We’re Related – Fourth Look
Brown Line & Roberts Line
by Don Taylor
My fourth look at possible relatives using the “We’re Related” app showed fewer new cousins than ever before. The famous people I had determined could not be related have fallen off the possible list. The three I’m looking at this time are Dick Clark, Meghan Trainor, and Marilyn Monroe.
Dick Clark (1929-2012)
Richard Wagstaff Clark was a radio and television personality. He is best known for hosting “American Bandstand” from 1957 until 1987. I remember Dick Clark and his show very well and watched it throughout the 1960s. I also remember him bringing in the new century in a 2000 New Year’s program.
According to “We’re Related,” our relationship follows up the Montran, Barber line through Frank Barber to his mother Orissa A. Champlain. From there it goes back five more generations to Noah Wells being a common ancestor. I have not determined Frank Barbers parents so I was excited to pursue this potential line.
Then I noticed the first discrepancy, “We’re Related” was indicating that Ida Mae Barber’s father was Frank W. Barber and my records indicate Ida’ father was Frank (short for Franklin) A. Barber.
Then I searched Ancestry.Com’s family trees for Orissa A. Champlain and found her. According to a family tree posted on Ancestry, her son, Frank Barber was born in 1841 in New York. My 2nd great-grandfather, Franklin E. Barber, was born in 1836 in Ohio. I’m confident that I am not related to Dick Clark through that path.
Meghan Trainor (1993-)
Meghan Elizabeth Trainor is a Grammy Awarding winning singer and songwriter.
This relationship is said to follow my Brown/Sanford/Parsons/Mabon/Rowley line back to Weeks Rowley. It then suggests that his mother Hannah Phelps, and his grandfather was Nathaniel Phelps, our common ancestor.
I searched Ancestry and found several trees that indicated that Hannah Phelps married Nathaniel Rowley and although I didn’t have Weeks Rowley’s mother, I did have Nathaniel Rowley as Weeks’ father. Assuming the downward tree from Nathaniel Phelps to Meghan Trainor is correct, I think it is very likely that she and I are related as 8th cousins, once removed.
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)
Norma Jeane Mortenson (aka Marilyn Monroe) was an actress and model famous for being a popular sex symbol of the 1950s and known for her movies which included “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds,” and “Some Like It Hot.”
“We’re Related” suggests Marilyn and I are related through the Roberts line back through John Calvin Roberts and his mother. My records indicate that John Calvin Roberts’ mother was Rebecca Brashears but “We’re Related” is indicating John Calvin Roberts’ mother is “Private.” Likewise, “We’re Related” shows John Calvin Roberts’ mother’s father is “Private,” also. My research found that John Calvin Roberts’ mother’s father was Robert Cager Brashears. If I am right and they are right then Robert Brashear’s mother is Charity Dowell.
I find that Marilyn Monroe might by my 9th cousin, but additional research is needed. So, I need to research Robert Brashear’s ancestors and determine if Charity Dowell is his mother.
Chart of Relationships to Famous People
|Famous Person||Relationship*||To CA||Comments|
|Luke Bryan||Possible||2||Research Ancestors of Elizabeth Blackwell|
|Blaine Bettinger||Possible||2||Research Ancestors of John Parsons|
|Meghan Trainor||Possible*||2||Research Ancestors of Wicks Weeks Rowley|
|Blake Lively||Possible||3||Research Ancestors of Elizabeth Blackwell|
|Marilyn Monroe||Possible*||3-5||Research Ancestors of Robert Cager Brashears|
|John Kerry||Possible||4||Research Ancestors of Wicks Weeks Rowley|
|Possible||4||Research Ancestors of Elizabeth Blackwell|
|Carl Ross||Possible||5||Research Ancestors of Mercy Eliza Taft|
|Walt Disney||Possible||7||Research Ancestors of Mercy Eliza Taft|
|Dick Clark||Unlikely*||Not through Frank W. Barber|
|Stephen King||Unlikely||Not through Max Fisher|
|Randy Seaver||Unlikely||Not through Henry Mack Brown|
|Britney Spears||Unlikely||Not through Sarah J. Gavin|
I definitely need to listen to some of Meghan Trainor’s music. Although the music gene seems to have passed me by, my sister Glennis and my brother Mark appear to have inherited it.
“We’re Related” is fun to look at and see the possibilities. It makes me think about key relationships in my tree and provides clues into further research. Ancestry algorithms may have slipped back as one of the matches is unlikely through the suggested line. However, two of the famous people are possible and require additional research.
Research the mother of Weeks Rowley. She might be Hannah Phelps.
Research Robert Brashear’s ancestors and determine if Charity Dowell is his mother.