Just for Fun - Famous People With Whom We Share A Common Ancestor.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
She was the United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator representing New York State from 2001 to 2009, and is the wife of former President Bill Clinton. We share the common ancestors François Leber, Louis Robert dit LaFontaine and Marie Bourgery, making us about 9th cousins. Research by William Addams Reitwiesner.
He was first elected Canada's Prime Minister in 1968 and with a short break served until 1984. Our common ancestors are Moïse Dupuis and Marie-Louise Christensen making him about a 6th cousin, twice removed. His son Justin Trudeau is the current Prime Minister. Information found at Nos Origines.
Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger
Léger (April 26, 1904—November 13, 1991) was a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Montreal from 1950 to 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII. He descends from our ancestor Pierre Roy. Information from the Dictionnaire National des Canadiens-Français (1608-1760).
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
Robert Cavelier (November 22, 1643—March 19, 1687) was a French explorer. Born in Rouen, he followed his brother Jean, a Sulpician priest, to Canada in 1666. Fascinated with the potential of finding a route to China through the rivers of North America he embarked on several journeys through the Great Lakes and down in to the Ohio Valley. This foray was later invoked by the French to lay claim to the area preceding the French and Indian War in 1754. It was he who gave the name La Louisiane, for King Louis XIV of France, to the Mississippi basin.
La Salle was murdered by one of his men in 1687 while attempting to locate the Mississippi River from a colony he established along the Gulf of Mexico, and he died without issue. He is a cousin of either our ancestor Perette Cavelier according to Je Me Souviens or Colette Cavelier per The Wreck of the Belle and thus a cousin of ours.
Sources are provided in-line.
Petelle Family, by Cynthia J. Petelle at www.petellemotors.com