Fortunately we know we also need to look for the one who looks like a sulky bulldog.Looks like a blacksmith! ...just what did a blacksmith look like on his way home, I’d imagine that many Irishmen in the 1920s wore flat caps and were covered in dirt after a hard days work!
I once worked with a lady who was doing research for membership in the Mayflower Society. As she rattled off the names of her illustrious forebears, she named one that I recognized. He was a Civil War soldier from a nearby town and she wanted to know all about him--checking further, I discovered that he had deserted. She said "I can't understand that: grandmother told me that her father was often away on "police business" in Massachusetts. Looking into it, he was doing hard labor. The lady lost all interest in THAT branch of her family.About 15-years-ago I had a very elderly man from Cape Cod stop by my house and ask, "I'm looking for the Deacon Cornelius Waters House. I've come from Cape Cod, etc searching for it." I live in it. It's a very humble, working Colonial home from 1774 - not grand but very well built. We got talking and it turns out he's a distant cousin of my mother's side of the family. He was explaining about one of the line down there on the Cape being a murderer and "no good" and some of the piratical and thuggery side and I was thinking, "so that explains that side that my mother was so ashamed of."
Or as my husband always says about reincarnation, "everyone claims to be Cleopatra but no one ever says they were the slave that emptied the chamber pots!
A similar story line was also told in the TV drama series ‘Victoria’, the Duchess of Monmouth was alleged to have eloped with one of the Royal Footmen/coachman, the Duchess of Monmouth was actually based upon a real Victorian lady called ‘Caroline Norton.’ Caroline was quite the socialite, she associated with people like Mary Shelley’, Benjamin Disraeli and Fanny Kemble. The story goes that Caroline Norton had been accused by her Husband of having an affair with the then Prime Minister Lord Melbourne which of course Caroline denied.We have almost the same story from two different and unrelated branches of my family. The story goes that "We are related to royalty through one of the (Royal) family daughters who was disowned after eloping with the family coachman." It was a little more believable before Downton Abbey had the nearly identical story line. My guess is that people did this so they could put on airs and feel important. The "disowned" part was the explanation for why they had no title or money from their "Royal" family. Not like any of their friends and neighbors could do an internet search to disprove the story.
I'm assuming that since he's not claiming a more famous ancestor (and isn't apparently trying to pounce on the family fortune), he really does think he is related and doesn't see his claim as fraudulent.
Though I suppose a truly savvy faker would choose a lesser-known historical figure to claim to be related to.
For some reason your posts remind me of another shyster here in East Texas that claimed to be a grandson/descendant of lesser-known Confederate Brig. Gen. Frank Armstrong, claiming even to own "his" genuine Confederate-made sword. I saw the sword, and IT at least appeared to be genuine, even if its owner wasn't.Ugh, this guy disgusts me. He’s 100% a scammer (note how his dad apparently dosen't know what he’s up to), and just trying to live the high life solely off another family’s reputation. Everything from the supposed infidelity of his Lemp link to trying to impart celebrity to Pyrex screams “conman!”. Unfortunately the foundation of any good lie is a kernel of truth. He did indeed own many Lemp artifacts... they just weren’t ancestral.
It’s sort of disappointing that so many institutions were taken in by him, and it shows that we all need to be suspicious of extraordinary claims and do our research before we accept anything at face value.
A great bit of investigative journalism, thanks for sharing.
What I presume and certainly hope was the black sheep of my family abandoned my maternal grandmother, then murdered another man on the streets of downtown Dallas, Texas who he suspected was "romancing" her. (I only found out about THAT much later from a cousin who was doing genealogy, and I never met him; apparently he died before I was born.) However, although there were newspaper clippings about the stabbing - with an ice pick he'd conveniently 'found' nearby! - there's no record of a trial; apparently his good standing as a member of the local KKK allowed him to be spirited out of town beforehand.One of my more interesting ancestors was my gg grandfather that was captured and spent time in Libby. The was charged with murder and spent two years at Libby after the war. Finally released when it was noted that he had shot deserters and I guess that was not considered murder. I can't find an explanation in the records of exactly why he was released. However, I did discover that the one shot was one of his neighbors.
It seems Grant has "descendants" in the Savannah, Tennessee, region too, supposedly from a liaison he had with an Irish serving-girl at his Cherry Mansion headquarters during the Shiloh campaign!Falsely claiming to be related to somebody famous... Well, there's a whole family of Indians downriver who believe without a doubt U S Grant is their great-great-grandpa. The names Sam and Hiram were passed down. A few years ago they found their ancestor was really just a regular soldier who stole Grant's identity! But, they still believe it despite absolute proof to the contrary.
Of course the bogus Italian "Indian" who called himself Iron Eyes Cody is now pretty well-known as an imposter.… It's kind of the other way around with Indians. Native people tend to have a lot of imposters - and it's an odd thing. Red Thunder Cloud, who was the last fluent speaker of Catawba and helped restore the language...was everything but Indian! (And apparently a genius - he knew a number of Native languages without having been taught.)
Genealogists put a lot of credibility in primary sources (ie. statements (etc.) by those with immediate knowledge) with one exception: claims that involve money become suspect. That includes pension claims and heritage claims. Sometimes our ancestors were as greedy as some of our contemporaries!I could probably write a whole book on split personality disorders, but the argument between the sides would escalate to No Contest.
It is not the same point as duplicity, or two-faced. In our society there seems to be a strong need for the individual to attach to a prominent group or name or organization. Possibly the historical antecedents of 'Pretender to the Crown' is the origin of it all.
I am an Orphan without inheritance.
My own legacy of logic began with John Jakes' "The Bastard". Before that publishment I really never questioned the knowledge of being orphaned and adopted out. It was just the way things were. People claim Indian lineage when Indian culture is popular, or when arguments of brutality are rampant. Claiming fame or fortune by someone else's doings, even if they are ancestral, is smoke and mirror hoopla, to me. You are who you are, even if you had wealthy family backing. It does not disqualify you from being yourself. I do not want to be taken in and claimed by any family, whether my own or some other. It is a simple wisdom that makes us right and wrong. Like @Ethan S. asked "Why?", when all it does is complicate life.
Sad that he recently passed away.One of my fellow guides had an interesting ancestral claim a few years back. One of his guests claimed to be a direct descendant of Sgt. Buster Kilrain of the 20th Maine. Of course, all of you know that Kilrain is a fictional character in "The Killer Angels".
And remember, even if you don't have a Bad Ancestor now, there's still time for you to personally create one for your decedents!How about the Bad Ancestor forum under history. We could have a few laughs and get help confirming our passed down family stories. I would love help confirming my family lore. How about you.
For sure!Sometimes our ancestors were as greedy as some of our contemporaries!