Likely not related--my family has only ever been in Florida(Mother's side) or Alabama(Father's Side), no one has left or moved anywhere else, although, my great-grandmother once lived in New York as a child, she was an immigrant.
Hmmmm - I'm wondering if you've been reading my stuff or just guessing. I went to the International School of Brussels in 67-70. I'm 47. I also went to the International School of Geneva 78-82.
That is Thomas Paine - I live about a mile and a half from his former home in Bordentown, NJ. It took a long time to extrapolate his major contribution to US democracy so that it truly was inclusive - but he was the champion of populist democracy. His idea is that the group can be smarter than any individual within it - which, when there are enough ideologies represented - is being proven scientifically right now.