Which automotive founder are you most closely connected to?

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WikiTree profile: Elon Musk
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (487k points)
edited by Eef van Hout
You are 24 degrees from Elon Musk, 25 degrees from Walter Bentley, 31 degrees from Bertha Benz, 23 degrees from David Buick, 22 degrees from Walter Chrysler, 27 degrees from Raymond Dennis, 23 degrees from Henry Ford, 30 degrees from Assar Gabrielsson, 22 degrees from Sam McLaughlin, 28 degrees from René Panhard, 35 degrees from Hub van Doorne and 27 degrees from Maureen Wilkins. → more featured connections.

23 Answers

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by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (442k points)
Oh, actually I'm also on an all-Swedish path to Assar Gabrielsson, 31 degrees.
My shortest path is to Gabrielsson (15 Degrees), through my cousin's Swedish line -- which "breaks" after their great-grandfather emigrated to Australia.
Assar Gabrielsson's brother and sister both married into posh families (=families with family names) which are always easier to connect than families in patronymics territory.

The Du Rietzes (who connect to Australia) are on his sister's husband's side. I connect through his brothe's wife; a Thulstrup - Fleetwood - Reenstierna path. Now that I look at it it isn't all Swedish, because there are a couple of 1650s immigrants from Belgium.

I explored the full four generations of Gabrielsson's ancestors, honest rural people in Västergötland all of them - but quite naturally no connection. When I saw that his wife had a similar background, I just got lazy and didn't do her tree :-)
+7 votes

I am most closely connected to Walter Chrysler at 21 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (512k points)
+8 votes
19 degrees from Walter Chrysler (14th cousins 5x removed)
21 degrees from Sam McLaughlin
21 degrees from David Buick
21 degrees from Henry Ford
23 degrees from Elon Musk (26th cousins)
24 degrees from Walter Bentley
28 degrees from René Panhard
29 degrees from Assar Gabrielsson
29 degrees from Bertha Benz
30 degrees from Raymond Dennis
34 degrees from Hub van Doorne
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+7 votes

Elon Musk - 25th cousins 3x removed

Walter Chrysler and Sam McLaughlin - 19 Degrees

From the category: Horace Dodge is a 7th cousin 3x removed.

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 7 (74.0k points)
You are my 13th cousin 2x removed.
+7 votes
Not so close this week.  19 degrees from Buick and Sam McLaughlin, who used Buick engines.  The only blood relative is Elon Musk, a very distant 23rd cousin twice removed.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.7k points)
+7 votes
19 degrees from Ransom Eli Olds. 14th cousin 3 times removed. MRCA  Elizabeth (FitzAlan) Usflete (abt 1371 - 1425).

20 degrees from Henry Ford.

21 degrees from Walter Bentley.

21 degrees from Walter Crysler. 17th cousin 4 times removed. MRCA  Alice (Toeni) la Zouche (bef 1283 - aft 1325).

22 degrees from David Buick.

22 degrees from Sam McLaughlin.

23 degrees from; Elon Musk. 24th cousin once removed. (Some uncertainty on his end.) MRCA  Robert de Dreux (1185 - 1234).

29 degrees from Raymond Dennis.

30 degrees from Bertha Benz.

30 degrees from Rene Panhard.

31 degrees from Assar Gabrielsson.

33 degrees from Hub van Doorne.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)
edited by Frank Blankenship
I am also related to Chrysler and Musk.

You are my 17th cousin 2x removed.

Ahha, another cuzz! yes Good to meet ya.

+7 votes

22 generations from Wilhelm Maybach

22 generations from Gottlieb Daimler

by Friedemann Kiedaisch G2G6 Mach 1 (13.4k points)
+7 votes
I am most closely connected to Walter Bentley and Sam McLaughlin at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+9 votes

Here are my degrees in 'mileage':

23 miles from Walter Chyrsler; 21st cousins

23 miles from Elon Musk; 24th cousins 2x removed

Other non-related miles:

22 miles from David Buick and Sam McLaughlin; 23 miles from Henry Ford; 24 miles from Walter Bentley; 28 miles from Bertha Benz; 29 miles from Raymond Dennis, Assar Gabrielsson and Rene Panhard; and 36 miles from Hub van Doorne

Now it's time to drive myself to the kitchen and make supper.

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (562k points)
I am also related to Walter Chrysler and Elon Musk.

And you are my 20th cousin.
+7 votes
My closest was 21 degrees from Walter Bentley.

The high numbers on my connections with the others explains my lack of mechanical ability.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (262k points)
+7 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
I am also related to Walter Chrysler and Elon Musk.

You're my 10th cousin.
+8 votes

Wow! 
My closest connection Elon Musk

 14 degrees from Elon Musk,  6th cousins once removed (I was not expecting that)
Then

 21 degrees from Walter Bentley
 22 degrees from Raymond Dennis,

The others range from 26 to 37 so not so close. 

by Jeanette O'Hagan G2G6 Mach 1 (16.3k points)
+5 votes
Elon Musk is a 23rd cousin, I'm closest to Sam McLaughlin at 17 degrees, no relation.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (502k points)
You are my 24th cousin 3x removed.
+8 votes
My sister's daughter married a brother of Elon. (They're no longer married.)

Jillaine, sister to SSL.;

SSL, mother of J.L.;

J.L, former wife of K.M;

K.M. brother of Elon Musk.

Is that four steps?

Edited to add: I do not have this line on wikitree (since they're all living), so the connection finder reports something entirely different.

Another edit: who knew? My niece has a wikipedia page! I still don't intend to create profiles for her family.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (788k points)
edited by Jillaine Smith
Wow, that's one of the closest connections of any of our features. Very fun!
You are my 14th cousin 1x removed.
Timothy, who is our common ancestor?

I believe Timothy was referring to Abby.  smiley

  • Timothy and Abby are 14th cousins once removed
  • Timothy Hendrickson Jr. and Abby (Brown) Glann are both descendants of Agnes (Unknown) Morse (abt.1518-abt.1574).
  • Timothy Hendrickson Jr. and Abby (Brown) Glann are both descendants of Thomas Morse (abt.1519-bef.1566).
Hi. I was replying to Abby Glann, she is my 14th cousin 1x removed through Thomas Morse.

Sorry.
+6 votes
by Judi Stutz G2G6 Mach 6 (62.5k points)
You are my 14th cousin.
+5 votes
Elon Musk is my 26th cousin 2x removed.

Walter Chrysler is my 17th cousin 3x removed.
by Timothy Hendrickson G2G2 (2.5k points)
+6 votes

Fun and important fact: Elon Musk *did not* found Tesla, he invested in it 7 months after it was found by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.

Now for my degrees:

  • Elon Musk: 24 Degrees/25th cousins three times removed.
  • Walter Bently: 22 Degrees.
  • Bertha Benz: 32 Degrees.
  • David Buick: 24 Degrees.
  • Walter Chrysler: 19 Degrees/12th cousins twice removed.
  • Sir Raymond Dennis: 30 Degrees.
  • Henry Ford: 22 Degrees.
  • Assar Gabrielsson: 30 Degrees.
  • Sam McLaughlin: 18 Degrees.
  • René Panhard: 31 Degrees.
  • Hub van Doorne: 32 Degrees.
by W. Long G2G1 (1.7k points)
Another interesting fact: You are my 13th cousin 1x removed.
+5 votes

Here are my connections (no relatives unfortunately):

by Alex Fransen G2G6 Mach 2 (24.4k points)
+4 votes
Most closely connected at 20 degrees to both Walter Chrysler (also my 16th cousin, twice removed) and Sam McLaughlin (no relation).  

Also a very distant cousin (24th cousins, twice removed) from Elon Musk.
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 5 (56.9k points)

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