HIGHLIGHTS ON OUR FAMILY TREE

CLARKSON/SHUPE NOTABLE ANCESTRY

While tracing our family history, we discovered we are related to a long line of “greats.”  Among the most notable are Egbert’s son Ethenwolf, Alfred “the Great,” Edmund “the Magnificent,” Edgar “the Peaceful,” and Ethelred “the Unready.”  Edmund “the Ironsides,” Henry II (Plantagenet), John “Lackland,” and Edward “Longshanks” descend in this same family tree from King David of Scotland.

Patriotism runs thick in our veins.  Many ancestors served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War (both the Union and Confederacy), the Indian War, the Mexican War, even the Mormon War.  Some relatives wrote portions of the Declaration of Independence and cousin Betsy Ross made the first American flag.

We also share a common ancestry with at least 22 Presidents of the United States from both sides of the aisle.   They include George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe,John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Harrison, Zachery Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush.   In addition, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s grandmother was a Stover – our grandmother was a Stover in the same line.   Abraham Lincoln, a friend of our Great-Great-Grandfather William Riley Clarkson, used to spend the night in their home during his surveying days (1860) in Illinois.   He introduced the family to an interesting fruit – an apple, saying, “Try it, Riley, it’s good.”  William Riley Clarkson was born in 1809 in Tennessee, and married a descendant of Pocahontas, our 10th Great Grandmother Penelope Cecilia Kyle Bolling.

Many people in American history and world leaders are distant cousins or married our cousins:  John Lathrop (a Puritan, born in England in 1584 who came to Colonial America in 1620); Eli Whitney; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Winston Churchill; and many others.  The Prophet Mohammed is our 40th Great Grandfather.  Charlemagne descends by fifteen generations to Eleanor of Castile and Leon, our 18th Great  Grandmother, the wife of Edward I of England.   If you search your family roots to Charlemagne, you, too, can join the Big Family Reunion.

We want to express our deep gratitude to

The Clarkson Genealogical and Historical Research Foundation

we could not have completed this without their generous support!

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