Saturday, May 3, 2008

Barack and Michelle visit ancestral homestead in Indiana

Amanda Scott of posted this interesting blog on Barack Obama's visit to the ancestral homestead of his mother's family, the Dunhams.

Barack has some interesting indirect ancestors on his mother's side including Edward I, King of England, and William I "The Lion" King of Scots. The former is also an ancestor of John McCain.

His father's people, the Luo, has been the focus of much interest by anthropologists. One branch especially, the Shilluk, has preserved many cultural features of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

Barack and Michelle Visit Kempton

by Amanda Scott, Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 05:33 PM

Barack visited the former Indiana homestead of his mother’s family, the Dunhams, with his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha today.

The Kempton, Indiana, property was once owned by Barack’s second, third and fourth great-grandfathers and the house that currently sits on the land was built by Barack’s great uncle, William Riley Dunham, who was a Democratic member of the Indiana General Assembly.

Details of the Obama family history in Indiana:

  • Barack’s fourth great-grandfather, Jacob Dunham, moved to Kempton in the 1840s and is buried at the Kempton Cemetery.
  • Barack’s third great-grandfather, Jacob Mackey Dunham, was a farmer in Kempton and married his third great-grandmother there July 21, 1853.
  • Barack’s second great-grandfather, Jacob William Dunham, was born in Kempton February 7, 1863. Jacob William Dunham moved to Kansas, where Obama’s grandfather and mother were eventually born.
  • When Jacob William Dunham left Indiana, he sold the land to Barack’s great uncle, William Riley Dunham, who built the existing home in the late 1800s.

Check out these pictures from their tour:

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