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Nelson Eddy

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Nelson Eddy

Movie Actor and Singer


Who was Nelson Eddy?

Nelson Eddy was a singer and movie actor who starred in over a dozen musicals. He has three separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for film, radio, and music. At one point, he was said to be the highest paid singer in the world.

In January 1941, Nelson Eddy was one of the stars to perform at President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third inauguration. Performing among stars like Irving Berlin, Mickey Rooney, Raymond Massey, Ethel Barrymore, and Charlie Chaplin, he was the only star to appear in both halves of that night's performance.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Nelson Eddy did not begin his adult life in the spotlight. His younger days found him working in the shipping department of an iron works followed by several stints as a reporter and copy reader for Philadelphia newspapers. His musical training eventually led him to leading roles for the Savoy Opera Company. It was an opera performance in Los Angeles that led to his signing with MGM studios and a successful film career.

Famous Kin

Nelson Eddy has a few presidential connections that include Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, William Howard Taft, and both Presidents Bush. First Ladies also appear with kinship to Grace Coolidge and Barbara Bush. Nelson Eddy is not to be left without his share of celebrity kin including Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Duane Eddy.

Family Facts

Pierce's Fight and Nine Men's Misery

In 1676, New England colonists were engaged in an armed conflict with Native Americans led by a chief who had adopted the English name of King Philip. The conflict became known as King Philip's War. On March 26 of that year, Captain Michael Pierce led approximately sixty colonial militia and twenty Native American allies in pursuit of an enemy party reported along the Blackstone River near present day Central Falls, Rhode Island.

As Captain Pierce and his men approached a ford in the river, they spotted a group of braves fleeing into the woods. They immediately gave pursuit and were led into an ambush. Captain Pierce and most of his men were killed in the ensuing battle which became known as Pierce's Fight.

Nine of Captain Pierce's men would escape the initial battle only to be captured later and tortured to death. The remains of these nine men were discovered by the colonists and buried on the spot where they died. A monument known as Nine Men's Misery is currently erected at this spot.

Captain Michael Pierce is the 7th great grandfather of Nelson Eddy. Another colonist who died that day was John Low. John Low was the 6th great grandfather of Nelson Eddy.

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Hannah Griswold

Hannah Griswold is the 4th great grandmother of Nelson Eddy. She was married to Nathaniel Kendrick who died about 1771 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Evidence is needed to shed light on the identities of Hannah's parents. I would like to know if she is connected to the Griswold family that is found in 17th century Connecticut. A connection to that family would give Nelson Eddy a number of additional famous kin.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Nelson Eddy

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Ding Darling

Cartoonist and Founder of National Wildlife Federation

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Upham

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Tuesday Weld

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Rev. William Eddy of Bristol, England

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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John Whipple

(c1617 - 1685)
Great Migration Immigrant 1632

7th great-grandfather

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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Calista Flockhart

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 3 times removed
via John Whipple

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Holbrook

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Post Malone

American Rapper

8th cousin 4 times removed
via John Whipple

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Horatio Alger

Author

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Whitman

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Tamsin Todd

CEO, Findmypast

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Freeman

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John Whitman

(c1602 - 1692)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

8th great-granduncle
via Richard Whitman

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Archibald MacLeish

American Poet and Playwright

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Gregory Belcher

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Richard Waterman

(c1605 - 1673)
Great Migration Immigrant 1629

8th great-grandfather

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Allen Dulles

5th Director of the C.I.A.

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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John Foster Dulles

52nd U.S. Secretary of State

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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David McCullough

Historian, Author and TV Narrator

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Anthony Eames

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Sarah Upham

(c1609 - unk)
Marygould passenger 1635

7th great-grandaunt
via Richard Upham

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John Upham

(c1599 - 1681)
Marygould passenger 1635

7th great-granduncle
via Richard Upham

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Bill Richardson

30th Governor of New Mexico

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Freeman

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Nelson Rockefeller

41st U.S. Vice-President

8th cousin
via Zachariah Rhodes

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Winthrop Rockefeller

37th Governor of Arkansas

8th cousin
via Zachariah Rhodes

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Martin

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Mial Pierce

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Martin

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Mial Pierce

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