Ulysses S Grant A Lathrop Family Member

Ulysses S Grant A Lathrop Family Member

The more generations a family extends, the more likely it becomes that the family tree will include noteworthy people. My family tree, which is identical for my sisters and all my Lathrop cousins, surely does include some well-known people when the Lathrop lineage is extended back 10 generations.

At the top of these 10 generations is Samuel Lathrop, also known as Samuel Lothrop. (1623 – 1700) He was born in Edgerton, Kent, England and died in Norwich, Connecticut. He has left us a lineage of too many celebrated people to mention. However, in this short article, we will try to highlight the most celebrated amongst them.

One man I would like to talk about is another Samuel Lathrop (1756 – 1821). This Samuel Lathrop was born in Norwich, Connecticut and died in Lebanon, Grafton County, New Hampshire. Though he could have a list of achievements I don’t know about, the highlight I would like to bring forth is the one written about in the family Bible below.

Samuel Lathrop (1756 – 1821) was the son of Major Elijah Lathrop and Hannah Hough.
Major Elijah Lathrop was the son of Samuel Lathrop (1692 – 1753) and Elizabeth Waterman.
Samuel Lathrop (1692 – 1753) was the son of Israel Lathrop and Rebecca Unknown Lathrop.
Israel Lathrop was the son of Samuel Lathrop (1623 – 1700) and Elizabeth Scudder.

So, the relationship between Samuel Lathrop (1623 – 1700) and Samuel Lathrop, veteran of Bunker Hill, is that of Great-Great Grandfather and Great-Great Grandson.

Another offspring of the elder Samuel Lathrop is a man who has about as magnificent a resume as anyone could have. I am referring to President Ulysses S Grant!

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) as well as military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods. Under Grant’s command, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and ended the Confederate States of America. Grant began his lifelong career as a soldier after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1843. Fighting in the Mexican–American War, he was a close observer of the techniques of Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott. He resigned from the Army in 1854, then struggled to make a living in St. Louis and Galena, Illinois.

After the American Civil War began in April 1861, he joined the Union war effort, taking charge of training new regiments and then engaging the Confederacy near Cairo, Illinois. In 1862, he fought a series of major battles and captured a Confederate army, earning a reputation as an aggressive general who seized control of most of Kentucky and Tennessee at the Battle of Shiloh. In July 1863, after a long, complex campaign, he defeated five Confederate armies (capturing one of them) and seized Vicksburg. This famous victory gave the Union control of the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, and opened the way for more Union victories and conquests. After another victory at the Battle of Chattanooga in late 1863, President Abraham Lincoln promoted him to the rank of lieutenant general and gave him charge of all of the Union Armies. As Commanding General of the United States Army from 1864 to 1865, Grant confronted Robert E. Lee in a series of very high casualty battles known as the Overland Campaign that ended in a stalemate siege at Petersburg. During the siege, Grant coordinated a series of devastating campaigns launched by William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip Sheridan, and George Thomas. Finally breaking through Lee’s trenches at Petersburg, the Union Army captured Richmond, the Confederate capital, in April 1865. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Soon after, the Confederacy collapsed and the Civil War ended.

During Reconstruction, Grant remained in command of the Army and implemented the Congressional plans to reoccupy the South and hold new elections in 1867 with black voters. This gave Republicans control of the Southern states. Enormously popular in the North after the Union’s victory, he was elected to the presidency in 1868. Reelected in 1872, he became the first president to serve two full terms since Andrew Jackson did so forty years earlier. As president, he led Reconstruction by signing and enforcing civil rights laws and fighting Ku Klux Klan violence. He helped rebuild the Republican Party in the South, an effort that resulted in the election of African Americans to Congress and state governments for the first time.

President Ulysses S Grant is the son of
Jesses Root Grant and Hannah Simpson
Jesse Root Grant is the son of
PVT Noah Grant III and Rachael Kelley
PVT Noah Grant III is the son of
Captain Noah Grant II and Susan Delano
Captain Noah Grant II is the son of
Noah Grant I and Martha Huntington
Martha Huntington is the daughter of
John Huntington and Abigail Lathrop
Abigail Lathrop is the daughter of
Samuel Lathrop or Lothrop (1623 – 1700) and Elizabeth Scudder (1625 – 1690)

Therefore Samuel Lathrop (1623 – 1700) is the great-great-great-great Grandfather of President Ulysses S Grant (1822 – 1885)

Both Samuel Lathrop (1756 – 1821) and Ulysses S Grant are in the Lathrop Family tree on Ancestry dot com

Though the following are not (yet, at least) in The Lathrop family tree, according to famouskin.com, both Clint Eastwood and Tuesday Weld are 8th Great Grandchildren of Samuel Lathrop (1623 – 1700). I, and my sisters and Lathrop 1st cousins are also 8th Great Grandchildren of him as well. This makes Clint and Tuesday our 9thy cousins.

At some point, I will add Tuesday Weld and Clint Eastwood into the tree. I am sure “Famouskin” has the facts correct as they have a great accuracy record. Even though this is true, they have also determined that we are direct descendants Charlamagne. Seeing as he goes back 27 generations, I might not find the time to trace out lineage back to him. So, we’ll have to take FamousKin’s word on that one.

This story would not be complete if I did not mention Samuel Lathrop (1623 – 1700) was the brother of Jane Lathrop (1614 – 1683). Her husband, Samuel Fuller (1612 – 1683) came over with his father, Edward Fuller, in 1620 on The Mayflower. Because of her marriage, Jane was 100 percent Pilgrim. Jane and Samuel’s son, Samuel Fuller Jr. is my 1st cousin 9 times removed.