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Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin

Theory of Evolution


Who was Charles Darwin?

Charles Darwin is an English naturalist who is best remembered for his Theory of Evolution. In 1858, some of Darwin's writings were jointly published with a paper by Alfred Russel Wallace who had independently conceived of the theory of evolution. Russell's paper prompted Darwin to publish his ideas in On the Origin of Species in 1859. Although originally met with skepticism, Darwin's ideas came to be generally accepted by most scientists.

Famous Kin

Charles Darwin has a large number of famous kin, many through his connections to royalty. He is a descendant of King Edward I and a number of Magna Carta Sureties. Other royal connections include King Henry VIII and a number of his wives. He also has connections to the current royal family through Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles Darwin has a number of Presidential connections including, but not limited to, Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, and both Presidents Bush. A number of First Ladies have kinship including Lucretia Garfield, Mamie Eisenhower, Abigail Adams, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Celebrity kin include Ted Danson, Britney Spears, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn.

Family Facts

Josiah Wedgwood

Josiah Wedgwood was the grandfather of Charles Darwin. He is credited as the founder of industrialized pottery manufacturing and the inventor of the pyrometer, a device to measure extremely high temperatures. He invented the device to measure the temperature in his kilns.

Josiah Wedgwood was also a prominent abolitionist and he is often remembered for his “Am I Not a Man And a Brother?” anti-slavery medallion. The medallion depicted the seal for the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Charles Darwin

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Lucretia (Rudolph) Garfield

First Lady of President James Garfield

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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J. A. Folger

Founder of Folger Coffee Company

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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Nicholas Gilman

Signer of the U.S. Constitution

20th cousin
via Richard de Camville

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Joseph Wharton

Founder of the Wharton School of Business

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver's Travels

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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John Dryden

England's First Poet Laureate

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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William Rufus Day

36th U.S. Secretary of State

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

20th cousin
via Richard de Camville

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

11th cousin
via Sir Philip Courtenay

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Juliette Gordon Low

Founder of the Girl Scouts

13th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Throckmorton

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Howard Hughes

American Business Tycoon

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John Throckmorton

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir James de Audley

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

20th cousin
via Sir William de Hastings

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas de Berkeley

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir John de Beaumont

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Thomas Jefferson

3rd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Roger Bigod

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Zachary Taylor

12th U.S. President

21st cousin
via Roger Bigod

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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