12-Year Old Discovers Most Presidents Related to King John*
While many have been under the illusion that Independence Day, July 04th marked freedom from British rule; a 12-year old has proved otherwise.
Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England [who signed the Magna Carta] through a common ancestor.
BridgeAnne created a ground-breaking family tree that connected 42 of 43 U.S. presidents to one common, and rather unexpected, ancestor.
Only the eighth president of the U.S., Martin Van Buren, was not related to King John because he had Dutch roots.
In order to create the family tree, the 12-year-old spent months scouring through over 500,000 names in search of the ‘presidential Adam.’
Her 80-year-old grandfather, who has been tracing roots for nearly six decades, helped her make the presidential links.
D’Avignon started with the first U.S. president, George Washington, she traced both the male and female family lines to make the connection.
Prior to d’Avignon’s discovery, genealogists were only able to link 22 families of presidents, likely because they only focused on male bloodlines.
The only former commander-in-chief not linked to King John is the eighth president, Martin Van Buren, who had Dutch roots.
The teen also found out that she is the 18th cousin of President Obama. She even wrote to her new-found relative a letter to share her findings with him.
So who really rules America!