Our Cousin, Governor Roy E. Barnes of Georgia

    Governor Roy E. Barnes of Georgia, elected in 1998, is my third cousin. He is also kin to virtually all the Dunns I am in contact with, since our common ancestor is James Dunn (1824-1887), my great-great-grandfather, and all the Dunns I currently correspond with are descended from my great-grandfather, Rev. John Henry Dunn (1848-1914).  Governor Barnes descends from Rev. Dunn's sister, Mary E. Dunn Duckett.

    Governor Barnes is presumably not aware of any of us. I stumbled on this connection after discovering an article on the Atlanta Constitution's website dealing with Barnes' genealogy when he was elected. Oddly enough (or not so oddly as it turned out), I had been searching for my great-grandfather's siblings when I stumbled on this.

    The chart which follows is based on three sources: 1) An article in the Atlanta Constitution genealogical column by Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr., "People and Chat", "Our New Governor's Genealogical Background", published in 1999 and downloaded from their website. I do not have the exact date it appeared in the paper as it is no longer at their site; 2) the information on the Duckett family in the Pickens County GA Heritage 1853-1998, pp. 194-195, written by Lenora Duckett Stancil and Bernard Duckett of Talking Rock, GA; 3), my own researches in the US census, Gilmer and Pickens Co., GA marriage records,  and elsewhere.
 I am a third cousin of Governor Barnes. Other Dunns may compute their lines from this.