Kate Upton

Ancestry of
Kate Upton

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model


Who is Kate Upton?

Kate Upton is an American model and actress. She has appeared in a number of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues including as the cover model for 2012 and 2013. In 2013 she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary issue. Kate Upton has also appeared in motion pictures including a starring role in The Other Woman which co-starred Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann and won the 2014 Teen Choice Award for Comedy.

Family Facts

King Philip's War

Sometimes referred to as the First Indian War, King Philip's War was a conflict in New England during the 1670s between the English colonists and the Indians. A Wampanoag war chief named Metacomet, known to the English as King Philip, led an effort by the Indians to push the English out of New England. The war would have a profound effect on the ancestors of Kate Upton.

Battle of Bloody Brook

Samuel Hinsdale and his father Robert Hinsdale were the 9th and 10th great-grandfathers of Kate Upton. On September 18, 1675, Samuel Hinsdale and his father Robert Hinsdale, along with two of Samuel's brothers, were all killed by Indians at what is known as the Battle of Bloody Brook near South Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Indians, led by a Nipmuc war chief named Muttawmp, ambushed a wagon train carrying the harvest from Deerfield to Hadley. The Indians killed at least 40 militiamen who were escorting the wagon train and 17 teamsters.

Battle of Turner's Falls

John Dickinson was the 9th great-grandfather of Kate Upton. On May 19, 1676, John Dickinson was killed by Indians near Turners Falls on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. Led by Captain William Turner, John Dickinson and 150 other men on horseback crossed Bloody Brook, renamed after the battle of 1675, and attacked an encampment of Indians along the Connecticut River at what is known today as Turner's Falls. Referred to by some as the Peskeompscut Massacre, the Battle of Turner's Fall is said to have resulted in the deaths of over 300 Indians with only one casualty on the English side. The one English casualty having occurred when his fellow militiamen mistook him for an Indian as he emerged from a wigwam.

However the victory would soon be short-lived. The sounds of the battle had alerted other Indians camped along the river and they soon took up positions blocking the retreat. It is said up to 40 of the militiamen were killed on the retreat, including Capt. Turner and John Dickinson, the ancestor of Kate Upton.

Whirlpool Corporation

Kate Upton's great-grandfather is Frederick Upton, co-founder of the Whirlpool Corporation. In 1911 Frederick Upton, along with his brother Louis and his uncle Emory Upton, founded the Upton Machine Company which manufactured electric washing machines. The company would be renamed the Nineteen Hundred Machine Company before finally becoming the Whirlpool Corporation in 1950.

Famous Kin

Kate Upton has kinship to a number of U.S. Presidents including, but not limited to, Franklin Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, Franklin Pierce, and Howard Taft. She can include some American patriots in her family including William Williams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Ethan Allen, a Revolutionary War hero, and Nathan Hale, the American spy executed by the British during the Revolutionary War.

Kate Upton also has number of famous inventors and businessmen that she can count as cousins, including Sir Benjamin Thompson (aka Count Rumford), Eliphalet Remington (Remington Arms Co.), Samuel Colt (Colt Revolver), Wright brothers (Airplane), Samuel Morse (Morse Code), and W.K. Kellogg (Toasted Corn Flakes).

Fellow actors and actresses related to Kate Upton include Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Christopher Reeve, Glenn Close, and Shirley Temple. She also has some royal family connections that include Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince George.

Brickwall #1

Parentage of Waters Dickinson

One of Kate Upton's earliest known ancestors is Waters Dickinson of Billingborough, Lincolnshire, England. Waters Dickinson is Kate Upton's 12th great-grandfather. He was born circa 1530 and he was buried in Billingborough on April 9, 1591. Waters mentions in his will his two brothers, Henry and Thomas Dickinson. Thomas Dickinson is the ancestor of William Gull who came to New England about 1637 with his stepfather Nathaniel Dickinson, grandson of Waters Dickinson and 10th great-grandfather of Kate Upton. Although the identities of Waters and his two brothers is known, their parents are still unknown. It is believed that a Gabriel Dickinson who was buried at Billingborough on February 7, 1569/70, may be the father of the three men. More research is needed to determine the family connection of Gabriel and Waters Dickinson, if there is any.

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Parentage of Mary Corwin

Mary Corwin, wife of David Bishop, is the 5th great-grandmother of Kate Upton. The parents of Mary Corwin appears to have been either John Corwin and Elizabeth Wells, or Daniel Corwin and Temperance Baily. The 1918 book A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana (Vol. 2, p. 803) gives the latter as Mary's parents, while the 1872 Corwin Genealogy (Curwin, Curwen, Corwine) in the United States (pp. 120 and 151) by Edward Corwin states the former. Both John and Daniel Corwin are said to be sons of Daniel Corwin and Elizabeth Cleaves.

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