Skip to comments.US First Lady 'slave roots' found
Posted on 10/08/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT by Daffynition
Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six.
According to genealogist Megan Smolenyak, the girl was described in papers only as "negro girl Melvinia".
In her early teens, working as a slave on a farm in Georgia, she was made pregnant by an unknown white man.
The son she gave birth to around the year 1859, Dolphus, was Michelle's great-great grandfather.
Megan Smolenyak, whose discoveries have been detailed in the New York Times newspaper, said she was not surprised by what she discovered.
"But the fact that just 15 years after the death of Dolphus, one of his descendants was born who would end up in the White House, that is startling," she said.
The circumstances of Melvinia's first pregnancy are unclear, according to Ms Smolenyak. On the 1870 census, she is listed as having three mixed-race children, one born four years after emancipation.
When you research a family, some call more loudly than others - it's like they want to be found Megan Smolenyak
"If you do African-American research that is not surprising at all - a lot of people don't appreciate how intermingled we are," Ms Smolenyak said.
According to her 1938 death certificate, the identity of Melvinia's parents was "unknown".
The White House has yet to comment on the research but Ms Smolenyak said she hoped the details of great-great grandparents Michelle Obama had perhaps not even heard of would "resonate".
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Well, of course.....
Bet the lovely Michelle was horrified to learn that one of her ancestors was white! LOL.
I wonder if further research would show that Barack’s Arab ancestors sold Melvinia’s ancestors into slavery? Such a small world.
Heresy! How dare the racist BBC suggest that the Obamas are anything but black! /sarc
Ha Ha she has honkey blood in her.......
At least we know where she got her beautiful upper arms.
Here it comes - REPARATIONS NOW. Do it for the the first lady.
Since she is the descendant of both slaveholders and slaves, the logical thing to do is for her to pay reparations to herself.
Why should I care that she dyes her hair?
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This is very clearly Megan looking for some new GRANT MONEY.
I worry more about her socialism/communist roots.
Was she sitting on her daddy’s lap when she found out?
Yes, Mulva has issues.
I think that's what they have been doing since January.
Yup. They were watching a Mike Tyson fight.
A few things were spilled.
Sorry, but a 20 year old female sitting on her daddy’s lap tends to make me think things might be a bit too close in that family.
Some of my ancestors were slaves too...not as recently as Michellle’s, but slaves nonetheless.
I thought her ancestors were Yetis.
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