An interesting genealogy news story has become the topic of some discussion recently regarding the family history of President Obama. This time it is not regarding his place of birth; rather it is about his maternal descent from John Punch, the first (or one of the first) African slaves for life in America. Genealogists at Ancestry.com have found evidence that they feel confident proves that John Punch is the 11th great-grandfather of the President.
The following is a chart that shows the relationship reported by Ancestry.com:
Although the genealogists are confident in their findings, it has been noted that the ancestral relationship between John Punch and the President involves assumptions. If true, this ancestral connection of President Obama certainly makes an interesting historic and symbolic statement: not only is Barack Obama the first African-American President, but a descendant of the (or one of the) first African slaves in America.
To read more about the relationship between President Obama and John Punch, view the following articles released by Ancestry.com:
- Documenting President Barack Obama’s Maternal African-American Ancestry: Tracing His Mother’s Bunch Ancestry to the First Slave in America
- Descent of the Bunch Family in Virginia and the Carolinas
- Relationship of Barack Hussein Obama to John Punch
- Ancestry.com Press Release