Warren G. A request by a grandson of Harding to prove his ancestry with “scientific certainty” has been denied by an Ohio judge.
James Blessing, whose grandmother, Nan Britton, wrote an all-book about his affair with the 29th president in 1928, had already established relationships with the help of Ancestry.com and sampled the DNA of two Harding descendants Were.
But a section of the Harding family that sacked Mr. Blessing had cast doubt on the genealogical lineage, as it was relatively new, although it was reliable. So mister blaesing Demanded to go ahead Establishing direct evidence that President Harding was his grandfather.
Dr. Peter Martin Harding, whose father is one of the nephews of the former president, said that resistance members of the family, however, wrote letters to the court acknowledging the results of the pedigree. Dr. Harding is one of the relatives who provided DNA to confirm Mr. Blessing’s lineage.
Robert D., a judge of the Marion County Family Court in Ohio. Fragley cited those letters as evidence of Mr. Walling’s family’s acceptance of “Warren G. Harding’s grandson and thus his relatives.” This removed the need to provoke the former president, he wrote in an order on 3 November.
Judge Fragley cited the comments of a pedigree executive in 2015 New York Times article In which the executive said about genetic testing: “The technology we are using is at a level of specificity that more DNA testing is not required. This is the definitive answer. “
Judge Blagell said that despite Mr. Blessing’s apparently quiet acceptance as his relative, “there would be no legitimate purpose”, Judge Fragley wrote, the process lacked support for “any surviving Harding family members.” Save Mr. Blessing.
Dr. Harding, a 78-year-old former Navy psychiatrist who lives in Big Sur, California, said in a phone interview Tuesday evening that he had encouraged him to sue Mr. Blassing, requesting a provocation because he wanted a court Were. Formally acknowledges Mr. Blessing as a member of the Harding family.
And the court did so, finding that “James E. Blessing is a direct descendant and grandson of President Warren G. Going.”
Mr. Blessing’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Blessing, died in 2005 and is the only known child of President Harding.
Dr. Harding said he could understand “the whole thing about proving it directly” – through DNA testing using samples from the former president’s body – “and how dramatic it is.”
The thought of embossing President Harding’s body was so dramatic that a production company, Magilla Entertainment, sought to document the anomaly – a process that would require lifting a 9,400-pound granite slab, which President Harding and his wife had Covers graves, in Florence, Marion, Ohio.
Mr. Blassing, 70, had a lawyer, Natalie A., on Tuesday evening. He declined to comment through Harris, who said that Mr. Blessing would not appeal the decision. Ms. Harris also represents Magilla Entertainment, which was not involved in the court’s request.
Dr. Harding was a supporter of Mr Blessing’s mission – he began contact with Mr Blessing and the two had been friendly since a family gathered a few years ago – but became “defensive” when the production company joined. (Dr. Harding stated that Mr. Blessing had sent the call back, as he wrote to the court stating that he was opposed to the counterclaim.)
There is a conspiracy theory, Dr. Harding said, that President Harding was poisoned by his wife. He was concerned that the purpose of the proclamation was to demand to prove or reject that theory on television. (Another conspiracy, he said, was that President Harding had black descendants; DNA testing found no ancestor from sub-Saharan Africa.)
Ms. Harris said in an email to the New York Times in September that Mr. Blessing’s story would focus on the making of any film, but, should the body be engraved, Magilla Entertainment could consider a toxicity test “Additional information about the president “Health and sudden death
Ms. Britton writes in her book that she and the former president envisioned Mr. Blessing’s mother in the office of then-Senator Harding in the Capitol. After ascending to the presidency, they continued their affair in the “a closet in a small cell” in the West Wing. Speaking to the New York Times in 2015, Mr. Blessing said that his grandmother would “get the biggest smile on his face” talking about the 29th president.
However, some family members remain wary about Mr. Blessing’s entry into the official family tree, Drs. Harding said he was not aware of the situation.
“I want it there,” he said. “I want people to know President Harding as a person too – as a lover and as a president.”