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.
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.
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.