Genealogy Trivia

Q: What do I have in common with President James Madison other than the fact we both live(d) in Orange County, Virginia?

A: His great grandfather and my 10th great grandfather, Captain Thomas Todd, are the same person.

If we were contemporaries we would be 3rd cousins. Since I was born 243 after him we are 3rd cousins 8x removed. Hardly related at all. Another interesting bit is that President Madison’s wife, Dolley, first married John Todd – I wonder if there is a connection with the same Thomas Todd family.

Q: What do I have in common with my husband, Steve, other than the fact that we both live(d) in Orange County, Virginia, oh, and that we are married. Doh!

A: We both have ancestors who lived with the same half mile area in Jamestown, Va ca. 1665.

How interesting it is to me that I have lived in Georgia all my life and Steve has lived in Virginia for most of his and find out we both had ancestors in Jamestown, Va. who most likely crossed paths frequently and probably did business together.

Do you have interesting tidbits in your family genealogy to share? Have a genealogy line you are stuck on and need help? Leave it in the comments section and see if any of us have other ties in common or can help with your family tree.

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3 Responses to “Genealogy Trivia”

  • Joy Kennedy-Hughes says:

    Great story. My cousin, Bill, is working on the genealogy of the Kennedy family. (Not part of “the political Kennedys”). I spoke with Bill by phone today, and he is really enjoying this challenge.

  • renn says:

    My cousin (also named “Bill”) has a partial history of our family tree (Mum’s side). He was convinced that we had aristocratic blood running through our veins somewhere. It turns out that some of my ancestors were actually kicked out of Ireland…

    …for being DRUNKEN THIEVES.

    These same ancestors were forced to modify their last names at Ellis Island. I don’t know if there were too many O’Tooles, if they were hard to understand, illiterate, or what. I could ask my cousin, but then I’d be held hostage to Ireland Politics circa 1800 something for HOURS on line. [I’d rather hear it in person…]

  • Melanie says:

    LOVE finding tidbits about my family. I just recently made a connection to the Burleson’s that I have been researching for years. My GG-grandfather was “apprenticed” out when he was a toddler and says he never knew who is parents were. The apprenticeship program was a little like foster care but the children were required to work for their home. Turns out that the reason he never told who his parents were was because his mother was rather unsavory in her actions and he didn’t know who his father was. He and most of his sibings kept the information private and now… some of their descendents have figured it out. How surprised and pleased they would be to know that we now know, are reconnected, and are OK with it all!

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