Relatives of Import

Joaquín Pardavé

Paulina’s 2nd Great Uncle

Joaquín Pardavé Arce (September 30, 1900 – July 20, 1955) was a Mexican film actor, director, songwriter and screenwriter of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.[1] He was best known for starring and directing various comedy films during the 1940s. In some of them, Pardavé paired with one of Mexico’s most famous actresses, Sara García. The films in which they starred are El baisano Jalil, El barchante Neguib, El ropavejero, and La familia Pérez. These actors had on-screen chemistry together, and are both noted for playing a wide variety of comic characters from Lebanese foreigners to middle-class Mexicans.

John Lothrop

Derik’s 11th Great Grandfather

Rev. John Lothropp (1584–1653) — sometimes spelled Lothrop or Lathrop — was an English Anglican clergyman, who became a Congregationalist minister and emigrant to New England. He was among the first settlers of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Perhaps Lothropp’s principal claim to fame is that he was a strong proponent of the idea of the Separation of Church and State (also called “Freedom of Religion”). This idea was considered heretical in England during his time, but eventually became the mainstream view of people in the United States of America, because of the efforts of John Lothropp and others. Lothropp left an indelible mark on the culture of New England, and through that, upon the rest of the country. He has had many notable descendants, including at least six US presidents, as well as many other prominent Governors, government leaders, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and business people.

“Yankee” James (Jim) George

Derik’s 4th Great Uncle

AGED INDIAN FIGHTER IS DEAD AT DOS PALOS HOME; BUILT YELLOWSTONE ROAD. DOS PALOS (MERCED CO.), JUNE 2- -James George, familiarly know as “Yankee Jim”, who died here this wee k at the age of 94 years, 6 months and 11 days, was an old frontiersma n and Indian fighter. He made his home with his brother, John George. Long before the Civil War, “Yankee Jim” immigrated to the frontier of the far West, where he served as a government scout for more than ten years. He built the first road into Yellowstone National Park. It run s through what is known as “Yankee Jim’s Canyon,” where he took up som e land years ago. The road ran past his cabin, which served as a road house to many a weary traveler, among whom were the late Theodore Roos evelt, Rudyard Kipling and many others of national and international f ame. “Yankee Jim” was laid to rest in the Dos Palos cemetery.

Dos Palos newspaper dated 2 Jun 1923

Henry Harriman

Derik’s 4th Great Grandfather

Henry Harriman (June 9, 1804 – May 17, 1891) was one of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1838 until his death. The town of Herriman, Utah was named after him.

Colonel Morgan Morgan

Derik’s 7th Great-Grandfather

BIRTH 1 NOV 1688 • Glamorganshire, Wales
DEATH 17 NOV 1766 • Frederick County, Virginia Colony

Pioneer and early settler. Morgan Morgan was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. He was educated in London, England. He emigrated to the American Colonies at the age of twenty-four. In 1713, he married Catherine Garretson in what is now New Castle County, Delaware. He was employed there as a merchant and magistrate. Many historians consider him the first permanent white settler to build a residence in what is now West Virginia. A monument on Mill Creek near Bunker Hill (Berkeley County) records the date as 1726, but historians now believe it was closer to 1731. He engineered the first road in West Virginia. The highway went from Mill Creek to Winchester, Virginia. Morgan Morgan constructed Mill Creek Church. It was the first church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He became a community leader serving as the first Justice of the Peace and Captain of the Militia. He later acquired the title “Colonel”. He opened the first Inn for pioneer travelers. He is reported to have consulted with George Washington. Francis Pierpont was his great-grandson. West Virginia Governor Ephraim F. Morgan was a direct descendant of Morgan Morgan. Ephraim Morgan served as Governor of West Virginia from 1921 to 1925. A West Virginia Historical Marker to Colonel Morgan identifies the site of his Bunker Hill cabin.

For an online biography of Morgan Morgan, click here.

Morgan Morgan is credited with many firsts in what is now West Virginia:

First permanent white settler of present-day West Virginia
First church founder
First civil officer
First judicial officer
First commissioned military officer
First licensed tavern keeper
First engineer of roads, as well as builder of the first road (about 12 miles (19 km) long)
First militia organized, 1735, now the 201st National Guard
Official sponsor of the first church
Gentleman justice in the formation of two counties: Orange in 1734; Frederick in 1738


Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick

Derik’s 12th Great Grandparents

Lawrence and Cassandra (née Burnell) Southwick were early immigrants to colonial America and devout Quakers who, along with their children, were severely persecuted for their religious beliefs

The Ballad of Cassandra Southwick:

To the God of all sure mercies let my blessing rise today,
From the scoffer and the cruel He hath plucked the spoil away;
Yes, he who cooled the furnace around the faithful three,
And tamed the Chaldean lions, hath set His handmaid free!

Last night I saw the sunset melt though my prison bars,
Last night across my damp earth-floor fell the pale gleam of stars;
In the coldness and the darkness all through the long night-time,
My grated casement whitened with autumn’s early rime.

—John Greenleaf Whittier
Casandra Southwick

Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick and their children, were singled out for extremely harsh treatment. They had immigrated to Salem with four of their six children in 1637. Lawrence was perhaps the first glassmaker in America and set up his works in what became known as the Glass House Field in the present day Aborn Street area.

The Southwicks converted to the Society of Friends and hosted two Quaker preachers in their home in 1657. They were promptly arrested for this crime and jailed. Lawrence, since he was still a member of First Church, was released, while his wife remained jailed for seven weeks and was whipped and fined 40 shillings for having a document written by the Quaker missionaries. 40 shillings was a substantial fine for the day.

Realizing that the 1656 law was not slowing the arrival of Quakers, the legislature passed a new law calling for cutting off an ear, branding, and boring a hole in the tongue for returning after banishment, in addition to fines, whipping and banishment. This too did not stem the flow of missionaries who were making converts in the colony. The legislature, fed up with the banished returning to witness to these unjust laws, added a death sentence to those returning after banishment. This lead to four executions on Boston Common. King Charles II eventually intervened in 1661 and ordered the persecution of Quakers to end.

The Southwicks and their son, Joshua were again arrested in 1658 for being Quakers and not attending proper church services. They were imprisoned for twenty weeks and fined. Unable to pay the fines, some of their property was seized and sold, reducing them to dire circumstances.

In 1659, two of their children, a daughter, Provided, and son, Daniel, were ordered to be sold as slaves in Barbados to pay the fines. No merchant captain agreed to transport them, so they were allowed to stay until a captain willing to transport and sell them could be found.

The poet John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized this confrontation in his poem, “Cassandra Southwick.”

While public sentiment was shifting in favor of leniency to the Quakers, the leaders refused to back down from this “threat.” Impoverished and banished, the Southwick family went to Shelter Island, New York in the winter of 1659-60. Reacting to this privation, both Cassandra and Lawrence died within days of each other.

The persistent persecution of the Southwicks is often cited as one of the worst cases of religious discrimination in Puritan Massachusetts. Here was an elderly couple, deprived of their freedom and estate, prosecuted retroactively by laws passed while they were imprisoned, banished, penniless in the dead of winter, which caused their deaths. This case is most notable in that they were not zealous missionaries, but residents who chose to follow a new path. With the end of discrimination, the Quakers settled throughout the colonies and became integral members of society, producing leaders in a number of fields, both in Salem and throughout the country. Among the many descendants of the Salem Southwicks were Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon LaRouche.

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