Sunday, August 5, 2012

Too cool not to post: All but one US Presidents traced back to King John

I know… When I first read this I said “Wait, wut?” too. But this is apparently legit.

A seventh grader—12-year old BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California—has traced the family tree of every US President except Martin Van Buren back to the English monarch who signed the Magna Carta.

image D’Avignon, a seventh-grader at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, started the project in hopes of tracing back her own bloodline in France, but somewhere along the way she decided to take her genealogical quest to the highest level.

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.

Yes, even Barack Hussein Obama is somehow descended from the the famous king, and D’Avignon also found that she too shares a family connection with both John and Obama himself.

Agonizingly, the story does not say whether any Presidential hopefuls through the years have also been traced back to John of Lackland.

As for me, my family tree goes all the way back to a notorious French pirate who terrorized the northern Gulf Coast and founded the pirate enclave fishing village of Bayou La Batre. When the Governor of the territory that became the state of Alabama issued a bounty for Jean Baptiste Bousage, Bousage responded by doubling the amount and putting a bounty on the head of the Governor.

He then announced that he was sending his best men to collect it.

The Governor promptly pardoned him and according to family legend, the pardon was granted on the condition that he no longer engage in his seafaring criminal activity. No one knows if he did or not.

Exit Question: Might this portend the outcome of the 2012 election? What if Mitt Romney isn’t of the same regal bloodline of George W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama?


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