Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My Famous Relatives

I always think it's fun to check the famous relatives on Ancestry.com. Here's a list of mine, according to my tree on Ancestry:
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Famous People related to Tanya Annette Greer

Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919)
Former Prime Minister
Henry Charles Wilfred Laurier was the 7th Prime Minister of Canada. Considered one of Canada's greatest statesmen, Laurier is known for his policies of conciliation and for nation building.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 9 times removed
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James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937)
Scottish Novelist
James Matthew Barrie wrote the stories of Peter Pan and The Lost Boys. His college acquaintances include Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Lewis Stevenson, with whom he wrote for the university newspaper.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 7 times removed
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Louis Stephen St Laurent (1882-1973)
Former Prime Minister
Louis St. Laurent was the 12th Prime Minister of Canada. Remembered as shy, reserved, dignified, and grandfatherly, he demanded hard work of his staff and also of himself.
Relationship: 6th Cousin 5 times removed
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Pierre Elliot Trudeau (1919-2000)
Former Prime Minister
Pierre Elliot Trudeau held the position of Prime Minister of Canada longer than anyone since William Lion Mackenzie King in 1948. Trudeau's style and attitude as Prime Minister was all his own.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 8 times removed
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John Hancock (1737-1793)
Massachusetts Representative
John Hancock made his signature very large on the Declaration of Independence so that King George could read it without his glasses, thus the use of his name to mean "signature."
Relationship: 4th Cousin 10 times removed
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Charles Tupper (1821-1915)
Former Prime Minister
Sir Charles Napier Tupper, was a father of Confederation, the sixth Prime Minister of Canada and as of 2006, the one with the shortest term of office (69 days).
Relationship: 6th Cousin 8 times removed
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Jacques Cartier (1491-1557)
French Explorer
On his first voyage to try and find a western trade route to Asia, Jacques Cartier instead stumbled upon what is present day Quebec. He is the first known European to explore Canada. In total, Cartier made 3 voyages to explore and settle Canada.
Relationship: Distant (21) Great Grandfather
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Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
American Author
Jack Kerouac (born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac) was from a French-American home living in the Beat Generation. His innovative writings include "On the Road" and "Book of Dreams".
Relationship: 4th Cousin 7 times removed
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Maurice "Rocket" Richard (1921-2000)
Hockey Player
Hockey player Maurice "Rocket" Richard was the first to score 50 goals in one season, doing so in 50 games, and the first to score 500 goals in a career. He finished his career with 544 goals in the regular season, with 82 in the playoffs.
Relationship: 5th Cousin 5 times removed
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Tom Landry (1924-2000)
Football player, head coach
Football defensive back Tom Landry played for the New York Giants and later became the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, winning two Super Bowl titles
Relationship: 8th Cousin 1 times removed
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Vina Fay Wray (1907-2004)
She is best remembered for her role as Ann Darrow, the blonde seductress of a gigantic, prehistoric gorilla in the classic horror/adventure film King Kong (1933).
Relationship: 10th Cousin 1 times removed
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Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861-1948)
First Lady
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was the second wife of President Theodore Roosevelt. As First Lady, she had strong character, sound judgment and good household management skills.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 7 times removed
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Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
French Philosopher
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a French philosopher, was highly influential in the French revolution and is remembered for his idea of a "social contract." His theories and philosophies are still taught today.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 2 times removed
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James Dean (1931-1955)
American Actor
James Dean is perhaps best known for his starring roles in Rebel without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant. His film career abruptly ended when Dean was killed in a car accident at the age of 24.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 6 times removed
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Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
American Aviator
Amelia Mary Earhart was an early female pilot who broke new ground for women in aviation. She disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while trying to fly solo around the world.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 6 times removed
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Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Hungarian Composer
Very famous during his day until the present, Franz Liszt was a composer of the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "Piano Sonata in B Minor".
Relationship: 8th Cousin 6 times removed
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O. Henry (1862-1910)
American Writer
Born William Sydney Porter, O. Henry's famous endings known for their clever surprises, coined the phrase "the O. Henry ending."
Relationship: 8th Cousin 6 times removed
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E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)
American Poet
Edward Estlin Cummings' use of unconventional punctuation, syntax, and layout distinguish his poetry. His avant-garde style is still popular and influential today.
Relationship: 8th Cousin 6 times removed
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Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
French Microbiologist and Chemist
Louis Pasteur is famous for "pasteurization," a means of preventing milk from going sour. He also invented the first vaccine for rabies.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 1 times removed
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Joan Crawford (1905-1977)
American Actress
Lucille Fay LeSueur changed her name to Joan Crawford after a studio chief decided her name sounded too much like "sewer." Her big break came in the film Our Dancing Daughters, and Crawford is best known for her award winning role in the film Mildred Pierce.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 3 times removed
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Marlon Brando (1924-2004)
American Actor
Marlon Brando, Jr. was an Oscar-winning actor who appeared in many films including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather, Julius Caesar, On the Waterfront, and Superman.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 9 times removed
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Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)
American Writer
Edgar Lee Masters is the author of several biographies, books of poetry, plays and novels. His most famous work is "Spoon River Anthology" which was inspired by his experiences growing up in Illinois.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 5 times removed
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Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)
Alfred Deaking was the 2nd Prime Minister of Australia. He became prime minister in 1903, and served as prime minister for a total of five years in four different ministries.
Relationship: 9th Cousin 5 times removed
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Lillian Gish (1893-1993)
American Actress
Lillian Diana de Guiche, or Lillian Gish, is known as the "first lady of the silent screen" and starred in many silent films including The Birth of a Nation and The Scarlet Letter. Her career spanned over 75 years and countless television and film appearances.
Relationship: 7th Cousin 9 times removed
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Bob Hope (1903-2003)
American Actor
British-born American actor Leslie Townes Hope, better known as Bob Hope, was best known for his role in "My Favorite Brunette" and other radio and TV appearances.
Relationship: 11th Cousin 3 times removed
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Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Bohemian/Austrian Composer
Both a composer and a conductor, Gustav Mahler was an important part of the post-romantic period in music. He composed both songs and symphonies, and died while working on his tenth symphony.
Relationship: 13th Cousin
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Robert Morris (1734-1806)
Pennsylvania Representative
Prior to signing The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Articles of Confederation; Robert Morris borrowed money to pay Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War.
Relationship: Distant (27) Great Grandfather
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Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
American Author
Mary Flannery O'Connor wrote novels and short stories often based in the South. Her most famous works include "The Violent Bear it Away" and "Wise Blood".
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 22 times removed
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Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
French Author
French writer Alexandre Dumas is known for his historical novels and was the most widely read French Author at the time. His most famous works include "The Count of Monte Cristo".
Relationship: 9th Cousin 11 times removed
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William Thomson (1824-1907)
Irish-Scottish Scientist
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, was an Irish Scottish mathematician and scientist known for his contributions to the studies of thermodynamics and electricity.
Relationship: 10th Cousin 10 times removed
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Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
French Military Hero
Joan of Arc became a military hero at the age of 17. She was burned at the stake for treason when she fell prisoner in England. She was only 19 when she died.
Relationship: Distant Great Grand Aunt
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Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900)
German Inventor
Gottlieb Daimler designed and patented the prototype for the modern gas engine. He also patented the precursor to the modern-day motorcycle. His company is now called Chrysler.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 25 times removed
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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
German Composer
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, or Felix Mendelssohn, was a composer during the Romantic period. A prolific composer, Mendelssohn was very popular during his day and remains a staple in classical music history.
Relationship: 3rd Cousin 29 times removed
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George Vancouver (1757-1798)
English Explorer
George Vancouver is known for his exploration of North America and the coast of Australia.
Relationship: 2nd Cousin 54 times removed
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XYBORG said...

In May of 1993, Minister Louis Farrakhan staged a recital of the Violin Concerto, Op.64, by the Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn in what was one of the most politically-resonant artistic displays in classical music history. In a performance manifesting the most dramatic confluence of art and politics since Richard Wagner penned his notorious tract, 'Das Judenthum in der Music' ('Judaism in Music') ~ and at once refuting that screed's main premise and theme ~ Farrakhan instantly established himself as the single most transformative classical musician in American artistic history.


Squarely placing himself at the epicentre of the most controversial event in the classical music world since the tumult sparked by the 'Tristan und Isolde' overture at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Farrakhan's rendition of the Mendelssohn violin concerto left the audience aghast. For the eighteen months leading up to his performance, Farrakhan was coached by Elaine Skorodin Fohrman, a Jewish violin virtuoso and member of Chicago's Roosevelt University where she taught classical violin. Farrakhan's choice of the Mendelssohn piece was attributed by some observers to the composer's identity as a Jew ~ a gesture widely viewed as an "olive branch" to the Nation of Islam leader's Jewish detractors.


Farrakhan's first rendition of the violin concerto occurred as part of a three-day symposium, 'Gateways: Classical Music and the Black Musician', at the Reynold's Auditorium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on 18 April 1993. The program included a rendition of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with former New York Philharmonic member, Sanford Allen, as soloist and the Saint Sean's Concerto for Violoncello featuring University of Michigan professor, Anthony Elliott. Farrakhan prefaced his recital by declaring that he would "try to do with music what cannot be done with words and try to undo with music what words have done."

Shortly thereafter, Farrakhan reprised his euphonious peace gesture before a Chicago audience of three thousand on May 17 on his eighteenth-century Guadagnini violin...








Anonymous said...

I saw were David Crockett was Edith Roosevelt cousin can you tell me if that is true are not.