CELEBRITY GENEALOGY

Why Pharrell Almost Didn’t Exist

Megan Smolenyak
Age of Awareness
Published in
19 min readOct 3, 2016

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Credit: Shawn Ahmed

Every one of us is an amalgamation not only of all our ancestors, but of their decisions, and in 1831, Ambrose Hawkins was contemplating moving his family from America to Africa. Had he done so, his son Joseph would have been raised in Liberia instead of North Carolina and never would have become Pharrell Williams’s third great-grandfather.

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Megan Smolenyak
Age of Awareness

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)