52 Ancestors – Week 26 – Legend

What an interesting topic. Family Legends and Folklore. Stories passed down through the generations.

There are 2 pertaining to my grandpa’s family. I have not substantiated them in any way but it is fun anyway to share them.

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The first pertains to the 30th President of the United States Calvin Coolidge. My grandparents always maintained we were related to him and it is most likely true but I can’t document it until I can tie Obadiah Coolidge (my 4th Great Grandfather) who was born in 1760 and died somewhere after 1839, I know this because he is named in his daughter Hannah’s will; to his parents Josiah and Mary Jones Coolidge.

Once I am able to do that I can say I am related to Calvin Coolidge. Then again once I can tie Obadiah to Josiah I have another Revolutionary War Patriot.

The next family legend is a lot more far-fetched and involves Paul Revere and his midnight ride.

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So the story goes that either Edward Larkin or his brother gave Paul Revere one of their horses to ride. I have serious doubts about this story other than it being a cool antedote. I seriously doubt it is true. Edward Larkin is the father of my original DAR patriot Lorin Nehemiah Larkin.

I find these stories interesting but they are just stories until I can prove them.

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