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Emily Post

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Emily Post

American Author on Etiquette


Who was Emily Post?

Emily Post was an American author who is most famous for her writings on etiquette. She is the founder of The Emily Post Institute which continues to promote etiquette and civility in America and around the world.

Family Facts

Emily Posts's great-grandchildren Peggy Post and Peter Post have continued the tradition of writing about etiquette having authored a number books and articles about the subject.

Emily Posts's father was architect Bruce Price. One of Bruce's most notable accomplishments was being the architect who designed Quebec's famous Ch√Ęteau Frontenac.

Andrew Lee, a 2nd great-grandfather of Emily Post, is said to have been a member of the infamous Paxtang Boys. The Paxtang Boys were a group of Scotch-Irish militants who massacred a group of Conestoga Indians in 1763.

A 3rd great-grandfather of Emily Post named Lazarus Stewart was said to be one of the leaders of the Paxtang Boys. Iroquois Indians would later exact revenge when Lazarus Stewart was killed in the Wyoming massacre. The massacre occurred when loyalists accompanied by Iroquois warriors killed over 300 American patriots on July 3, 1778, in the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. Some of the survivors claimed that the Indians hunted down fleeing patriots and tortured to death up to forty patriots who had surrendered.

Famous Kin

Emily Post was a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Alden. She also has a number of famous family connections through John Alden including both U.S. Presidents John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams. Her family relationships to fellow authors include Francis Scott Key (“The Star Spangled Banner”), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), and Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises).

Brickwall

One of Emily Posts's great-grandfathers was Colonel Josiah Price. He was a veteran of the American Revolution and he married Jane Scott. Josiah's father was said to have come from Wales and settled in Pennsylvania just north of the Maryland border in an area called Welsh Run. I have not been able to identify either the father of Josiah Price or the father of his wife Jane Scott.

False Claims

In Laura Claridge's 2008 biography Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners she brings up the family connection to Francis Scott Key, author of the U.S. national anthem The Star Spangled Banner. Ms. Claridge mentions on page 7 that Emily's paternal grandmother Marian (Bruce) Post was a first cousin to Francis Scott Key. Just a few pages later on page 16 Ms. Claridge makes a reference to Bruce Price, the father of Emily and son of Marian, as a descendant of Francis Scott Key. This latter statement cannot possibly be true as Bruce Price's parents would have been contemporaries of Francis Scott Key.

The truth is that Bruce Price is neither a descendant of Francis Scott Key nor is his mother Marian (Bruce) Price a first cousin. Marian is a second cousin of Francis Scott Key. This would make Bruce Price a second cousin one time removed, and Emily Post a second cousin two times removed. Ms. Claridge may have been steered wrong by the will of Charles Key Bruce, brother of Marian. In his will he makes a bequest to “my cousin Francis Scott Key”. What Charles left out of the will was that Francis Scott Key was his second cousin and not first cousin.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Emily Post

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

8th cousin
via John Alden

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Hamilton Fish

26th U.S. Secretary of State

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Robert II, King of Scotland

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Hamilton Fish

26th U.S. Secretary of State

15th cousin
via Robert Stewart

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

10th cousin 6 times removed
via Robert II, King of Scotland

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

21st cousin
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard de Burgh

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Lord Charles Cornwallis

British Commander at Siege of Yorktown

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Lord Charles Cornwallis

British Commander at Siege of Yorktown

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard de Burgh

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard de Burgh

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Morrison Waite

7th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

7th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Mark Hopkins, Jr.

Co-founder, Central Pacific R.R.

7th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert II, King of Scotland

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Major John Pitcairn

British Commander at Battle of Lexington

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Archibald Campbell

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Alan Turing

WWII Codebreaker of Nazi Enigma Machine

11th cousin 3 times removed
via Archibald Campbell

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Alan Napier

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Archibald Campbell

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Tilda Swinton

Movie Actress

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Robert II, King of Scotland

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Arthur Ryerson

RMS Titanic Victim

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Admiral William Halsey

U.S. Navy - World War II

8th cousin
via John Alden

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Tamsin Todd

CEO, Findmypast

8th cousin 2 times removed
via John Alden

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Jane Wyatt

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert II, King of Scotland

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Jane Wyatt

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Robert Stewart

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