My mom was always told that she bore a resemblance to Judy Garland. (Mom could also sing). She was often asked if she was related to Garland. Little did she know that she was – a very distant relation.
Judy Garland (a.k.a. Frances Gumm) ‘s 5th great-grandparents William Batte Sr. and Mary (Stratton) Batte are my 8th great-grandparents (mom’s father’s side). William and Mary’s son William was the direct line ancestor to Judy; their daughter Mary "Polly" Batte, who married our 7th great-grandfather Richard Bennett, is our direct ancestor. These are the kind of surprises that keep me at my family’s genealogy research.