Look Who’s Related: Benjamin Franklin & The Co-Founder of the Pony Express

Posted April 1, 2011 by Geni | 4 Comments

Among the many hats that he wore, Benjamin Franklin was the United States’ first Postmaster General. Eighty-five years later, William Hepburn Russell co-founded the Pony Express. That alone is an interesting tidbit, but did you know that Benjamin Franklin and William Russell were actually distant cousins? Here’s how:

William Hepburn Russell is Benjamin Franklin's 18th cousin five times removed

This is a great example of the benefit of being connected to the world family tree. If you can find a better relationship path, we’d love for you to go in, and add sourced information. The more people we have working on our tree, the better it gets.

So, how are you related to Benjamin Franklin and William Hepburn Russell. Let us know by leaving a note in the comment section of this post.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/mahjur Ali Mahjur

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  • http://profiles.google.com/mahjur Ali Mahjur

    sorry, my comment is not related to this page. I found a bug in the Geni software. I could not find any place in the Geni site to announce it, therefore I published it here. Again, sorry for the inconvenience.nnThis is the bug: assume that you tag a person (say X) in a picture. In addition, assume that this is the first picture of person X. Therefore, Geni publishes this picture as the picture of person X in his/her profile. Sometime later, you discover that you have tagged the picture incorrectly. You correct your mistake. Therefore, person X does not have any picture in the Geni. However, Geni does not remove the incorrectly tagged picture from the profile of person X.

  • Bfonze2000

    I am actually his so many great grand kid on my mom’s side.

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