Prepared by Stephen
Most of the leaders in the early years of the United States
of America had perhaps four or five generations of ancestors in
America, reducing the probability of a person finding a genetic
kinship in America with these leaders. Normally, a common environment
and experiences are more influential in determining a person's
life and character than heredity. Prof. Max Savelle wrote in Seeds
of Liberty, (Seattle: 1948), page 305, that "Ideas are
never generated out of nothing; they are forged; forged out of
the materials of inheritance upon the anvil of environment under
the pounding of the hammers of time and experience."
One is more likely to discover the personality and character
of an ancestor by noting their friends, compatriots and in-laws
living in the same general locality and time period than by locating
some distant ancestor or cousin. To provide some enviromental
kin rather than the genetic kin that qualify for the Notable
Cousins section on this site, some Leaders In-Law are presented
here - perhaps others will join them.
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Simplified Chart of
Peter Gideon Leaders In-Law William
MASSIE MACON RANDOLPH
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Thomas Charles---Ann Martha William Elizabeth Isham Thomas
MASSIE MASSIE MACON MACON MACON RANDOLPH RANDOLPH RANDOLPH
|________ | | ___|_______ | |
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Peter William John Frances Martha---Richard Mary Jane Mary
MASSIE MASSIE* CUSTIS JONES MACON* BLAND BLAND RANDOLPH RANDOLPH
| _______|__ | | | |
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Sylvanus John P. Daniel---Martha-----George Henry Thomas Mary R.
MASSIE CUSTIS CUSTIS DANDRIDGE WASHINGTON LEE JEFFERSON KEITH
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Thomas George W. *William MASSIE was 1st husband Henry John
MASSIE CUSTIS of Martha (MACON) MASSIE BLAND LEE MARSHALL
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Mary Mary Ann CUSTIS--------------------------------Robert E. LEE
James H. Lucy Jane FREEMAN's 6-great aunt-in-law was the great aunt of
FREEMAN George WASHINGTON's wife, Martha (DANDRIDGE) CUSTIS, widow of
| the great uncle-in-law of Robert E. LEE.
FREEMAN Lucy Jane FREEMAN's 6-great aunt-in-law was also the aunt of
| Lucy Jane FREEMAN's 5-great aunt-in-law.
FREEMAN Lucy Jane FREEMAN's 5-great aunt-in-law's 2nd husband was
GRAY 1c1r of Thomas JEFFERSON, 1c2r of John MARSHALL, and 1c3r
LAWSON of Robert E. LEE.
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