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posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 06:23 PM
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I would like to see how many members on ATS who have famous ancestors. Share your stories of the famous people in your families.
Since researching online I have found some cool ancestors.

en.wikipedia.org...
Martín de Argüelles being one of the many people I'm related to.
It even has a picture of a family crest! I'm surprised this guy was on wikipedia.
Same with this guy right here.
Agustín Argüelles. en.wikipedia.org...





Coat of Arms for the Argüelles family, said to have descended from an ancient settlement in Asturias of shipbuilders originally from the Greek city of Argos


So Argos is my parental ancestral homeland? That's really cool to find out.
en.wikipedia.org...

Heck I even found more information online. It's in Spanish so I'll just post the link.
It gives me a lot of information about my ancestors.
I have no clue with what I'm reading in the article. I guess I'm related to Alfonso V of Aragon; as well many other powerful Spanish people and a lot of people in the Catholic Church.
en.wikipedia.org...
www.somosprimos.com...
The article also states I have blood from Charles V which was the son of Joanna of Castle.
en.wikipedia.org...
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So I guess I have some relation to the Spanish Royal Family.
en.wikipedia.org...
It's weird finding out your a descendant of very powerful people who were also Catholic. Makes me feel dull to be an Atheist. Like I'm not living to my ancestors linage. Ehh? that's all I have to say.
Sorry it took a lot to put into. It's hard to translate Spanish and explain it as well.




posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 07:45 PM
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Nothing as glamorous as the OP, I'm afraid, but there are a couple of famous people in my lineage;
Both on my maternal side, I am distantly related to the Olympic athlete Mary Rand, and also to the late British actress Diana Dors.

Roy.



posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 09:03 PM
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Cool thread idea, OP!

Actually, I'm a distant relation to William Shakespeare (yes, the playwright from the middle ages). My father, who was English, had a cousin who traced our family lineage clear back to the 13th century. He was able to go that far back, because 1) England is a very old country, and 2) all birth records were kept in churches, most of which were made of stone or brick so they did not easily burn down.

William Shakespeare's offspring all died without heirs, but "Uncle Bill's" sister married William George Hart. They named their son George William, and named his son, William George, etc. This went on until finally, my great grandfather, George William Hart and his wife had no son, but a daughter - my grandmother - Dorothy Agnetta Hart, who was my dad's mother.

What's funny is my father was quite a talented (but unpublished) writer of poetry, short stories, journals, etc. I've done quite a bit of writing too, mainly grant proposals and such. Funny how we got just a little fragment of that writer's gene from Bill!



posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 09:52 PM
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Direct descendant of King Charlemagne. I don't think I spelled that right. Thought that was rather interesting.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 04:07 AM
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I'm a distant relative of this gentleman...



It answered a lot of questions, when I found that out.



-TheAssoc.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 04:13 AM
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Who is this guy? He looks really cool

Second line



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 04:16 AM
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For better or worse, it's Al Capone.



-TheAssoc.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 04:21 AM
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That's something. If you lived in my area children will be calling you a savage. Most of the kids are gang bangers who look up to other gang bangers.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 07:39 PM
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Originally posted by TheAssociate
I'm a distant relative of this gentleman...



It answered a lot of questions, when I found that out.



-TheAssoc.


You do know he died of venereal disease,don't you?



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 08:50 PM
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Im a bit sceptical of this myself but a family member has shown me the tree that has some links albeit distant.

My grandmothers side has deep roots in a scottish clan called Mackenzie, further back it ties in with Ballies which in turn is linked to William Wallace.

I keep it to myself of course because ever since a guy named Mel Gibson made a film, it seems everyone is related to this man in some way


PS: some very interesting lineage



edit on 15-9-2010 by XXXN3O because: Comments on OP's family heritage



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:00 PM
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I'm slightly related to Catherine Zeta-Jones
No that it's anything to be proud of



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:17 PM
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I am related to Samuel F.B. Morse.
Dude who created the Morse Code. lol

en.wikipedia.org...
fecha.org...



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:23 PM
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Originally posted by Oneolddude
You do know he died of venereal disease,don't you?


Yeah, syphilis, if I'm not mistaken. Like I said, it explains a good many questions I had about the behavior and psychology of my family.



-TheAssoc.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:40 PM
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My aunt has traced our family history back as far as it can be traced on my mothers side, and from her assertions we are directly descended from the lineage of William the Conqueror.

On my fathers side, we are related to baseball hall of famer Enos Slaughter..... and a fella by the name of Thomas Coleman Younger.



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:52 PM
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If you go back as far as William the conquerer then you and several million or maybe even tens of millions of other people are directly descended from him.
About 0.5% of everyone in the world is related to Ghangis Khan for example and he was around about 100 years (several generations) after william



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:54 PM
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Yep. Thats why I take what my aunt says with a grain of salt. I guess it is us and 100 million others.

The other two are confirmed.



posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 10:34 PM
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This thread is quite interesting. I'm surprised more havn't jumped in. geneology is fascinating and you never know what you'll find. Besides being a direct decendant of king Charlemagne, there are a couple of indian chiefs somewhere down the line, some dude who got killed mining for gold, some farmers...I have to dig into my Irish ancestory next.



posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 10:54 PM
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Jesse James and Andrew Johnson

Those are just the two that I remember, Jesse James has a way of sticking in one's mind. My grandmother is the geneology guru and she has the family history traced back as far as the 1600's, originating (possibly) in the Scottish lowlands, I believe. I haven't seen much of it so am (sadly) unaware of most of the information...

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posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 11:06 PM
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On my father's side direct lineage to Sir Walter Scott, and also to Mary Queen of Scots, King James the Second.
Thats the only known lineage.



posted on Sep, 17 2010 @ 07:45 AM
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Proudly related to:

Daniel Carroll (July 22, 1730 – July 5, 1796) was a politician and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a prominent member of one of America's great colonial families that included his cousin Charles Carroll of Carrollton who signed the Declaration of Independence, and his brother John Carroll who was the first Catholic bishop in the United States. He was one of only five men to sign both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.

and

Charles Carroll of Carrollton (September 19, 1737 – November 14, 1832) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and later United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic and the longest-lived (and last surviving) signatory of the Declaration of Independence, dying at the age of 95.





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