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Rowland H. Macy

Ancestry of
Rowland H. Macy

Founder of Macy's


Who was Rowland H. Macy?

Rowland H. Macy was the founder of the department store chain R. H. Macy and Company which is now known simply as Macy’s. The store’s logo of a red star is said to have come from a tattoo on his hand that he had gotten during his teenage years of working on a whaling ship. The company has sponsored the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City since 1924.

Actor Harry Antrim portrayed R. H. Macy in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street even though the real R. H. Macy had been dead for 70 years. He died from Bright’s disease while in Paris in 1877.

Famous Kin

Rowland H. Macy has a few U.S. Presidential kin including James Garfield, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. Business titans in his family tree include Barnes & Noble co-founder William R. Barnes, Pillsbury Company co-founder John S. Pillsbury, J. B. Lippincott founder J. B. Lippincott, and Folger Coffee Company founder J. A. Folger.

Some historical figures in Rowland H. Macy’s family tree include U.S. Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Franklin, U.S. Constitution signer Nathaniel Gorham, British Royal Navy Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral William Folger, Currier & Ives lithographer Nathaniel Currier, Devil in the White City serial killer H. H. Holmes, and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton. He also has kinship with a number of authors and poets including John Greenleaf Whittier, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clarence Day, Agatha Christie, Herman Melville, Tennessee Williams, Stephen King, and Nathaniel Philbrick. Celebrity kin of Rowland H. Macy include John Lithgow, Amy Poehler, Paget Brewster, Elisabeth Shue, Humphrey Bogart, Kevin Bacon, Linda Hamilton, James Spader, Jordana Brewster, Raquel Welch, Kyra Sedgwick, and Benedict Cumberbatch.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Rowland H. Macy

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry Scott

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Peter Coffin

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William Dawes

Midnight Rider with Paul Revere

4th cousin 3 times removed
via John Mills

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Mills

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Tristam Coffin

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Rev. William Greenleaf Eliot

Founder, Washington Univ - St Louis

7th cousin
via John Mills

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Rev. William Greenleaf Eliot

Founder, Washington Univ - St Louis

6th cousin
via Tristam Coffin

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Peter Folger

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

4th cousin 3 times removed
via James Gardner

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

4th cousin 3 times removed
via William Bunker

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

3rd cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Macy

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Thomas Scott

(c1594/5 - 1653/4)
Elizabeth passenger 1634

6th great-granduncle
via Henry Scott

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Edward Starbuck

(c1604 - 1690/1)
Great Migration 1639

5th great-grandfather

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John Severance

(unk - 1682)
Great Migration Immigrant 1682

5th great-grandfather

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Richard Pinkham

(unk - 1718)
Great Migration Immigrant 1640

3rd great-grandfather

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Thomas Moore

(c1600 - c1636)
Great Migration Immigrant 1636

7th great-grandfather

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Thomas Munt

(c1616 - 1664)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

5th great-grandfather

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David Carradine

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Moore

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Thomas Macy

(c1608 - 1682)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

4th great-grandfather

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James Hawkins

(c1603 - 1669/70)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

5th great-grandfather

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Richard Hawkins

(unk - c1646)
Great Migration Immigrant 1637

6th great-grandfather

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Job Hawkins

(c1620 - c1681/2)
Planter passenger 1635

5th great-granduncle
via Richard Hawkins

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 6 times removed
via Peter Folger

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Nathaniel Barnard

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Nathaniel Starbuck

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