Who Do You Think You Are?” The series, produced by , of “Friends” fame, was moved from NBC to TLC.was the first celebrity to learn about her ancestors on the TLC series “
Kelly Clarkson began her journey into her past after speaking with her mother about their family tree. Armed with limited information, the first-ever winner of “American Ido” traveled to Ohio to learn about her great-great-great-grandfather, Isaiah Rose.
Once in Columbus, Clarkson learned that Isaiah Rose had fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. Rose enlisted early in the Civil War. He re-enlisted and found himself fighting in the Battle of Decatur in Georgia. Because of that, Kelly Clarkson's next stop on her journey would be in Georgia.
Once in Decatur, Clarkson learned her great-great-great-grandfather fought about six miles behind the front lines, helping to keep the supply line open for General Sherman's “march to the sea” in Georgia. Isaiah Rose was taken prison at the Battle of Decatur. Because of that, Kelly Clarkson found herself in Andersonville, where Rose was held prisoner.
Clarkson had never heard of the Andersonville prison camp. She had no idea that the camp that was originially built to hold only 10,000 prisoners ended up holding over 40,000 Union prisoners. Kelly Clarkson had no idea of the horrors that the prisoners (and guards) faced at Andersonville. The award-winner was shocked when she learned of Andersonsonville and elated when she found out her great-great-great-grandfather had escaped.
The details of Rose's escape are unknown. It is possible he escaped when being moved to another prison camp. However he did escape, he found himself shot by “friendly fire.” The Union soldier had been mistaken for a Confederate soldier or scout and shot in the leg, just above the knee.
Despite his injury and permanently disabled, Isaiah Rose made his way back to Ohio. There he ran for sheriff in Washington County. He won the election. From there, Rose became a state senator.
As a freshman state senator, Kelly Clarkson's great-great-great grandfather fought to pass a temperance law. Clarkson was unaware that the temperance movement Rose fought for help to lead to prohibition. Despite the explanation given to Clarkson regarding the temperance movement, the singer was quite pleased he had “fought for women.”
Isaiah Rose did not win re-election. The local liquor lobby did their best to make sure that he was not able to pass additional anti-liquor laws. He lost the election by only 32 votes.
Isaiah Rose went on to marry and have seven children. He passed away on Thanksgiving Day in 1916.
Kelly Clarkson seemed quite pleased with her discoveries. Not only did she learn about her personal family history, she also learned the history of America as she particpated in “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TLC.