Ancestry Website: Obama’s Mother Descended from First US Slave

NBC News, July 30, 2012

A family history website claims it has linked President Barack Obama to the first documented African slave in the American colonies.

Research by Ancestry.com from early Virginia records and DNA analysis shows Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, an indentured servant in Colonial Virginia who became enslaved for life after trying to escape in 1640, according to the website.

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“Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family,” the site said in a statement.

Ancestry.com genealogists researched Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and discovered her land-owner ancestors descended from Punch. According to the site, Punch had children with a white woman who passed her free status to her children, who went on to become successful land owners in Colonial Virginia.

“Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related,” said Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway in a statement. “John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream.”

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  • Revisionists.

    The first black slave was John Casor.

    Here’s the wikipedia account. Read it; copy it before it’s changed or gone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Casor 

    Here’s more…

    Anthony Johnson was an Angolan African held as an indentured servant by a merchant in the Colony of Virginia in 1620, but later freed to become a successful tobacco farmer and owner. Notably, he was the first to hold a black African servant as a legal slave in the mainland American colonies. Upon his death in 1670 a court ruled that he was “a negro and by consequence, an alien”, and the colony seized his land.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Johnson_(American_Colonial)

  • What nice timing, within 100 days of a Presidential election, and while a black President is actively campaigning for black voters, here comes a story stating that Obama has slave blood.  Before, we found out that Obama has more slaveowner ancestry than slave ancestry.

    You will find in this article that the case that Obama was descended from this supposed first black slave in what would become America is not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Of course, the government supported,brain dead parasites, hyper sexualized & hyper violent predators & ,etc. and all Obama supporters ( including the Mentallly Sick Media ) will buy into this farce…

  • I just found out I have slave ancestry as well.  It turns out I am descended from Spartacus. 

    “And maybe there’s no peace in this world, for us or for anyone else, I
    don’t know. But I do know that, as long as we live, we must remain true
    to ourselves.”

  • WmarkW

    No wonder Ms. Dunahm turned out like that.
    She couldn’t overcome the legacy of slavery.

    • The__Bobster

      She couldn’t overcome the fact that her father wanted a boy.

  • Detroit_WASP

    So is Obama’s white half going to pay reparations to his black half ????

    I read and heard others comment about the “paper trail” back to the supposed slave.  I know a little about genealogy and the proof just ain’t there.  The names don’t even match and they explain that away as a “mistake” !!!!  Total nonsense, wishful thinking.

    This will blow-up in the researcher’s face when others start to check the facts.

  • You gotta be careful with ancestry.com  It’s a money-grubbing SALT LAKE CITY outfit which has seen subscriptions from the days of the genealogy boom of the 2000s.  They’ll do anything for publicity.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Slow news day or just another stupid news day?

    Ancestry.com is sponsored by the LDS church.

    Had the same claim been made about Romney (and it wouldn’t have been any more ridiculous if it had), there’d be teams of crack “journalists” investigating the validity (of which, it turns out, there is none) of the claim.

    As many others have said today, maybe Ancestry.com should find his college transcripts or birth certificate.

    Obama campaign commercial produced in light of these recent developments:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFY2kJ96jNY

  • Sheila Dinehart

    And this would make our President Obama …GOD.

    • MekongDelta69

      You mean, uhh, wait, wait, uhh, you mean… he is?????

      Omg – and all this time, I thought he was merely our ‘Dear Leader.’ I had NO idea.

      Do I now have to bow down to false idols? I need some spiritual guidance pronto.

  • The story and feel-good propaganda just works better if he’s the descendant of a slave, so that’s what it has to be.

    Now don’t you DARE question it, for that spoils it EVEN if its not true.  Facts and and negative conjectures will be taken as attacks on the story and its meaning–so you just need to shut up.

    Truth is what looks good to the PC crowd, so this story just had to be.

     

  • He truly is the magical negro…..

  • WmarkW

    So he’s descended from slaves on his white side, and slave owners and traders on his black?

  • Chimp Master Rules

    If this is supposed to convince me that “we’re all the same” . . . sorry, not buying it. 

    I doubt any of this is factual, but in the slim chance it is, it explains (a little) why his mother was so screwed up.

    If we’re able to determine her heritage, how about NOW we figure out where Obama was born and who his daddy was?

  • MekongDelta69

    Not just ANY slave, mind you. He has to be linked to the first slave. Because he’s just THAT ‘cool.’

    Hey, why stop there? Nothing’s too ‘good’ for Our Dear Leader.
    Link him standing next to Jesus on the Cross.
    Link him to Moses next to the Burning Bush.

    Not enough?

    Link him to the ‘First Chimp.’

    Better?

    • “First Chimp”? I like that one; I really do. Wish I had written it.

      • MekongDelta69

        Thank you sir. Feel free to spread it as far and wide as you wish. (No attribution necessary!)

  • This situation (if real) really shows how farcical the identity politics game is.Obama gets his slave credentials from his ‘White’ part, when his black part has zero historical connection to Americas slave past, yet he qualified for affirmative action because his black phenotype, yet he would have been denied access to similar opportunities had his mother not been a multicultural whore and had he been born White.
    Makes one wonder at what exact quantities should America Whites be genetically immune to racial guilt(<20th century White immigrants, Whites from non slave owning families, White 'African Americans' who don't qualify for AA as a few examples.) and equally how many blacks ought to inheriting guilt either from ancestors not participating in or from being actual perpetrators in the slave trade.
    The 'truth' is blurry at best and anti racism is simply the new racism.

  • Wow! What a fantastic, unbelievable coincidence! Just when Obama’s standing is not what it once was among his fellow blacks, and his re-election seems increasingly in doubt, up jumps the devil with “proof” that he’s descended from the very first slave in America! And on his mother’s side, too! There goes the “he’s not really black” slur uttered recently by some black militant “leader” or other!

    OK, folks, here’s my REAL take on it: This is nothing but a lie, got up out of whole cloth, in Chicago (the South Side, probably) and reported by NBC News, which desperately wants Obama to be re-elected. Anyone who believes this, probably believed all the bull durham that Obama spouted when he was running for president four years ago. Ancestry.com is a reputable genealogical website, obviously, but something — no, a LOT of things — about this report, smells funny. I wouldn’t believe it if I heard Rev. Wright swearing to it on a stack of Bibles.

    • LaSantaHermandad

       I totally agree with you Wayne.
      To quote Jeff Goldbloom from Jurrasic Park 1-” That is one big pile of s–t”.

  • This is all a little to coincidental for me.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Having a Black President (whether it’s Barack Obama or any other Black person) is NOT “the ultimate realization of the American Dream”! Attaining the highest office in the land in spite of one’s skin color is not what most Americans think of when they consider the American Dream. Besides, hasn’t our ‘progressive society’ moved beyond skin color so that such matters are not even important? Whites are constantly scolded to look beyond skin color over everything, but somehow if it involves the Presidency, it’s the “ultimate realization” of what Americans have longed for! Rubblish! 

  • I feel like I should be reading this in “Pravda” or in reference to “Dear Leader”…will we hear about how he threw his first molotov while still in diapers and wrote his first manifesto at the age of 4? That he was spotted by Saul Alinsky “redistributing” toys at age 6 and was lecturing on Talmudic law and fractional reserve lending by his early teens?  
    …so we have his maternal ancestry ironed out for several hundred years, but there’s still confusion about his:
    -social security number
    -place of birth
    -passport
    -college transcripts
    -college writings

    …and like so many africans living on this continent, no one is completely sure who his father is.
     

  • Shawn_thefemale

    Obama sure is an arrogant twit, having been born of such white trash.

  • Miiclow

    I love how they leave out the key disclaimer in this article.  Per the Ancestry.com press release:

    “In reviewing Ancestry.com’s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate. Genealogical research on individuals who lived hundreds of years ago can never definitively prove that one man fathered another, but this research meets the highest standards and can be offered with confidence.”

    So basically, they got pretty close and called it definitive.  More liberal-minded thinking.  No need to worry about fact or truth.

  •  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,201972,00.html

  • JJCULLEN

    GMAFB………PLEASE
     

  • frederickdixon

    John Punch was an “indentured servant”. I always understood that indentured servants were poor whites, usually from England, who sold themselves into servitude for a term of years because it was the only way that people who didn’t have the fare could get to America. An additional inducement in getting them to sign their indentures was the promise of a grant of land at the end of their term.

    How would a Negro get to be an indentured servant rather than just a slave? Africans didn’t need to pay a fare to get to America, they got it all for free, and the thought of them signing indentures is simply ludicrous. So is there any proof that Punch was black – it seems so unlikely?