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When researching your family’s lineage, you are probably at one point or another going to ask yourself “am I descended from royalty?” or “do i have royal blood?” and the most likely answer is – YES. Talk about a twisted feeling. In part you get to joke with your significant other that you’re royal while on the other hand your significant other can probably respond just as truthfully – well, so am i! And then where does that leave us?
Yale statistician Joseph Chang argued that if you go back far enough – say, 32 generations, or 900 years – you’d find that everyone alive today shares a common ancestor. In Europe, that would be King Charlemagne.
So do we throw down the towel and stop paying to research our ancestry? No. Well you can but I won’t. What I love about knowing of a popular direct ancestor (such as William Brewster) is that now you can find out who else you are related to and how! You can put the pieces together more and more.
So for those who are descendants of Captain Michael Dayton (of Connecticut, USA), now is your chance to learn just one of many direct paths to your many times great grandfather, Charlemagne.
via King Henry I (of England)
Eleazer Brown (husband of Sarah Bulkeley)
Sir George Browne
Lady Eleanor FitzAlan
Henry Plantagenet (husband of Maude de Chaworth)
King Henry III
King Henry II
King Henry I (of England)
Matilda of Flanders (wife of William the Conqueror)
Baldwin V of Flanders
Baldwin IV of Flanders
Arnulf II of Flanders
Baldwin III of Flanders
Adela of Vermandois
Herbert of Vermandois II
Herbert of Vermandois I
Pepin of Vermandois II
King Bernard of Italy
King Pepin of Italy
Try to follow the math
Charlemagne is my:
37th great-grandfather via King Henry I of England
And that is just through one direct ancestor (Captain Michael Dayton).
Famous American Descendants of Charlemagne
If I haven’t confused you enough, here are just a few of Charlemagne’s many great-grandchildren:
Aaron Burr (31st great grandson via Lothair I)
Alexander Hamilton (32nd great grandson via Pepin)
Jack London author of Call of the Wild (33rd great grandson via Pepin)
Marilyn Monroe (34th great granddaughter via Pepin)
Walt Disney (35th great grandson via Charles II of France)
Lee Harvey Oswald (36th great grandson via Pepin)
Jane Fonda (37th great granddaughter via Lothair I)
Meghan Markle (38th great granddaughter via Charles II of France)
President Obama (39th great grandson via Charles II of France)
We Are All Connected
I personally love seeing how we are all connecting. Don’t you?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How sobering is it to think that Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton were cousins (many times removed)?