I have been told for the last 27 years that someone should make a movie about my life. I disagree because no one would really be interested in it. This prompt got me thinking, which of my ancestors should they make a movie about? I thought about my 4th Great Grandmother who led a large group of people, which included many family members, from Missouri to Peter’s Colony in western Texas in 1847, at the age of 71. I also thought of my two first cousins seven times removed who invented a special boat for transporting large amounts of cargo up and down the James River. It was used during both the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars.
Then it dawned on me that I have several ancestors who have already had movies made about them! The last 10 years of research has uncovered at least 6 who, by the movie making powers that be, were deemed interesting enough to put their lives on the big screen.
1. Daniel Boone. He is my 1st cousin 8 times removed. He was born into a large Quaker family on November 2, 1734, in Berks County Pennsylvania. He went on to become a frontiersman, celebrated soldier and militia leader, surveyor, trailblazer opening up Kentucky for settlers and the founder of Boonsborough Colony. He held many political offices in Virginia and after he moved to Missouri Territory he was appointed Justice of Femme Osage Township. He died on September 26, 1820, at the age of 82. There have been over 10 Movies, a Television show and numerous books written about his life and many exploits.
2. Ulysses S. Grant. He is my 4th cousin 7 times removed. He was born on April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He is known for being the Commanding General in the Union Army during the Civil War and fighting in the Mexican American War. He was Secretary of War under Andrew Jackson He also became the 18th President of the United States. After his retirement he became the first President to circumnavigate the world and meeting with many world leaders. He died on July 23, 1885, at the age of 63. There have been 2 Movies and many books written about him.
3. Robert E. Lee. He is my 4th cousin 7 times removed. He was born on January 19, 1807, at Stratford Hall Plantation in Virginia. He was a General and a Commander in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He also fought n the Mexican American War. He was appointed Superintendent of West Point Military Academy. He died on October 12, 1870, at the age of 63. There have been 2 Movies made about his military career.
4. John Wesley Hardin. He is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. He was born on May 26, 1853 in Bonham, Texas. He is best known as being a ruthless outlaw, gunfighter and controversial folk icon. He died on August 9, 1895, in El Paso, Texas. There has been more than 4 Movies and numerous books written about him.
5. George Washington. He is my 3rd cousin 8 times removed. He was born on February 22, 1732, in Popes Creek, Virginia. There is no need to write all of his accomplishments as he is known mostly as the 1st President of the United States. He died in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, on December 14, 1799, at the age of 67. He has had over 8 Movies, multiple television documentaries and a never ending amount of books written about him.
6. Meriwether Lewis. He is my 3rd cousin 7 times removed. He was born on August 18, 1774, in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was appointed by Thomas Jefferson to head up the Corps of Discovery which was to discover a route that ran from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. He held several positions, such as Secretary to the President, and Governor of the Louisiana Territory. He died on September 11, 1809, at the age of 35, at Grinder’s Stand outside Nashville, Tennessee. There are well over 10 Movies and countless books and documentaries about him.
Now I want to watch some of these movies or documentaries!