U.S. Presidents & Vice Presidents

 By D. A. Sharpe

 

It is an honor and privilege for a family to realize it has a family relationship to a President or Vice President of the United States.  However, our family is, indeed, extremely blessed to have multiple such relationships. There are 20 out of 45 (44.4%) of the United States Presidents who have a relationship to our family, distant as they may be!  Also, there are seven related Vice Presidents.

 

This is a list of all the Presidents of the United States and the dates of their terms of service. If they have a relationship to our family, such relationship is described in the chart below.

 

 One observation of interest is to see the relationships Presidents had to each other. Though many connections could be examined, one interesting one is to note that twelve of the fourteen Presidents, included himself, are related to the first President, General George Washington. Though he had no descendants, he certainly came for fine genealogical stock that spawn significant leadership in the life of our nation.


 

Click on a PresidentÕs          Click on the text

Name for genealogical            for a personal report on that

Chart relationship to me.        President.

 

George Washington                 1789-1797    He is my 26th cousin, seven times removed.  He is the 11th great grandson of English King Edward I, the last of the three Kings to issue the Magna Carta that had such place in the documents of governance as the New World developed.  Our common ancestors are Eystein Glumra Ivarsson and his wife, Aseda, who are my 32nd great grandparents and George's 25th great grand parents 

John Adams                                  1797-1801    He is the husband of Abigail Smith, a 29th cousin, four times removed to me.  The ancestors in common for Abigail and me are Eystein Glumra Ivarsson the Earl of More, and his wife, Aseda.  They are the 28th great grandparents of Abigail and the 32nd great grandparents to me.  They are Vikings of Norway who lived in the 800's. 

 

Thomas Jefferson                1801-1809  He is my 28th cousin, five times removed.  Our
ancestor in common is Eystein Glumra Ivarsson and his wife, Aseda.  They are President Jefferson's 27th great grandparents, whereas they are my 32nd great grandparents.   Eystein Glumra was Earl or Jarl of the Uplands in Norway about the year 830 AD.  Eystein is the ancestor the Abney's have in common with the line of William the Conqueror.  It was Eystein Glumra's grandson, Ganger Rolf, who was in the expedition that launched from Norway and came to the shores of France to conquer what became known as Normandy. 

 

James Madison                       1809-1817     He is the 31st cousin, twice removed to me.  He is the 13th cousin, five times removed to President George Washington.  He is the 15th cousin, three times removed to President Thomas Jefferson.  James Madison is the third cousin, once removed, to President Zachary Taylor.  James Madison's relationship to President Zachary Taylor is extended in that President Taylor is the father-in-law of President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America. 

 

James Monroe                         1817-1825    He is the 13th Cousin 2 times removed of first President, George Washington.  President Monroe is my 31st cousin, twice removed.  He is the 18th cousin, seven times removed to my son-in-law, Steven O. Westmoreland. 

 

John Quincy Adams                 1825-1829   He is the 30th cousin, three times removed to me.  Our ancestors in common are Ragnvald I (died in 890 AD) and his wife, Hild, who were the 28th great grandparents to John Quincy Adams.  They were the 31st great grandparents to me.   This Ragnvald I was also known as Ragnvald the Mighty or Ragnvald the Wise.  He was Jarl of the Uplands from Norway, a Viking.  He became one of King Harald's men in 866. Rangwold gave the king the name of Harfager (Fair Hair).  Ragnvald defeated Solve Kold of More and King Novke of Romsdal at the Battle of Solskel in 867.  He was given those districts by King Harald "Fair Hair." President Adams is the 17th cousin, eight times removed to my son-in-law, Steve O. Westmoreland.

 

Andrew Jackson                      1829-1837    

 

 

Martin Van Buren                   1837-1841    

 

William Henry Harrison                   1841    

 

John Tyler                                1841-1845    

 

 

James Polk                               1845-1849    

 

Zachary Taylor                        1849-1850    Zachary Taylor is my 32nd cousin, once removed. In addition, Zachary Taylor is the father-in-law of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, the Uncle to Susanah Elizabeth Davis Abney, wife of James (Jim) Addison Abney of Lufkin, Texas. Jim is a brother-in-law of Martha Jane Dixon Abney, daughter of Judge Felix Benedict Dixon, my great, great grandfather, the ancestor by whom my qualification was documented for membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas. President Davis' first wife, Sarah Knox Taylor, is my 33rd cousin. Sarah is the third cousin, five times removed to my son-in-law, Steven O. Westmoreland.

 

Millard Fillmore                       1850-1853   President Millard Fillmore is my fourth cousin, four times removed. The ancestors in common between President Fillmore and myself are Dorcas Bronson and her husband, Stephen Hopkins. They are the third great grandparents of President Fillmore, and they are my seventh great grandparents. President Fillmore also is the sixth cousin, three times removed to my wife, Suzanne Margaret Boggess. Their ancestors in common are George Hills and Mary Symonds, the fifth great grandparents of President Fillmore. They also are the eighth great grandparents to Suzanne. _ 


Franklin Pierce                        1853-1857    President Franklin Pierce is the sixth cousin, three times removed to my wife, Suzanne Margaret Boggess Sharpe. Their ancestors in common are George Hills and Mary Symonds, who are President Pierce's fifth great grandparents. George and Mary are the eighth great grandparents to me wife, Suzanne. Notice that both Presidents Fillmore and Pierce have the same ancestors in common, thus creating a sixth cousin relationship between the two Presidents.  _ 

 

 

James Buchanan                      1857-1861    

 

 

Abraham Lincoln                     1861-1865   Abraham Lincoln is my 30th cousin, three times removed.  Our ancestors in common are Eystein Glumra Ivarsson and Aseda.  They are ninth century Vikings of Norway who are Lincoln's 29th great grandparents and my 32nd great grandparents. Lincoln's tenth great grandparents were English King Henry VII and Elizabeth Plantagenet (Elizabeth of York). The fourth child of their eight children was King Henry VIII.  Henry VIIIÕs second of six wives was Anne Boleyn, the sister of Mary Boleyn.  Mary was the wife of William Carey, who is my 20th cousin, 13 times removed.  Henry VIII is my 19th cousin, 14 times removed, having Eyestein Glumra and Aseda as his 18th great grandparents.  Lincoln is the ninth great grandnephew of King Henry VIII.   Lincoln is the half fourth cousin, ten times removed to William Cary, my 30th cousin, 13 times removed.  Lincoln is the 17th cousin, eight times removed to my son-in-law, Steven O. Westmoreland and 30th cousin, four times removed to Steve's wife (our daughter), Tiffany Lenn Sharpe Westmoreland. 

 

Andrew Johnson                      1865-1869    

 

Ulysses S. Grant                      1869-1877    

 

Rutherford B. Hayes               1877-1881    

 

James Garfield                                  1881    U. S. President James A. Garfield's wife, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, is the sixth great grandchild of George Hills and Mary Symonds, who, of course, are the eighth great grandparents of my wife, Suzanne Margaret Boggess Sharpe. You can note that these sixth great grandparents as the same sixth great grandparents of Presidents Fillmore and Pierce.  Quite an unusual heritage for this English born family to give to America three sixth great grandchildren to serve in the White House!_ 

 

Chester Arthur                         1881-1885    

 

Grover Cleveland                    1885-1889    

 

Benjamin Harrison                  1889-1893    

 

Grover Cleveland                    1893-1897    

 

William McKinley                   1897-1901    

 

Theodore Roosevelt                1901-1909     He is a fifth cousin to the 32th President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  FDR is my half eighth cousin.  His other relation to us is through his niece, Eleanor Roosevelt, who married Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  So, President Roosevelt is a cousin to a cousin.  
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William Howard Taft              1909-1913   He is the father-in-law of Eleanor Kellogg Chase, my 7th cousin, once removed.  The ancestors in common with Eleanor and me are Joseph Kellogg and Joanne Foote, both born in the 1620's, born in England and immigrated to Massachusetts.  They are her sixth great grandparents and my seventh great grandparents. 

 

 

Woodrow Wilson                      1913-1921    

 

Warren Harding                       1921-1923    

 

Calvin Coolidge                       1923-1929    

 

Herbert Hoover                       1929-1933    

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt            1933-1945    He is my half eighth cousin.  The ancestor in common is Alice Carpenter, who emigrated from England to Plymouth Colony in 1623.  She is the seventh great grandmother of Roosevelt and of me.  Roosevelt is descended through Alice and her first husband, Edward Southworth.  I am descended through Alice and her second husband, William Bradford.  He is the eleventh cousin, once removed from England's Sir Winston Churchill.  The ancestor in common to President Roosevelt and Sir Churchill is Vicsount Anthony Browne III.  Viscount Browne is the tenth great grandfather of President Roosevelt and is the eleventh great grandfather of Sir Churchill. 

 

Harry S. Truman                      1945-1953    

 

Dwight Eisenhower                  1953-1961    

 

John F. Kennedy                      1961-1963    

 

Lyndon Johnson                       1963-1969    

 

Richard M. Nixon                    1969-1974    

 

Gerald R. Ford                         1974-1977    He is the 17th cousin, four times removed, to President James Monroe.  President Monroe is my 31st cousin, twice removed.  President Monroe is the 18th cousin, seven times removed to my son-in-law, Steven O. Westmoreland. 

 

Jimmy Carter                           1977-1981    

 

Ronald Reagan                        1981-1989     President Ronald Wilson Reagan is the seventh cousin, once removed to me. The Ancestors in common between President Reagan and me are Susannah Coldman and her husband, John Bishop. They are the sixth great grandparents of United States President Ronald Wilson Reagan. They are my seventh great grandparents, once removed. _ 

 

George H. W. Bush                 1989-1993    He is a tenth cousin, seven times removed, to the first President of the United States, George Washington, a 26th cousin, seven times removed to me.

 

William J. Clinton                    1993-2001    

 

George W. Bush                      2001-2009     He is a tenth cousin, eight times removed to the first President of the United States, George Washington, who is my 26th cousin, seven times removed. 

 

 

Barack Obama                        2009-2017

 

Donald John Trump                2017-2020 _ 

 

 


 

VICE PRESIDENTS:

 

John Adams                                                   

 

Thomas Jefferson

 

Theodore Roosevelt

 

Charles Curtis                          1929-1933     He is my half sixth cousin, twice removed.  Our connection of common ancestry is through the Kellogg family.  Charles is the fifth great grandson of Joseph Kellogg (1626-1708) and Joseph Kellogg, an English immigrant to America, is the seventh great grandfather of mine. 

 

Gerald Ford

 

Nelson A. Rockefeller             1974-1977     Nelson Rockefeller was the fourth grandnephew of Johann Philip Rockefeller, the husband of Cartharina Sharp.  Philip and Cartharina are my third grand aunt and uncle. 

 

George H. W. Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. A. Sharpe

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