Edward Norton discovers real-existence Pocahontas is his twelfth extremely good-grandmother - CNN

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American actor Edward Norton has discovered that the precise-life Pocahontas, the romanticized and mythologized seventeenth century daughter of a local American chief, is his 12th splendid-grandmother.

The Oscar-nominated superstar discovered of his family unit connection to the lady who married Virginia settler John Rolfe on Tuesday's episode of the PBS genealogical heritage exhibit "finding Your Roots."

Historian and host Henry Louis Gates Jr. tested the longstanding household rumor to be truth, telling Norton: "you have got an instantaneous paper path, little question about it, connection to your twelfth extraordinary-grandmother and superb-grandfather, John Rolfe and Pocahontas."

based on Gates, the couple married on April 5, 1614 in Jamestown, Virginia – at a time when William Shakespeare became nevertheless alive. He brought that documents published that Pocahontas died three years later in Gravesend, England, whereas Rolfe died around March 1622.

"It simply makes you recognize what a small … piece of the whole human story you are," Norton remarked following the revelation.

Pocahontas welcomed English settlers to the present-day US in the early seventeenth century. Legend holds that she saved the lifetime of Captain John Smith, stopping his execution by way of laying her head upon his.

The exhibit, which traces the ancestral histories of celebrities, also uncovered that Norton's third incredible-grandfather, John Winstead, owned a household of slaves including a 55-year-historical man, a 37-year-ancient girl and five younger girls, aged four, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

Norton, 53, who stated he had researched his own ancestry before his look on "finding Your Roots," expressed that that part of historical past didn't sit neatly with him.

asked what it turned into want to see a census that established his relative was a slave proprietor, the "Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery" and "battle club" actor, referred to: "The short reply is this stuff are uncomfortable. and you should be uncomfortable with them."

"It's no longer a judgment on you to your own lifestyles however it's a judgment on the heritage of this country and it must be mentioned first and optimum and then it needs to be contended with."

Norton went on to assert that he customized the details of the census and "when you examine 'slave aged eight,' you simply want to die."

the first episode of the exhibit's ninth season also delved into "pretty woman" actor Julia Roberts' lineage.

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