Distant relatives have also made an impact on our culture (i.e. Henry Fonda, Larry Bird, etc.). And for the older generations among us (and I shudder at the thought of having to include myself in this category), no one individual better represented the essence of Americana than Norman Rockwell.
For years readers looked forward to Rockwell's famous art gracing the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, paintings that became iconic. Rockwell captured in his work the bonds of family and patriotism held so dear to the hearts of Americans. Everyone seemed to have their favorite Rockwell creation.
According to the Norman Rockwell Museum, "Americans first knew and loved Norman Rockwell's art as it appeared on and between the covers of America's most popular magazines. These magazine covers, advertisements, and illustrations are the heart of the collection" of Rockwell paintings now preserved at the Norman Rockwell Museum.of Vermont.
Our family connection with Norman Rockwell goes all the way back to Edmund and Joan Makin.Sherman, my 11th great-grandparents and Norman Rockwell's 8th great-grandparents. Our great-grandfather, Frank Martin Bragg, and Norman Rockwell were 9th cousins. Here is the family connection:
|Bragg Family ||Rockwell Family |
|Edmund Sherman (1572-1641) and Joan Makin |
|Esther (or Hester) Sherman b.1606||Rev. John Sherman b.1613|
|Esther Ward b.1623||Rev. James Sherman b.1651|
|Daniel Burr b.1660||Dr. John Sherman b.1683|
|Elizabeth Burr b.1696||Phineas Sherman b.1719|
|Nathaniel Hull b.1726||Lemuel Sherman b.1750|
|Ezekiel Hull b.1765||Jacob Sherman b.1779|
|Platt Hull b.1787 ||Orilla Janes Sherman b.1808|
|Ezekiel Hull b.1813||John William Rockwell|
|Rebecca L. Hull b.1841||Jarvis Waring Rockwell|
|Frank Martin Bragg b.1867||Norman Percival Rockwell b.1894|
|Orval Bishop Bragg b.1895|
|Don Cicero Bragg b.1920 |