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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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Bob Barker

TV Game Show Host

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Barnard

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George Winston

New Age Pianist

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

4th cousin
via John Folger

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

4th cousin 1 time removed
via Nathaniel Starbuck

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

5th cousin
via James Coffin

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

4th cousin 2 times removed
via William Bunker

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

4th cousin
via Judith Coffin

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Maria Mitchell

Astronomer

4th cousin 1 time removed
via John Macy

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John Spellman

18th Governor of Washington

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Alice (Lee) Roosevelt

First Wife of President Theodore Roosevelt

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Nathaniel Starbuck

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Michelle Williams

TV, Movie and Stage Actress

5th cousin 6 times removed
via George Bunker

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Zach Braff

TV, Film and Stage Actor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Gardner

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Alice French

(aka Octave Thanet)
Novelist and Short Story Writer

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Clark

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Marcus Morton

16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Clark

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Tommy Lee

Mötley Crüe, Co-Founder and Musician

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Shattuck

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Charlie Day

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Tristam Coffin

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Charlie Day

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Shattuck

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Charlie Day

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 6 times removed
via James Myrick

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Tristam Coffin

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 3 times removed
via James Myrick

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Jordana Brewster

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Matt Bomer

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Sonny Dove

NYC Basketball Hall of Fame

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Amanda Bearse

TV Actress

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Clark

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Anne Heche

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard Gardner

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