Dwight D. Eisenhower had black ancestry via his maternal side, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower; it was used politically against him by his opponents.
Ida Link’s mother — Elizabeth Link (Eisenhower’s maternal grandmother) has no known family tree:
Why are her parents listed as “unknown”?
She’s a genealogical dead end. But no one is a genealogical dead end unless someone wants them to be.
She was born in Mount Sidney, Virginia, the only daughter of Elizabeth Ida Juda Link and Simon P. Stover.
Here’s the problem: In Mount Sidney to this day there are both black families and white families with the surname “Link”.. Many years ago, a black researcher discovered that Ida’s mother was from the black Links a fact washed away in time by two things:
1. Her mother died when she was five years old.
2. She went to live with a white family after.
3. She moved to Kansas while in her teens.
4. She married a white man.