Since the election is next week I decided to share a little bit about the genealogy of the two major candidates.
Four years ago I wrote a post about the ancestry of Paul Ryan after he was named as the VP candidate: Political Genealogy
Much has been in the news about immigration, so I will focus on how long each candidates families have been in the United States.
Ladies first, so I will share a little of what is known about Hillary’s ancestry. Most of the information on Hillary comes from wargs.com.
Now back to Hillary’s grandparents. Her paternal grandfather, Hugh Rodham, was born in 1879 in Kyo, Durham in England and emigrated with his parents in 1882 to the US. He married Hannah Jones who was born in Pennsylvania in 1882 shortly after her parents emigrated to the US from Wales in 1879.
Hillary’s paternal grandfather, Edwin Howell, was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1897. His father was born in England and emigrated in the late 1800’s and his mother was born in Canada. Edwin Howell married Della Murray who was born in Illinois in 1902. Her father was born in Canada and her mother in Michigan.
Of Hillary’s eight great grandparents, only one of them was born in the United States. If we follow that one branch back we find that Hillary had ancestors living in the Detroit/Windsor area as far back as the early 1700’s. At that time the area was known as New France.
Now on to Donald Trump.
His father was also born in Queens, New York.
His mother emigrated to the US in 1930 at the age of 18.
I was able to follow Trump’s ancestry back many generations in Germany and his ancestors have lived in this same area since at least the early 1700’s.
I did find it interesting that another well known American had roots in Kallstadt. The father of Henry J. Heinz emigrated to the US from Kallstadt in 1840. Of course we know Heinz for his ketchup. Trump’s grandfather was a second cousin of Henry J. Heinz.
Now to find out which of these candidates will be included in a future revision of Ancestors of American Presidents.