My dad had a cousin who did some research back to a knight in France (1200's IIRC). Otherwise mostly farmers.
Dad was in Korea and Vietnam.
When he was young dad worked as a lumberjack. Spent his 1st winter in the woods when he was 14. The next year he had a tree fall on him and was in a coma for 2 weeks.
Mom said that one of her grandmothers, or maybe a great grandmother, was an indigenous person (Happy Holiday!)
Mom started working as a live-in maid when she was 16 or 17. Yep, uniform and everything.
Both parents came from large, unimaginative, catholic families. All the boys were named Joseph and the girls Mary. Everyone was called by their middle name.