Go to Table of Contents Diana, Goddess of the Hunt — for Ancestors!
Barack OBAMA, 44th President of the United States
descendant of Johann Pieter STRAUB, 1733 immigrant to Philadelphia, PA
"We are and always will be the United States of America." (4 Nov 2008, Grant Park, Chicago, IL)
Go to Every-Name Index
 
The German STRAUB/STROUP Ancestry of Barack OBAMA, 44th President of the United States
  

Martin STRAUB (1616-1676) & Margaretha STOERZBACH
of Gemmingen, then Grossgartach, Heilbronn, Wuerttemberg, Germany
|
Johann/Hans Adam STRAUB (1666-1726) & Wife-2: Anna Barbara DETSCHLER
|
Johann Pieter STRAUB I (1695- ) & Anna Maria Barbara HOFFMAN
1733 immigrants to Philadelphia, PA
| |
|
Johann Pieter STRAUB II (1724-1804) & Catharina Elisabetha __?__
|
Johann Philip STRAUB (c1730s- ) & Barbara __?__
|
Andrew STRAUB (1770-c1826) & Barbara __?__
|
John STROUP (c1764-1832) & Mary STEELY
|
Andrew S. STRAUB (1797-1858) & Wife-2: Nancy CUPP
|
William STROUP (1785-1863) & Ann THOMAS
|
John A. STROUP (1814-1851) & Eliza Jane CLEMMENS
|
George Washington STRAUB (1846-1927) & Sarah E. CORBIN
|
Jacob Mackey DUNHAM (1824-1907) & Louise Eliza STROUP (1837-1901)
|
Jacob William DUNHAM (1863-1936) & Mary Ann KEARNEY
|
Albert Roy STRAUB (1879-1969) & Nina WILLIS
|
Ralph Waldo Emerson DUNHAM (1894-1970) & Ruth Lucille ARMOUR
|
Arthur Robert MATTHIESEN (1918-2006) & Nina Gale STRAUB (1907-1991)
|
Stanley Armour DUNHAM (1918-1992) & Madelyn Lee PAYNE
|
Diana Gale MATTHIESEN (1942-)
|
Barack Hussein OBAMA, Sr., Ph.D. (1936-1982) & Stanley Ann DUNHAM, Ph.D. (1942-1995)
 (Barack and Diana are 6th cousins three times removed) |
Barack Hussein OBAMA, Jr., J.D., President (1961- ) & Michelle LaVaughn ROBINSON, J.D.
   
(Both Arthur Robert MATTHIESEN and Stanley Armour DUNHAM served in WWII in Germany.)
When first compiling this lineage comparison it struck me that I should be in the same generation as Barack OBAMA's mother, Ann DUNHAM, because both of us were born in 1942 (and both of our fathers in 1918), yet at the bottom of the first version of this table, Ann and I were two generaions "out of synch."  I wondered if there was a mistake in his lineage or mine, so I looked at each generation.  It turns out it's simply a matter of chance, with his ancestors often being the early child of a young marriage and my ancestors often being the late child of a late or second marriage.  The limitations of HTML won't allow me to space out the generations to scale through time.
I first became interested in Barack OBAMA's ancestry when I accidentally stumbled on the genealogy of him compiled by William Addams REITWIESNER as I was Googling on "stroup."  I made this discovery back when he was still a Senator, around the time he gave his stirring speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention — during which I thought to myself, I'm looking at America's first black President.  If I was pleased, then, to be his cousin, well...  When he became the 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate, hobby genealogists, in general, became interested in his ancestry, and once he was elected President, interest skyrocketed.  It especially skyrocketed among that special breed, the medieval genealogist, because…

As it turns out, OBAMA has fabulous European ancestry through his mother (though not, as it happens, through her STRAUB line), as a perusal of REITWIESNER's web page (linked above) will attest.  OBAMA has "hooked into" the European nobility; and, as the usual result of which, he has many royals in his pedigree, such as:  Henry II, Edward I, William I (the Conqueror), etc., up to and including Charlemagne, to name just a few.  I share much of this ancestry with him, but on different lines, just as do tens of millions of Europeans and European-Americans, including many notables.  For example, Barack is cousin to Pres. James MADISON, Pres. Jimmy CARTER, Pres. Harry TRUMAN, Winston CHURCHILL, Col. Robert E. LEE, Ernest HEMMINGWAY, et al.

How appropriate that an American of mixed African and nobel European ancestry would become the leader of the free world in the 21st-Century, a time when the need to bridge the gap between the races and the nations has never been greater.  And how apt that he was a teacher of Constitutional law (ten years at the University of Chicago), at a time when we most need to return our nation to the rule of that sacred document.  And how deliciously ironic that our nation will have been rescued by a black man.

Contact Home
Page
Table of
Contents
DNA
Hub
Biddle
DNA
Carrico
DNA
Corbin
DNA
Cupp
DNA
Danish
DNA
Ely
DNA
Lyon(s)
DNA
Rasey
DNA
Reason
DNA
Straub
DNA
Pedigree
Charts
Census
Records
Every-Name
Indices

Table of Contents
Go to Table of Contents
 
Every-Name Index
Go to Every-Name Index