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The First Family: A New Glimpse of Michelle Obama’s White Ancestors
New York Times ^ | Jine 22, 2012 | Meghan Loutti

Posted on 06/24/2012 6:57:47 AM PDT by lbryce

We knew that the Sunday article about Mrs. Obama’s 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 lady’s family tree: The white man who owned Mrs. Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia Shields, and his son, who most likely fathered Melvinia’s 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 lady’s 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 Melvinia’s son, Dolphus Shields. That would make Charles Mrs. Obama’s 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 husband’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: firstlady; michelleobama
Well, Michelle, Welcome.
1 posted on 06/24/2012 6:58:00 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
Well, Michelle, Welcome.

Now go home.

2 posted on 06/24/2012 7:04:24 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: lbryce
But I do know that all four of her grandparents had multiracial roots: In addition to African ancestry, some had Irish American ancestry; some claimed Cherokee ancestry and others were simply described as mixed-race or mulatto without any specific reference to their European roots.

Oh my, she might be related to Elizabeth Warren!! /s

3 posted on 06/24/2012 7:05:20 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: lbryce

NAACWP


4 posted on 06/24/2012 7:06:58 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (?? Who knew?)
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To: lbryce

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???


5 posted on 06/24/2012 7:07:08 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: lbryce

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.


6 posted on 06/24/2012 7:08:10 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: lbryce

I can see the ‘family resemblance’ of Moo-chelle... to that log on the ground.


7 posted on 06/24/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: lbryce

So she’s descended from slave-owners.


8 posted on 06/24/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: lbryce

MO is a cracker?


9 posted on 06/24/2012 7:10:07 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lbryce

Since her ancestors owned slaves , shouldn’t she apologize and pay reparations?


10 posted on 06/24/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: lbryce
Henry Wells Shields...and his wife, Christian Patterson Shields, are the first lady’s great-great-great-great grandparents.

I call BS. Everyone knows that her great-great-great-great grandparents are Chewbacca and Aunt Esther.

11 posted on 06/24/2012 7:12:42 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: lbryce

Strangely silent on reparations.


12 posted on 06/24/2012 7:14:18 AM PDT by Eastbound (3-7-77)
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To: lbryce; mickie
It's tres chic and soooo politically-correct now for the high muckey-muck blacks to discover they have white blood and for the elite whites to discover some black blood in their system.

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.

Leni

13 posted on 06/24/2012 7:15:49 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: lbryce
Notice the two blacks in the background.

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.

14 posted on 06/24/2012 7:18:15 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: lbryce

Yeh I’m sure that Michelle “I hate Whitey” Obama will rush to embrace the Sheilds family.


15 posted on 06/24/2012 7:19:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: lbryce
While many people view this subject as interesting because it shows that Michelle Obama is of mixed race, I find the timing of all of this very suspect. I am of the opinion that this piece is quite nefarious in its purpose. It is putting face and a name we are all familiar with to the oft repeated story of white male slave owners raping young black slave girls. In other words, this is designed to reignite the white guilt that got Obama elected but has since died off with the overuse of the race card.
16 posted on 06/24/2012 7:19:46 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: lbryce
Photobucket
17 posted on 06/24/2012 7:20:51 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: MinuteGal

I have traced my heritage back 20+ generations through all branches. 100% honkey. Mostly Welsh with some Irish, Scottish, Swiss, and German ancestry.


18 posted on 06/24/2012 7:28:56 AM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: lbryce
Their son, Charles Marion Shields, worked as a farmer and a teacher. DNA testing and research point to him as the father of Melvinia’s son, Dolphus Shields. That would make Charles Mrs. Obama’s great-great-great grandfather.

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

19 posted on 06/24/2012 7:34:15 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: lbryce

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.....


20 posted on 06/24/2012 8:16:54 AM PDT by soozla (The "race card" belongs flapping in your bike spokes........)
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To: lbryce
now the stooopid cow can hate herself too...
21 posted on 06/24/2012 8:42:30 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sacajaweau

I’m first-gen American, and my parents and grandparents, along with other relatives fleeing Communism, had to start all over again here. They were highly educated (doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc.). You’re exactly right in that they worked their tails off from day one. No slaves or even servants for my family, since they landed on these shores!


22 posted on 06/24/2012 8:56:54 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Sacajaweau

I’m first-gen American, and my parents and grandparents, along with other relatives fleeing Communism, had to start all over again here. They were highly educated (doctors, lawyers, dentists, etc.). You’re exactly right in that they worked their tails off from day one. No slaves or even servants for my family, since they landed on these shores!


23 posted on 06/24/2012 8:57:06 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: RummyChick
This picture is 1884.

Losing the Civil War was an unmitigated disaster of truly Biblical proportions throughout the Souf'.

Unlike pictures of former Union soldiers and their families in that same time period (like a whole big bunch of them I have), this Souvrn' family could no longer afford firearms ~ least not so's they'd have them hanging on the waste, leaning across an elbow, of lying along a log ~

Where are the leather belts? When they slaughtered hogs were they eating the whole thing? In the North you'd see leather ~ much of it from cowhide but a lot of it from pigskin all over the place. They do seem to have serviceable workboots ~ of local make.

The wealth is different from that of the North but we don't know by looking who owns the land and who does the tenant farmer trick. Or, maybe these folks cut trees and blend whiskey.

Now, the shack, that's a pretty good one. I've seen similar ones burning down in Northern Alabama after the family moved out ~ and that was 80 years later ~ so the materials did meet thetest of time ~ it's that main crossbeam ~ unseasoned timber ~ probably a couple of jacktar pine logs up there. Plenty of flex for the occasional hurricanes.

24 posted on 06/24/2012 10:16:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RummyChick
"Did all those people live in that house???"

No problem. All they needed was an eight holer out back.

25 posted on 06/24/2012 10:17:30 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: lbryce

Well . . . fry me for an oyster.


26 posted on 06/24/2012 10:36:39 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: lbryce

Well . . . fry me for an oyster.


27 posted on 06/24/2012 10:36:58 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: lbryce

NYT trying to get the white vote for Obama...


28 posted on 06/24/2012 11:05:41 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: lbryce
..this is designed to reignite the white guilt that got Obama elected.

Exactly. How often do we have to be slapped with this Alex Haley (plagiarist) Roots (massively fictionalized) scenario? How often do we allow the impugning of Thomas Jefferson (slandered and libeled) by tawdry fabrication and specious speculation regarding his slave women? How often must the white devil slavemaster confer to the residue of Caucasian America the presumed stain of slave rapist?

Apparently, we must suffer these calumnies indefinitely, or at least until we get it!

29 posted on 06/24/2012 12:20:10 PM PDT by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: ConservaTexan
***Henry Wells Shields...and his wife, Christian Patterson Shields, are the first lady’s great-great-great-great grandparents. I call BS. Everyone knows that her great-great-great-great grandparents are Chewbacca and Aunt Esther. ***

Photobucket

:-)

30 posted on 06/24/2012 1:18:02 PM PDT by Condor51 (Never mess with an old man. He won't fight you he'll just kill you.)
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To: liberalh8ter
I am of the opinion that this piece is quite nefarious in its purpose.

And you are right! Our only solace is that the NYT doesn't change anyone's mind anymore. It only reinforces the beliefs of liberals.

31 posted on 06/24/2012 3:19:40 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: lbryce

Dem hips are great for birthin’!


32 posted on 06/24/2012 3:30:51 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To My Liberal Kinfolk: Don't call, email or write until you've gotten your brain fixed.)
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To: lbryce

I lived in houses worse than that growin’ up in Arkansas in the 50s.

Who are the two black guys standing in the back?


33 posted on 06/24/2012 3:35:13 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To My Liberal Kinfolk: Don't call, email or write until you've gotten your brain fixed.)
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To: MissMagnolia
Oh my, she might be related to Elizabeth Warren!!


34 posted on 06/24/2012 3:47:37 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: lbryce

I think her great-grandfather was the banjo player in “Deliverance.”


35 posted on 06/24/2012 5:17:20 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ll bet Rahm and Barry would love a double date with those two movie stars.


36 posted on 06/24/2012 6:02:15 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: gop4lyf

“I have traced my heritage back 20+ generations through all branches.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Yeah, sure you have, what’s your next project, counting all the stars in the skies?


37 posted on 06/24/2012 6:07:18 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Eastbound

My Great ,great,great//Grandfather was Joseph Johns, founder of Johnstown PA. Pennsylvania has been collecting taxes ever since the FLOOD. Perhaps some of that money is mine??? Repatations are reparations, NOT?


38 posted on 06/24/2012 6:12:13 PM PDT by codder too
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