Monday, October 31, 2011

Lackland Dynasty of US Presidents?

There is a fascinating YouTube post making the rounds. According to it a 12 year old girl has discovered that all US presidents other than Martin Van Buren, our 8th president, descend from one English king. That king was John Lackland, the King John of Robin Hood infamy.

It would take considerable time to verify all the lines that are claimed in "12 yr Girl Discovers ALL U.S. Presidents Except One Related to One British King". According to the video, BridgeAnne d' Avignon made this discovery as the outgrowth of a school project in 2009. More background on this Watsonville, CA girl's research with her grandfather can be found at the site of the local TV station originally which covered this story back in 2009. I wonder why it has not received more attention?

On the surface her claim seems plausible. Maybe I will investigate this in detail after I get settled in Nashville early in 2012. I am particularly drawn to this because John Lackland is my 22nd great-grandfather. Does anyone else know more about this claim? Maybe we need to try to tie in poor orphaned Martin Van Buren.

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