Genealogy and Ancestry of George Washington – Some of His Most Interesting Ancestors
It is ironic that George Washington who, through his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, was the individual most responsible for throwing off the rule of the British monarchy and establishing the first large-scale and successful democratic, republic government in world history – and who became the United States’ first elected President – has some of the most extensive genealogical descent from European royalty of any U.S. President. Through George Washington’s grandmother, Mildred Warner, Washington’s ancestry can be traced back to most of the English kings and all the way back to Charlemagne, the first French King who united all of western Europe and founded the feudal system. But this is not the only way that Washington’s ancestry can be traced back to English and European royalty. Instead, Washington’s male “Washington” line can be traced back to the first king of Scotland while many of the subsequent Washington male ancestors married into English royalty. Following are examples of some of the most prominent of George Washington’s royal ancestors. For more information about the genealogy of George Washington and the other Presidents of the United States, see http://genealogyofpresidents.blogspot.com
Charlemagne, King of France and Holy Roman Emperor (742-814), ruler who conquered and united all of western Europe began the feudal system, 28th great-grandfather of George Washington
William I “the Conqueror”, King of England (Duke of Normanywho in 1066 conquered England and replaced Anglo-Saxon rule of England with Norman rule which continues today), George Washington’s 19th great grandfather
Henry I King of England, son of William “the Conqueror”, George Washington’s 18th great-grandfather
King Edward III of England, George Washington’s 11th great-grandfather. Edward III’s claim to the throne of France began the Hundred Years War between England and France. He founded the Order of the Garter. Descended from King Edward III are the following other U.S. Presidents – John Quincy Adams, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Jimmy Carter.
Lady Godiva, George Washington’s 24th great-grandmother. She is famous for having ridden naked through the streets of Coventry, England in support of the tenants who protesting the over-taxation imposed by her husband, Leofric III, the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Mercia. Her daughter Edith married Llewellyn ap Gruffydd, King of Wales and George Washington’s 23rd great-grandfather.