In my neighborhood, having an ancestor at Bunker Hill is nice. But my great grandmother and Dom De Luise’s great grandmother being sisters.... now THAT gets you into the Bocce Club.
Just spent a bit this morning reading about Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine. Now that was a hoity toity bunch.
Both had American/Caribbean roots. Napoleon's baby daddy, who lied about the family genealogy to get him into military school, spent time in NY and PA back in the colonial period, and Josephine grew up in a sugar plantation.
These two had money or latched onto money, and because the two most famous people in Europe with American roots until Eisenhower and Wallace Simpson!