For many years, my Lanning family had said that we were descended from President’s John and John Quincy Adams. When I started researching my family in the early 1990′s, one of the 1st things I found was that while we were descended from a John Adams, he was actually born before President Adams. Amazingly though, a little over a year ago, I was finally able to make a connection and find that my Lanning family is related to the Presidents Adams line. In learning this information, I also learned that both my Lanning line and the President Adams line are Mayflower descendants. President John Adams is my 3rd Cousin 7 times removed and President John Quincy Adams is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.
My fierce desire now is to finally be able to find my Lanning line in England (possibly Wales, but we believe England). My 8th Great Grandfather may have been John Lennen, Lennon, Lonnon or some other variation. I believe the line goes back to Cornwall, England, but have been unable to prove that line.