Which pirate are you most closely connected to?

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It's Talk Like A Pirate Day, so we're featuring pirates and privateers in the Connection Finder, beginning with Jan van Haarlem.

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WikiTree profile: Jan van Haarlem
ago in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (462k points)
reshown ago by Chris Whitten
I am a direct decendant of Jan van Haarlem.  He is my 9th great-grandfather.
I am also a direct descendant of Jan van Haarlem, 9th great grandfather.  Hello Wendy. We are 8th cousins.
Hello Pat, nice to meet you!

30 Answers

+5 votes
I'm 14 degrees from Joseph Bradish Jr.
ago by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
Henry Mainwaring is my 8th cousin, 12 times removed. We are both descendants of Maud (Percy)Neville. abt. 1340-1379.

Alene Biggs Corbitt,  Biggs-2149
+6 votes
Closest yet - 13 degrees to Joseph Bradish.  Jan van Haarlem and Henry Mainwaring are pretty close too, at 15 degrees.

Just one distant cousin this time: Henry Mainwaring.
ago by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (16.0k points)
+6 votes
Robynne is
18 degrees from Joseph Bradish,
18 degrees from Jean Lafitte,
20 degrees from Fortunatus Wright
21 degrees from Jan van Haarlem,
21 degrees from Henry Mainwaring,
23 degrees from Henry Morgan,
24 degrees from Peter Corne, )
24 degrees from Gráinne O'Malley,
24 degrees from Rob Graham
25 degrees from Jeanne de Belleville,
28 degrees from Lars Gathenhielm,
36 degrees from Pier Gerloffs Donia,

Not surprisingly, the first two names are through my french canadian spouse - most of the rest of these names are through my english and scottish lines.

Question, why is Mary Bonney not listed? Or the female Pirate named Bonney - not too sure of her first name.
ago by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
+5 votes
15 degrees from Joseph Bradish
16 degrees from Henry Mainwaring (5th cousins, 14x removed)
17 degrees from Jan van Haarlem
17 degrees from Jean Lafitte
19 degrees from Peter Corne
20 degrees from Henry Morgan
21 degrees from Fortunatus Wright
22 degrees from Gráinne O'Malley
24 degrees from Lars Gathenhielm
25 degrees from Jeanne de Belleville
31 degrees from Pier Gerloffs Donia
ago by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 4 (46.7k points)
+6 votes
I am most closely connected to Joseph Bradish at 19 degrees.
ago by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+6 votes
9th cousin 11xremoved from Henry Mainwaring...
ago by Clyde Green G2G6 (6.4k points)
Henry Mainwaring is my 11th cousin 11Xremoved we share Isabel Bardolf as Grandmother Mainwaring's10th Grandmother My 21st Grandmother.
Richard 1 is 2nd Cousin 27Xremoved.
Gustav Vasa is a VERY distant Cousin
+7 votes
My closest relation, as well as the only one I'm related to, is Henry Mainwaring at 15 degrees. He's my 1st cousin, 12x removed. I've seen that surname pop up lots of times using the relationship finder, so I knew he was a sure thing, lol.
ago by Katie Taylor G2G2 (2.8k points)
+10 votes
Grace O'Malley is my 15th great-grandmother - direct bloodline. I didn't know that.
ago by Robert McHugh G2G Crew (500 points)
+5 votes
17 degrees from Henry Morgan.

17 degrees from Joseph Bradish.

17 degrees from Henry Mainwaring. 3rd cousin 14 times removed. MRCA Elizabeth (Vernon) Corbet (abt 1479 - 1563).

18 degrees from Jan von Haarlem.

18 degrees from Grainne O'Malley.

19 degrees from Fortunatus Wright.

22 degrees from Jean Lafitte.

22 degrees from Lars Gathenhielm.

22 degrees from Peter Corne.

23 degrees from Jeanne de Belleville.

33 degrees from Pier Gerloffs Donia.

I'm adding one for good measure.

19 degrees from Francis Drake. 7th cousin 11 times removed. MRCA Anne (Bodrugan) Cole (b. 1360 - ?).
ago by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 2 (27.8k points)
edited ago by Frank Blankenship
+9 votes
The closest is Jan van Haarlem at 14 degrees. He is my 12th great, grandfather.

Jeanne de Belleville is my 20th great, grandmother.
ago by Roger Stong G2G6 Mach 3 (37.3k points)
Jan is my 10th Great Grandfather. 12 Degrees.

24 degrees from Jeanne, no relation.

However, I grew up with a Belleville Family.  There were four of them, all about a year apart except for the last two who were 2 years apart.  I filled the space.  They are my other family.
Roger, we are 5th cousins, 2x removed.  You are one of the closest cousins I have on WikiTree.

         That's wonderful.  I can always use more close relatives and you are also the closest on that I have found on WikiTree.


+5 votes

Well he’s not there there but I am connected to William Kidd the Pirate he’s a cousin only. But his profile not made out totally. 



ago by Billie Keaffaber G2G6 Mach 1 (17.0k points)
+5 votes
Jan van Haarlem is 15 Degrees from Erik Granstrom, I am a 13th great grandson.

I read a book called "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean" which featured many men similar to Jan van Haarlem.  I believe this ancestry would be Jewish from Spain or Portugal.
ago by Erik Granstrom G2G6 Mach 2 (29.6k points)
+5 votes

Adding one more 

ago by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
edited ago by Jennifer Robins
+4 votes
  • 19 degrees from ye matey Jan van Haarlem
  • 21 degrees from ye matey Henry Morgan
  • 26 degrees from ye matey Jeanne de Belleville
  • 16 degrees from ye matey Joseph Bradish
  • 21 degrees from ye matey Peter Corne
  • 33 degrees from ye matey Pier Gerloffs Donia
  • 27 degrees from ye matey Lars Gathenhielm
  • 18 degrees from ye matey Jean Lafitte
  • 19 degrees from me 8th cousin 17 removed, Henry Mainwaring
  • 21 degrees from ye matey Gráinne O'Malley
  • 24 degrees from ye matey Fortunatus Wright
And if ye seeks me treasure, ye find not'n but the stories of me ancestors o' mine! Yarr! (How'd I do speaking like a pirate?)
ago by Jennifer Fulk G2G3 (3.8k points)
Ha!  Excellent, Jennifer!  Enjoyed reading.  :)
Thank ye, 9th cousin 3 times removed!

^_^  *waves*
*waving back* Hello Cousin! (Also possibly fellow Washingtonian?)  Loved your profile.  Your days traveling with the circus were amazing!  It looks like we are related through both my maternal grandmother and grandfather, several times over.
+4 votes

WOW!!  I never knew!

  • 17 degrees from Jan van Haarlem
  • 20 degrees from Henry Morgan
  • 24 degrees from Jeanne de Belleville
  • 14 degrees from Joseph Bradish - thru a blended family result to my great Aunt
  • 22 degrees from Peter Corne
  • 33 degrees from Pier Gerloffs Donia
  • 26 degrees from Lars Gathenhielm
  • 21 degrees from Jean Lafitte
  • 17 degrees from Henry Mainwaring
  • 21 degrees from Gráinne O'Malley
  • 20 degrees from Fortunatus Wright
  • 22 degrees from Rob Graham
ago by Dawn Walker G2G4 (4.3k points)
+4 votes
11 degrees, I am a direct decendant of Jan van Haarlem.  He is my 9th great-grandfather.
ago by Wendy Johnson G2G Crew (330 points)
+4 votes

Of the featured pirates and privateers, the closest is Joseph Bradish, Jr., the brother-in-law of my great-grandaunt's 5x-great-grandaunt-in-law. (15 degrees).

Nearest Blood Relatives:

  • Sea Captain Martin Cole is my fourth cousin 6x removed. (16 degrees)
  • Privateer Willliam Parker is my 13th great-granduncle (17 degrees)

Nearest Connections through marriage:

  • Privateer Patrick Maxfield is the nephew of my 8x-great-grandaunt's son's wife. (14 degrees)
  • Mariner Ashey Bowen is the nephew of my 8x-great-grandaunt. (14 degrees)
  • the pirate John Derby is the great-grandfather of my 3x-great-grandaunt's great-granduncle-in-law. (15 degrees).
ago by Heather Kushion G2G6 (7.9k points)
+4 votes
Jan van Haarlem is the closest.
ago by Susanna Yeakel G2G4 (4.7k points)
+4 votes
Jan van Haarlem, is 25 degrees through my side of the family and 17 degrees through my DH's family.
ago by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (175k points)

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