AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
Berry Gordy is Jimmy Carter's Cousin
More closely related than Barack Obama and Dick Cheney:
Berry Gordy II (1888–1978) was the son of Berry Gordy I and a woman named Lucy. Berry Gordy I was the son of James Thomas Gordy, a white farmer, and a female slave in Georgia. This James Thomas Gordy (1828–1889) was also, by his wife Harriet Emily Helms, the great-grandfather of James Earl Carter, Jr., the 39th President of the United States, making Berry Gordy III and Jimmy Carter second half-cousins. It is also through James Thomas Gordy (and James' great-grandfather Andreas Presslar) that Berry Gordy and Jimmy Carter were sixth cousins to Elvis Presley..."