Good news, bad news. Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon.

From time to time I measure the growth of the internet by seeing if I can locate an old college friend, or an ancestor.

Last time I asked our friends at Google to seek out Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick, and I found them: Lawrence Southwick, not alive but well situated now at Wikipedia.

I soon discovered an amazing piece of good news — I am related to Winston Churchill.

I also discovered I am related to Richard Nixon. Imagine my disappointment.



  1. Sara
    Posted December 16, 2006 at 18:28 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi, This is extremely interesting to me. My maiden name is Houghton but my genealogical history shows that Earl Southwick (born 1822) of Quaker descent, changed his name to Houghton due to Quaker persecution. Earl’s father, Elisia, was apparently a 6th descendant of Lawrence & Cassandra Southwick, whose names appear in the records of Salem in 1639. I would love to know if you have any further information. Thanks.

  2. Posted December 17, 2006 at 15:02 | Permalink | Reply


    Thanks for the comment. I have only sketchy knowledge of my Southwick ancestors. I once saw a picture of my maternal great-great-grandmother, done around 1830. I believe her last name was Southwick.

    I know some of my ancestors were in New York City at the time of the Revolutionary War and, being Quakers loyal to the King and not believing in violence, were forced to flee for their safety to New Brunswick, Canada. This is why I can claim membership in a little-known group known as “United Empire Loyalists.”

    One of my cousins has found evidence from about 1800 of some of Quaker relatives in the area of Brewster, NY, about thirty miles from my current home. He has also recently uncovered a possible connection with Poughkeepsie, New York, about the same time. (POK, as it is known in IBM-ese, is a major IBM site.) He is some formal education as a historian, and is looking into this in his spare time. I’ll keep you posted via this blog if he turns anything up.


  3. Jerry
    Posted September 11, 2007 at 12:34 | Permalink | Reply

    I share your ancestors as well. I am long down the line decendant of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick’s daughter Provided (thats her name) As far as good and bad news there is also a Rev. war general in the tree as well (Nathaniel Greene) but he is only related by marriage.

  4. Posted September 11, 2007 at 13:10 | Permalink | Reply


    This is news both good and bad to me, too. As an American it’s “good” in that Major General Nathanael Greene was a hero of the American Revolution. But as I noted in an earlier comment, some of my ancestors, perhaps descendants of Lawrence and Cassandra, were Quakers living in New York City at the time of the Revolutionary War. Not believing in armed uprisings they supported King George and were thus forced to leave, and settled in New Brunswick, Canada. My mother was born Canadian, and it was from her I learned about the Southwicks. So it’s “bad” in that General Greene helped the colonies succeed in their uprising against King George.

    Either way, it’s good news indeed that you took the time to enter your comment.


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