The purpose of these pages is to list the results of searches to find famous or infamous people who had connections with Hethersett. Most will be totally unknown, but left their mark in some part of the world or other.
George Walker Bush, President of the United States
George Herbert Walker Bush, President of the United States
Hethersett the Race Horse, Winner of English classis
Ralph "Ginger" Johnson, Norwich City Footballer
Samuel Smith, Influential Canadian Citizen
It is a little known fact that the current President of the United States of America - George Walker Bush (born 6th July, 1946) and his father and former president - George Herbert Walker Bush (born 1924) - have descendants from Hethersett.
The 20th generation of the Bush family from George Walker Bush shows the name of Sibel Hethersett who was born in Hethersett and died about 1445 at Friars Preachers, England. She married John Pagrave.
The 21st generation shows Sibel Hethersett's father as William Hethersett. The name of his wife is not known.
The first mention of English ancestry in the Bush family appears to be in the seventh generation in the form of James Uncles who was born in Bradford on 5th August, 1794, and died on 25th January, 1835 in Columbus, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Criswell who came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Going back to the 25th generation, a number of other Norfolk place names appear including Lynn (presumably King's Lynn), South Acre, Calthorp, Dalling (presumably Wood Dalling) and Great Carbroke.
Hethersett was born in 1959 and was the European Champion three year old in 1962 when he won the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster - one of the classic British flat races. Hethersett also won a number of other group one prestigious races including the Great Voltigeur Stakes, the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, the Derby Trial Stakes. He also came second in the Champion Stakes, the Coronation Cup and the Jockey Club Stakes.
Norwich City Footballer during the second world war. Ralph was born in Hethersett on 15th April, 1922 and became a prolific scorer in wartime friendly matches. At the outbreak of war he was just 17 years of age and was denied playing competitive league football.
In wartime friendlies he scored an amazing 123 goals in 107 matches with five hat-tricks, two four goal hauls, two five goal hauls, and two double hat-tricks on November 11th, 1944 and 24th March, 1945 against the RAF and REME respectively. He once scored in 19 successive Norwich City games and in 24 out of 25 matches on another occasion including 13 goals in three consecutive games.
In his fleeting league career he netted in 10 seconds on 19th October, 1946 in a match against Orient. In 23 official league and cup games he scored 10 goals and would have had many more but for the war. His Norwich City league debut was against Ipswich Town on September 9th, 1946.
Today Ralph still lives in Hethersett at the age of 82.
Samuel Hardman Smith was born at the Grange in Hethersett on July 22nd, 1868, the son of James and Sarah (nee Sunter) Smith. The family emigrated to the United States in 1880 where his father farmed at LeMars, Iowa.
Samuel attended high school in Iowa and farmed with his father until 1897 when he moved with his brother to Carberry, Manitoba, in Canada where he again engaged in farming and later real estate.
In 1901 he moved to Edmonton where he formed the Western Reality Company Ltd and had interests in coal mining and other industrial enterprises. He became vice-president of Western Clays Ltd and vice president of Sandeman and Cope Company Ltd. He served as an Alderman of Edmonton Council from 1906 to 1907 and was a member of the Edmonton Club. He married Florence White in 1907. No further details available.