BridgeAnne d’Avignon, aged 12, was doing a genealogy research on her lineage when she decided to change the course and try to decipher the genealogy of the presidents of the United States.
In her thorough research which involved over 500,000 names through history, her aim was to find the ancestry of all US presidents and see if there was a ‘presidential Adam’ that connected all of them. To everybody’s surprise, she discovered that 42 of 43 US presidents trace back to a single person: John Lackland Plantagenet, King of England (r. 1199-1216).
If you are familiar with the theories, or the ruling elite families that govern the world, it may not come to a big surprise to find that ALL United States presidents (with the exception of one), including the Bushes, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and even Barack Obama, happen to be cousins and that all of them are descendants of King John of England.
The only president BridgeAnne couldn’t connect in the lineage was Martin Van Buren, the 8th president of the United States. As for the others, this means that they are not only descendants of King John of England, but also distant cousins of Elizabeth, the Queen of England and the British Royal family.
King John Plantaganet was king of England from 1199 to 1216. He was most famous for signing the Magna Carta in 1215, and for losing the Duchy of Normandy to King Philip II of France, thus receiving his nickname Lackland. He was also depicted as the villain in the Robin Hood tales.
The English monarchy has a long and storied history, dating back centuries. Many people are familiar with the names of some of the more famous monarchs, such as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. But did you know that every single president of the United States is related to King John of England? That’s right! Every. Single. One. The connection between the American presidents and King John of England is actually quite simple.
John was the son of Henry II, who was the king of England from 1154-1189. Henry II’s daughter, Joan, married Ralph de Botetourt, the 1st Earl of Cornwall. Ralph and Joan had a son, also named Ralph, who married Isabel de Clare, the heiress of Strongbow. Ralph and Isabel’s son was named John. He married Maud de Braose, the daughter of William de Braose, the 4th Lord of Bramber. John and Maud’s son was named William. He married Matilda FitzRoy, the daughter of Richard FitzRoy, the 1st Earl of Cornwall.
William and Matilda’s son was named Henry. He married Alice de Lacy, the daughter of Henry de Lacy, the 3rd Earl of Lincoln. Henry and Alice’s daughter was named Joan. She married Gilbert de Clare, the 6th Earl of Hertford. Joan and Gilbert’s son was named Gilbert. He married Alice de Lacy, the daughter of Henry de Lacy, the 3rd Earl of Lincoln (yes, the same Henry de Lacy that Alice’s mother was named after). Gilbert and Alice’s son was named Roger.
He married Maud FitzJohn, the daughter of John FitzGeoffrey, the Justiciar of England. Roger and Maud’s son was named John. He married Isabel de Clare, the daughter of Gilbert de Clare, the 7th Earl of Gloucester. John and Isabel’s son was named Gilbert. He married Joan of Acre, the daughter of Edward I, king of England from 1272-1307. Gilbert and Joan’s son was named Roger.
He married Maud de Burgh, the daughter of Hubert de Burgh, the Earl of Kent. He married Margaret de Mortimer, the daughter of Roger de Mortimer, the 1st Earl of March. John and Margaret’s
Presidents George Washington, the Adamses, Calvin Coolidge, Millard Fillmore, Rutherford Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, George Bush, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Harry S. Truman, have all been related to British royalty.
According to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, James Buchanan was the illegitimate son of British Prime Minister William Gladstone in recent years. Buchanan was born in 1855, a year after the two had an affair. Buchanan’s true identity has never been confirmed, and the story has been largely discredited, but it is still a fascinating sidelight on one of the country’s most colorful presidents.
There have been many presidents related to British royalty throughout history. The most notable would probably be George Washington, who was related to King Edward III of England. However, there have been many other presidents who have had ties to British royalty, including John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe.
George Washington, the first president to be directly descended from a British monarch, was born in 1732 to a wealthy landowner family in the United States. Washington is the only president not born in the United States, having been the first president of the country. Presidents George Washington, James K. Polk, and Franklin D. Roosevelt all descended from British monarchs.
As a result, each of these men served as president of the United States. As presidents descend from British monarchs, other nations are infused with royal blood. Many of the immigrants who arrived in the United States during the colonial period were descendants of royal families. The majority of the people who settled in the United States during the colonial era were royal descendants. These people were descended from King Edward VII of England, Queen Elizabeth I of Scotland, and King George V of Ireland. The royal blood was common in these people.
It was certainly a common practice. Many of those who settled in the United States were descended from members of the British royal family. The first president to be directly descended from a British monarch was George Washington, who was born in 1732 to a wealthy landowners family. These were descended from kings and queens of England, Scotland, and Ireland. As a result, they had a large amount of royal blood. This was a piece of American history that was shared by the people who first settled the country.