Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fact of the Day: Ancestor King John

Since King John had several legitimate and many illegitimate children, the number of his descendants grew into thousands within just a few generations. Many centuries later, it's more than probable than almost anyone with English (and to a lesser but still considerable extent other European) ancestry is related to King John as the number of ancestors you have had since then is more than the population during his lifetime. A study had found that every U.S. President from George Washington to Barack Obama with the exception of the Dutch-American Martin Van Buren, was descended from King John. 

10 comments:

Kati said...

Wow, that is incredible!

-Kati
Almost Stylish

Pat Hatt said...

Damn, he sure knew how to get around

Birgit said...

This seems comparable to Ghingas Khan who had tons of kids and most from Mongolia are direct descendants of this man.

Adam said...

I wouldn't doubt he's the ancestor of 98% of Asia.

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, he sure has a lot of progeny.

stephen Hayes said...

Interesting.

Martha said...

Wow, amazing!

Huggybear said...

Bloody randy old bastard!
Colin

JACKIESUE said...

and about triple that for Genghis Khan

Fundy Blue said...

King John's reign was a major turning point in history because he had to agree to the Magna Carta. Many regard this document as the beginning of the freedom of the individual over the ruling of absolute kings and dictators.