Some of these ancestors can be traced as far back as the Pilgrim fathers, so I’m not even going to bother going into any other details other than names as these families are so well recorded.

Famous cousins

Mayflower cousins

Nothing to get too excited about as half of the US are probably related to them too if they can trace back their roots to the Pilgrim fathers, but here are some of my more notable cousins listed with the common ancestor we share.

Common ancestor is Mayflower passenger Samuel Hopkins

  • Sarah Palin – former Governor of Alaska
  • Richard Gere – actor
  • Norman Rockwell – artist
  • Tennessee Williams – author
  • Taylor Swift – singer and songwriter
  • Avril lavigne – singer and songwriter

Common ancestor is Mayflower passenger John Howland

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt – former US President
  • George W Bush – former US President
  • Christopher Lloyd – actor
  • Sarah Palin – former Governor of Alaska
  • Benjamin Spock – pediatrician, author
  • Humphrey Bogart – actor
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – poet
  • Joseph Smith Jnr – founder, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Former US Presidents

  • Gerald Ford – 10th cousins three times removed
  • Richard Nixon – 8th cousins five times removed
  • Franklin Roosevelt – 7th cousins three times removed
  • Herbert Hoover – 12th cousins twice removed
  • Calvin Coolidge Jnr – 10th cousins three times removed
  • Chester Arthur – 7th cousins 6 times removed
  • James Garfield –  9th cousins five times removed
  • Rutherford Hayes – 6th cousins five times removed
  • Ulysses Grant – 6th cousins 6 times removed

Other famous cousins

  • Joseph Smith Jnr – founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement -7th cousins 6 times removed

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