Ancestry.com is promoting their services by issuing this new report about Barack Obama's ancestry--and they tell us that he is a descendant of John Punch (or Bunch, as the name later became). But this is not through his Kenyan father--but through his mother. Remember that in the very earliest years, there were no laws against interracial marriage, and it happened enough for Virginia and Maryland to pass laws in the seventeenth century to prohibit it.
UPDATE: I had originally titled this, "America's First Documented Slave" but actually, first documented African slave. Indian survivors of the Pequot War in 1637 Connecticut were enslaved.
UPDATE 2: The comments over at Legal Insurrection are beyond skeptical, and some of them are really quite amusing. This one, which those familiar with the story of Superman, will recognize:
This doesn’t quite square with the old southside Chicago legend that states Ma and Pa Dunham were on their front porch in Kansas one night, when they saw what they thought was a meteor. Well, the thing whooshed over the house, knocked over the family-size statue of Lenin in the front yard and crashed into the herb garden.
Far from being a meteor, it was the remains of a very sophisticated rocket, but not one you’d ever imagine coming from Earth. No, this one was covered in strange writing and inside, was a baby, wrapped in a copy of what appeared to be the Communist Manifesto.And:
November 1, 2012 NYT headline: Barack Obama Ancestry Traced Back To Jesus Christ AND Mohammed.