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SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

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Randy has a brand new challenge up for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Who has been president in my life, my parents lives, and my grandparents lives.

One question always leads to another.  I started to think about how only about half of the presidents directly affected the lives of my ancestors.  My first ancestors didn’t arrive until the  James K. Polk was president.

In my lifetime, I’ve seen 9 presidents so far…

  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • William Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama
  • Donald Trump

My Dad’s list

15 presidents in his lifetime

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • William Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama

My Mom’s List

13 Presidents and counting

  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • William Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama
  • Donald Trump

Jean Lassalle, My Dad’s Dad

He lived through 16 presidents

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Grover Cleveland
  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon

Technically, this list shouldn’t start until Theodore Roosevelt.  My Grandpa didn’t make it to America until 1907.  French President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot was in power when my grandpa was born.

Anna (Mazeres) Lassalle, My Dad’s Mom

She lived through 15 presidents

  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Willam Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Carter
  • Ronald Reagan

Joao Pacheco Smith, My Mom’s Dad

He lived through 9 presidents

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower

Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger, My Mom’s Mom

She lived through 16 presidents like my Grandpa Lassalle

  • William Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • John Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • James Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • William Clinton
  • George W. Bush

I have to go back to my 4th great grandparents in order to hit all the presidents.  Though, my first ancestors to be ruled by American presidents were my 3rd great grandparents, Martin J. Kelly and Catherine Dolan.  They were here as early as 1849 when my 2nd great grandmother, Margaret (Kelly) Jones was born.

My  4th great grandfather, Antonio Pacheco de Rezendes, was born in the 1776,  but in the Azores, not America.

My great grandmother, Marguerite (Jones) Jackson, was alive when I was a young child, though in honesty, I was only 1 year old when she died.  If I met her, I have no memory of it.

She was born 1880 taking the “living list” back the 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes and all the way through Lyndon Johnson.  She saw and incredible 17 presidents in her lifetime!  (That makes our living list 27 presidents from 1880 through me.)

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