Edward Norton’s Family History sounds like something Miles Bron made up

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So it turns out that Edward Nortonthe family history is almost straight out of a Disney movie. Or at least the real motivation for one. An upcoming episode of the PBS documentary series Finding Your Roots shows that Norton, who is currently riding high on Netflix’s success Glass onionancestor is even more famous than the Incredible Hulk the actor himself – Pocahontas, the daughter of the Algonquin chief Powhatan in the 17th century.

This piece from the new season Finding Your Roots featuring historian and entertainer Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells Norton that his family connection to the legendary native prisoner, a long-held belief of Norton’s family, is indeed true. “Pocahontas is actually your 12th great-grandmother. I understand it was family lore, well, it’s absolutely true,” Gates tells an astonished Norton, adding, “You have a direct paper trail, no doubt about it, a connection to your 12th great-grandmother and great-grandfather John Rolfe and Pocahontas.”

Gates then mentions Pocahontas’ tragic history, noting that she married Virginia plantation owner John Rolfe in the Jamestown settlement of the Virginia colony in 1614 before later traveling to Rolfe in England , where she died shortly after arriving in Gravesend in 1617 at the age of 21. Pocahontas was captured and held for ransom by Jamestown settlers during the First Anglo-Powhatan War. She was baptized by the colonists before they met Rolfe.

Pocahontas has a famous connection to the colony and the future colonial governor John Smith. Their relationship, now considered by most historians to be apocryphal at best, has been the subject of several romantic fictional accounts, including the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas. Their “relationship” was largely based on Smith’s questionable account of his own capture by Powhatan, in which she bargained for her own life. It is now seen as just the Norton big whopper type Glass onion the character, Miles Bron, would try to pass off as real.

The first scene of the season Finding Your Rootsby Edward Norton, airing on PBS Friday nights at 8pm EST.

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