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Ancestry.com

April 01, 2014 08:00 ET

"Captain America" Star Comes From a Line of Real-Life Captain Americas

Chris Evans' Family Tree Reveals Ancestors That Fought in Nearly Every Major War Throughout American History

PROVO, UT--(Marketwired - Apr 1, 2014) - Captain America represents the quintessential American hero, a soldier who is wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of this country. In celebration of the release of the film sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," Ancestry.com looked into the family history of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and found that he is more than qualified to play the iconic American superhero. Evans has a long lineage of real-life heroes who have fought in nearly every major war in American history, all the way back to the American Revolution.

"Chris Evans' portrayal of Captain America is the modern-day representation of the deep patriotism his ancestors exhibited throughout history. However, finding relevant connections between the past and present isn't just for actors and superheroes -- everyone has a story," said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian for Ancestry.com. "Until you reflect on those who came before you, you might not discover how your past informs the person you are today."

The Captain America story is about a diminutive and sickly U.S. soldier whose body is enhanced through a medical experiment to achieve its maximum potential and which turns him into the country's most powerful defender. While researching the family history of the man behind the shield, Ancestry.com discovered that Chris Evans' family too is rich with generations of defenders of America's freedom. 

History of Heroes
According to expert family historians at Ancestry.com, Chris Evans has ancestors who fought during nearly every major US conflict dating back to the Revolutionary War and through World War II.

Revolutionary War and War of 1812
Morgan Cryer, Evans' 5th great-grand-uncle served as a private in the 6th regiment from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War, being shot in his ankle at one point during this three-year battle against the British. Honor Cryer, Evans' 5th great-grandfather served in Capt. Thomas Bickham's Louisiana militia company in the War of 1812.

The Civil War
The Civil War was a particularly pivotal conflict for Evans' family, with relatives fighting on both sides of the war. Daniel Cryer, Evans' 4th great-grandfather, served for the Confederacy, whereas John Garvey, Evans' 3rd great-grandfather, fought for the Union. Both men died in separate battles during this brutal war.

World War II
In the more recent past, several of Chris' direct ancestors bravely served in World War II. One served as a private in the U.S. Army in World War II, and another also fought in World War II after graduating with the 1929 class of the U.S. Military Academy. The family was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas as well as with the 21st infantry in Wahiawa, Hawaii during the war. Another ancestor retired with the rank of colonel and was laid to rest at West Point.

To find out more about your roots and the heroes hiding in your family tree, start your family history journey with Ancestry.com. Begin with the information you know and ask your family for more details. Then use the billions of online records on Ancestry.com to unlock the unknown stories of your past.

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