Kinship with the famous

I think that if we look hard enough and go back enough, we are all related to some tiny degree.  I put this page on more for fun than for anything else.  When we find that we are related to famous people, it gives a sense of pride in our lineage, but for me, it helps to tie our own family into the fabric of history and the web of families that so often just center on the male lines.  Undoubtedly, we are related to more than just the few names entered here.  If you know of more kinship between lines of the Blinn family and famous people, please let me know, as I am sure it would amuse many of the visitors to this page. Thank you, Jef

Kinship with American presidents:

taken from Ancestors of American Presidents, Gary Boyd Roberts, 1995
Descendants of Robert Foote :
1. Robert Foote of Shelford, Essex, D.1608/09 & Joan Brooke
If you are a descendant of Deliverance Blinn, son of Peter, or William Blinn, son of James & grandson of Peter, then you are also a descendant of Robert Foote thus cousin of Presidents Hayes, Taft, Nixon & the Bushs.
2.  Nathaniel Foote & Elizabeth Deming
3.  Elizabeth Foote & Josiah Churchill
4.  Elizabeth Churchill & Henry Buck
5.  Ruth Buck & Benjamin Smith
6.  Elizabeth Smith & John Smith III
7.  Isreal Smith & Abigail Chandler
8.  Chloe Smith & Rutherford Hayes
9.  Rutherford Hayes Jr. & Sophia Birchard
10. Rutherford Birchard Hayes 19th US President
2.  Mary Foote & John Hewes
3.  Elizabeth Hewes & Ralph Hemingway
4.  Elizabeth Hemingway & John Holbrook
5.  Daniel Holbrook & Abigail Crafte
6.  Rebecca Holbrook & Samuel Davenport
7.  Seth Davenport & Chloe Daniel
8.  Anna Davenport & William Torrey
9.  Samuel Davenport Torrey & Susa Holman Waters
10. Louisa Maria Torrey & Alphonso Taft
11. Willaim Howard Taft 27th US President
2.  Nathaniel Foote & Elizabeth Deming
3.  Rebecca Foote & Phillip Smith
4.  Rebecca Smith & George Stillman
(Delverance Blinn, son of Peter, married Mary Stillman, Anna's sister)
(William Blinn, son of
James, married Elizabeth Stillman, Anna's sister)
5.  Anna Stillman & Hezekiah May
6.  Elizabeth May & Daniel Newcomb
7.  Lydia Newcomb & Timothy Bush Jr.
8.  Obediah Newcomb Bush & Harriet Smith
9.  James Smith Bush & Harriet Eleanor Fay
10. Samuel Prescott Bush & Flora Sheldon
11. Prescott Sheldon Bush & Dorothy Walker
12. George Herbert Walker Bush 41st US President
13.  George W. Bush 43rd US President
2.  Mary Foote & John Hewes
3.  Elizabeth Hewes & Ralph Hemingway
4.  Joshua Hemingway & Joanna Evans
5.  Joshua Hemingway Jr. & Rebecca Stanhope
6.  Joshua Hemingway III & Abigail Morse
7.  Isaac Hemingway & Elizabeth Haven
8.  James Hemingway & Elizabeth Armstrong
9.  James Hemingway Jr & Hope Malmsbury
10. Jane Hemingway & Oliver Burdg
11.Almira Park Burdg & Franklin Milhous
12. Hannah Milhous & Francis Anthony Nixon
13. Richard Milhous Nixon 37th US President
Kinship with American presidents:
taken from Ancestors of American Presidents, Gary Boyd Roberts, 1995
Descendants of Samuel Smith :
1. Samuel Smith of Hadley, Mass & Wethersfield CT, D.1680 & Elizabeth Smith
If you are a descendant of Deliverance Blinn, son of Peter, or William Blinn, son of James & grandson of Peter, then you are also a descendant of Samuel Smith thus cousin of Presidents Hayes, Cleveland & Bush.
2.  John Smith & Mary Partridge
3.  John Smith Jr. & Mary Root
3.  Benjamin Smith & Ruth Buck
4.  Elizabeth Smith (dau of Ruth & Benjamin) &
John Smith III (son of John & Mary)
5.  Isreal Smith & Abigail Chandler
6.  Chloe Smith & Rutherford Hayes
7.  Rutherford Hayes Jr. & Sophia Birchard
8.  Rutherford Birchard Hayes 19th US President
2.  Phillip Smith & Rebecca Foote
3.  Rebecca Smith & George Stillman
(Delverance Blinn, son of Peter, married Mary Stillman, Anna's sister)
(William Blinn, son of
James, married Elizabeth Stillman, Anna's sister)
5.  Anna Stillman & Hezekiah May
6.  Elizabeth May & Daniel Newcomb
7.  Lydia Newcomb & Timothy Bush Jr.
8.  Obediah Newcomb Bush & Harriet Smith
9.  James Smith Bush & Harriet Eleanor Fay
10. Samuel Prescott Bush & Flora Sheldon
11. Prescott Sheldon Bush & Dorothy Walker
12. George Herbert Walker Bush 41st US President
13. George W. Bush 43rd US President
2.  Mary Smith & John Graves
3.  Mary Graves & Samuel Ball
3.  Sarah Graves & Edward Stebbins
4.  Mary Ball & John Hitchcock
4.  Thomas Stebbins & Mary Ely
5.  Samuel Hitchcock & Ruth Stebbins
6.  Margaret Hitchcock & Richard Falley Jr.
7.  Margaret Falley & William Cleveland
8.  Richard Falley Cleveland & Ann Neal
9.  (Stephen) Grover Cleveland 22nd US President

Possibly another connection with President Hayes?
Peter Jr. married Hannah Crampton.  I do not know where she came from, but might have been (probably was) related to the Cramptons of Guilford CT who were also ancestors of Hayes.  Following the East Anglian naming customs, there is a great possibility she was the daughter of Mary and Dennis Crampton, but I can not find proof of a connection.  If you know her parents, please contact me.  If she turns out to be related to the Guilford Cramptons, then the descendants of Peter Jr. would also be cousins to President Hayes as well as descendants of the other two brothers.  There is some confusion as two the mother of Ezekial Hayes, most say it was Sarah Lee, but some think it was Martha Holcombe.  If it was Martha, this would all be moot anyway.  hmm...

1.  John Parmalee & Hannah ?
2.  Mary Parmalee & Dennis Crampton
3.  Elizabeth Crampton & John Lee
4.  Sarah Lee & Daniel Hayes
5.  Ezekial Hayes & Rebecca Russell
6.  Rutherford Hayes & Chloe Smith
7.  Rutherford Hayes Jr. & Sophia Birchard
8.  Rutherford Birchard Hayes 19th US President
Leaders

Martha Ryan Gannett
(Ann Blinn, James, William, James, Peter) was the daughter-in-law of Barzillai Gannett a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts (Maine) in the early 1800s. Her lineage is on the Blinns of Woolwich page.

In Woolwich, Maine, some of the families that intermarried with the Blinns had connections with famous people.  The
Brookings family there, for example, descend from Rowland Young who was the ancestor of Mormon leader Brigham Young also.  The Dunton family descends from Norman knights who came with William the Conqueror from Normandy in 1066 to England.  According to a Dunton website, this family supposedly descends from Charlemagne and the first two Dukes of Normandy, among others.
Actors and other Entertainment people

The Silent film actor,
Holbrook Blinn, is a descendant of Jonathan, son of Peter.  I had thought him a descendant of James because two of James' descendants from the Dresden Maine Blinns went to San Francisco in the latter 1800s.  As I found out thru searching, there were several Blinns who ended up there during and shortly after the California goldrush.  Like most, if not all Blinns, they were related, but only distantly so that if they ever met up, they probably didn't realize they were related.  Interesting, I thought.

I am still trying to figure out how
William Blinn, the Hollywood writer/producer responsible for many programs and movies, is related to us.  With a name like William, he undoubtedly is.  William was born in Toledo OH in 1937

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