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All US Presidents (Except Van Buren) Descended From One English King

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A young girl in California has put together a Presidential Family Tree. Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d'Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England through a common ancestor.

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Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 7:16 pm
Noted , thanks !!!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 7:52 pm

Joanne M (22)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:02 pm
Good job!

Michael Barth (43)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:07 pm
Noted. I found this real interesting too.

Robert Hardy (68)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:39 pm

Marie W (67)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 11:03 pm
Gives one pause...

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:30 am
Noted. Thanks.

Louise D (44)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:01 am
Yes but how many were also descended from Robin Hood?

. (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 9:57 am
This was posted a while ago; really interesting.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:01 am
And all the kings and queens of England proved (?!) direct ancestry to King David.

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:01 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:26 pm
Is anyone really surprised?

Janet R (38)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:48 pm
Smart kid.

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:59 pm

Obama knows he is related to Irish - distant cousins. This is interesting and I wonder how factual. It might lead back to the NWO conspiracy! Oh not, Toto we are not in Kansas any more. Or maybe all of Kansas is related, I feel sure most of the south is cousins, maybe even all first cousins!

Gloria H (88)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 2:55 pm
There maybe a lot more of us running around with royal blood coursing through our veins as the kings coursed through mistresses and serf females.
Jack the Ripper is rumored to have been of royal blood..who wants to find him on one of the family tree branches?
Aside form medical information..
My family story said an ancestor was a big shot in Puerto Rico, then I read a history book that said at the time of my great great grandfathers' claim to fame, Puerto Rico was run by many mini dictators. Not quite Jack the Ripper, but that did it for climbing around the family tree for me.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 3:42 pm
wow..that's kinda creepy

Talya H (10)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 5:32 pm
thanks for the article!

Eternal G (745)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 6:32 pm
Noted, creepy indeed!

John B (185)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 7:31 pm
Thanks Carrie for the article. Amazing what this young girl has done. Read and noted.

William Y (54)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:05 pm
I'm surprised that even Van Buren isn't related, there has been a number of cross marriages by the Dutch with the Angle, Saxon, Jute, Norman, Scotch, Welsh & Irish.

Jessie Cross (295)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 11:52 pm
Sorry, I noticed this in the newletter and just wanted to pop in to say - so what???? This is news??

Shan D (49)
Monday August 6, 2012, 5:45 am
@Jessie Cross: Yes, it is news. If you don't have anything more awful than this to complain about, consider yourself fortunate.

That said, I'll take my Viking ancestors over King John any day.

P A (117)
Monday August 6, 2012, 6:25 am
Going back 800 years and allowing 25 - 33 years per generation, and assuming no-one married a relative, there would have to be between nearly 9 million and something like 500 million ancestors to choose from, or a person then has around 8 +million possible descendents over time - ie we are all likely to be related to these people in one way or another - particularly given the way most men in a position of power seem to be.... generous with their favours and illegitimacy is rarely noted in genealogies!

Green star to Shan D - me too!


Pamylle G (461)
Monday August 6, 2012, 6:53 am
Is this true or even useful ? I smell Conspiracy Theorist relatives nearby....

Gary L (138)
Monday August 6, 2012, 1:14 pm
and if we go far enough back we will find we'ere all related

Christopher Fowler (82)
Monday August 6, 2012, 1:48 pm
Anyone worried about the birth certificate now?

Michael T (82)
Monday August 6, 2012, 2:47 pm
LOL. Never was Christopher, but I am waiting for the trolls to arrive to start spewing their hash.

Sharon F (0)
Monday August 6, 2012, 4:32 pm
The King must have had a zipper problem!! Was Rmoney related to the very active King? There wasn't even Viagara around then. LOL.

marie C (163)
Monday August 6, 2012, 4:49 pm
Thanks Carrie clever little angel very interesting

Carrie B (306)
Monday August 6, 2012, 6:01 pm
What I find the most fascinating and extraordinary is that a twelve year old did this. Great kid!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday August 6, 2012, 9:12 pm
I think there needs to be more investigation here - King John was not a particularly good king -being a rather cruel despot to his own people. However his hand was eventually forced and he signed the Magna Carta- the Great Charter of the Liberties of England. So I would think twice before claiming such a relationship - because King John eventually had to defer to the hoi poloi - how many US Presidents have done so??

reft h (66)
Monday August 6, 2012, 10:04 pm
good job!

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 6, 2012, 11:39 pm
Great job and very interesting. I know my father told me that he traced his family back to 1066 (The Battle of Hastings) in Britain. And in some recent reading, about 60-70 million years ago, there was a great, shall we say, culling of the human species resulting in less than 10,000 mating pairs remaining. There is more of chance that many around the world are related, albeit very distantly. Just try to prove some of the relationships when documentation was not good or it was lost. But interesting nonetheless.

One thing did bug me though, the reporter certainly doesn't know how to how to pronounce this young lady's last name! There was a comment that she was trying to trace her own tree and thought it to be French. With a name like d'Avignon, I will tell you that her ancestors are likely from an area in south-east France around d'Avignon. d'Avignon became the site of the RC Popes in 1309 under Clement V who did not want to go to Rome. In 1377 the papacy returned to Rome but there was still a lot of animosity within the papacy that lasted many more decades. I have been there and although austentacious with it's room with blue ceiling and gold stars, it is magnificent. Ok, enough history.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 7:09 pm
noted, ty Carrie
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