Skip to comments.The First Family: A New Glimpse of Michelle Obama’s White Ancestors
Posted on 06/24/2012 6:57:47 AM PDT by lbryce
We knew that the Sunday article about Mrs. Obamas white ancestors would stir considerable interest so we decided to invite readers to pose questions and make comments. We never imagined that one of those readers would provide us with the first glimpse of two key figures in the first ladys family tree: The white man who owned Mrs. Obamas great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, and his son, who most likely fathered Melvinias child.
The photograph of those two men and their relatives, which is believed to have been taken in Georgia sometime around 1884, is being published here for the first time.
The slaveowner was Henry Wells Shields, who inherited Melvinia when his father-in-law died in 1852. DNA testing and research indicate that he and his wife, Christian Patterson Shields, are the first ladys great-great-great-great grandparents.
Their son, Charles Marion Shields, worked as a farmer and a teacher. DNA testing and research point to him as the father of Melvinias son, Dolphus Shields. That would make Charles Mrs. Obamas great-great-great grandfather.
The photo came from Jarrod Shields, a science teacher at a community college in Alabama who also happens to be the great-great-great grandson of Henry Wells Shields. He was getting ready to mow the lawn when his wife, Tonya, got a call about the article and called him to come inside. Jarrod had grown up knowing that his family had once owned slaves and always wondered what happened to their descendants. His wife sent me an e-mail this week, outlining her husbands connection to the Shields family, along with the photograph.
When I spoke to Jarrod by phone, he told me that he hoped that he might be able to meet his extended black family, he said of the descendants of the slaves his ancestors had owned.
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Oh my, she might be related to Elizabeth Warren!! /s
Did all those people live in that house???
I would hate to see the condition of the slaves house.
Poor Michelle. She couldn’t even been kin to high class society rich plantation owners.
Is all of this suppose to make her sympathetic to the middle class as she squanders our money???
I suspect that she is going to hate this coming out. After all, she hates just about everything else, unless it kisses her royal keister.
I can see the ‘family resemblance’ of Moo-chelle... to that log on the ground.
So she’s descended from slave-owners.
MO is a cracker?
Since her ancestors owned slaves , shouldn’t she apologize and pay reparations?
I call BS. Everyone knows that her great-great-great-great grandparents are Chewbacca and Aunt Esther.
Strangely silent on reparations.
Then there's Joe Biden who wants us to know he's blue-blood, not blue-collar.....and Elizabeth Warren who conveniently found 1/32nd red blood in her paleface Anglo bod.
Pretty soon, politically-ambitious folks will be getting blood transfusions offered to them by ObamaCare with a wide color choice to pick from.
And those white dudes....they had it tough, too. Somehow, people think that if you had slaves, you sat around and counted your money.
Sorry....us white folks have worked our butts off since we landed.
Yeh I’m sure that Michelle “I hate Whitey” Obama will rush to embrace the Sheilds family.
I have traced my heritage back 20+ generations through all branches. 100% honkey. Mostly Welsh with some Irish, Scottish, Swiss, and German ancestry.
So Michelle is the 'great-great-great-grandaughter' of a middle class farmer and teacher....who, because of the time and location, had slaves...if he were alive now he would barely be able to afford to hire illegal immigrants./s
Gotta make a note of this, as the next time anyone dares to call me “racist” for criticizing the Obama’s and their policies, I’ll be sure to tell them I am criticizing only their WHITE %’s.....