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Connection: HRH Prince George of Cambridge

Are we related to HRH Prince George of Cambridge, the world’s most publicized baby? But of course.

Actually, the Prince’s family and ours have many intertwined ancestral lines, but our most recent connection is through the family of Prince George’s paternal grandmother, HRH Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), born Diana Spencer.

Lady Diana’s 16th great-grandfather, John Spencer, Esquire (c1418-c1477) of Hodnell, Warwickshire, is also the 16th great-grandfather of Robert, Warren and Elizabeth Riis and Judith Henken. John and his wife, whose surname was Wardell but whose first name is unknown, had four known sons: Henry, Thomas, John and William. Diana and her grandson George are descendants of William; our line descends from John.

The American branch of the Spencer family tree springs from Garrard Spencer, who was born April 25, 1614, in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, and came to America in 1630. After living in Cambridge Town, Massachusetts, he moved to Lynn with his brother Michael in 1638 and ran a ferry from Lynn to Saugus. In 1661 Garrard was one of the 28 purchasers of the town of Haddam, Connecticut, where he died on September 3, 1685.

Diana Spencer was 17th cousin to Robert, Warren, Betty and Judy, and 17th cousin once removed to Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt and Sandy.

HRH William, Prince of Wales, is 18th cousin to Richard and his generation, while Prince George is 18th cousin once removed.

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Connection: President Barack Obama

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, is the 10th great-grandson of Quaker Edward FitzRandolph, born July 5, 1607, in Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, and his wife, Elizabeth Blossom, born to expatriate English parents in Leiden, Holland, in 1620.

Edward and Elizabeth were married in Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1637. After 30 years in the Massachusetts Colony, Edward and his family moved to Piscataway, New Jersey. Edward’s and Elizabeth’s son, Nathaniel (1642-1713), settled in Woodbridge, New Jersey, with his wife, Mary Holley (or Holloway; 1638-1703). Of Nathaniel’s and Mary’s four children, one, Samuel (1668-1754), is the 8th great-grandfather of Barack Obama, while another, Edward (c1671-1760), is the 8th great-grandfather of Robert, Warren and Elizabeth Riis and Judith Henken.

President Obama is 10th cousin to Robert, Warren, Betty and Judy; and 10th cousin once removed to Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt and Sandy.

Less closely related, Samuel and Edward’s first cousin, Nathaniel FitzRandolph, was the founder of Princeton University.

 

Bloodlines: Gmelin

Urbanus Lentilus
Born: Rome (?)
Died: Württemberg [now Germany]

Petrus Lentilus

Wilhelm Lentilus

Petrus Lentilus

Michael Gmelin
Born: c1510, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: October 6, 1576, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: schoolmaster, teacher
Spouse: Margaretha Nägelin
Born: 1514, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: February 8, 1568, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: 1539, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 11

Johann Wilhelm Gmelin
Born: November 6, 1541, Weilheim an der Teck, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: October 6, 1576, Gärtringen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: priest, schoolmaster
Spouse: Magdalena Rieger
Born: 1540, Bad Cannstatt, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: December 11, 1580, Gärtringen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: February 13, 1565, Gärtringen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 12

Johann Wilhelm Gmelin
Born: October 10, 1573, Gärtringen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: November 1, 1635, Böblingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: priest, schoolmaster
Spouse: Judith Karg
Born: May 1, 1576, Hirsau, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: June 1, 1619, Bebenhausen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: January 9, 1600, Calw, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 10

Samuel Gmelin
Born: February 28, 1611, Bebenhausen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: May 7, 1676, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: unknown
Spouse: Katherina Hogel
Born: 1615, Beuren, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: 1652, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: April 23, 1639, location unknown
Children: 7

Johann Georg Gmelin
Born: September 10, 1652, Sondelfingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: March 7, 1705, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: physician
Spouse: Anna Sabina Sattler
Born: February 24, 1660, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: September 29, 1720, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: November 30, 1684, Pfalz, Bayern [now Germany]
Children: 9

Wilhelm Gottfried Gmelin
Born: December 7, 1695, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: February 27, 1760, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: physician
Spouse: Juliane Charlotte Megerlin
Born: January 6, 1718, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: unknown
Married: July 8, 1738, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 9

Christoph Friedrich Wilhelm Gmelin
Born: April 25, 1744, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: September 29, 1809, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: minister
Spouse: Margaretha Rosina Werner
Born: November 28, 1748, Grossglattbach, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: November 5, 1799, Grossglattbach, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: September 1, 1772, Stuttgart, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 11

Christian Friedrich Gottlob Gmelin
Born: February 22, 1778, Neuweiler, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: May 5, 1860, Winnenthal, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: bookkeeper, caretaker of orphanage
Spouse: Franziska Heinrike Friederika Christiana Braun
Born: January 22, 1780, Ludwigsburg, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: February 23, 1866, Winnenthal, Württemberg [now Germany]
Married: June 9, 1805, Ludwigsburg, Württemberg [now Germany]
Children: 7

Paul Heinrich Karl “Karl” Gmelin
Born: January 5, 1811, Ludwigsburg, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: January 23, 1865, Pfullingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Occupation: merchant, businessman
Spouse: Christiane Luise Keppler
Born: September 22, 1805, Pfullingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: June 2, 1867, Pfullingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Marriage: date unknown
Children: Ludwig Friedrich Emil (1836), Christian Ludwig Gottlieb Karl (1837), Gustav Adolf Wilhelm (1839), Friedrich Ludwig Albert (1840), Heinrich Paul Albert (1841), two additional unidentified children

Heinrich Paul Albert “Albert” Gmelin
Born: April 16, 1842, Pfullingen, Württemberg [now Germany]
Died: January 31, 1903, New York, New York
Occupation: bookbinder
Spouse #1: Maria Magdalena Kummer
Born: November 22, 1843, Herblingen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: August 8, 1894, New York, New York
Married: April 23, 1870, New York, New York
Children: Ludwig (1870), Elise (1873), Adolph (1875), Albert (1877), Elise (1880)
Spouse #2: Henriette Friederike Uhe
Born: November 15, 1851, Lippe, Germany
Died: unknown
Married: January 10, 1895
Children: none

Adolph Gmelin
Born: September 2, 1875, New York, New York
Died: March 19, 1943, Long Island City, New York
Occupation: tinsmith (building)
Spouse: Emilie Othilda “Tillie” Trzcinski
Surname changed to Schinsky (c1880)
Born: May 2, 1877, New York, New York
Died: December 13, 1954, Bronx, New York
Children: Robert Howard (1905), Antoinette Beatrice (1908)

Antoinette Beatrice Gmelin
Born: November 21, 1908, Bronx, New York
Died: December 12, 1992, Tampa, Florida
Occupation: none
Spouse: Leander Leonard Matthews, Jr.
Born: December 25, 1900, Robinson Township, Pennsylvania
Died: January 15, 1983, Riverhead, New York
Occupation: crane operator; stationary engineer
Married: September 9, 1928, Astoria, New York
Child: Marilyn Lois Matthews (1935)

 
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Bloodlines: von Trzcinski / Schinsky

Jacob von Trzcinski
Born: c1788, Posen, Prussia [now Poznan, Poland] (?)
Died: 1870-1880 (?)
Occupation: unknown
Spouse: Catharina Kossowska
Born: c1813, Posen, Prussia [now Poznan, Poland] (?)
Died: before 1870
Married: July 6, 1838, Św.Marcin, Posen, Prussia [now Poznan, Poland]
Known children: Josef (1839)

Josef von Trzcinski
Surname changed to Schinsky (c1880)
Born: February 1839, near Bromberg, Posen, Prussia [now Bydgoszcz, Poland]
Died: November 18, 1909, New York, NY
Occupation: varnisher
Spouse: Emelie Brüggemann
Born: December 6, 1842, Naumburg, Thüringen, Saxony [now Germany]
Died: April 15, 1925, Long Island City, New York
Married: c1864
Children: Joseph (1867), Emil Robert Wilhelm (1868), eight unidentified children (1869-1874), Anna (1875), Bertha (1876), Emilie Othilda (1877), Albert F. (1880), Oscar (1885), unidentified child (1886-1894), Mary (c1895)

Emilie Othilda “Tillie” Trzcinski
Surname changed to Schinsky (c1880)
Born: May 2, 1877, New York, New York
Died: December 13, 1954, Bronx, New York
Occupation: none
Spouse: Adolph Gmelin
Born: September 2, 1875, New York, New York
Died: March 19, 1943, Long Island City, New York
Occupation: tinsmith (building)
Children: Robert Howard (1905), Antoinette Beatrice (1908)

Antoinette Beatrice Gmelin
Born: November 21, 1908, Bronx, New York
Died: December 12, 1992, Tampa, Florida
Occupation: none
Spouse: Leander Leonard Matthews, Jr.
Born: December 25, 1900, Robinson Township, Pennsylvania
Died: January 15, 1983, Riverhead, New York
Occupation: crane operator; stationary engineer
Married: September 9, 1928, Astoria, New York
Child: Marilyn Lois Matthews (1935)

 
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Bloodlines: Matthews

John Matthews
Born: c1820, England
Died: 1870-1880, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (?)
Occupation: coal miner
Spouse: Lavina ____
Born: c1831, Pennsylvania
Died: after 1906, Homestead, Pennsylvania (?)
Married: c1850, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (?)
Known children: Nancy (c1850), Leander Leonard (1858), Henrietta (1862), Hannah J. (1864), William P. (1867)

Leander Leonard Matthews
Born: June 13, 1858, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
Died: July 5, 1926, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Occupation: telegraph operator; clerk, coal company
Spouse #1: unknown
Spouse #2: Sadie M. Walters
Born: March 4, 1866, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Died: 1889-1898
Married: September 21, 1887, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Child: Royal Edison (1889)
Spouse #3: Lisette Dorthea “Sadie” Datz
Born: September 1, 1862, Anspach, Hessen-Nassau
Died: April 19, 1942, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Married: August 21, 1898, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Children: Emma Rebecca (1899), Leander Leonard (1900), Margaret (1904)

Leander Leonard Matthews, Jr.
Born: December 25, 1900, Robinson Township, Pennsylvania
Died: January 15, 1983, Riverhead, New York
Occupation: crane operator; stationary engineer
Spouse: Antoinette Beatrice Gmelin
Born: November 21, 1908, Bronx, New York
Died: December 12, 1992, Tampa, Florida
Married: September 9, 1928, Astoria, New York
Child: Marilyn Lois Matthews (1935)

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Bloodlines

 

Bloodlines: Riis

Lars ____ [Riis]
Born: ?, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: ?, Bornholm, Denmark (?)
Occupation: unknown
Spouse: unknown
Known children: Hans (1758-1838)

Hans Larsen (Riis)
Born: about March 1758, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1838, Østerlars, Bornholm, Denmark
Occupation: soldier, farmer
Spouse: Karen Jørgensdatter
Born: c1763
Died: before 1813
Married: date unknown
Children: Jørgen (1796-1859), Jens (1798-1859)

Jens Hansen [Riis]
Born: 1798, Klemensker, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: May 9, 1859, Klemensker, Bornholm, Denmark
Occupation: farmer
Spouse: Ane Margrethe Thomasdatter
Born: about December 1804, Rø, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: between 1870-1880
Married: March 24, 1822, Rø, Bornholm, Denmark
Known children: Hans (1823), Karen Kirstine (1833), Jørgen Peter (1834), Maria Kirstine (1837), Hans Thomias (1840), Marcus Peter (1844), Caroline Christine (1848)

Hans Thomias Jensen [Riis]
Born: June 9, 1840, Rø, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: October 23, 1913, Mæby, Bornholm, Denmark
Occupation: mason
Spouse: Christine Margrethe Andersen
Born: November 9, 1849, Nyker, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: July 12, 1906, Mæby, Bornholm, Denmark
Married: May 9, 1868, Nyker, Bornholm, Denmark
Children: Andreas Jensen (1869), Jens Hansen (1871), Hans Christian (1877), Caroline Margrethe (1881), Anne Marie Christine (1884)

Hans Christian Riis
Born: February 1, 1877, Nyker, Bornholm, Denmark
Died: May 24, 1959, Brentwood, New York
Occupation: carpenter, builder, millwork shop owner
Spouse: Helene Andersen
Born: April 14, 1872, Idestrup, Maribo, Denmark
Died: August 18, 1848, Roosevelt, New York
Married: September 12, 1900, New York, New York
Children: Hans Alfred Andersen (1902), Thorvald Christian (1904), stillborn girl (1905), Kenneth Peter (1911), Helene E. (1914)

Thorvald Christian Riis
Born: February 12, 1904, Morris Park, New York
Died: July 16, 1976, East Meadow, New York
Occupation: architect
Spouse: Ida May Adams
Born: April 28, 1904, Quogue, New York
Died: September 3, 1999, Palm Harbor, Florida
Married: June 26, 1925, Queens Village, New York
Children: Robert Thorvald (1926), Warren Adams (1928), Elizabeth Jane (1930)

 
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