I was wandering around the web trying to find out exactly how I am related to
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, Jr., when I discovered a second cousin who's a fellow Californian and progressive political activist: R's Rant. Randy has kindly linked back to me, so we've got some nepotistic blogging going on, but if you can't link to your relatives, who can you link to? For any of you family members lurking around here, go on by Randy's place and say hi.
By the way, old Lucius was the first cousin of my great-great-grandfather, Lackington Collinsworth Randle. No kidding. Lackington's mama was Amelia Lamar, sister to Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar,
the third president of the Republic of Texas, a scary guy who family legend said was a mad genius.
I'm not proud of these guys, mind you, they are the kind of fellows our dear President would look up to. LQC Lamar was a Supreme Court Justice who advocated for states' rights, and you know what that is code for. Yes, I'm aware that John F. Kennedy included him in his book *Profiles in Courage* so it's true that a liberal president admired him, too. And Alison in comments reminds us of states' rights issues I might like better than the right to oppress black people. Mirabeau B did a lot of good things for Texas (founded the public education system, for instance) but he also worked hard to eradicate the Cherokee. Well, we can't help our relatives, and these guys at least are not my direct ancestors.
This all came about because we're reading The Bear in class, and the rascally old grandpa is named Lucius Quintus Carrothers McCaslin. In real life LQC Lamar was a prominent lawyer in Oxford Mississippi in the 19th century, so Faulkner was using a real fellow's real name, and I'm sure he knew it. He must not have liked Judge Lamar much either, because he gave Carrothers McCaslin some pretty awful crimes.
More cool ancestral stuff on the web: my great-great-grandmother's will. Her tombstone. Her father-in-law's tombstone (husband of Amelia Lamar and my great-great-great-grandfather).
A great-great-grandmother in the other direction.