My blog on Wednesday for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about a 9x Great Uncle named Jonathan Singletary who changed his last name to his mother’s maiden name of Dunham. It was quite a story. However, as I was researching Jonathan I came upon a very Freaky discovery. Let me explain.
When I write a blog I spend several hours doing research, checking sources, and trying to write in a way that is understandable. I don’t rely on just one source, I will scroll through page after page of information to make sure the information is correct, comparing facts, etc. To be honest, sometimes it can get downright boring! Here is another confession…..this time it wasn’t just the story about a family scoundrel that got me interested in this particular family line. It was a person I found at the end of one of the lines.
I have several “famous” people on both sides of my family. I have Patriots, war heroes, pioneers, Mayflower passengers, and 3 Presidents I am connected to. As of Wednesday I now have another President to add to my list. I discovered that I am a 9th cousin to Barack Obama. To say I was shocked is an understatement!
I wonder if I contacted him if I would get an invite to their next family reunion? No, I don’t see that happening, that would be too freaky!
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