Legend has it my paternal great, great, grandfather was a horse thief. Have no idea if it is true.
Not sure if my paternal grandfather would be considered a criminal or just a survivalist. He was a street kid from about 11 years old. One of the most common stories told about him was beating others right handed in marbles and then offering to play left handed and cleaning up. He was a lefty. I suspect he may have been good a cards as well. One of my very earliest memories is of him showing me how to shuffle with one hand.
Related on my mother’s side to a well known historical figure. Back then what he did wasn’t considered criminal but *I* consider it criminal so I do not proudly “claim” him as others in the family do.
I have a ton of ancestors that owned slaves, so they'd be criminals by today's terms; and should have been. Imagine as a kid when you figure out that the foreseers house used to be slave quarters; or that a collection of outhouses were also slave quarters.
Considering I come from such a wide assortment of ethnic backgrounds, all of whom fled various countries around the world in abject poverty and along the way mingled with other destitute souls looking to emigrate anywhere they could lay their head and find food for their stomachs I'd have to imagine desperation led to criminality at various times.
Not that I am aware of. But we don't have much family history back further than my Grandparents on both sides. They moved around the world, and spent a lot of time in parts of the world where records of anything just weren't kept, or have been lost to fire or time or war. DD really hasn't made any progress in her family history effort in the past 5 years.