his cousinship with
Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson
through the Quick family
Although Montgomery Clift was primarily of New England ancestry, through the Wendell family he was also descended from the Quick family of New York City, whence he was a 9th cousin once removed of my grandmother, Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson.
The distinguished Quincy-Wendell clan were also ancestors of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock, of Louisa May Alcott, the novelist, and of Barrett Wendell, the literary critic. On the somewhat humbler Kranckheyt side of the table, interesting descendants include the brothers Mark and Carl Van Doren, literary critics, and Walter Cronkhite, the television journalist.
The founder of the Quicks probably had not settled on this surname when he came from Naarden in the Netherlands to New York, as it never appears in the earliest records in which he is mentioned. He appears to have been of quite humble social status, and is often called simply called Theunis the mason (Theunis de metselaer) instead of by his patronymic (Thomasz.). This has caused confusion in the literature with at least one other Theunis who happened to be a mason.
Theunis Thomasz. Quick = Belitje Jacobs van Vleckensteyn
(living 1670) | (living 1673)
of New York City |
Wyntje Theunisse Hillegond Theunisse
= Herck Syboutszen = Jacob Theuniszen
(ancestor of the de Key (d. 1691)
Kranckheyt family) of New York City
Catryntje Hercks The Hon. (Captain)
= Ryck Abrahamse Teunis Jacobs De Key
van Lent (1659-1702/05)
of Newtown of New York City
| = Helena van Brugh
Abraham Lent Catharina De Key
of Tarrytown, N.Y. = Abraham Wendell
= Anna Catharina (1678-1734)
Meyer of Boston, Mass.
Isaac Lent Elizabeth Wendell
of Fishkill, = Edmund Quincy (IV)
Dutchess Co., N.Y. (1703-1788)
= Sara Luyster of Boston, merchant,
(1714-1767) grad. Harvard 1722
Catharina Lent Dr. Jacob Quincy
(say 1743-1767+) (1734?-1773)
= Francis Harris of Boston, grad. Harvard 1753,
(1740-1816), Surgeon to Col. Joseph Dwight’s
of Sandy Cove, regiment at Crown Point
Digby Tp., Annapolis = Elizabeth Williams
(now Digby) Co., N.S. |
Catherine Harris Elizabeth Wendell Quincy
= John Comfort = The Hon. Asa G. Clapp
(ca. 1755-1830) (1762-1848)
of Clinton Tp., of Portland, Maine,
Lincoln Co., Deleg. to the Constitutional Convention
Upper Canada of 1819; Rep. in State Legislature;
| said to have been the
| wealthiest man in Maine
Francis Comfort Elizabeth Williams Clapp
of Beamsville, = (Judge) The Hon. Levi Woodbury
Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co. (1789-1851)
= Jemima Wilcox of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
(1801-1876) governor, state senator,
| secretary of the navy,
| secretary of the treasury,
| Assoc. Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Margaret Comfort Mary Elizabeth ("Minna") Woodbury
= John Kennedy (IV) = The Hon. Montgomery Blair
of St. Anns, of St. Louis, Missouri
Gainsborough Tp., Postmaster-General of the U.S.,
Lincoln Co. lawyer, abolitionist
John Kennedy (V) Woodbury Blair
of Melita, Manitoba, 1st Postmaster-General
Canada of Lincoln, Nebraska
= Susanna Samantha ~ Maria Latham Anderson
Helena Young (ca. 1856- )
Jean Margaret Kennedy Ethel Anderson Fogg
(1917-2000) (adopted by Fogg family)
= Richard Harry (1888-1972?)
Mitchelson, Jr. = William Brooks Clift
of Winnipeg, Manitoba |
(my natural |
(Edward) Montgomery Clift
Our sources for the left-hand side of the table, and for the early Quick-De Key-Wendell-Quincy lineage, are the same as for our table of Quincy descendants. Gary Boyd Roberts deserves credit for noticing the revelation of Clifts illegitimate descent from the Blairs mentioned in Patricia Bosworths Montgomery Clift, and developing the line from Theunis DeKey and Helena van Brugh in his Notable Kin, 2 vols. (Santa Clarita, California, 1998-99), 2:160-1, 163-4. Clifts paternal ancestry is treated in a Clift Family History by Charlene (Clift) Robertson, and recent studies by John Camp, The New Netherland Ancestors of Edward Montgomery Clift, at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nnnotables/zemc.html, and
The New Netherland Ancestors of Elizabeth Wendell Clapp, the wife of Levi Woodbury, at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nnnotables/zlewo.html, trace their entire known New York ancestry. There is substantial biographical material at Stephen Clifts Montgomery Clift Shrine, at http://montyclift.com/shrine/. Working from the top downward, additional published secondary sources bearing on Clifts ancestral lines include:
William S. Pattee, M.D., A history of Old Braintree and Quincy… (Quincy, Mass., 1878), 586-91 (Quincy), especially p. 589, where an account is given of the somewhat elusive Dr. Jacob Quincy (he is presumably treated in Sibleys Harvard Graduates, to which we do not have access).
Clapp, Asa, National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 5:409-10 (with engraved portrait).
Cornelia Van Ness, in Phebe A. Hanaford, Daughters of America; or, Women of the Century (Augusta, Maine, 1882), p. 124, which briefly mentions Asa G. Clapp and his daughter Elizabeth.
The Levi Woodbury family: a register of its papers in the Library of Congress, prepared by Lyman Heine and Paul Schmidt, revised by Karen Linn Femia (Washington: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 1997), available online at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/faid/FaidCollList.html.
Charles Levi Woodbury, Genealogical Sketches of the Woodbury Family, its intermarriages and connections (Manchester, N.H., 1904), 117 (Woodbury), 167-71 (Clapp), 179-96 (Quincy), 197-204 (Wendell), 205-6 (De Key). The author was a son of Levi Woodbury and Elizabeth Clapp, but incredibly, the book does not give the birth dates of any of their children.
Mrs. E.E. Ellet [Elizabeth Fries (Lummis) Ellet], The court circles of the Republic, or the beauties and celebrities of the nation; illustrating life and society under eighteen presidents… (Hartford, Conn., 1869), 226-33, 466, 532, 560, for mention of Elizabeth (Clapp) Woodbury, to whom the book is dedicated.
Charles A. Hazlett, History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens (Chicago, 1915), 50-53 (Levi Woodbury).
Articles on Levi Woodbury and Montgomery Blair in the Dictionary of American Biography and in the new American National Biography.
Blair and Lee Family Papers, 1764-1946 … a finding aid, by Judith Golden (Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division, 1992), available online at
http://libweb.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/aids/blairlee/, which supplied the elusive dates of Mary Elizabeth (Woodbury) Blair and of her son, Woodbury Blair.
The Blair family: a register of its papers in the Library of Congress, prepared by Paul Ledvina,
revised and expanded by Margaret McAleer (Washington: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 1997), available online at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/faid/FaidCollList.html.
Patricia Bosworth, Montgomery Clift: A biography (New York, 1978).