Saturday, February 15, 2014

Oh my goodness-- Shirley Temple was a cousin!

Last week we lost the most famous child star of the 20th century, and probably the last actor of the 1930's. This affected me more than I would have thought... as one comment I came across on the internet sadly observed, the Greatest Generation had Shirley Temple while we have Honey Boo-Boo. Temple was one of the very few child stars to grow into adulthood unscathed; she was scandal-free and an all-around class act.
That said, I'm proud to say that she and I have a couple of cousin connections: We descend from John LOTHROP, a nonconformist minister who settled in Plymouth, and Henry SEWALL, father of Salem Witch Trial judge Samuel SEWALL and his brother Stephen, who served as clerk of court during said trials. 

Shirley's SEWALL line:

Henry SEWALL (1614-1700) m. Jane DUMMER

Stephen SEWALL (1657-1725) m. Margaret MITCHELL

Susannah SEWALL (1691-1747) m. Aaron PORTER

Joanna PORTER (1718-1749) m. Josiah CLEVELAND

Mehitable CLEVELAND (1748-1825) m. Zachariah LOTHROP

Elizabeth LOTHROP (1772-1818) m. Hezekiah ALLEN

Eliza ALLEN (1799-1889) m. Robert TEMPLE

Reuben Smith TEMPLE (1821-1893) m. Jane W. DUNHAM

Francis Marion TEMPLE (1850-1896) m. Cynthia Fell YEAGER

George Francis TEMPLE (1888-1980) m. Gertrude Amelia KRIEGER

Shirley Jane TEMPLE (1928-2014)

Shirley's LOTHROP line:

John LOTHROP (1578-1653) m. Hannah HOWSE

Samuel LOTHROP (1620-1699) m. Elizabeth SCUDDER

Israel LOTHROP (1659-1733) m. Rebecca BLISS

William LOTHROP (1696-1778) m. Sarah HUNTINGTON

Zachariah LOTHROP (17224-1817) m. Mehitable ALLEN

(the rest same as above)

I descend from Stephen Sewall's sister Jane, making us 9th cousins on this line; and I descend from Samuel LOTHROP's half-sister Abigail (John's daughter by his second wife Anne HAMMOND), making us 11th cousins here. 

Rest in peace, Shirley. It's an honor to be related to you, however distantly.