Friday, January 21, 2011

Barack Hussein Obama II and His Licking County Ties

Barack Hussein Obama II and his Licking County Ties
You got it right! 
During a LCGS board meeting our webmaster Bill Johns ask if we had seen Barack Hussein Obama’s genealogy line yet.  He forwarded it to us and what fun we had.
Barack has 7 ½ siblings from his Kenyan father, 6 living, ½ sister with whom he was raised.
Maya Soetoro-NB, the daughter of his mother and her Indonesian second husband.  Obama’s mother was survived by her Kansas born mother, Madelyn Dunham until her death the 2nd of Nov 2008.
In “Dreams from My Father”, Obama ties his mothers family to possible Native American ancestors and distant relatives of Jefferson Davis: “President of the Confederate States of America ” during the American Civil War.
Barack’s Licking County ties come thru his mother’ side of the family.
We begin with Barack, then his mother Stanley Ann Dunham, his great grandmother Madelyn Lee Payne, GG Grandfather Roll Charles Payne, GGG Grandfather Charles T Payne who married Della Wolfley.  Her parents were Robert Wolfley and Rachel Abbott. “Barack’s GGG Grandmother”, she was born in 1835 in Licking County to Jonathan Abbott and Adah Wright.  Adah’s parents were Abraham Wright and Naomi , last name unknown.  Abraham was born 1755 and came to Licking County in 1802.  Abraham Wright was well known throughout Licking County and Ohio .  He built a gristmill on Clear Fork after the War of 1812 near Newton Township line above the village of Chatham .

Some facts from 50 interesting facts about Barack Obama:
His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili
He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father
He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
He and Michelle made $4.2 million last year, with much coming from sales of his books
He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life
His father was originally from Kenya . His mother, Ann Dunham, was an anthropologist born in the United States . The couple separated when Barack was two years old and eventually divorced. Barack Obama's father moved back to Kenya following the divorce.
Sources:, William Addams Reitwiesner, Genealogy of U.S. Presidents 2009 by Gary Boyd.
I have Wrights, Abbotts, and Perkins in my genealogy line as well.  Could I be related?  One never knows until the research is done.  Now you see how history and genealogy tie together.  I hope this will prompt you to doing some research of your own.  Enjoy!
Sources:, William Addams Reitwiesner, Genealogy of U.S. Presidents 2009 by Gary Boyd.

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