Pedigree Charts

What? Mom and Dad are related?

Howard, Judith, and son John in 1980. Photo by John's sister Karen.

Howard, Judith, and son John in 1980. Photo by John’s sister Karen.

One of the more interesting aspects of genealogy is finding unexpected connections. I’ve written about this a number of times over the past year because for me it’s never boring. Cousins abound everywhere. They hide beneath every nook and cranny and around every corner. They sit there, patiently, waiting to be found. When I do find them, I’m thrilled.

This feeling happened to me a year or so ago when I discovered that my mother and father were related.

Yeah, I know: it’s not normal to feel “thrilled” about finding your cousins but, hey, I couldn’t help it. Making that connection reinforced my feeling that we are all connected – in more ways than one.

My father passed away in 1987 and my mother in 2006. Neither one had any idea that they were cousins. I often wonder what they would have said if they had known…

Anyway, before you get the wrong idea, mom and dad were distant cousins. As far as I know, there are no laws against 15th cousins marrying 15th cousins.

At least I hope not. I’d be willing to bet that many of the married folks reading this blog are related, too.

Below is the relationship chart that shows how my mother and father were cousins. Clearly their connection is distant since we begin our journey in the fifteenth century…

Relationship Chart: Judith Ellen Hinton to Howard Theodore Cole


John
Sutton

b. 25 Dec 1400
d. 30 Sep 1497
Father &
Mother
Elizabeth
Berkeley

b. —
d. Abt. 1478
Jane Sutton
m. Thomas Mainwaring
|
Siblings Edmund Sutton
m. Joyce
Tiptoft
|
Cecily Mainwaring
m. John
Cotton
|
1st
cousins
Edward Sutton
m. Cicely Willoughby
|
George Cotton
m. Mary Onley
|
2nd
cousins
John Dudley
m. Cicely Grey
|
Richard Cotton
m. Mary Mainwaring
|
3rd
cousins
Henry Dudley
m. _____ Ashton
|
Francis Cotton
m. George Abell
|
4th
cousins
Roger Dudley
m. Susanna Thorne
|
Robert Abell
m. Joanna _____
|
5th
cousins
Thomas Dudley
m. Dorothy Yorke
|
Mary Abel
m. Samuel Luther
|
6th
cousins
Mercy Dudley
m. John Woodbridge
|
Martha
Luther
m. Hugh Cole
|
7th
cousins
Martha Woodbridge
m. Samuel Ruggles
|
Hugh Cole
m. Jane Sisson
|
 8th
cousins
Patience Ruggles
m. James Robinson
|
Richard
Cole

m. 
Abigail Walker
|
9th
cousins
Dennison Robinson
m. Martha Perry
|
Hezekiah Cole
m. 
Bethany Arnold
|
10th
cousins
Lucy R. Robinson
m. Amos Parker
|
Arnold Cole
m.
 Ruth Hopkins
|
11th
cousins
 Lucinda Parker
m. Nathaniel Bangs
|
Hezekiah Cole
m. Charity Washburn
|
12th
cousins
Azariah Bangs
m. Adeline Wright
|
Orange Cole
m. Minerva Garrison
|
13th
cousins
Harriet Bangs
m. Daniel Gouyd
|
Frederick Cole
m. Rose Dattler
|
14th
cousins
Caroline Gouyd
m. William Fischer
|
Howard Cole
m. Judith Cole
15th
cousins
Bertha Fischer
m. George Habicht
|
15th
cousins, 1x removed
Ruth Habicht
m. Raymond Hinton
|
 15th
cousins, 2x removed
Judith Hinton
m. Howard Cole

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