My motto is: "Live Free or Die". I allow everyone to comment on my posts but, please don't call other people names or be rude. If you are having a problem commenting on one of my posts, please tell someone to contact me. I am neutral on matters of Religion. I vote independently. Many of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence are cousins of mine so, I am a STRONG believer in equal rights for everyone.
I am a Mayflower descendant, Son of the American Revolution, Son of the Founders of Hartford, Connecticut and a descendant of Charlemagne. My 8th grandfather, John Winthrop Jr., was the first Governor of the colony of Connecticut. Another 9th grandfather was the second Governor of Massachusetts: William Bradford. John Winthrop Sr. was a 9th grandfather. William Pitkin, Connecticut Governor, was my 8th uncle and Robert Treat, another early Governor was my 9th. uncle. I'm related to almost every President of the U.S.A. and to the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. MacDonald, most of the Monarchs of England and France, one from Wales, and every King from the Scottish throne through the Forbes and McDuffee sides of the family. The following movie stars are all my distant and, not so distant, cousins: Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple, Shirley Booth (Ford), Marilyn Monroe (Gifford), Bette Davis, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Brook Shields, Paris Hilton, Mae West, Jane Mansfield and Jodi Foster. My direct progenitors started the Episcopalian Church, Salvation Army Church, co-founded the Congregational Church, and I am 2nd cousins (6xs removed) to Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. Famous industrialists and others include: William Crapo Durant, Co-founder of General Motors, John Brown: abolitionist, The Porter's (married into the Keep family), who own Miss Porter's School for Girls, Henry Ford, and also the makers of: Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Johnson's Wax, Pond's cold cream, General Foods (Margorie Merriweather Post), the Packard Automobile, Nash Automobile, inventor of the modern electronic television: Philo Taylor Farnsworth, and above ANYONE else: Henry Martyn Leland, the founder of the Cadillac automobile. Interesting facts: My 9th grandfather, John Lathrop, started the first library in this country in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Both Harvard and Yale (Yale is related by blood and through marriage on the Mix (aka Meeks) side of the family who sold him the property where Yale University is on now) have seen a cousin from my family as their Presidents. Colin Francis MacKinnon, my 3rd great uncle, founded Saint Francis Xavier College and Saint Ninian's Cathedral in Nova Scotia, Canada. 5 of my 8th grandmothers were hanged as witches in Massachusetts during the witch hunts. Two of my 9th grandmothers were native Americans who were daughters of Indian Chiefs. My 30th grandfather, Richard LeFort/Fortescue saved the life of William The Conquerer therefore changing his name from LeFort to Fortescue (Strong Shield) at the battle of Hastings in 1066.