Joseph Stalin is my 1st cousin 4x removed. When Joseph Stalin was born on December 18, 1878, in Gori, Georgia, his father, Besarion, was 28 and his mother, Keke, was 20. He married Ekaterina "Kato" Svanidze and they had one child together. He then married Nadezhda Sergejevna Alliluyeva and they had three children together between 1921 and 1926. He died on March 5, 1953, in Moskva, Russia, at the age of 74, and was buried in Moscow, Russia. I am the daughter of Timothy James Dykes, my grandmother Sheryl D Bellville is daughter of Floyd Allen Bellville, my great-grandfather Floyd Allen Bellville is the son of Willis Eugene Bellville, my 2nd great grandfather Willis Eugene Bellville is the son of Charles Wesley Bellville, my 3rd great grandfather Charles Wesley Bellville is the son Louisa Almeda Claflin, my 4th great grandmother Louisa Almeda Claflin is the mother of Keke Geladze, my 3rd great grand aunt Keke Geladze is the mother of Joseph Stalin. Joseph grew up in a violent home: his father ("Beso") was incessantly drunk and beat his mother and him frequently. Once Joseph was beaten so hard there was blood in his urine for just over a week. When Stalin's father beat Keke, Keke occasionally fought back. Once, a blood soaked Joseph ran to the Gori police chief Davrichewy crying: "Help! Come quickly! He's killing my mother!" Joseph even threw a knife at his father while defending his mother. Before Joseph was 10, Beso left the family home (some family members say he was thrown out by his wife). To support herself and her son, Keke took on any menial job available; mainly housework, sewing and laundering. They had nine homes in the next decade. She returned once when Beso promised to improve, but she soon left to live with Father Charkviani, one of Stalin's rumored fathers. Stalin wrote letters to Keke occasionally. These letters were affectionate and upbeat, but short; it took him an excessively long time to write them because it had become difficult for him to write in Georgian (the only language his mother understood). A doctor who treated Keke in her old age, recalled that when Stalin visited his mother in October 1935, he asked her: "Why did you beat me so hard?" "That's why you turned out so well", Keke answered. In return, his mother asked him: "Joseph - who exactly are you now?" "Do you remember the tsar? Well, I'm like a tsar", replied Stalin. "You'd have done better to have become a priest" was his mother's insult. Keke died of pneumonia on June 4, 1937. Although her death was reported in Georgia, Stalin requested that the news not be reported across the rest of the Soviet Union. Stalin did not attend the funeral, held on June 8.