My Ancestral Connection to Christopher Lloyd

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Back in October of 2015, many noted the date October 21, 2015 because it was featured in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II. It was on October 21, 2015 that Doc Brown, Marty McFly, and Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer, arrive to help Marty and Jennifer’s children. The 2015 world depicted in the film featured hover boards, flying cars, and power lace Nike shoes, which many hoped would be a reality when 2015 rolled around. This box-office hit and now classic comedy stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Thomas F. Wilson.

Recently I discovered an ancestral connection to Christopher Lloyd, who is an American actor best known for not only his role as Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, but also for his role as Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi. This discovery came when I learned that Lloyd’s mother, Ruth, was a Lapham, and that her family is descended from John Lapham (1635-1710) and his wife, Mary Mann (1640-1712). The following is a chart that shows the decent of both Christopher Lloyd (1938-) and my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), from John Lapham (1635-1710) and Mary Mann (1640-1712).

Christopher Lloyd’s Line: My Grandmother’s Line:
1 John Lapham (1635-1710) m. Mary Mann (1640-1712) 1 John Lapham (1635-1710) m. Mary Mann (1640-1712)
2 John Lapham Jr (1677-1748) m. Mary Russell (1683-1752) 2 Nicholas Lapham (1689-1758) m. Mercy Arnold (1701-1756)
3 Joshua Lapham (1721-1789) m. Hannah Sherman (1727-1797) 3 Solomon Lapham (1730-1800) m. Sylvia Lapham (1737-1805)
4 Nathan Lapham (1761-1846) m. Elizabeth Arnold (1759-1834/5) 4 Duty Lapham (1775-1846) m. Mary Colwell (1772-?)
5 Jesse Lapham (1788-1863) m. Elizabeth Griffith (1798-1878) 5 Benjamin Lapham (1807-1860) m. Cemantha Broadway (ca. 1813-1846)
6 Henry Griffith Lapham (1822-1888) m. Samantha Vail (1826-1905) 6 William B. Lapham (1838-1925) m. Emoline Pauline Reynolds (1844-1886)
7 Lewis Henry Lapham (1858-1934) m. Antoinette Dearborn (1861-1956) 7 Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927) m. Annie Margaret Leishman
(1875-1951)
8 Ruth Lapham (1896-1984) m. Samuel R. Lloyd (1897-?) 8 Theodore A. Lapham (1910-1955) m. Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985)
9 Christopher Allen Lloyd (1938-) 9 Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004) m. William Kernan (LIVING)

Based on the generations of descent from John Lapham (1635-1710) and his wife Mary Mann (1640-1712) listed above, my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), and Christopher Allen Lloyd (1938-) are 7th cousins. This makes Christopher Lloyd my 7th cousin, 2x removed.

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My Ancestral Connection to President George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush

On June 12, 1924, eighty-nine years ago today, George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-), 41st President of the United States, was born in Milton, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts the second son of Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895-1972) and Dorothy Walker (1901-1992). George H.W. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, following the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Prior to serving as President, George H.W. Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, Director of Central Intelligence from 1976 to 1977, United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1971 to 1973, and Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas’s 7th District from 1967-1971. During World War II, George H.W. Bush served in the U.S. Navy, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation. In 1945, George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce (1925-), with whom he had six children, one of which, George W. Bush (1946-), went on to become the 43rd President of the United States.

While researching my family history, I discovered that I have an ancestral connection to this former President of the United States. When I began researching the ancestry of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Anne Lapham (1936-2004), I researched a family that married into my Lapham branch, the Arnold family. As I dug deeper into this branch, I found my ancestral connection to George H.W. Bush, which was by my 11th great grandparents, Nicholas Arnold (1550-1622) m. Alice Gully (1553-1596). According to research on President Bush’s genealogy, Nicholas and Alice Arnold were the 9th great grandparents of his paternal grandmother, Flora (Sheldon) Bush (1872-1920). While researching my grandmother’s ancestry, I found that my grandmother’s 5th great grandfather, Nicholas Lapham (1689-1758), was married to Mercy Arnold (1701-1756), who was the great-great granddaughter of Nicholas and Alice Arnold.

The following is a chart that shows the decent of both George H.W. Bush (1924-) and my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), from Nicholas Arnold (1550-1622) and Alice Gully (1553-1596):

George H.W. Bush’s Line: My Grandmother’s Line:
1 Nicholas Arnold (1550-1622) m. Alice Gully (1553-1596) 1 Nicholas Arnold (1550-1622) m. Alice Gully (1553-1596)
2 William Arnold (1587-1676) m. Christian Peake (1583-1659) 2 Thomas Arnold (1599-1674) m. Phoebe Parkhurst (1612-1688)
3 Joanna Arnold (1616-1692) m. Zachariah Rhodes (1603-1668) 3 Richard Arnold (1642-1710) m. Mary Angell (1648-1690)
4 Mary Rhodes (1654-?) m. John Low (1651-1692) 4 John Arnold (1670-1756) m. Mary Mowry (1675-1742)
5 Mary Low (1671-1769) m. Ephraim Pierce Jr (1674-1772) 5 Mercy Arnold (1701-1756) m. Nicholas Lapham (1689-1758)
6 Mial Pierce (1692-1786) m. Judith Round (1687-1744) 6 Solomon Lapham (1730-1800) m. Sylvia Lapham (1737-1805)
7 Nathan Pierce (1716-1793) m. Lydia Martin (1718-1798) 7 Duty Lapham (1775-1846) m. Mary Colwell (1772-?)
8 Isaac Pierce (1763-1849) m. Anna Fitch (1763-1809) 8 Benjamin Lapham (1807-1860) m. Cemantha Broadway (ca. 1813-1846)
9 Levi Pierce (1797-1838) m. Betsey Slade Wheeler (1800-1881) 9 William B. Lapham (1838-1925) m. Emoline Pauline Reynolds (1844-1886)
10 Elizabeth Slade Pierce (1822-1901) m. Courtland Philip Livingston Butler (1813-1891) 10 Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927) m. Annie Margaret Leishman
(1875-1951)
11 Mary Elizabeth Butler (1850-1897) m. Robert Emmet Sheldon (1845-1917) 11 Theodore A. Lapham (1910-1955) m. Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985)
12 Flora Sheldon (1872-1920) m. Samuel Prescott Bush (1863-1948) 12 Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004) m. William Kernan (LIVING)
13 Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895-1972) m. Dorothy Walker (1901-1992)
14 George H.W. Bush (1924-) m. Barbara Pierce (1925-)

Based on the generations of descent from Nicholas Arnold (1550-1622) and his wife Alice Gully (1553-1596) listed above, my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), and George H.W. Bush (1924-) are 9th cousins, 2x removed. This makes George H.W. Bush (1924-) my 11th cousin.

102 Years Ago Today

On June 6, 1911, one hundred and two years ago today, Mary Melinda (Everett) Leishman (1845-1911), my 3rd great grandmother, died in Alliance, Box Butte Co., Nebraska. Following her death, Mary was buried in Alliance Cemetery in Alliance, Box Butte Co., Nebraska next to her husband who died eleven years earlier.

Robert & Mary Leishman Headstone
Robert & Mary Leishman Headstone

Mary was born in 1845 in Salineville, Columbiana Co., Ohio the daughter of Isaac Everett (1778-1856) and Margaret Stewart (1801-1866). In 1872, Mary married Robert Leishman (1847-1900), a Scottish émigré originally from New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland. With Robert, Mary had four children: Anna Margaret (my 2nd great grandmother), Norman, Clarence, and Alvin. Mary and Robert left Ohio for Nebraska in the late 1870s, living first in Wheeler Co., Nebraska and then Box Butte Co., Nebraska after 1880.

Mary (Everett) Leishman with her Children (Back Row L-R: Anna Margaret and Mary; Front Row L-R: Norman, Clarence, and Alvin)
Mary (Everett) Leishman with her Children (Back Row L-R: Anna Margaret and Mary; Front Row L-R: Norman, Clarence, and Alvin)

30 Years Ago Today

On May 15, 1983, thirty years ago today, my 2nd great grandmother, Lois Beatrice (Agee) Wellin (1897-1983) died at the age of 86 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.

Funeral Card of Lois (Agee) Wellin
Funeral Card of Lois (Agee) Wellin

Following her death, Lois was buried on May 20, 1983 in Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon. She was buried next to her husband Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977), whom she married in 1914.

Headstone of Wilhelm & Lois Wellin
Headstone of Wilhelm & Lois Wellin

Lois and her husband Wilhelm had four children together, one of which was my paternal great grandmother, Alice Lucretia (Wellin-Lapham) Graber (1916-1985). Alice first married Theodore Alexander Lapham (1910-1955), with whom she had three daughters, one of which is my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004).

46 Years Ago Today

On April 28, 1967, forty-six years ago today, Tirzah Olive (Stephens-Agee-Horton) Martin (1873-1967) died in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon at the age of 93. Following her death, Tirzah was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Portland.

Headstone of Tirzah Martin
Headstone of Tirzah Martin

Tirzah was married three times and was three times a widower. She was first married to Otto W. Agee (1868-1904), whom she married in 1893 and had four children with. Following Otto’s death, she married Francis M. Horton (1856-?), whom she married in 1909. She was married for a third and final time in 1931 to John T. Martin (1865-1931).

103 Years Ago Today

On April 16, 1910, one hundred and three years ago today, Thomas Prigmore Stephens (1830-1910), my 4th great grandfather, died in Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon. According to his death certificate, Thomas died from senility and bronchitis.

Death Certificate of Thomas P. Stephens
Death Certificate of Thomas P. Stephens

Following his death, Thomas was buried in Glendale Masonic Cemetery in Glendale, Douglas Co., Oregon on April 19, 1910.

Headstone of Thomas P. Stephens
Headstone of Thomas P. Stephens

Thomas was born in 1830 in Tennessee the son of Phillip Burnett Stephens (1797-1860) and Mary Ann Oliver (?-?). In 1852, Thomas left Missouri for Oregon, settling first in Yamhill Co., Oregon, where he married Anna Elizabeth Thornton (1842-1925) in 1857. Thomas and Anna had eleven children together, one of which was Tirzah Olive Stephens (1873-1967), who married Otto W. Agee (1868-1904) and was the mother of Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983), the wife of Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977). Lois and Wilhelm were the parents of Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985), who was first married to Theodore “Ted” Alexander Lapham (1910-1955). Alice and Ted were the parents of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004).

171 Years Ago Today

On April 14, 1842, one hundred and seventy-one years ago today, Lars Magnus Nilsson Stålberg (1842-?), my 4th great grandfather, was born the son of Nils Larsson Stålberg (1810-1889) and Maria Andersdotter (1821-?) in Annetorp, Sunne Parish, Värmland Co., Värmland Province, Kingdom of Sweden.

Birth Record of Lars Stålberg
Birth Record of Lars Stålberg

In 1863, Lars married Kerstin Nilsdotter (1841-1870), with whom he had five children, one of which was Anna Elizabeth Stålberg (1869-1918). Anna was the mother of Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977), who married Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983), with whom he had four children, one of which was Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985), my paternal great grandmother. Alice was first married to Theodore “Ted” Alexander Lapham (1910-1955), with whom she had three children, one of which was Margaret Ann Lapham (1936-2004), my paternal grandmother.

Fearless Females Challenge: March 25 – Women and Children

The following post continues the month long Fearless Females Challenge by Lisa Alzo, author of The Accidental Genealogist blog, which is focused on “celebrating and honoring ‘fearless females’ in our family trees” to mark National Women’s History Month, which is the month of March, with a post responding to unique prompts for each day of the month. (Note: Because I started this challenge late, I will be continuing it beyond March 31.)

Prompt for March 25 — Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?

In general, my female ancestors for whom I know how they interacted with their children did so in more of a loving or supportive way, than as disciplinarians–a role that was usually held by my male ancestors. However, my female ancestors could certainly fill the role of disciplinarian if they had to.

My paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), was not usually the disciplinarian, but certainly did not look the other way when her children (or grandchildren) did or said something she did not approve of. She was more subtle in her disapproval, however. More often than not, she turned to her husband to handle disciplining anyone who required it. From what I understand about her grandmother (my 2nd great grandmother), Anna Margaret (Leishman) Lapham (1875-1951), she was both loving and supportive, but as a deeply religious person whose husband was frequently away working, did not spoil her children by sparing the rod.

Horace & Anna Margaret Lapham Family: (Front Row) Nellie, holding her son James, Anna Margaret, Theodore, and Peggy. (Back Row) Wilbur, Charles, and Orville.
Horace & Anna Margaret Lapham Family: (Front Row) Nellie, holding her son James, Anna Margaret, Theodore, and Peggy. (Back Row) Wilbur, Charles, and Orville.

My maternal great grandmother, Irene Vera (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006) would discipline her children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren if they did something she did not approve of, but she was also loving and supportive as well. I am told that her mother, Julia (Molnar) Balla (1885-1962), could be the typical sweet, loving and supportive mother and grandmother, but could also be a disciplinarian, so much so that her children and grandchildren knew not to act up around her.

Julia (Molnar) Balla with Grandson, Paul.
Julia (Molnar) Balla with Grandson, Paul.

From what I understand about my other maternal great grandmother, Goldia “Goldie” Mae (Worthington) Hamilton (1912-2006), she was almost always loving and supportive, as her husband always filled the role of disciplinarian. The image of Goldie that I have always been left with regarding her relationship with her children (with respect to discipline) was that she was a lot like Jane Darwell‘s role as Ma Joad in the film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, loving and supportive even (perhaps) to a fault.

Harry (far left) & Goldie (far right) Hamilton with Relatives. Goldie is holding a young girl, possibly a niece.
Harry (far left) & Goldie (far right) Hamilton with Relatives. Goldie is holding a young girl, possibly a niece.

109 Years Ago Today

On April 10, 1904, one hundred and nine years ago today, Otto W. Agee (1868-1904), my 3rd great grandfather, died in Lane Co., Oregon at the age of 35. According to his obituary, Otto died from “congestion of the lungs.”

Obituary of Otto Agee
Obituary of Otto Agee

Otto was born on August 14, 1904 in Wilbur, Douglas Co., Oregon the son of John Agee (1839-1912) and Mary Elizabeth Thornton (1847-1920). On October 24, 1893, Otto married Tirzah Olive Stephens (1873-1967) in Klickitat, Klickitat Co., Washington. Otto and Tirzah had four children together. Throughout his life, Otto worked as a laborer in industries such as logging in Oregon.

Believed to be part of a funeral card for Otto Agee put together by his sister, Kathyrn (from Atterbury Family Photo Album)
Believed to be part of a funeral card for Otto Agee put together by his sister, Kathyrn. (From the Atterbury Family Photo Album)

Fearless Females Challenge: March 24 – Shared Traits

The following post continues the month long Fearless Females Challenge by Lisa Alzo, author of The Accidental Genealogist blog, which is focused on “celebrating and honoring ‘fearless females’ in our family trees” to mark National Women’s History Month, which is the month of March, with a post responding to unique prompts for each day of the month. (Note: Because I started this challenge late, I will be continuing it beyond March 31.)

Prompt for March 24 — Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

I am told by family members that I share some physical resemblance to my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004), and to other members of her family. I have fair skin, blonde hair, and green eyes (originally blue). I also share some resemblance to other members of my family, but they are all male.

As for personality traits, I share some with my maternal great grandmothers, Irene Vera (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006) and Goldia “Goldie” Mae (Worthington) Hamilton (1912-2006). My great grandmother Irene was notorious for being a “neat freak.” I have always been that way as well. Like her, I can get quite upset if someone makes a mess and doesn’t bother to clean it up. (It has always been interesting to me that my fraternal twin brother is the complete opposite.) I also inherited what some call the “worry gene” from my great grandmother Irene. She tended to worry about little and big things, and about her family members, which I have a tendency to do. Although I never got a chance to get to know her, I am told that my great grandmother Goldie loved to laugh, and always tried to find a reason to laugh, even in difficult moments, which is a trait I share with her.

Margaret (Lapham) Kernan, Irene (Balla) Sebok, and Goldie (Worthington) Hamilton
The Female Ancestors I Share Traits With (L-R): Margaret (Lapham) Kernan, Irene (Balla) Sebok, and Goldie (Worthington) Hamilton.