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Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck

Movie Actor


Who is Ben Affleck?

Ben Affleck is an American movie actor, director, screen writer and producer. Two of his films have won Academy Awards. In 1997 Good Will Hunting won for best original screenplay. He shared this Oscar with Matt Damon. In 2012 he producedArgo which won Best Picture. He also has won numerous other awards including three Golden Globes. In 2005 he married movie actress Jennifer Garner.

Family Facts

The Great Swamp Fight

Ben Affleck's 8th great-grandfather is Nathaniel Richardson. In December 1675 during King Philip's War, Nathaniel Richardson was serving as a member of Capt. Prentice's troop of horse. On December 19, 1675, on what was a bitterly cold and stormy day, the colonists attacked a fort occupied by Narragansett Indians in what became known as the Great Swamp Fight. The fort was protected by a swamp that on this bitterly cold day was frozen over. This allowed the attack to take place. It is said that over 300 Narragansett Indians perished, while about seventy colonists were killed and over twice as many wounded. Nathanial Richardson was one of those who were wounded, but he would survive those wounds and live for another four decades.

Queen Anne's War

Another 8th great-grandfather of Ben Affleck also saw conflict with the Native Americans. In 1709 during Queen Anne's War, Jedediah Strong, Jr. was a member of an expedition led by Col. Francis Nicholson that had set out against French interests. On October 12, 1709, Jedediah was killed by Indians in a battle at Wood Creek, New York. In the end, the expedition was called off as Nicholson's army was ravaged by dysentery and smallpox. The survivors of Nicholson's army burned their canoes and headed back to Albany.

Famous Kin

Ben Affleck has a number of famous cousins, including America's most well known spy from the American Revolution, Nathan Hale. Another Patriot from the time of the revolution is William Williams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mormon founder Joseph Smith and American legend Johnny Appleseed are also cousins.

Kinships to fellow actors include Humphrey Bogart, Raquel Welch, Kyra Sedgwick, Glenn Close, Mark Wahlberg, Brooke Shields, Shirley Temple and childhood friend Matt Damon. Ben also has a royal connection with a kinship to Princess Diana.

Brickwalls

Henry Woodward

One of the ancestors that Ben Affleck shares with Princess Diana is his 10th great-grandfather Henry Woodward. Henry was an innkeeper whose wife was named Elizabeth. Henry was born about 1607 and is believed to possibly be the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Tynen) Woodward of Much Woolton, Lancashire, England. Thomas and Elizabeth Woodward's son was baptized on March 22, 1606/7, at Childwall, Much Woolton, Lancashire, England. Thomas Woodworth and Elizabeth Tynen were married at Much Woolton on May 23, 1592. More evidence is needed to determine if Henry Woodward is the son of Thomas Woodworth and Elizabeth Tynen.

Sally Platt

Sally Platt, wife of Rodolphus Dewey, is the 4th great-grandmother of Ben Affleck. She is said to be the daughter of Ebenezer Platt and Abigail Trubee, daughter of Ansel Trubee. Evidence is needed to support this claim.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Ben Affleck

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Ford

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Dr. Henry Woodward

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Edward Marvin

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Frances

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Dewey

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Walt Disney

Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company

8th cousin 5 times removed
via William Deane

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Walt Disney

Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Deming

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Charlie Day

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin
via Joseph Hills

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Joseph Hills

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Lucretia (Rudolph) Garfield

First Lady of President James Garfield

8th cousin 5 times removed
via William Paine

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Nicholas Gilman

Signer of the U.S. Constitution

6th cousin 7 times removed
via William Paine

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

6th cousin 7 times removed
via William Paine

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Daniel Henry Chamberlain

76th Governor of South Carolina

7th cousin 6 times removed
via William Paine

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Dr. Henry Woodward

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

7th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Newberry

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Matt Damon

Movie Actor

12th cousin
via Richard Baldwin

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

7th cousin 4 times removed
via John Strong

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Hiram Bingham

69th Governor of Connecticut

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Baldwin

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Tyler Toney

Dude Perfect YouTuber

11th cousin
via John Baldwin

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Tyler Toney

Dude Perfect YouTuber

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Obadiah Bruen

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Isaac Tichenor

3rd and 5th Governor of Vermont

3rd cousin 8 times removed
via John Baldwin

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Isaac Tichenor

3rd and 5th Governor of Vermont

3rd cousin 9 times removed
via Obadiah Bruen

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Isaac Taylor Tichenor

President of Auburn University

5th cousin 6 times removed
via John Baldwin

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Isaac Taylor Tichenor

President of Auburn University

5th cousin 7 times removed
via Obadiah Bruen

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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

12th cousin
via Matthew Marvin

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