Stephen Colbert Is Canadian - Ancestry.ca Reveals Relatives
Stephen Colbert, the comedian who has spent years flippantly mocking Canada may just have to backtrack now that Ancestry.ca's records have revealed he has Canadian relatives. Colbert has dubbed Canadians as "Syrup suckers" and "Godless" on previous occasions, but it turns out that his own great-grandfather was Canadian, having moved over from Ireland to Canada.
Ancestry.ca, a comprehensive website that details family history and lineage, recently discovered that Colbert has two paternal relatives that have lived, worked, and died within Canada. The clearest lineage seems to stem from Colbert's great-grandfather, James Quinn, who immigrated from Ireland directly to Canada.
According to his 1851 Census record, James Quinn lived and worked as a labourer in Frontenac County near Kingston, Ontario, which coincidentally is a noted hotbed of hockey and home to proud Canadian and hockey icon, Don Cherry. James' daughter Angeline Quinn married George William Colbert, Stephen's great-grandfather.
Records from Ancestry.ca also show that Colbert's great-great-grandmother, Mary Skelton, moved to North America where she met her husband in the United States. She later made her way to Canada where she lived out the rest of her life.
This may come as a shock to Colbert, who has been bashing Canada once again particularly in the last few weeks with regards to the 2010 Olympics. Colbert is sponsoring the American Speed skating team in the upcoming Olympics, and has made a point of accusing the Canadian Olympic Committee of not giving the American team enough ice time for training.
Now there is speculation as to whether the revealing information about Colbert's ancestry and Canadian ties will have any affect on his perspective of Canadians. Ancestry.ca's records are hard to deny so it remains to be seen whether Colbert will be having a change of tune about his fellow Canadians any time soon.