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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"

Stevens Distant Relatives

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

U.S. Presidents:
  • Lavinia Warren (also known as Mrs. Tom Thumb) through Richard Warren [PR].
  • James Butler Hickok (better known as Wild Bill Hickok) was a descendant of John Mason [PR].
  • Mary Goatley Osborn [SS] is the 4th Great Grandmother of Davy Crockett.
  • We are related to Princess Diana through John Gager [SS].

  • Alan Shepard through Richard Warren [PR].

  • Elvis Presley through Henry Townsend [SS].
  • Bryan, Dennis, and Carl Wilson (the Beach Boys) through Thomas Ford [PR].
  • Actor Richard Gere through Richard Warren [PR].

Literary figures:
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow through Richard Warren [PR].
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder through Richard Warren [PR].
  • John Steinbeck through Anthony Eames [SS].
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson through Thomas Bliss [PR].
  • Ernest Hemingway through Robert Kinsman [PR].
  • Ernie Pyle through Nicholas Pyle [SS].

Infamous characters:
  • Alaska Ex-Governor Sarah Palin through Henry Adams [PR] and Richard Warren [PR].

  • Samuel Adams through Henry Adams [PR].
  • Nathan Hale, America’s first spy, volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British and executed. He is related through Thomas Ford [PR] and John Strong [PR].
  • John Brown, the abolitionist, through Samuel Chapin [PR] and John was the great-great-grandson of Pieter Vander Muelen (Peter Mills) [PR].

  • J.P. Morgan through Samuel Chapin [PR] and Richard Lyman [PR].

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John Brown

  • Through direct ancestor and the Governor of the Colony of Connecticut in 1665, John Webster [PR], we are related to Noah Webster of dictionary fame.
  • Governor Thomas Mayhew, the brother of Hannah Gager [SS], established the first English settlement of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and adjacent islands, in 1642. He is one of the editors of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book published in British North America.
  • Henry Wolcott’s [PR] great-grandson, Oliver Wolcott, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, a Brigadier General during the American Revolution, a member of the first Continental Congress, and a governor of the State of Connecticut.
  • There is a story in the Stevens family lore that we were descended from Mary Queen of Scots. As it turns out that is (probably) almost correct. The ancestors of Nancy Simonton, the wife of William Stevens [SS] – probable first immigrant in the direct Stevens line -- may be a descendant of James II King of Scotland is directly related to Mary Stewart (Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587).
  • Mary is responsible for the death of shared relative John "The Martyr" Rogers [PR] [MD]. He guided the development of the Matthew Bible in vernacular English during the reign of Henry VIII and was the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England who was determined to restore Roman Catholicism.
  • Another Mary connection, ironically, is Thomas Andrews [SS] who was instrumental in the death of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587. Being the sheriff of Northamptonshire, he was ordered by Queen Elizabeth I to execute Mary.