After 45 years of genealogy work, my dad finally came across some startling news for the Caswell family:
We are related to Joseph Smith, and here’s how:
My name is Robert Michael Caswell and my father’s name is Thomas Hubbard Caswell III. His father is named Marion Francis Caswell Jr. whose father is Marion Francis Sr., son of Judge Thomas Hubbard Caswell. So, Thomas Hubbard Caswell is my great grandfather.
Thomas Hubbard Caswell’s mother is named Asenath Hubbard who is the daughter of Thankful Branard whose mother is Thankful Fuller (Thomas Caswell’s great grandmother).
Thankful Fuller has a sister named Lydia Fuller. Lydia has a daughter named Lydia Gates. Lydia Gates married Solomon Mack. They had a daughter named Lucy Mack who married Joseph Smith Sr. Lucy and Joseph had a son named Joseph Smith Jr.
So, if you were keeping track that makes me Joseph Smith’s third cousin four times removed.
To tell you the truth, I haven’t been much into genealogy, partly because my dad’s always really been into it and partly because I just haven’t grasped the excitement of the whole thing, though experiences like this can get me fired up.
It’s always seemed like one of those not-as-important gospel principles like food storage, though I know that grossly misrepresents it (and food storage). Not to get too stereotypical, but I’ve noticed (in my limited experience) that Mormons who do genealogy, uh, religiously at the same time as having serious food storage seem to be those who’ve taken it to an entirely new level of devoutness (if that didn’t sound good, I promise it was supposed to be a compliment). I always wonder if I’ll get to that level.
So who are the genealogists of the Bloggernacle? Come out of the shadows; this is the thread for you! Please feel free to share your findings, breakthroughs, and experiences.