Latter-day Saint Life

Did You Know LDS Prophets Are Distant Cousins to Elvis, Shakespeare, Johnny Depp + More?


This is fascinating. What a way to inspire some motivation for family history work. 

What do the late LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley and sometimes-bad-boy actor Johnny Depp have in common?

They are distant cousins: 10th cousins five times removed, to be exact. Their common ancestor is Sir Thomas Knyvett, born in 1485, a close associate of England’s volatile King Henry VIII.

Knyvett often joined in the jousts and pageants of the king’s glittering court — traits that his flamboyant 14th great-grandson Depp may have inherited. Knyvett also was a courageous knight and administrator — attributes later shared by his dutiful ninth great-grandson Hinckley.

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