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Francis Lightfoot Lee

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Francis Lightfoot Lee

Signer of the Declaration of Independence


Who was Francis Lightfoot Lee?

Francis Lightfoot Lee was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first legislative body of elected officials in North America. Francis, along with his brother Richard Henry Lee, were signatories of both the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence as representatives of Virginia. The Articles of Confederation was an agreement among the 13 American colonies that served as the first U.S. constitution until it was replaced by the current U.S. Constitution.

Famous Kin

Francis Lightfoot Lee was a member of the famous Lee family which is among those families referred to as the First Families of Virginia. Famous members of this family include Henry Lee III, 9th Governor of Virginia, and Henry’s son Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He has a number of fellow signers of the Declaration of Independence in his family tree including his brother Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison V, Thomas Nelson, Caesar Rodney, Robert Treat Paine, Roger Sherman, William Floyd, William Ellery, William Whipple, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and Philip Livingston.

Francis Lightfoot Lee’s ancestry can be traced back through direct descents from William the Conqueror, King Edward I, and a number of Magna Charta Sureties. Connections to the current royal family include Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Diana, and Catherine Middleton. His U.S. Presidential kin include, but is not limited to, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama, and both Presidents Bush.

Celebrity kin of Francis Lightfoot Lee include actor Edward Norton, singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, actor Brad Pitt, actress Katharine Hepburn, radio and TV host Dick Clark, actor Matt Damon, TV science guy Bill Nye, and actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Some of his historically significant kin include author and activist Helen Keller, polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd, WWII General George S. Patton, boxing champion Muhammad Ali, explorer Meriwether Lewis, poet Robert Frost, artist Norman Rockwell and astronaut Alan Shepard.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Francis Lightfoot Lee

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Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

12th cousin 9 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

12th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Theodore Roosevelt

26th U.S. President

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Theodore Roosevelt

26th U.S. President

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Theodore Roosevelt

26th U.S. President

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Charlie Day

TV and Movie Actor

12th cousin 9 times removed
via John de Welles

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Alice de Audley

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir William le Scrope

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Geoffrey le Scrope

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Henry de Percy

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

12th cousin 7 times removed
via John de Welles

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Sam Waterston

Stage, TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Beauchamp

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Alice de Audley

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Roger de Quincy

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir William le Scrope

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

21st cousin
via Robert Marmion II

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

16th cousin
via Sir Geoffrey le Scrope

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Henry de Percy

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

12th cousin 3 times removed
via John de Welles

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

13th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Thomas de Beauchamp

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John King

(c1600 - c1662)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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