Thursday, December 8, 2016

"We're Related" App- Week of November 22-27

"We're Related" App 
Week of November 22-27

~~~~~Rachel~~~~~
A Facebook Friend
Rachel is interesting case because she is actually my husband's cousin's wife and turns out she's my 9th cousin!
I'm related to Rachel through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)
(I'm not posting her information or picture for privacy reasons)


"Benjamin Franklin"
Founding Father of the United States
b. 17 Jan 1706 Massachusetts
d. 17 Apr 1790 in Pennsylvania 
My 5th Cousin, 7x Removed
I'm related to Benjamin through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)




"Kevin Bacon"
Kevin Norwood Bacon
Actor
My 6th Cousin, 3x Removed
I'm related to Kevin on my Mom's side (Mendenhall)
~I'm actually related to Kevin Bacon in two different ways! One way, I found on my own a long time ago and then the other way was through We're Related- both are through my mom's side!




"Meryl Streep"
Mary Louise Streep
Actress
My 8th Cousin, 2x Removed
I'm related to Meryl through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



~~~~~Tyanne~~~~~
A Facebook Friend
My 8th Cousin, 2x Removed
I've known Tyanne since at least High School, maybe even middle school!
I'm related to Tyanne through my mom's side (Mendenhall)
(I'm not posting her information or picture for privacy reasons)




"Jane Austen"
Novelist
b. 16 Dec 1775 in England
d. 18 Jul 1817 in England
My 5th Cousin, 8x Removed
I'm related to Jane through my mom's side (Mendenhall)



"We're Related" App- Week of November 15-21

"We're Related" App 
Week of November 15-21

"Elizabeth Taylor"
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
Actress
b. 27 Feb 1932 in England
d. 23 Mar 2011 in California
My 9th Cousin
I'm related to Elizabeth through my Dad's side (Jeckering)



"John Brown"
Abolitionist 
b. 09 May 1800 in Connecticut
d. 02 Dec 1859 in West Virginia
My 6th Cousin, 6x Removed
I'm related to John on my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



~~~~~Jill- a cousin of mine I already knew about~~~~
A Facebook Friend
My 1st Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Jill through my Dad's side (Jeckering)

(Jill's information and picture is personal and therefore, I'm choosing not to post it)



"Peyton Manning"
Peyton Williams Manning
Football Quarterback
My 8th Cousin
I'm related to Peyton through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Eli Manning"
Elisha Nelson Manning
Football Quarterback
My 8th Cousin
I'm related to Eli through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)

(Eli actually showed up on my We're Related app yesterday (12/7/16), but I figured I'd put him in this blog post next to his brother, Peyton.)



~~~~~Joshua- a cousin of mine I already knew about~~~~
A Facebook Friend
My 2nd Cousin
I'm related to Joshua through my Dad's side (Jeckering)

(Joshua's information and picture is personal and therefore, I'm choosing not to post it)



"Carrie Underwood"
Carrie Marie Underwood
Country Musician 
My 9th Cousin
I'm related to Carrie on my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Jake Gyllenhaal"
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Actor
My 9th Cousin
I'm related to Jake through my Dad's side (Jeckering)




"We're Related" App- Week of November 7-14

"We're Related" App 
Week of November 7-14

"George Washington"
1st President of the United States of America
b. 22 Feb 1732 in Virginia
d. 14 Dec 1799 in Virginia
My 2nd Cousin, 10x Removed
I'm related to George through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Brad Paisley"
Bradley Douglas Paisley
Country Musician
My 7th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Brad through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Kate Upton"
Katherine Elizabeth Upton
Model
My 8th Cousin
I'm related to Kate through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Harry Truman"
Harry Shipp Truman
33rd President of the United States of America
b. 08 May 1884 in Missouri
d. 26 Dec 1972 in Missouri
My 6th Cousin, 4x Removed
I'm related to Harry through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)

(I already had Harry Truman in my tree before this app)



"Edgar Allan Poe"
Writer
b. 19 Jan 1809 in Massachusetts
d. 07 Oct 1849 in Maryland
My 6th Cousin, 5x Removed
I'm related to Edgar through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Henry David Thoreau"
Essayist 
b. 12 Jul 1817 in Massachusetts
d. 06 May 1862 in Massachusetts
My 5th Cousin, 7x Removed
I'm related to Henry through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Avril Lavigne"
Avril Ramona Lavigne
Musician
My 8th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Avril through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"D.W. Griffith"
David Wark Griffith
Film Director
b. 22 Jan 1875 in Kentucky
d. 23 Jul 1948 in California
My 7th Cousin, 4x Removed
I'm related to D.W. through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Thomas Jefferson"
3rd President of the United States of America
b. 13 Apr 1743 in Virginia
d. 04 Jul 1826 in Virginia
My 6th Cousin, 6x Removed
I'm related to Thomas through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



We're Related, Week of Oct 31-Nov 6

"We're Related"
Week of Oct 31-Nov 6


"Zachary Taylor"
12th President of the United States of America
b. 24 Nov 1784 in Virginia
d. 09 Jul 1850 in Washington, D.C.
My 2nd Cousin, 8x Removed
I'm related to Zachary through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Theodore Roosevelt"
Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
26th President of the United States of America
b. 27 Oct 1858 in New York City, NY
d. 06 Jan 1919 in Oyster Bay, NY
My 6th Cousin, 5x Removed
I'm related to Theodore through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Luke Bryan"
Thomas Luther Bryan
Country Musician
My 8th Cousin, 2x Removed
I'm related to Luke through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Helen Keller"
Helen Adams Keller
Author
b. 27 Jun 1880 in Alabama
d. 01 Jun 1968 in Connecticut 
My 6th Cousin, 6x Removed
I'm related to Helen through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



~~~~~~~~~~~Hillary- a woman I've known since Elementary School~~~~~~~~~~~
Facebook Friend
My 9th Cousin
I'm related to Hillary through my Dad's side (Jeckering)

(Picture of Hillary and other info kept confidential because she is not a celebrity and privacy is important!)





"Russell Crowe"
Russell Ira Crowe
Actor
My 8th Cousin, 2x Removed
I'm related to Russell through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"Johnny Cash"
John Ray Cash
Musician
b. 26 Feb 1932 in Arksansas
d. 12 Sep 2003 in Tennessee 
My 6th Cousin, 3x Removed
I'm related to Johnny through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)



"We're Related"- Part 2

 As I stated in a previous blog post, I've had the "We're Related" App for awhile now and am just now starting to blog about them-- here are a few more--- 


#7: 

"Winston Churchill"
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
British Prime Minister from 1940-1945 & 1951-1955
b. 30 Nov 1874 in Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
d. 24 Jan 1965 in London, England
My 7th Cousin, 3x Removed
I'm related to Winston through my Mom's side (Mendenhall)





#8: 

"Thomas Edison"
Thomas Alva Edison
Inventor
b. 22 Feb 1847 in Milan, Ohio
d. 18 Oct 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey
My 4th Cousin, 5x Removed
I'm related to Thomas through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)





#9: 

"Abraham Lincoln"
16th President of the United States of America
b. 12 Feb 1809 in Kentucky
d. 15 Apr 1865 in Washington
My 5th Cousin, 7x Removed
I'm related to Abraham through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




#10:

"Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Essayist
b. 25 May 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts 
d. 27 Apr 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts
My 5th Cousin, 7x Removed


I'm related to Ralph through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




The next few are from Facebook- family I knew I already had and then close friends that I was surprised I'm related to! (For their privacy, I will not be posting the pictures)

#11:

Chanel, a 2nd Cousin I already knew was in my tree, related to me through my dad's side of the family (Jeckering)



#12:

Krystle, 8th cousin, 1x removed. Krystle was a big surprise. There is a slight back story with her's- 

I did Krystle's family tree for her last summer when she came to visit me from out of state. While doing the research, I discovered we had a common relative on her mom's side...this common relative wasn't blood, but by marriage.

Then, when I got this app, Krystle popped up again, but as my 8th cousin, 1x Removed. Again, it was through my mom's side of the family (Mendenhall) but it was completely different line, which is really neat!



#13:

Valerie, 8th Cousin. Valerie was very similar to Krystle, a big shocker. Valerie is actually my husband's second cousin, which is why she's on my Facebook and why she's in my tree already. So, when she popped up on this app, I expected it to say something like: "Husband's 2nd cousin" or something, but it said 8th cousin. She's actually my husband's 2nd cousin and MY 8th cousin on my mom's side (Mendenhall)!!!



#14"

"Brad Pitt"
William Bradley Pitt
Actor
My 8th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Brad through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




#15:

"Shailene Woodley"
Shailene Diann Woodley
Actress
8th Cousin
I'm related to Shailene through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




#16:

"Mark Twain"
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Writer
b. 30 Nov 1835 in Missouri
d. 21 Apr 1910 in Connecticut
My 4th Cousin, 6x Removed
I'm related to Samuel through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




#17:

"Elvis Presley"
Elvis Aaron Presley
Musician
b. 08 Jan 1935 in Mississippi 
d. 16 Aug 1977 in Tennessee
My 8th Cousin, 2x Removed
I'm related to Elvis through my Mom's Side (Mendenhall)




#18:

"Jimi Hendrix"
James Marshall Hendrix
Musician
b. 27 Nov 1942 in Washington
d. 18 Sep 1970 in London, United Kingdom
Ancestry claims this is my 6th Cousin, 2x Removed through my mom's side (Mendenhall)- but I couldn't find the connection with what I have in my tree...the dates and/or people don't line up- even after doing some research of my own on Jimi Hendrix. 
So, I'm calling this one a-- NOPE!




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The "We're Related" App

Since I just started blogging again and I've been using the We're Related app for a couple of weeks now, I have quite a few blog posts to make to catch up!

I LOVE the idea of the We're Related app by Ancestry.com (naturally). I found out about it through Randy Seaver (Genea-Musings) and love getting my daily updates (sometimes 2 of them!).

For those of you who don't know what the app is, if you're in the genealogy-world, I'm surprised. But either way, if you haven't heard of it, it's just an app on your smartphone that uses your Ancestry.com tree to connect you to celebrities (past & present). Some may just take it as it is- trust the work of Ancestry.com, but I take it with a grain of salt...I always check the facts and the people they suggest. I have found 2 so far that I just cannot connect or take as true... I'll explain when I blog about those 2 celebrities...


Here are my first 6 celebrities in the app:






#1

"Newt Gingrich"
Newton Leroy McPherson
Politician 
6th Cousin, 2x Removed
I'm related to Newt through my Mom's side of the tree (Mendenhall)





#2: 

"Marilyn Monroe"
Norma Jeane Mortenson
or 
Norma Jeane Baker
Actress
b. 01 Jun 1926 in Los Angeles County, California 
d. 05 Jun 1962 in Los Angeles County, California
8th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Marilyn on my Mom's side (Mendenhall).




#3: 

"Johnny Depp"
John Christopher Depp II
Actor
9th Cousin
I'm related to Johnny on my Mom's side (Mendenhall).




#4: 

"President Barack Obama"
Barack Hussein Obama
44th President of the United States of America
6th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Barack on my Mom's side (Mendenhall).




#5:

"Bill Clinton"
William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States of America
6th Cousin, 5x Removed
I'm related to Bill on my Mom's side (Mendenhall).







#6: 

"Miley Ray Cyrus"
Destiny Hope Cyrus
Actress/ Musician
7th Cousin, 1x Removed
I'm related to Miley on my Mom's side (Mendenhall) through Jesse Johnson (1745-1777)







Friday, December 2, 2016

Ruth Eileen Mendenhall, born 1927

Good Morning, Happy Friday!

I know I did a blog post about my great aunt one time, but for whatever reason, I am having trouble locating it...either way, more information has been found and I would love to share it!

Backstory:

Ruth was my grandfather's younger sister. She was born on 16 Jan 1926 in Dayton, Ohio to Earl Dwight Mendenhall (1894-1972) and Edna Grace Niles (1894-1934). The story in my family is that she was kicked out of the house at the age of 14, it is assumed because she was pregnant. My great-grandparents destroyed all photos of her and basically erased her from the family. One photo was found behind a dresser at one point in time, a school picture of Ruth and her third grade class in 1935.

                                     ~Ruth is in the middle row, directly in the middle~

Apparently, the family tried to locate Ruth later in life by hiring a private investigator. I assume this was taken place after her parents had passed. She was discovered living in California, married to a doctor. And, she didn't want to be found, so that was the end. I don't know how much of this is true or not.

For years, this is all the information I had for Ruth. I craved more because her story facsinated me! I wanted to know if she really had a child at 14/15 years old, if she had really married a doctor or if she had any other children.

THEN, on September 23, of this year, I decided to try digging more, since it had been a couple of years and I found her!

Ruth Eileen Breckenridge ('nee Mendenhall)
b. 16 Jan 1926 in Dayton, Ohio
d. 08 Mar 2002 in Scottsdale, AZ

Ruth was married to Jack V. Breckenridge (1921-2011), a veteran. They are buried together in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Section A7, Row B, Site 32. I tried to find a newspaper article, an obituary, SOMETHING on their family, but it appears they never had children. I couldn't find a child born around 1941 either.

One interesting fact, that I had to laugh at, was that she was born in Dayton, Ohio (so was I) and then she died in Arizona. I have no idea how long she lived in Arizona, but I great up there, about 2 hrs North of Scottsdale.

If ANYONE out there reading this knows ANYTHING about Ruth or her husband Jack, PLEASE contact me either through this blog or my email- Carriesmith11411@yahoo.com.