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Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin

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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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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Henry Percy

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Reynold Grey

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard of York

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Maurice de Berkeley

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzAlan

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Beauchamp

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Agnes Crophull

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Edmund Ferrers

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Katherine Pabenham

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Thomas Mowbray

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Philip Courtenay

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Tennessee Williams

Author of A Streetcar Named Desire

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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John Quincy Adams

6th U.S. President

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Abigail (Smith) Adams

First Lady of President John Adams

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Henry Lee III

9th Governor of Virginia

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General Robert E. Lee

Confederate Army - U.S. Civil War

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Charles A. Pillsbury

Co-Founder of C.A. Pillsbury Co.

20th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Gov. Thomas Dudley

Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

12th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Jane (Appleton) Pierce

First Lady of President Franklin Pierce

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Dr. H. H. Holmes

Serial Killer aka “Devil in the White City”

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

32nd U.S. President

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th U.S. President

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Geoffrey Plantagenet

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Fletcher Christian

Leader of the mutiny on the Bounty

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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