SIR SAMUEL MCCAUGHEY
Irish-born pastoralist (born in Ballymena, County Antrim), politician and philanthropist; became one of Australia's greatest sheep magnates, and in death, an extraordinary charitable human being. Some may view him as a grinch of sorts, but with a huge family his heart was massive, and he was also my 2nd cousin, 4 x removed on my mother's side.
LEINA'ALA TERUYA DRUMMOND
Leina'ala first visited Australia (and my grandparents home) shortly after she won the Miss Hawaii title in 1964; a visit my grandfather didn't easily forget either! Away from her title, she is a lovely normal person, not to mention my cousin on my mother's side!
FRANCIS 'BIG FRANK' MCCAUGHEY
I've always known I was related to Sir Samuel McCaughey, BIG Frank and Leina'
MARGOT ELISE ROBBIE
My great grandmother on my mothers father's side was a Robbie before marrying, but as very little is known about Margot, I am uncertain where she fits into the family tree. All I know is that she is related somehow.
REVEREND LIEUTENANT COLONEL LEWIS DOWNING
Chief Cherokee and my Great Great Great Grandfather.
Lewis Rev LTC Chief Downing was born in 1818 in Tennessee, USA, the son of Elizabeth and Samuel. He had two sons and one daughter with Lydia Price. He then married Lucindia Griffin and they had three children together. He died on 9 November 1872 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA, at the age of 54, and was buried in Murphy, Oklahoma, USA.