President Eisenhower: Mixed Ancestry?

+10 votes
Just came across this article in the NY Times 11 years ago tracing President Eisenhower's ancestry back to an African-American named John Archer in colonial Virginia.

But the article doesn't give the actual line back to Archer, and the current ancestry for the President in Wikitree doesn't show Archer as an ancestor.  

Does anyone have any further research on the veracity of this?
WikiTree profile: Dwight Eisenhower
asked Aug 26, 2015 in The Tree House by Jack Day G2G6 Pilot (145,370 points)
If you remember Warren G Harding was long rumored to have an African-American ancestor and at the time it was a HUGE deal.  I think if there was any veracity to this Eisenhower claim we would all know it.  But who knows....
Yes, I probably wouldn't have posted this if it had not been an article in the NY Times.
cool read
It is posted now.

2 Answers

+3 votes

I will try to find all the rebuttal information on this claim that was made over 10 years ago.  (you do realize this was published in 2004).


Here is a link to help you with where people think the heritage breaks down.

answered Aug 26, 2015 by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (303,220 points)
edited Aug 26, 2015 by Robin Lee
–1 vote
I think John Archer was the son of a Quaker man and a freed African women.  I did some tracing of Slave children bought and raised by Quakers and later freed at majority.  John Archer was some one I ran across in Virginia.  Check Quaker lines.  Im on my phone ,  not anonymous.  Trudy.  Roach-854.
answered Jul 5 by anonymous

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