So it turns out that I’m related to President George Washington.
If you look at the family tree below, Pres. Washington is underlined. His great-aunt, Anne Washington married one Francis Wright. The Wright family line wends its way down to Jesse Woodrow Naff, my maternal grandfather.
You can read about in the book The Washingtons. Volume 9: The Presidential Branch: Six Wright Lines by Justin Glenn. My granddad is on page 443. I guess that makes me and Pres. Washington distant cousins.
Anyway, this all started because I watched the movie Hacksaw Ridge — the story of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men — without even touching a gun.
Doss’s story reminded me of my granddad’s. He was a paratrooper medic who carried a gun but, because of of Brethren beliefs, refused to fire a shot. And he didn’t. For his entire five years of service. Here’s another excerpt from Glenn’s book — my mom is Betty Naff Mitchell.
When I googled Grandfather Naff, one thing led to another and I found out he was in Glenn’s book.
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