People, Place, and Time

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Cousin Sarah Palin

Being descended from William Brewster allowed me to do some amusing genealogical digging. Turns out, Sarah Palin is, too. Her maiden name is Heath. Her great-grandmother’s name was Cora Strong, who is a descendant of John Freeman and Mercy Prence – our last common ancestor. Sarah (Heath) Palin’s genealogy goes like this:

William Brewster > Patience Brewster > Mercy Freeman > Richard Knowles > Mercy Knowles > Knowles Godfrey > Benjamin Godfrey > James Ryder Godfrey > Augusta Lodema Godfrey > Cora Strong > Helen Gower > Sarah Sheehan > Sarah Louise (Heath) Palin.

That makes me and Sarah Palin *calculating* Ninth cousins, twice removed. I wonder if I could get a posh appointment to a governor position in Alaska, what with us bein’ Kin and all…


About Hattifattener

Age: 37 Lives: All over the place. Education: PhD, linguistics, UBC.

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