In November 2013 I sent out a brief blog post about a new discovery I had made:
“You never know what discoveries you’ll make when sleuthing through your family tree. I just, right now, discovered that I am the 6th cousin 3 times removed of Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves.
Lieutenant General Leslie Richard Groves, Jr. (17 August 1896 – 13 July 1970) was a United States Army Corps of Engineers officer who oversaw the construction of the Pentagon and directed the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb during World War II.
Lieut. Gen. Leslie R. Groves is the descendant of our MUTUAL ANCESTOR Nicholas La Grove born in France about 1650 and arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in about 1668. He was apparently a French Huguenot.
Nicholas La Grove/Groves/Grove married Hannah SALLOWS, they had Hannah GROVE and she married Robert MOULTON, Jr. of Salem Village and they had Mary “Molly” MOULTON and she married Anthony NEEDHAM and they had Jasper NEEDHAM, and he married Deborah FULLER and they had Naomi NEEDHAM, and she married James STRICKLAND and they had John STRICKLAND, and he married Betsey BROOKS and they had Janette STRICKLAND, and she married John Prouty PEPPER (HAMILTON DNA), and there you go peeps!”
My direct line goes:
Nicholas La Grove/Groves/Grove married Hannah Sallows
Hannah Grove married Robert Moulton, Jr.
Mary “Molly” Moulton married Anthony Needham
Jasper Needham married Deborah Fuller
Naomi Needham married James Strickland
John Strickland married Betsey Brooks
Janette Strickland married John Prouty Pepper
George Warriner Pepper married Delia Bridget Jackson
John Prouty Pepper married Reita Geraldine Bishop
John Wesley Keith Pepper (1932-2014) (My dad)
If you want to read or listen to a definitive account of the history of the Manhattan Project including personal accounts of our distant cousin, Lieut. Gen. Leslie R. Groves, then I highly recommend this book: Sherwin, Martin J., American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (It is also available as an audio book at audible.com)