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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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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Thomas Stanley

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Roger Wentworth

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Beatrice de Beauchamp

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Margaret de Audley

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Roger de Quincy

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Eudo la Zouche

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Hugh le Despencer

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

20th cousin
via Sir William de Ferrers

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John de Botetourte

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

11th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Thomas Stanley

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

14th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Thomas Mowbray

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir William de Ros

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Margaret de Audley

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

13th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

14th cousin 6 times removed
via Thomas Holand

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

15th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

15th cousin
via Sir William de Ros

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

15th cousin
via Ralph de Stafford

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

15th cousin
via Margaret de Audley

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

16th cousin
via William de Montagu

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Roger de Mortimer

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