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Distant Relatives

The following relatives are not direct ancestors but are more distant relatives (i.e., directly related to our direct ancestors but not directly related to us).

If you are in the Stevens or McKay familiy tree you can find out how you are related to any of these people by:

  • typing their name in the Search to the left or clicking on their name below,
  • if you get more than one name click on the one you want,
  • click on the Relationship tab above their personal information,
  • type in their ID# for Person 1 (IXXX found next to their name),
  • find and enter your ID#,
  • click on calculate.

Be aware that you might be related in numerous ways and you can choose to increase the "Maximum relationships to show"

McKay Distant Relatives

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George Washington

Because so many McKay lines first immigrated in Colonial times, we have a rich and extensive relationship to many U.S. Presidents and First Ladies.

U.S. Presidents:

The McKays are related to George Washington in multiple indirect ways:

  • Ann Wickcliff [FF] is George Washington’s great aunt.
  • Ann Pope [FF] is George Washington’s great grandmother (but a different husband than the Freeman relative).
  • George Washington’s great-great grandfather on his mother’s side, William Ball [FB], is fifteen generations from Ben.

First Ladies:
  • Eleanor Roosevelt through Maria du Trieux [MM],
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy through Phillipe Anton Du Trieux, [MM] and Dolley Madison through Thomas Fleming [MD].

Infamous characters:
  • Lizzie Borden, who was charged with killing her father and step-mother with an ax in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a descendant of Thomas Cornell [MM].
  • Alaska Governor Sarah Palin through Henry Adams [FB].
  • Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War general turned defector to the British Army, is distantly related through Nicholas Arnold [MD] and Thomas Arnold [FB].

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William Shakespeare

Literary figures:
  • William Shakespeare through Robert Arden [FB}.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne through John Manning, Sr. [MD],
  • Geoffrey Chaucer through John Harrington [MM],
  • Noah Webster through Samuel Chapin [MD],
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson through Edward Bulkeley [FB] and Thomas Emerson [FB].
  • Ernest Hemingway through Robert Kinsman [MM], and
  • Robert Frost through Thomas Townsend [MD].
  • Samuel Pepys, English diarist, through John Pepys [MD]. His diaries from 1660 to 1669 provided eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.
  • John Dryden, an English poet and contemporary of Pepys, is related through his grandfather Erasmus Dryden [MM][MD].
  • John Wycliffe [FF] an English theologian and Biblical translator through his father Roger Wycliff.
  • Humilitie Cooper [FB] is the 6th Great Grandmother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the famous children's series Little House on the Prairie. It should be noted that near the end of that book, the Ingalls family reckons with the fact that they built their little house illegally on Indian Territory (as did many of our early American ancestors).

  • Bill Gates through Thomas Cornell [MM]

  • William Clark through Thomas Rogers [MD] and William Clerke [FB],
  • Meriwether Lewis through John Townley [MM],
  • Amelia Earhart through Thomas Cornell [MM].
  • Christopher Columbus is a distant relative through García Fernando Alvarez De Toledo [MM].
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, instrumental in the English colonization of North America, is related through John Raleigh [MM] [MD].

  • General Nathanael Greene was a general in the American Revolution who also served in the Rhode Island assembly. He fought with George Washington at the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Valley Forge. He is related through Dr. John Greene [MM].
  • The McKays are also related to the General that fought on the British side during the Revolutionary War, Charles Cornwallis through William Cornwallis [FF].
  • General Robert E. Lee is related through Adam Bland [MM] [FB].
  • General Samuel Houston, first president of Texas, is Ben’s 2nd cousin 7 times removed through John McClung Huston [FB].

  • Elvis Presley through Henry Townsend [MD], Marilyn Monroe through Richard Borden [MM], and Carole Lombard (who was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Dave and Juanita settled) through Simon Willard [MD].

  • For an esoteric bit of historical connection, Edward Larkin [MD] is the great-great grandfather of the guy who provided Paul Revere a horse for his famous midnight ride.
  • The daughter of Lewis Latham [MM] (who, by the way, had the cool job of falconer to King Charles I) was Frances Latham, known as the “Mother of Governors”. Having been widowed twice, she had three husbands, and became the ancestor of at least ten governors and three deputy/lieutenant governors, and is related by marriage to an additional six governors and one deputy governor.
  • Jane (Wells) Baldwin [MM] [MD] sister of Thomas Welles, the only man in Connecticut's history to hold all four top offices: governor, deputy governor, treasurer, and secretary. Her son Sylvester died en route to America.
  • Theophilus Whaley [MM] and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, share the same grandfather. Cromwell is the same guy that caused many of our ancestors to leave England.
  • Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), brother of Edmund Cranmer [MM] [MD] was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. After the accession of the Roman Catholic Mary I, Cranmer was put on trial for treason and heresy. Imprisoned for over two years he died a heretic to Roman Catholics and a martyr for the principles of the English Reformation.
  • Rowland Taylor [FF] was ordained by Thomas Cranmer and was charged with heresy under the reign of Queen Mary and burned at the stake. Rowland is also connected to another family martyr, William Tyndale, related to the Stevens family. William’s niece was Rowland’s wife.