Yankee Doodle Dandy Genealogy is in the spotlight today. “A Patriotic Tune, Perched on a Branch of a Family Tree,” by New York Times writer features the story of
David Ditta, who just retired as a commercial photographer…, was a genealogist by avocation who could trace his American ancestors, the Davenports, back to relatives who arrived in 1637.
What Mr. Ditta, who is 67 and lives near San Francisco, didn’t know until recently was that he is also descended from the Fitch family of Norwalk, Conn. Thomas Fitch IV was a governor of Connecticut in the 18th century, but his son, Col. Thomas Fitch V, became even more famous as the person believed to be the inspiration for the tune “Yankee Doodle.”
“When they first sent me a message, I figured there’s not a chance,” Mr. Ditta said. “I had a pretty good idea of our genealogy. But when I saw the connection with the Davenports, it all clicked.”
Why is it I never get email full of impeccable research linking me to someone noteworthy? What’s that? Hasn’t happened to you, either, eh?