Note: The Alden
Kindred is indebted to Mr. Gary Boyd Roberts of the New England
Genealogical Society, Boston, for his research on famous Alden descendants.
Founding father. Second President
of the United States , first vice-president of the U.S., member of the
Continental Congress, helped draft the Declaration of Independence, helped
negotiate the treaty of Paris with England in 1783. Last Years Adams
spent his last 25 years on his farm in Massachusetts. Although he never
again participated in public life, he remained interested in and informed
about the affairs of his country. The career of his son John Quincy Adams
gave him great pleasure, and he lived to see him elected president of the
United States in 1824. Adams died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of
the Declaration of Independence, a few hours after Thomas Jefferson.
Visit Adams Historic Park
John5 Adams (John,4 Hannah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| John Quincy6 Adams
Sixth President of
the U.S. (1825-1829). Second child and eldest son of John Adams.
Adams's career of public service was one of the most varied and
distinguished in American history. He served his nation as a diplomat,
senator, secretary of state, president, and member of the U.S. House of
Representatives. Visit Adams
John Quincy6 Adams (John,5-4 Hannah3 Bass,
Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| Brooks8 Adams
American historian, b. Quincy, Mass.; son of
Charles Francis Adams. His theory that civilization rose and fell
according to the growth and decline of commerce was first developed in The Law of Civilization and Decay (1895). Adams applied it to his own
capitalistic age, of which he was a militant critic, but failed to find the
universal law that he persistently sought. His ideas greatly influenced his
brother Henry Adams whose essays he edited in The Degradation of the
Democratic Dogma (1919). In America's Economic Supremacy (1900),
Brooks said that Western Europe had already begun to decline and that Russia
and the United States were the only potential great powers left.
Brooks8 Adams (Charles F.,7 John Q.,6 John,5-4 Hannah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| Charles Francis7 Adams (1807-1886)
American diplomat and editor,
grandson of John Adams and son of John Quincy Adams. In 1861 President
Abraham Lincoln appointed him minister to Britain. His skillful handling of
this position during the American Civil War is an outstanding chapter in the
history of American diplomacy. He edited several books, including the Life and Works of John Adams (10 volumes, 1850-1856) and the Memoirs
of John Quincy Adams (12 volumes, 1874-1877).
Charles Francis7 Adams (John Q.,6 John,5-4 Hannah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| Henry8 Adams
American writer and historian, b. Boston; son
of Charles Francis Adams (1807–86). He was secretary (1861–68) to his
father, then U.S. minister to Great Britain. Upon his return to the United
States, having already abandoned the law and seeing no opportunity in the
traditional Adams vocation of politics, he briefly pursued journalism. He
reluctantly accepted (1870) an offer to teach medieval history at Harvard,
but nonetheless stayed on seven years and also edited (1870–76) the North
American Review. His exhaustive study of the administrations of
Jefferson and Madison, History of the United States of America (9 vol.,
1889–91; reprinted in a number of editions), is one of the major
achievements of American historical writing. Famous for its style, it is
deficient, perhaps, in understanding the basic economic forces at work, but
the first six chapters constitute one of the best social surveys of any
period in U.S. history.
Henry8 Adams (Charles F.,7 John Q.,6 John,5-4 Hannah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| Edwin Hyde8 Alden
Minister whose life what depicted in the
series of children's books by author Laura Ingalls Wilder and subsequently
featured in the TV Series, "Little House on the Prairie." For a full
description of his life, refer to the Mayflower Quarterly, Vol. 64,
No 4 (November, 1998).
Edwin Hyde8 Alden (Elam,7 Daniel,6-5-4 Joseph,3-2 John1)
and (Elam,7 Sarah6 Alden, Ezra,5 Eleazer,4 Joseph,3-2 John1)
| Norma Jean11 Baker
The former Norma Jeane Baker, far better
known as Marilyn Monroe, who had lived in an orphanage, was an actress, yes.
She traded her head of average brown curls for blond-bombshell status, true.
She was a walking confection of sexuality, a lonely and insecure little
girl, an object of desire for the man in the street and the President in the
White House. And when she died in 1962 of a drug overdose, at the age of 36,
her acting teacher, Lee Strasberg, tried to describe her aura in a eulogy:
''She had a luminous quality,'' he said, ''a combination of wistfulness,
radiance, yearning...to set her apart, and yet it made everyone wish to be
part of it, to share in the childish naïveté which was at once so shy and
yet so vibrant.'' From Entertainment Weekly Nov 5, 1999.
Link to information. Link to
Norma Jean11 Baker. Her father is reputed to have been Charles Stanley10 Gifford
(Frederick A.,9 Charles A.,8 Lydia F.7 Tompkins, Uriah,6 Micah,5 Sarah4 Coe, Sarah3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| William Cullen7 Bryant
William Cullen Bryant was our " first
American writer of verse to win international acclaim." (Tomlinson, 30)
Bryant was considered a child-prodigy, publishing his first poem at age ten
and his first book when he was thirteen, a political satire of an embargo
policy of Thomas Jefferson. Bryant received great praise for his
poetry, but the critics did not give him unconditional laurels, due to the
absence of a full range of poetry, such as epics, elegies, and verse drama. Link to his literature.
William Cullen7 Bryant (Sarah6 Snell, Ebenezer,5 Zachariah,4 Anna3 Alden, Jonathan,2 John1)
| Daniel Hudson9-10 Burnham
The Chicago architect and city planner, a developer of the
Daniel Hudson9-10 Burnham
(Elizabeth Keith8 Weeks, Holland,7 Hannah6 Moseley, Sarah5 Capen, Ruth4 Thayer, Sarah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1).
and (Elizabeth Keith9 Weeks, Harriet Byron8 Hopkins,
Anna7 Whiting, Gamaliel,6 Elizabeth5 Bradford, Hannah4 Rogers, Elizabeth3 Pabodie,
Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Frank Nelson9 Doubleday
||Founder of the
publishing company that bears his name. Doubleday's century of publishing
began in 1897 when he founded Doubleday & McClure Company in
partnership with magazine publisher Samuel McClure. In 1900 the
company became Doubleday, Page & Company when Walter Hines Page joined as a
new partner and McClure left the scene. Page was a strong
co-leader until his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James
in 1913. Doubleday merged with George H. Doran Company in 1927, making
Doubleday, Doran the largest publishing concern in the English-speaking
world. The business became known as Doubleday & Company in 1946.
Doubleday was sold to Bertelsmann, AG, a Germany-based worldwide
communications company in 1986. In 1988 it became part of the Bantam
Doubleday Dell Publishing Group which went on to acquire and become a
division of Random House Inc. in 1998.
Frank Nelson9 Doubleday (Ellen Maria8 Dickinson,
Horace,7 Mary6 Little, Ephraim,5 Elizabeth4 Southworth, Rebecca3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1
| Herbert Henry9 Dow
| One of the most eminent chemical pioneers of the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his lifetime, Herbert Henry
Dow received over 100 patents, introduced many chemical firsts in America,
and received the prestigious Perkin
Medal in 1930. Both a chemist and an astute entrepreneur, Dow
built The Dow Chemical Company from humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio. Soon, Dow moved his enterprise to
Midland, Michigan, where in an ever expanding facility, processes and
products proliferated and initiated the development of Dow as the
worldwide chemical giant of today.
Herbert Henry Dow9 Dow, Joseph Henry8, Abigail7, Jonathan6, French, Jonathan,5, Thayer, Esther4 Bass, Sarah3, Ruth2, Alden, John1
| George Bird9 Grinnell
1849-1938, Naturalist, conservationist, editor of Field &
Stream, founder of the Audubon Society.
George Bird9 Grinnell (George B.,8 George,6-7 William,5 George,4 Lydia3 Pabodie,
Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Josiah Bushnell8 Grinnell
Congregational clergyman, abolitionist, founder of Grinnell,
Iowa, and of Grinnell College, friend of Lincoln and Horace Greeley.
Josiah Bushnell8 Grinnell (Mylon,7 Reuben,6 Daniel,5 George,4 Lydia3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Martha10 Graham
teacher, choreographer and pioneer of modern dance. In 1930 she
founded the Dance Repertory Theater where she trained the company in her own
method that has been widely adapted around the world. One of her best
know ballets, Appalachian Spring (1958), was a product of her
interest in Native American life and mythology and the early American
pioneer spirit. Link to information.
Martha10 Graham (Jane9 Beers, Mary8 Hamilton, Frances7 Staples, Job,6 John,5 Hannah4 Standish,
Ebenezer,3 Sarah2 Alden, John1).
| Granville Stanley9 Hall
psychologist and educator, professor at Antioch College and lecturer at
Harvard. In 1882, as a professor at John Hopkins, he introduced
experimental psychology on a laboratory scale. Founded the American
Journal of Psychology. Exerted profound influence on educational
and child psychology in the US. First president of Clark University
(1889-1920). Link to information.
Granville Stanley9 Hall (Abigail8 Beals, Abigail7 Vining, Abigail6 Alden, Ezra,5 Ebenezer,4 Isaac,3 Joseph,2 John1)
| Robert10 Lansing
||American lawyer and
statesmen. An authority on international law, he succeeded William
Jennings Bryan as President Wilson's Secretary of State. He resigned
in 1920 in a dispute over the League of Nations.
Robert10 Lansing (Maria Lay9 Dodge, Jerusha Lay8 Sterling,
Jerusha7 Ely, Jerusha6 Lay, Christopher,5 Mary4 Grinnell, Lydia3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Henry Wadsworth8 Longfellow
Professor at Bowdoin and Harvard Colleges. His most popular works
include Hiawatha, The Courtship of Myles Standish and Tales of a
Wayside Inn which included Paul Revere's Ride." While not
considered one of the greatest poets, his gift of simple, romantic
story-telling in verse makes him popular even today. Link to information.
Henry Wadsworth8 Longfellow (Zilpha7 Wadsworth, Peleg,6-5 Mercy4 Wiswall, Priscilla3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
and (Zilpha7 Wadsworth, Peleg,6 Susannah5 Sampson, Priscilla4 Bartlett, Ruth3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Jan Garrigue11 Masaryk
|| Diplomat, Foreign Minister of
Czechoslovakia, son of Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, Founder-president of
Czechoslovakia. Married Bostonian Charlotte Garrigue. Escaped to
London after the outbreak of WWI where he became chairman of the Czech
National Council, heading a powerful group of exiles who presented
convincing arguments for a "new Europe" based on self-determination.
Among the first statesmen to recognize the menace of Hitler. Link to
(Charlotte10 Garrigue, Charlotte Lydia9 Whiting, William L.,8 John,7 William B.,6 Elizabeth5 Bradford, Hannah4 Rogers, Elizabeth3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Samuel Eliot9 Morison
|| American historian. Morison was born in Boston and educated at Harvard. He
taught history at Harvard from 1915 to 1922, was professor of American
history at the University of Oxford from 1922 to 1925, and then returned to
Harvard as a professor of history from 1925 to 1955. His writings include Admiral of the Ocean Sea (2 volumes, 1942), which won the Pulizer Prize
in 1943; the most popular edition of William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation (1952), John Paul Jones (1959), which won the Pulitzer Prize in
1960; and The Oxford History of the American People (1965).
Samuel Eliot9 Morison (Emily Marshall8 Eliot, Samuel,7 Margaret
Boies6 Bradford, Alden5 [Bradford], Sarah4 Alden, Samuel,3 David,2 John1)
| Sophia Peabody8 Hawthorne
||Although she may be
remembered best for her famous husband, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sophia
Hawthorne was herself a noteworthy illustrator, and writer. Sophia's
older sisters, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and Mary Tyler Peabody would become
well known in their own right: Elizabeth was extremely active in education
reform, published and wrote textbooks and pamphlets, and established and
taught at a number of schools. Mary also taught and later married Horace
(Nathaniel7 Isaac,6 Sarah5 Dorman, Sarah4 Thayer, Sarah3 Bass, Ruth2 Alden, John1)
| Mary Tyler 8Peabody
Elizabeth, above, and Sophia, below), wife of Horace Mann [pioneer of the
improvement of the common school system, secretary of the Massachusetts
State Board of Education, congressman, and president of Antioch College],
“biographer of her husband, and (with her sister) a leader in the American
| Abel Head8 “Shanghai”
|| Texas cattleman and rancher, whose estate first introduced
Brahmin cattle to Texas
(Hannah7 Head, Daniel,6 Ruth5 Little, Fobes,4 Martha3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| James Danforth12 Quayle
U.S. Vice-President under George Herbert Walker Bush
(James C.,11 Marie
Pauline10 Cline, Delia9 Burras, Oscar,8 Sally7 Standish, Peleg,6 Zachariah,4-5 Ebenezer,3 Sarah2 Alden, John1)
| Samuel5 Seabury, Jr.
1ST U.S. Episcopal Bishop (of Connecticut and
R.I.), loyalist, author.
(Samuel,4 Elizabeth3 Alden, David,2 John1)
Link to information.
| Adlai Ewing13 Stevenson III
U.S. Senator, son of Adlai Ewing Stevenson II, Governor of
Illinois, Democratic Presidential candidate, diplomat.
(Ellen Borden,12 John,11 Mary DeGama10 Whiting, John T.,9 John L.,8 John,7 William
B.,6 Elizabeth5 Bradford, Hannah4 Rogers,
Elizabeth3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1). Link to information.
| John6 Trumbull
Son of Jonathan
Trumbull, merchant, jurist, Governor of Connecticut, and Revolutionary
John6 Trumbull (Faith5 Robinson, Hannah4 Wiswall, Priscilla3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)
| Jonathan6 Trumbull, Jr.
(brother of John Trumbull, above)
, merchant, Revolutionary soldier, congressman (and Speaker of the U.S. House
of Representatives), U.S. Senator, Governor of Connecticut
| Joseph6 Trumbull
(brother of John and Jonathan, above) merchant,
Commissary-General of the Continental Army
| Frederica 12von
(Sara Worthington12 Clucas, Frederica11 Bull, Mary
Helen10 Robinson, Margaret Downing9 Lanman, David T.,8 Abigail7 Trumbull, David,6 Faith5 Robinson,
Hannah4 Wiswall, Priscilla3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1). Link to information.
| (George) Orson9 Welles
An American actor and director. In 1938
his radio production of HG Wells' War of the Worlds was so realistic that it
caused panic in the USA. In 1941 he wrote, produced, directed and
acted in the film Citizen Kane, a revolutionary landmark in cinema
technique. In 1942 he produced and directed a screen version of Booth
Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons. Of his most memorable
stage and film roles was that of Harry Lime in The Third Man. Link to information.
(Richard H.,9 Mary
Blanche8 Head, Orson S.,7 Jonathan,6 Ruth5 Little, Fobes,4 Martha3 Pabodie, Elizabeth2 Alden, John1)