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Robert E. Lee

Ancestry of General
Robert E. Lee

Confederate Army - U.S. Civil War


Who was Robert E. Lee?

In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln offered General Lee the opportunity to command the entire Union Army. Lee, however, chose to follow his heart which was with his home state of Virginia. When Virginia seceded from the Union, Lee went with her.

A year later General Lee was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and soon established himself as the greatest tactician and leader of the war. One has to wonder how different the war may have gone had Lee accepted Lincoln's offer.

One of the more interesting and ironic aspects about General Lee's ancestry is his relationship to President George Washington. It is commonly known that Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis, great-granddaughter to Martha Washington and step-great-granddaughter to George Washington.

What isn't so well known is that Robert E. Lee and George Washington were 3rd cousins, 2 times removed through their common ancestor of Augustine Warner. It is ironic how one fought so hard to create the Union while the other fought to split it in two.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for General Robert E. Lee

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

8th cousin 5 times removed
via William Pyle

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Alice de Audley

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir David Lindsay

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Elizabeth Mure

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

14th cousin 5 times removed
via John de Welles

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

13th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzAlan

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 5 times removed
via John de Mowbray

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David Crosby

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Beauchamp

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Isabelle of Angoulême

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry II, King of England

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard de Clare

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert Fitzrichard

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Maud de St. Liz

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Simon III de Montfort

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Ranulf de Gernons

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert of Gloucester

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Robert de Beaumont

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Alan of Galloway

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Gundred de Warenne

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

15th cousin 4 times removed
via William de Odingsells

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

16th cousin 4 times removed
via David of Huntingdon

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John FitzGilbert (the Marshal)

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via William FitzPatrick

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Aubrey de Vere

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James Bowdoin

2nd Governor of Massachusetts

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir William de Cantilupe

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