A big shout-out to the 53 Pilgrims who sat down to America’s first Thanksgiving dinner almost four centuries ago.
Thanks for starting a great family tradition, and thanks for starting great American families.
Genealogists trace eight U.S. presidents to passengers on the Mayflower voyage of 1620.
Other progeny include celebs Richard Gere, Bing Crosby and Clint Eastwood.
John Howland, who boarded the Mayflower as a servant to John Carver, started a family line that includes unlikely distant cousins: conservative Sarah Palin and liberal Alec Baldwin, as well as actors Christopher Lloyd and Humphrey Bogart.
John Alden, a young cooper who married another Mayflower passenger, Priscilla Mullins, had 10 children. Among their many descendants were Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, filmmaker Orson Welles and actress Marilyn Monroe.
English woolcomber Francis Cooke is responsible for Republican and Democratic presidencies. George H.W. and George W. Bush are among his offspring, as was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.