Byrd (the son of Richard Evelyn Byrd and Anne Harrison). William was born in Virginia, and was a Virginia state senator. Richard was the son of Thomas Taylor Byrd and Mary Anne Armistead. Harry’s great-grandmother Anne Harrison was the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Evelyn Taylor Byrd.

Harry’s paternal grandmother was Jane/Jennie Merriweather Rivers (the daughter of Robert Jones Rivers and Susan Cheatham). Jane was born in Tennessee.

Harry’s maternal grandfather was Joel Walker Trent Flood (the son of Henry De La Warr Flood and Mary Elizabeth Trent). Joel was born in Virginia. Henry was the son of Joel Walker Flood and Eliza Bolling West. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Trent and Martha Holland.

Harry’s maternal grandmother was Ella W. Faulkner (the daughter of Charles James Faulkner).

Sources: Genealogies of Harry F. Byrd –

W. Averell Harriman

Birth Name: William Averell Harriman

Date of Birth: November 15, 1891

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: July 26, 1986

Place of Death: Yorktown Heights, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, some French, distant Scottish

W. Averell Harriman was an American politician, businessperson, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, since 1928, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, from October 23, 1943 to January 24, 1946, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, from April 30, 1946 to October 1, 1946, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, from October 7, 1946 to April 22, 1948, and Governor of New York, from January 1, 1955 to December 31, 1958.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956.

W. was the son of Mary Williamson (Averell), a philanthropist, and E. H. Harriman (Edward Henry Harriman), a railroad executive. His siblings were E. Roland Harriman, a financier and philanthropist, and Mary Harriman Rumsey, who founded The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements.

W. was married to art collector Marie Norton Harriman, until her death, and to socialite Pamela Harriman (born Pamela Beryl Digby), until his death. W. had two children with his first wife, Kitty Lanier Lawrence.

W.’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Orlando Harriman (the son of Orlando Harriman and Ann Ingland). W.’s grandfather The Rev. Orlando was an Episcopal clergyman. W.’s great-grandfather Orlando was born in London, England.

W.’s paternal grandmother was Cornelia Neilson (the daughter of John Neilson III and Abigail Bleecker). Cornelia was born in New York. John was the son of Gen. John Neilson, Jr. and Catharine Schuyler van Voorhees. Abigail was the daughter of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker and Mary Noel, who was born in Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain.

W.’s maternal grandfather was William John Averell (the son of James Averell III). W.’s grandfather William was born in New York, and was a banker, and president of the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad. James was the son of James Averell II and Marcy Holt.

W.’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lawrence Williamson.

Sources: Genealogy of W. Averell Harriman –

Death record of W.’s mother –

Pat Brown

Birth Name: Edmund Gerald Brown

Date of Birth: April 21, 1905

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.

Date of Death: February 16, 1996

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

*Irish (father)
*German (mother)

Pat Brown was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as California Attorney General, from January 8, 1951 to January 5, 1959, and Governor of California, from January 5, 1959 to January 2, 1967.

He was a candidate of the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1964.

Pat was the son of Ida (Schuckman) and Edmund Joseph Brown. His father was born in California, to Irish parents, from County Tipperary. His mother was born in California, to German parents.

Among his four children with his wife, Bernice E. (Layne) Brown, is Jerry Brown, who was also Attorney General of California, from 2007 to 2011, Governor of California, from 1975 to 1983, and again starting in 2011, and who was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, in several cycles.

Pat’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Brown (the son of Michal Brown and Johanna).

Pat’s paternal grandmother was Bridget Burke (the daughter of Edmund Burke).

Pat’s maternal grandfather was named August Schuckman. August was from Lippe.

Pat’s maternal grandmother was Augusta A. Feidler (the daughter of Franz Feidler, or of Mathias Fiedler and Helena Schuerhoff).

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Brown –

Pat Brown on the 1930 U.S. Census –