Famous Cousins

My connection to the Playboy Mansion

PlayboyLogo.svgWhile I’ll admit that my connection the Playboy Mansion is a bit, uh, weak… I can include Hugh Hefner as one of cousins. Mr. Hefner was the son of Glenn Hefner and his wife Grace Swanson. Since Wikipedia takes the fun out of research, I’ll save myself the trouble of repeating it. See Hugh Hefner on Wikipedia.

The one thing I will say is that Hugh is a direct descendant of Plymouth Governor William Bradford (about 1690 to 1657) through his son William Bradford, Jr. who married my 10th great grandaunt Alice Richards. The senior Bradford was one of the original English Separatists who sailed aboard the Mayflower in 1620 so Hugh is a Mayflower descendant.

My ancestry is through Alice’s sister Mary. Their parents, Thomas Richards and Welthean Loring, arrived to Plymouth about 1633. Mary married Thomas Richards. He would later become the last Governor of of the Plymouth Colony between 1680 and 1692. Their mother Welthean, as I wrote about in my blog post titled Black Sheep, was accused of witchcraft in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1653.

Relationship Chart: John R. Cole to Hugh Hefner


11 GGF Thomas Richards
b. Abt. 1590
d. 17 Dec 1650
m. Welthean Loring
b. —
d. 3 Jul 1679
11 GGM
10 GGP Mary Richards
m. Thomas Hinckley
|
Sisters Alice Richards
m. William Bradford, Jr.
|
10 GGA
9 GGP Samuel Hinckley
m. Sarah Pope
|
Thomas Bradford
m. Anne Smith
|
1C 11R
8 GGP Mary Hinckley
m. Samuel Bangs
|
James Bradford
m. Edith Adams
|
2C 10R
7 GGP David Bangs
m. Eunice Stone
|
Mary Bradford
m. Joseph Woodward
|
3C 9R
6 GGP Azariah Bangs
m. Huldah Stone
|
Asa Woodward
m. Ruth Joy
|
4C 8R
5 GGP Nathaniel Bangs
m. Lucinda Parker
|
Masury Woodward
m. Mary Wright
|
5C 7R
4 GGP Azariah Bangs
m. Adeline Wright
|
Lurena Woodward
m. John Householder
|
6C 6R
3 GGP Harriet L. Bangs
m. Daniel Gouyd
|
Lois Householder
m. J. M. Hefner
|
7C 5R
2 GGP Caroline S. Gouyd
m. William Fischer
|
Glenn Hefner
m. Grace Swanson
|
8C 4R
GGP Bertha M. Fischer
m.
George Habicht
|
Hugh Hefner 9C 3R
GP Ruth C. Habicht
m.
Raymond Hinton
|
P Judith E. Hinton
m.
Howard Cole
|
Self John Robert Cole

You can read more about my relationships to famous cousins by buying a copy of my book 50 Kinfolk through Lulu.com.

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