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Nancy: I first met Nancy in September 1960 when we were both starting the 11th grade in high school but we did not become close, active, serious friends until 15 months later in December 1961. I had already met and gotten to know her uncle Carlin three years earlier in 1957. Nancy was in my chemistry class. Even without makeup, she was stunningly beautiful and without a doubt the most strikingly beautiful girl in our entire high school of some 2000 students. She stood 5’-8” tall – the same height as myself, weighed 125 pounds, and measured a super sexy “ 37B-23-35 ½ inches”, which would even make Barbie (Doll) green with envy. That was back in the days when they use to give height, weight, and measurements of the young women in the beauty pageants. Only about 8.4 percent of all American girls ever achieve an hourglass figure at anytime in their lives and that usually occurs when they are in their late teens or early twenties. That is the kind of figure that turns guys’ heads and leaves them gasping and expressing a big, breathless “WOW!!!”, and that movie producers wanted their leading ladies to have in the older movies. The ideal figure for the girls in the Miss American pageant was 36-24-36 inches in the early 1960’s. Nancy had a measured IQ of 125 which put her in the top 5 percent of all of the students, and she had the cardiovascular system of a super athlete. She could swim at high speed for hours and never get fatigued. In short, she was just about as genetically flawless and as perfect physically as you could ever expect to find. Her skin complexion was soft and flawless. She was greatly admired, respected, revered, and emulated by her classmates and peers. She could easily have been elected to the position of student or senior class secretary or treasurer if she had been interested in becoming actively involved in student government. The general expectation of her was that since she was multiple genetically gifted, more so than any other student in school, she was likely to eventually become one of the great successes of our time – at least regionally and/or in her chosen profession. We would not have been at all surprised if one day she was recognized nationally within her professional career field and known locally for her community work and charitable contributions. You folks in Auckland who know Nancy will have to let me know if she achieved the expectations of her classmates and peers from her old high school back in the States in 1962 – without any significant problems.

The beautiful^ Nancy (Aden) Felix, 1961 at 17 years of age at her family’s home in Lakewood, Washington

Have you ever really seen a “WOW” girl – the kind who could turn guys’ heads from a hundred yards away, even if she was wearing a pair of baggy blue jeans and an old, oversized sweatshirt, and no makeup? Chances are she was one of those rare 8 percent of the young women who possessed an hourglass figure. Those shapely girls just naturally look more sexy and feminine. Nancy was that kind of girl. In the summer of 1962 after she graduated from high school, a representative of the Jansen Sporting Goods Company saw her at the beach and noticed that everyone was watching her like she was a supermodel or famous celebrity. He talked to her, got her measurements and size, then the Jansen Swimwear Company sent her 24 of their most fashionable, luxurious, young adult / college age swimsuits – free -- with the only stipulation being that she wear only Jansen swimwear whenever she was at the beach. I have heard of famous celebrities like Paris Hilton being given free clothes, but I have never heard of any girl who was not famous being given free clothes just for being beautiful and sexy.

After we had met, I wanted to test my sociological theory by making predictions about Nancy’s parents,

then visit them and see how close my predictions were. My predictions about Nancy’s parents included:

Both her mother and father were exceptionally attractive and near their proper weights.

At least one of her parents is or had been an outstanding athlete.

They both had high IQ’s, and chances are her father had the higher IQ.

Both of her parents were tall with her father being well over six feet tall.

Her father had an income which would put them in the upper middle class. He would probably be some type of executive or maybe a doctor or lawyer.

I probably made other predictions too, but I forget what they were now. That is one of the problems with getting older.

(^ Item 4 – two paragraphs)

Nancy and I Finally Became Active Friends: I was finally able to break into her closed social circle fifteen months after I first met her when we were both in our senior year of high school. I subsequently ended up spending about 700 hours with her and her family over the next nine months, and more in the following fifty years. If you stop to think about it, I doubt if you have ever spent 700 hours with anyone who was not a relative of yours or with whom you were not living. Being in class or at work with a given person does not count!

My first goal was to visit her home and meet her parents. I did that one cold day in early January 1962 after school when I went home with her shortly after we met. Her home was a modest but nice, upper middle class brick home. Her mother was of above average height, slender, still reasonably attractive, but had a hard, cold personality, especially when she discovered that I came from a lower-middle, blue-collar, working class family. Nancy’s mother was relatively non-interactive with me (item 5). Her home was spotlessly clean all of the time (item 6). I noted that Nancy did not have any chores to do when she arrived home, no activities to attend, and no music to practice. And she was not a member of any activities, athletics, or sports clubs. She was not taking ballet lessons, music lessons, dance lessons, tennis lessons, or golf lessons. That total lack of any organized or formal activities was extremely unusual in upper middle class families, because most such kids have at least one or more activities outside of school that keeps them busy. (item 7)

^ Clifford Aden: When her dad arrived home from his office in the state capital building, I was shocked. I stood up to meet and greet him and looked straight ahead into his belt buckle. He had very long legs, a narrow waist and slim hips, then expanded outward as my eyes turned skyward – like an upside down pyramid. He had broad shoulders and a full, well-developed, muscular chest, and up towards the ceiling his head sat on top of it all. He had an exceptionally handsome, movie star face, rather like a blend of Clark Gable without the mustache, Cary Grant, and Gregory Peck, but with a more rugged, weather-worn, and outdoorsy appearance, and he had a deep pitched, slow speaking, baritone voice rather like John Wayne. He stood 6’- 6” tall (although he said that he had shrunk to only 6’- 5” in his middle age years) and his hands were as big as dinner plates. He weighed 245 pounds but had played varsity college football at 210 pounds as a starting tight end and wide receiver. He was obviously the engine that drove his family’s social status. I wanted to find out more about him and proceeded to do so over the next several months as I intentionally spent quite a few hours with him. I also began work on their family genealogy to test that portion of my hypothesis.

Her dad’s name was Clifford. He was one of the very highest-ranking government officials for the state of Washington. He had an executive office in the state capital building in Olympia, Washington, just down the hall from the governor’s office and regularly rubbed elbows with the governor several times every week. Clifford had an IQ that I would estimate to be between 135 and 140. And since Nancy had a measured and known IQ of 125, that meant that the IQ of her mother, Dorothy, was about 115, exactly the same as mine, through genetic averaging. Clifford had been the/a team captain and a starting offensive end and wide receiver on his university’s varsity football team in the early 1930’s during the Great Depression. That meant he frequently carried the football and scored many of the touchdowns. That would have made him second only to the quarterback as far as being known as the BMOC or the Big Man On Campus – and he was almost certainly bigger and taller than the quarterback. I looked at some of his old photos. He had been extremely handsome when he was in college. A picture was beginning to emerge of Nancy’s dad. He was the proverbial superstar and super stud, the charismatic, dynamic, and charming big-man-on–campus when he was young - the dashing, young, terribly handsome captain of his university’s football team. Any person can typically expect to meet one or two such super-guys like him in a lifetime. He was the kind of guy that every girl drools over and fantasizes about and every guy envies and wishes he were built like him so he could impress the girls too. Whenever Clifford would enter any social environment, he would almost always immediately and automatically become and be informally recognized as the undisputed and dominant alpha male as a result of his commanding presence, his overwhelming physical size, his being a super-athlete, his movie star good looks, and his charismatic take-charge and be-in-command personality. All of the other guys would either defer to him or get out of his way. He was always very personable, friendly, witty, and charming to all of those around him who were not challenging him – and few ever tried, especially if they had seen him in action on the football field from the safety of the grandstands. You normally do not find many intelligent jocks on university football teams and basketball teams, but with an IQ of about 140, but he was the exception. And as a super-jock who stood 6’- 6” and weighed 210 pounds, nobody ever gave him any crap when he was young, nor when he was older for that matter.

I tactfully asked him indirectly and discretely most of the time about his social life in college. He was one of those rare guys who had girls literally throwing themselves at him and throwing themselves into his bed. I finally asked him directly about that too. He looked up at the ceiling, got a stupid, dreamy look on his face, smiled, and went into a dream-like trance for about a minute, then woke up to the reality of the “here and now”, and drawled a slow “YAAAAAH!!!!!”, then changed the subject. But that told me a lot. It told me that I was on the mark and my assumptions were correct.

If I could pick a stereotype of my ideal perfect guy whom I wish my genetics were like and whom I would most like to be a clone of, it would have to be Nancy’s father, Clifford. He just looked like a natural and highly gifted leader, and when he was around, other people just naturally deferred to him and his judgment. Knowing him explained why Nancy had near perfect Barbie doll beauty as well as near perfect facial and body symmetry and proportions – and an hourglass figure. But I still had some loose ends to tie up with Nancy ( item 15 ). Her dad was a super achiever on his job and that was all you could ask of him.

My genealogical question: Clifford and Nancy are direct descendants of the family of the great American explorer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone. How many of the super-characteristics that I found in Nancy and Clifford are genetically traceable back to the family of Daniel Boone? He is six generations back from Clifford Aden. From my sociological theory, I had reason to suspect that if it were possible, I could expect to find significant genetic linkage between the Boones and Clifford and Nancy, certainly more than random pairing of genetic mates would yield.

^ Why and How Nancy and I became such good friends: Nancy’s greatest attribute while she was still in high school was that she was an intelligent, witty, charming, articulate, and gifted conversationalist who was most interesting to listen to. She could carry on an intelligent conversation or discussion on any current or relevant topic of the time. Great conversation is almost an extinct and lost art form today. I have not heard any great conversations between two or more people in years. Nancy was well versed, at least at a superficial level, on a broad range of subjects from local and school topics to world and international affairs as well as science and other academic topics. We each had an attentive, empathetic, and understanding ear and were good listeners towards the other. You will find that you learn a whole lot more about other people by listening to what they have to say rather than by monopolizing the conversation yourself about yourself. This is especially important to a social scientist or to someone like myself who was interested in finding out what made this highly gifted girl and her family tick. And if Nancy had some major, near-term goals, I wanted to help her achieve those goals. I wanted to help clear the path in life for her and to give her the courage and conviction to go out and slay some of those dragons of life that stood between her and the achievement of her goals. I wanted to give her the energy, motivation, and the belief in herself that she was capable of going out and doing great things in life.

I could really relate to Nancy as a person and truly appreciate her wit, personality, sense of humor, charm, and intelligence. We often had give and take discussions and periodically solved all of the world’s major problems. At such times Nancy often showed the wisdom, common sense, and the clear thinking of her great ancestor, King Solomon in her solutions, trying to be fair and equitable to all parties concerned. I especially liked listening to Nancy because what she had to say was well thought out and worth hearing. She was much more of a pragmatist as opposed to being either a liberal or a conservative. We respected each other’s opinions and did not criticize them. We gave each other approximately equal speaking time (with neither of us monopolizing the conversation). We each listened intently to what the other was saying and asked intelligent and relevant questions along the way. The conversations did not center on either of us for more than a few minutes, and thus did not become boring. Neither of us dominated the conversations. Nancy showed wit and humor in her conversations. We were each considerate of the other and polite in our discussions. Neither of us insisted on being right or on having the last word. We were both willing to bend our opinions and compromise if the other put forth a logical and convincing argument and discussion as to why we should do so. At other times we would not compromise but would end the discussion politely, each respecting the other’s opinions and beliefs. Through these discussions, we were each able to better form and articulate our own opinions on various subjects. Nancy appreciated the fact that most of the time I appreciated her for her wit, charm, humor, and intelligence instead of her great beauty and sexy good looks. About 70% of the time I treated her just like I would have treated any male friend of mine and the other 30% of the time, at the right times, I remembered that she was a special and gifted female and a special friend of mine and treated her as such. I would meet her at the school door facing the student parking lot each morning, take her load of books, greet her, “Hi beautiful”, and walk her first to her locker, then to her homeroom class.

After fifty years, I can truly say that the Nancy I knew in high school was the finest conversationalist I have ever met. I have listened to many people since meeting her, and found most to be absolutely boring. Some wanted to bend and warp my ear telling me their total life story in five minutes, or longer if I would spare them the time. Some wanted me to hear all of their troubles and give them a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Many wanted to monopolize the conversation and talk only about what they were interested in, then leave. Others insisted they were the only people who were right or smart in any conversation or topic and they wanted the rest of us to know it. The list goes on and on, but even in marriage it is rare to find two spouses who can sit down once in a while and have a sane, polite, intellectual, enjoyable conversation about nothing special or important without any distractions like the TV or telephone, or can sit down and discuss their family budget, wills, finances, insurance, IRA’s, etc and can generate an immediate action plan, a one-year plan, and a five-year plan that they both agree on, then work cooperatively to stick to them. Even in my own marriage, I often think about how well Nancy and I could talk to each other and miss that quality in my own spouse. If parents are able to frequently talk sanely to each other in a pleasant, polite, respectful, and enjoyable manner, then I think their children will learn how to be better conversationalists too.


^ My Family: Since this paper and genealogy is about Nancy Aden, her father, Clifford Aden, and their family and genealogy, I am going to reduce the visibility of my own family in this Aden genealogy by using aliases in place of their real names. I shall call my wife Alice and my daughter Beth – A and B.

I am going to change the topic for just a moment to give you one strange bit of trivia. My wife, Alice is a brilliant, reasonably attractive, medical doctor. We got married on November 11. I chose that date because I was working as an engineer for the US Government, Department of Defense, and I would always get November 11th, our anniversary, off since it was a federal holiday – Veterans’ Day. But November 11th is also the wedding anniversary of Nancy’s parents, Clifford and Dorothy! And it is also Nancy’s birthday!!! Both Nancy and our daughter, Beth, were born in the month of November. They both started first grade when they were still 5 years old, and began their first year of college when they were both 17.8 years of age. Beth went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with her bachelors degree with honors four years later at the age of 21.44 years old while Nancy took a detour in her life and graduated from the University of Washington with her bachelor’s degree in 1973 when she was 28.5 years old.

Nancy Aden being handed her diploma by high school principal, Carl T. Fynboe, as she graduates from Clover Park

High School in Lakewood, Washington, on Thursday, June 07, 1962. This was a momentous moment in Nancy’s life that

marked a decisive turning point when her life changed dramatically forever. I am right behind her in the lower left corner.

Beth graduating from the University of Michigan

with academic honors – Friday, May 01, 2009

Alice has a near genius level IQ which I would estimate to be about 135 to 140 – exactly the same as that of Nancy’s father, Clifford. My IQ is 115, exactly the same as my estimated IQ of Nancy’s mother, Dorothy. When our daughter, Beth, was entering the 9th grade, we took her to an educational psychologist and had her tested and evaluated to find out where her academic strengths and interests lie for the purpose of helping her make better selections of high school electives, to help her select a major in college, and to help her begin thinking about what kind of career she might want to pursue. On her IQ test, she scored 125 – exactly the same as Nancy’s and exactly what I would have predicted and expected from genetic averaging of her parents. Thus, it was from my own daughter that I was able to learn so much more about Nancy and her capabilities.

Genetics: These relationships about genetic characteristics between parents and child were important because they strengthened my argument when I say that “if Clifford and all of his siblings had near genius level IQ’s, then his parents also had to have near genius level IQ’s” since “smart kids come from smart parents”. And since people tend to marry spouses like themselves, it is very likely that this genetic trait of very high IQ’s runs back in his genealogy for at least several and possibly many generations. But if you look at this family tree, you only need to go back a few generations before you run into Daniel Boone, the great American explorer and frontiersman, and his family. Just how many of those genetic traits that I found in Clifford and Nancy (and in Clifford’s siblings and their children) and in his mother, Freda Gertrud Bryant would we be likely to still find in Daniel Boone and his family in above average quantities? Remember, those traits actually flowed from the parents of Daniel Boone down to Clifford and Nancy by virtue of his descendants all having a strong tendency to marry spouses who were very similar to themselves in genetic traits, qualities, and characteristics, thus preserving these qualities, and passing them relatively undiluted on to each succeeding generation in greater or lesser amounts!!!!

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If two children with very similar severe Down’s syndrome are born, one to a rich family who spends lots of money on their child and pampers him no end, and the other to a typical, kind, caring, loving, middle-class family who raises their child following all of the recommended guidelines of the Down’s syndrome association, it is highly doubtful as to whether you would be able to detect much difference between the two children by the time they were both 25. Both might be able to survive in an assisted living environment and work in a special sheltered workshop for the handicapped.

On the other hand, if two highly gifted and talented children are born, one to each of the families above, their home environment, and the quality of their parenting will make all of the difference in the world as to what eventually happens to them and the successes they achieve and experience in life. IQ and similar genetic aptitudes determine what one is potentially capable of accomplishing and achieving in life, but parenting and environmental influences determine how much of a child’s potential actually gets developed. Such highly gifted children require genuine and dedicated super-parenting and a lot of quality family and adult time and sacrifice to properly and fully develop their genetic attributes and aptitudes. That is easy to say but it is rarely fully accomplished in real life.

Super-parenting begins at least a year before the child is born, even before conception. Both parents must get off all illegal drugs and avoid using any unnecessary legal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs to clear their systems and their genetic material. They must quit smoking and avoid the use of more than occasional, very modest amounts of alcohol, and must get their weights somewhere close to their recommended levels. In short, they must make themselves as strong and healthy as possible so that the genes, cells, and genetic material that they will be transmitting and passing on to their future children will be as strong, healthy, and as contaminant free as possible. After conception, the same requirement remains on the part of the mother throughout her pregnancy and during the period that she is breast feeding, plus seeing an Ob/Gyn doctor regularly and following all of his recommendations.

They say that fetuses can hear during their last trimester, so some experts recommend playing lots of classical music to stimulate nuro-development of the baby’s brain. This is supposed to increase its IQ. I do not know if it is true or not, but it certainly can’t do any harm, so we did it. I played classical music at normal speaking volume every day during the last trimester, until my wife would finally scream at me, “Would you shut that damn thing off!!!”

I played a rich mix and a wide variety of classical music. An East Asian mother of a musical child prodigy said on a TV interview that she played only the same lengthy and complex Beethoven piece over and over again during her third trimester, and by the age of four, her son could play it perfectly from memory on the piano.

I could go on and on with this theme, but I am going to cut it short. If a child is a natural musical child prodigy, but is never exposed to music nor given lessons, he will never be invited to play at Carnegie Hall, and eventually much of his gift for music will atrophy away. By the time he is thirty no one will ever know that he once had a special gift for music. On the other hand, if the parents watch their child closely and recognize his interests in music and give him all of the rich opportunities available to expose him to all kinds of music and musical activities, and give him lessons with the very best teachers and academies, if he practices diligently every day, several hours every day for many years, then one day that child just may be invited to play at Carnegie Hall. You will find that a high percentage of great and high achieving people had at least one parent and often times both parents, their siblings, relatives, and friends and neighbors who all doted on them, helped them, and sacrificed for them. That strong family and neighborhood bond, support, and encouragement can make all of the difference in the world to a budding child prodigy in any area of endeavor. That is why relatives, neighbors, and friends who are willing to act as supporters, mentors, and surrogate parents to a gifted child are so very important.

This is not idle sociological theory. Nancy was an exceptionally gifted athlete with a super cardiovascular system. She could swim for hours at high speed and never get fatigued. Her parents should have recognized her unique athletic abilities and signed her up with a competition swim club when she was in elementary school so she could have learned the skills and fully developed her athletic aptitudes. But they didn’t. As a result, no one will ever know just how good of a swimmer Nancy might have become. She never competed in any regional swimming events. She never made it to the Olympic swim trials and team tryout finals. And she never competed in any swimming events in the summer Olympics of 1960, 1964, or 1968. Their failure to be super parents to their super-gifted daughter is a tragic loss to the entire world.

In this genealogy, Daniel Boone as a child received more of his mother’s attention than did any of his siblings. His other siblings were all more independent and self reliant than Daniel. As a child, Daniel was always asking his mother to go outside with him and see his latest discovery or creation. And he was always playing child pranks and practical jokes on her, so she had to have had a good sense of humor since she never knew where the next snake or frog might turn up although she would certainly know who had placed it there. Daniel, who received the bulk of his mother’s attention, turned out to be the most famous of all of the Boone children – just good parenting. But his sister, Sarah Cassandra Boone who is the ancestor in this genealogy, got pregnant at 17 and was four months pregnant when she got married at 17. Was that due in part to bad parenting and being ignored?

^ Nancy’s Parents: One day I asked Nancy how her Mother and Father had met. She told me that “her mother had lived in a small, remote, rural town in the state of Washington and her father had just been hired as a motorcycle patrolman by the Washington State Patrol and assigned to the field detachment there after his graduation from college. Good jobs were difficult to find during the Great Depression, so that was a fortuitous and lucky find for him. Nancy’s mother, Dorothy, had been engaged to marry some local guy from her hometown, but when Clifford saw her, he immediately fell in love with her, and sweet talked and charmed her out of marrying the other guy and into marrying him.”

(item 8 – 4 paragraphs)

More Genetics and the Family Tree: If you see a woman with a butt that is four feet wide and who weighs more than 400 pounds, you can be virtually certain that her mother, sisters, and daughters probably all look much the same. And that same characteristic will go back in time and forward in time and will be reflected in various branches of her family tree for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years across the span of many generations. But bad characteristics are not the only genetic characteristics that are reflected in family trees. Super good characteristics also flow through family trees since people tend to marry others with similar characteristics and to pass them on to their children – relatively intact, unchanged, and unaltered.

And now I had a chance to explore that. Clifford had an IQ of about 140. IQ is largely inherited and should show up for many generations back in his family tree. The same goes for his height, good looks, athletic ability, super cardiovascular system, leadership skills, and Nancy’s rare, super-hourglass figure. Thus, if I were to do their family tree, I would expect to find direct or indirect evidence of these characteristics in greater abundance than normal among their ancestors. I would expect that they would show up as a higher number of highly successful and / or famous ancestors and members of their families in the past. So I started working on their family tree with Nancy, Clifford, and their various relatives. I explained to them the basics of what I was doing. I quickly discovered that I could never sit down with anyone and discuss their genealogy for more than just a few minutes because they always had other things to do, so I got use to asking only one or two genealogical questions at a time, then letting them go, and moving on.

As I started doing this family tree, I quickly discovered that Dorothy’s family tree was mildly interesting, but nothing special. The family tree of Clifford’s father, John Ennen Aden, ran out of steam after only a few generations, and there was little in the way of narrative descriptions and stories about his family that I could use in testing my sociological theory and predictions. But I did determine that his great height came from his father, Johann Ennen Aden, who stood 6’- 6½ inches tall, and his side of the family. He is also known to have been very smart – had a high IQ. His wife, Freda Gertrude Bryant, was taller than average and tall enough so she did not genetically reduce John’s height genes that he passed onto his children by more than only a small amount. Clifford, the tallest of the four Aden siblings, was always disappointed that he could not grow that final half inch so he could be at least as tall as his father. Clifford’s grandfather, Enne Hinrichs Aden, is said to have stood over 6 feet tall, been slender, and to have been very smart (had a high IQ).

^ Nancy’s Family Tree: The magic ancestor turned out to be Nancy’s grandmother on her father’s side, Freda Gertrude Bryant. She opened the door to a magic kingdom and jackpot in genealogy. Her genealogy is heavily sprinkled with European nobility and royalty, and famous American generals in the Revolutionary War. Her direct ancestor, Sarah Cassandra Boone, is the sister of the great American explorer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Her rich genealogy quickly branched off into many branches, especially once you got into the ancestors of Daniel Boone, who were also her ancestors, so I picked what I thought was the most interesting and controversial single branch to explore and pursue, and left the many other branches of her family tree for other people to work on.

Most of that research on the Boone ancestry had already been accomplished so it was just a matter of collecting and assembling that information into a master family tree going back in time as far as they want. Anyone who undertakes that task will quickly discover that the size and scope of such an undertaking will quickly become overwhelming since it would be listing most living White people on earth within about a thousand years back in time, with many duplicate names appearing all across the family tree. Yet if such an undertaking were done using a well designed computer program where you could specify that the computer set flags when certain conditions are met, you would be receiving alarm flags for duplicate names of the same person appearing in different locations, for close relatives intermarrying, and for couples having children when one or both were outside a specified age range. You might also set the program to flag alarms for girls getting married under the age of 16, giving birth to their first children less than eight months after their wedding, fathers dieing before the age of 20, and other items of interest. It will not tell you about certain genealogical errors like children born from other than the two listed married adults or other unrecorded or shady circumstances or genealogical skeletons in the closets.

One agonizing piece of information that occurs when you get deep enough into any genealogy, is that when you start examining the entries closely, you begin to suspect that some individuals may be duplicates of other individuals elsewhere in the family tree. But rarely is matching such entries one against the other an easy task. One entry will have a name while the other entry will have only initials, or maybe it will only say, “the son of Jones”. And the dates of birth and death will not match. Are they the same person or two different people? Which set of data is correct? If you are lucky, the parents and grandparents of the two individuals might be very similar and suggest a match.

John Ennen Aden was very tall and slender, standing 6’- 6½ inches, and Freda was of above average height. Since smart kids came from smart parents, and Clifford, his brother, and both sisters were all intellectually gifted, that could only mean that both John and Freda had near genius level IQ’s, even if they were not well educated. They only prove that while education and IQ are usually closely correlated, there are exceptions of brilliant people who are not well educated. Freda was exceptionally beautiful and had a natural hourglass figure when she was young. And most of her ancestors were from the more successful pioneer families of the early American frontier. Remember what I said about beautiful and successful people being concentrated in upper-middle-class, more successful, more affluent families? I had found exactly what I had expected to find – famous and highly successful ancestors from affluent families. Just how far do these characteristics run in a family line? Well, I can trace the family line of Freda Gertrude Bryant back to the family of Daniel Boone, then on back further to European nobility, then on back to European Kings and royal families, then back to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne, then back to Jesus Christ and his royal family and messianic lineage of Jewish kings (and king designates), then on back to Adam and Eve. Is that far enough?

Source: ^ Originally prepared by Carlin Bryant Aden

Contact: T. Sheldon at ( A “nom de plume” for Wanda Aden Sutich)

(This link is no longer active due to her having passed away – Last active in 2005)

/^ UNKNOWN ADEN++ b: 1799 Germany

/Ennen Hinrichs ADEN** b: 1844 in Aurich, Germany m. 06 Feb 1875 Linn, Woodford Co, Ill

/ \ d: 1937Immigrated to US from Germany Stood over 6 ft tall.

↓ \Theodora 'Dora' RETHMEIER b: c.1824 Germany

/Johann (John) Ennen ADEN b: 26 Mar 1882 Woodford County, Illinois, d: 27 Dec 1969 Walla Walla, WA

| ↑ ∟ stood 6’-6 1/2” tall / (A) Nikolaus Claas BEENDERS b: 1755 ---┐

| | / Evert Claasen BEENDERS b: 16 Feb 1796 |

| | | \Anna Margaretha WILDTS b: c.1760 |

| | /Johannes Everts 'John' BEENDERS b: 2 Feb 1822, married his half first cousin.

| | | \Hiske (GEESCHE) JANSSEN b: c.1801 |

| \Hiskia Johanna (BEENDER) SCHOMERUS b: 1845 d: 1884 same

| {--Immigrated to US from Germany, m. 1875 in Linn, Woodford County, Illinois person

| Ennen Aden is her second husband. She had a daughter & one son, Nick, by her first husband who died.)|

| Schomerus was the name of.Hiskia’s first husband who died, then she later remarried. |

| | |

| | / (A) Nikolaus Claas BEENDERS b: 1755 -┘

100% German | /Wilt Claasen BEENDERS b: 13 Dec 1784

| | | \Elsche Maria WILTS b: 1759

| \Elsche Wilts BEENDERS b: 12 Mar 1827, married her half first cousin



|  There is a problem with Hiskia’s genealogy of “too many Beenders”. How are they all related? 

^ Clifford Ennen ADEN b: 07 Apr 1914 m. 11 Nov 1938 d: 03 Jul 2001

↑ ∟ stood 6’-6” tall

| {Carlin Aden believed that one of these listed below may have

| had a Cherokee Indian ancestor, most likely a Cherokee wife.}

| /William BRYANT b: 1750 d: c1834

| /Thomas BRYANT b: 1795 d: 1845

| | | /John Wilcoxson b. 1720

English, Welch, Cherokee(?), Jewish | \Rachel WILCOXSON (f) b: c1754 d: c1842

Italian, Syrian, Egyptian, Danish | |^^ 9 kids ^^

German, Saxon, Norman, Viking +++ | \Sarah Cassandra BOONE (f)

Except, for J.J. Rohn and his parents, all of | (sister of Daniel Boone)

the rest listed below were born in the. | b. 07 June 1724 d. 1815

United States. | m: 25 May 1742  2 wks before turning 18 *

| | (↑-- This family branch is traceable back

| | more than 4,000 years to Adam and Eve.)

| |

| /Joshua BRYANT b: 9 Mar 1823 d: 18 Mar 1907

| | \Mary 'Polly' BENNETT b: 1797 d: @1857  8 Kids

| /(5)Thomas Jay BRYANT b: 1865 d: 1912

| | | /Maxfield HUNTER b: 1800

| | \Angeline HUNTER b: 25 Oct 1834 m: 27 Sep 1848 at 13.9 years of age

| | \ d: 1871  English or Welch

| | \Jane (Smart) ALLEN b: 18 May 1799, m #2

| |

\^ Freda Gertrude BRYANT (f) b: 28 Apr 1893 m. 30 Apr 1911 d: 08 Sep 1987

| ( got married just 2 days after her 18th birthday )


| /Johann Nikolaus ROHN b: 1780 d: 1847

| /Johann Jacob ROHN b: 1834 d: 1919 Emigrated to US from Germany

100% German -----  / \Katharina Zipf b: 1806 d: 1846

\ ↓

\Nancy Catherine 'Kate' ROHN b: 1867 d: 1954

\Sarah 'Sally' SANDERS b: 1848 d: 1872

* Sarah Cassandra Boone:  Her first child, David, was born full term on Oct 22, just five months following her wedding at 17 years of age.

** Ennen Hinrich Aden apprears to have emigrated from Germany sometime between 1860 and 1875 and was probably accompanied by at least one brother. Speculation: They appear to have been in agreement to shorten their long German last name when they arrived in the United States to its first two syllables of Aden. That would mean that “Unknown Aden++” would have had a much longer last name. The brother appears to have been the ancestor of a clan of Adens centered in Texas who share similar genetic characteristics of being taller than average and having IQ’s that are considerably higher than average. See and . Both Aden clans would share the same known common matriarchal ancestor, Theodora Reithmeier, b. c 1824 in Germany.

The names in “highlighted” or “bold” print above show the recent generations of a branch of this family tree that can trace its ancestry back to “Daniel Boone”, “Charlemagne, the Great”, the family of “Jesus Christ”, and on back to Adam and Eve using numerous patriarchal family lines and female connections between these family lines.


^ Freda Gertrude Bryant is the lady from whom all of the magic in this family tree originates. When she was young, she was tall and had a genetically inherited “hourglass figure”, was exceptionally beautiful, and was very brilliant with an exceptionally high IQ. It would take an expert genealogist to figure out what she was in terms of her mix of many nationalities. She was more than 25 percent German with the first 25 percent coming from her grandfather Rohn. But as for the rest, she was descended from all of the early royal families of Europe and the Middle East, and from the early Egyptian Pharaohs. She had the blood of Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, and Charlemagne flowing through her veins. She was a “super-mom” who successfully sent three of her four children through college and graduation during the Great Depression on the salary of a “blue collar laborer”. Freda knew both of her parents and both of her grandfathers. But both of her grandmothers had already died before she was born. She was a great lady whom we would all have wanted to have met and known.

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