History Has Its Eyes On Hamilton: Who are you most closely connected to?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is Alexander Hamilton, US founding father and title character in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton

Featured alongside him are other historical characters important to the musical's narrative (and US history!):

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 20,497,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can also check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them?

Let us know below!

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature: John Jay and US Supreme Court Justices.

WikiTree profile: Alexander Hamilton
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
edited by Abby Glann
I am closest to George Washington at 16 degrees. 6th Cousins
My closest on the list is Aaron Burr at 14 degrees, as his wife Theodosia was my second cousin, 8x removed.

Second closest is George Washington at 15 degrees, through his sister-in-law.
I am closest related to George Washington 14 Degrees, 8th cousin. Aaron Burr 15 Degrees, 6th cousin.  My grandfather wrote a book about Burr in 1931.  I don’t think he knew that Burr was an ancestor to his wife, my grandmother.
Aaron Burr is my 3rd cousin 7x removed.

George Washington is my second cousin 8 times removed. 

Aaron Burr at 18 degrees

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I am most closely connected to George Washington at 17 degrees.
by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
George Washington at 15 Degrees here.
14 degrees of separation from George Washington. 17 degrees from King George III, 18 degrees from both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
George Washington is 15 degrees, through his brother's wife.
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Mary Mathieu (13), Aaron Burr (15), Henry Knox (15), John Laurens (16), George III (16), Alexander Hamilton (17), George Washington (17), Michael Butler (20), Gilbert du Motier de la Fayette (24), Jean-Baptiste Vimeur (29).
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (256k points)
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I am most closely connected to George Washington at 21 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
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My closest connection is Aaron Burr at 19 degrees.

All the rest are 20 degrees or higher.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Aaron Burr is 15 degrees from me.
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Here are my degrees (Hamilton isn't listed above!) There would be no musical without him!

Aaron Burr (16) Maria Reynolds (16) Alexander Hamilton (17) George Washington (18) Henry Knox (18) John Laurens (19) King George III (21) Marquis de Lafayette (24) Comte de Rochambeau Jean-Baptiste Vimeur (32)

I have some ancestral ties:

Aaron Burr = 16 degrees; 4th cousins 7XR

Alexander Hamilton = 17 degrees; 16th cousins 3XR

George Washington = 18 degrees; 13th cousins 6XR

King George III = 21 degrees; 16th cousins 3XR

Michael Butler = 26 degrees; 19th cousins 1XR!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (729k points)
Hamilton may not be in the list, but he is linked at the bottom of the question, meaning he is one of the subjects.

The whole list would not have been made in the first place if it were not for Alexander Hamilton!!
Thank you for pointing out the obvious, Robynne. I was stating it tongue in cheek.
Sorry Carol.

It;s just that, at the time I wrote that, Hamilton was not linked as the notable of the week on the home page either. He is now.

My apologies.
Hamilton is my 16th cousin, removed 3 times.
No worries, Robynne! BTW, I like your profile page!
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Mary Mathieu (Reynolds) is 15 Degrees (third cousins 8x via Adam Brouwer.)

Aaron Burr is 16 Degrees (was Mary Mathieu's divorce lawyer, 11 degrees from her)

George III Hanover is 18 Degrees

Henry Knox is 18 Degrees

Hamilton is 19 Degrees (9 Degrees from Mary)

John Laurens is 20 Degrees

Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette is 23 Degrees

Jean-Baptiste Vimeur is 30 Degrees 

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
edited by Aaron Gullison
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Aaron Burr - 4th cousin 7x removed

George III - 12th cousin 6 x removed

George Washington - 8th cousin 7x removed (he was also the surveyor for the Virginia farms of a number of ancestral families, all recorded in his journals).
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
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Aaron Burr (14 degrees, also 8th cousin 6x removed) John Laurens (15 degrees) George Washington (15 degrees, also 14th cousin, 3x removed) Alexander Hamilton (16 degrees,  also 18th cousin, 2x removed) Maria Reynolds (17 degrees) King George III (18 degrees, also 15th cousin, 3x removed) Henry Knox (19 degrees) Marquis de Lafayette (23 degrees) and Comte de Rochambeau (29 degrees)
by Karen Macagno G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
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I am most closely related to the traders Aaron Burr , Heny Knox and Mary Mathieu at 20 degrees

While only 21 degrees from His Excellency King George III
by Brian Nash G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)
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Relations: Aaron Burr 3C5R

Connections: Aaron Burr 12, Mary Mathieu 12
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (487k points)
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My closest connection this week is our Wikitreer Michael Butler at 17 degrees.

Next comes Alexander Hamilton and King George III at 18 degrees.
by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
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I don't think I'm directly related to anyone (haven't checked yet, so it's possible, I suppose)..but...

George Washington's brother's wife's sister's husband,  Reuben Lindsay, is my husband's 1st cousin 7x removed through their common ancestor Caleb Lindsay, which makes me connected to George Washington by 15 degrees. Whew! I just love the Connection Finder!

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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Aaron Burr 12 Degrees through one marriage. Or Fourth cousins five times removed.
by Bill Pease G2G6 Mach 2 (24.5k points)
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  • 11 degrees from George Washington
  • 14 degrees from Aaron Burr
  • 14 degrees from John Laurens
  • 16 degrees from Mary Mathieu
  • 18 degrees from Alexander Hamilton
  • 18 degrees from Henry Knox
  • 20 degrees from Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette
  • 20 degrees from George III Hanover
  • 30 degrees from Jean-Baptiste Vimeur
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (389k points)
edited by Eric Weddington
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17 from Mary Mathieu

18 from George III and Michael Butler

19 from Aaron Burr
by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (219k points)
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It's a tie with Hamilton and Burr closest at 19 degrees, followed by Maria Reynolds at 20 and Washington, Lafayette and George III all at 21.

It's a bit frustrating because I should "logically" be closer to Lafayette. So I'll work on this connection this week to see if it can be shortened. (stay tuned).
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)
And done: I'm now 13 degrees from Lafayette.
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I'm closest to King George III at 26 degrees.
by Lynnette Dovy G2G6 Mach 2 (22.0k points)
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It is a tie: Alexander Hamilton and Mary (Mathieu) Reynolds are both 14 steps from me. Mary is a 4th cousin, 7x removed.

Aaron Burr is 15 steps and also is a distant cousin.

Rochambeau is the most distant, at 28 steps.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
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I am 12 degrees from Alexander Hamilton (his wife Elizabeth (Schuyler) Hamilton is my 3rd cousin).
by Ralph Wedgwood G2G2 (2.8k points)
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Winners are George Washington at 15 degrees, and John Laurens the same.
by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (158k points)

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