Telling my family's stories
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…