You Can’t Make This Stuff Up ~ Freaky Friday #2

J&J picSeveral years ago, my Son-in-law Jake, asked me to research his Genealogy and I quickly gathered all the information that he knew about his family and eagerly began. His paternal ancestors came from Missouri and places on the east coast.


During the research, I stumbled upon a very familiar last name…. Rucker. I know that Rucker is a very common German/Dutch name and that a lot of Rucker’s immigrated to America starting as far back as 1690. I was intrigued and began to dig deeper.

Following the line backward I discovered the name, John Rucker. John had been born thecousin quote FF2 oldest child of Peter Rucker and Elizabeth (Fielding) Rucker in 1680 in England. I became so excited I could hardly contain myself. Peter Rucker born in 1661 in Germany was my 7th times Great Grandfather! That meant he was my daughter’s 8th times Great Grandfather and he was also my son-in-laws 9th Great Grandfather. My daughter and son-in-law are 1st cousins 10 times removed! Jake descended from John Rucker and my daughter, Jerusha descended from Thomas Rucker the 2nd son of Peter and Elizabeth Rucker.

Oh, the fun I have had with this. I have relentlessly teased them about being kissing cousins.

Then it hit me. Jake was my 1st cousin 9 times removed. Sorry, but this kind of creeped me out. Then I felt the heat rush through my face and it dawned on me, if he is my cousin then so are my 2 grandsons!!! What do I do now, have the boys call me Grandma Cousin? This is truly Freaky.


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17 responses to “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up ~ Freaky Friday #2

  1. They say be careful what you wish for when you start doing genealogy research. 🙂 But this must have come as quite a surprise!

  2. Family History Fanatics

    What a fun find. Glad you can laugh about these discoveries.

  3. Jana Last

    Wow! Now that is a fun and interesting find! According to Relative Finder, my husband and I are 9th cousins one time removed.

  4. rebekahjones

    How fun! I did some research on my best friend’s tree and found that we’re 10th cousins, once removed! It’s always fun to find a long distant connection. 🙂

  5. I also never expected it to happen but my husband and I are 8th cousins, 9th cousins, AND 9th cousins once removed through one set of German ancestors!

  6. That is quite the story, Valerie! You never know who might end up being your cousin!

  7. Fun! I think there’s some connection about that many generations back between my parents’ ancestors. I haven’t nailed it down yet, but one of these days…

  8. I kinda like the sound of that ‘Grandma Cousin” ! So far, none of my closer modern relatives are related like this to me – but you never know, do you? That’s part of the fun in genealogy, I think.

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