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    Not particularly famous but the genealogy suggests my Great x6 Grandfather founded a relatively large Pottery company (Bridgwood) in the 18th century. One of his descendants, Harold Bridgwood Walker, who commanded the Anzacs at the Battle of Lone Pine, would thus be my 2nd cousin, 5x removed.
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    My 1st cousin 3x removed was Fr. Michael O'Flanagan who was known as the 'Rebel Priest.' He has a Wikipedia page, website, a book about him called 'They Have Fooled You Again: Michael O'Flanagan' and an online RTE radio documentary about him. I doubt that anyone here has heard of him or even that many in Ireland but I think he'd count as famous in his own way.

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    Paternal ancestor (Y): Martin Kelly b. c1830 in Co. Roscommon (Ui Maine)
    Father's mtDNA: Catherine Fleming b. c1831 in Co. Roscommon (H27e)
    Maternal ancestor (mt): Anne McDermott b. c1814 in Co. Roscommon
    Paternal great grandfather (mt): Mary Connella b. c1798 in Co. Roscommon (T2a1a8)

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    Preston Standish Stevens Sr. (1896-1989) was the son of my great grandfather's brother, which made him my grandfather's first cousin (my first cousin 2x removed). Well, to make a long story short, he was a famous and influential architect in Atlanta, Georgia, with the firm of Burge and Stevens, which became Stevens and Wilkinson after Mr. Burge's death in 1946.

    Anyway, this is a recording of a 1978 interview with Preston Standish Stevens Sr.

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    Here's an old photo of him as young man. It was taken in 1923.

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    I have a 73 cM match at Ancestry DNA with one of Preston's sons and one of 33 cM's with one of his granddaughters.
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    Betty Grable is my 3rd cousin 3x removed (my mother has a 43cM match on Ancestry with a descendant of her grandparents); Ed Dodd, creator of the Mark Trail comic strip, is my 2nd cousin 2x removed; Confederate general and Georgia governor John Brown Gordon is my 2nd cousin, 5x removed; the photographer Mathew Brady is my 4th great-uncle by marriage; through my colonial Maryland ancestry I have a fairly significant number of more or less notable distant cousins including Harry Truman, Barack Obama, the Duchess of Windsor, USSC Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, accused Lincoln assassination conspirator Dr. Samuel Mudd, Robert Duvall, Charlton Heston, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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    Well, I'm having to delete a big branch of my tree on my maternal side. The only connection to anyone famous that I noticed is somewhat distantly related to Robert E. Lee. This branch consisted mostly of Virginia planters who doubtless owned lots and lots of slaves. I'm replacing them with rather poor French Huguenots with a couple of preachers in there somewhere. I haven't really gone into that Huguenot branch yet. But the connecting female is Margaret Reno. I wonder if now I'm related to the late Janet Reno. She is certainly famous. Reno is anglicized from Renaud or Reynaud, etc.

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    Janet Reno's dad was an immigrant from Denmark who changed his name from Rasmussen to Reno.
     


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    Lloyd Olen Parker, AKA Sunshine Parker. He was in Road House, Tremors, and various other small roles. His mother was my gg grandmother's cousin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    Janet Reno's dad was an immigrant from Denmark who changed his name from Rasmussen to Reno.
    Yeah, I see that now on Wekipedia (Google). Then there are two different origins for Reno. My Huguenot line holds up at Ancestry.

    I am probably related to Maj.Gen. Jesse Lee Reno. Reno, Nevada was named after him. His paternal line is Huguenot, as you can see by Googling him. I'm not exactly sure of the connection. But my line going back there is via Cynthia Anna Lee, 1816-1856, who is my direct maternal ancestor. She would be U5b2b2/G228A.

    later: OK, I see how I am related to Maj-Gen Jesse Lee Reno. It is not close to my maternal ancestor. It diverges from the original immigrant; two different sons. There are so many confusing names that it is hard to trace: Reno, Reneau, Renault, and variations.
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    On my mother's side I'm descended from one of the branches of the noble Vasconcelos family, which used to be very influential in Portugal centuries ago, particularly in the early centuries after the country became independent from León. In the Douro we still have a manor with our coat-of-arms in display above the entrance, although it's been a few generations since my recent ancestors have been separated from them. Personally I don't know who owns it at this point - probably some cousin I've never heard of.

    According to traditional genealogy our line is descended form a legendary hero of the siege of Lisbon and supposedly married to a bastard daughter of the first king of Portugal (whose story was likely very exaggerated), kings of León, Asturias and Pampelona. Before that, almost certainly, Visigothic kings of Iberia..at least king Egica seems to pop up in that line. But then again, probably every single person in Iberia is his descendant and none of his genes got to me, so it's not really relevant. Still cool, I guess
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