Once upon a time, there was a Knight. He was of Claverham Manor in Arlington, Sussex, England.
Many of Sir Thomas Fiennes ancestors were also Knights. A number of his ancestors in the first ten generations were also Lords and Earls, and one was a famous king who was one the key historical figures in Braveheart. A Family Forest® Ancestors-at-a-glance™ is available via this link.
Sir Thomas married Anne Urswick in about 1482 and is said to have had three sons and four daughters by her. All four of their daughters married.
According to the ancestral history digitally indexed and mapped out in the Family Forest®, their daughter Margaret is an ancestor of some of the most famous lawmen of the American West, the Earp brothers.
This means that five centuries after Sir Thomas and Anne married, their descendants were the key participants in the gunfight at (or near) the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ.
Then, one century later, another one of Sir Thomas and Anne’s descendants, through their daughter Anne, portayed the central figure in the fight in a Hollywood movie. He is the famous Hollywood actor Kurt Russell, and he portrayed his 12c5r (twelth cousin five times removed), Wyatt Earp, in Tombstone.
Wyatt and Kurt have many other famous (or infamous) Family Forest® cousins through their common ancestors Sir Thomas Fiennes and Anne Urswick. Some of them include Janis Joplin and Christopher Lloyd and Anne Hathaway, Susan B. Anthony, Howard Dean, Paul Giamatti, Bing Crosby, General Abner Doubleday, Hon. David Souter, Timothy Geithner, Charlie Dent, Julia Child, Senator John Thune, Edna St. Vincent Milay, Edward Snowden, Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Ann Miller, Tuesday Weld, George Plimpton, John Herbert Adler, Marshall Field V, Anthony Perkins, Senator Lowell Weicker, Jr., Clarence Darrow, Bret Boone, John and Jim Harbaugh, Ed Helms, Dick Clark, Bob Newhart, Archibald Cox, Charles Dana Gibson, William DeWolf Hopper, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jodie Foster, the Wilson brother of the Beach Boys, Secretary John Kerry, Caresse Crosby, Loudon Wainwright III, Amy Grant, Sarah Palin, Liv Tyler, Governor Mark Dayton, Richard Gere, James Spader, Horatio Gates Spafford, Lloyd, Beau, and Jeff Bridges Fred Gwynne, Secretary Arne Duncan, Vincent Price, and Larry Hagman.
How successful do you think Sir Thomas and Anne could have been in imagining what some of their descendants would be doing in five or six centuries?
How much more successful can you be in imagining what some of your descendants will be doing five or six centuries from now?
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