My mother once told me I was descended from royalty. Yeah, right.
As it turns out however, with a little Wikipedia and genealogy research, she’s absolutely correct. Compare this image of King Edward the I of England and photo of me from my college/beard days. It’s a match!
Here’s the blow-by-blow, six degrees of separation lineage:
King Edward I of England (1239-1307) married Eleanor of Castile (1241-1290) whose daughter Elizabeth of Rhuddlan (1282-1316) married Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford (1276-1322) whose daughter Margaret de Bohun, Countess of Devon (1311-1391) married Hugh Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon (1303-1377) whose son Sir Edward Courtenay of Godlington, (1331-1368) married Emeline Dawney (1329-1371) whose son Sir Hugh Courtenay (1358-1425) married Maud Beaumont whose daughter Margaret Courtenay married Theobald de Grenville of Stowe (1357-1387) whose son Sir William Grenville (d. 1449), Esq., of Bideford, Devon and Kilkhampton, Cornwall married Philippa Bonville whose son Sir Thomas Grenville of Stowe married Elizabeth Gorges whose son Sir Thomas Grenville II of Stowe (1450-1514) married Isabel Oates Gilbert of Compton, Devon whose son Sir Roger Grenville (1477-1523) married Margaret Whitlegh (or Whitely) (d. 1509) whose daughter Amy Grenville married John Drake (1556-1628) and they moved from England to Connecticut and whose son Robert Drake (1528-1600) married Elizabeth Prideaux (1523-1572) whose son William Drake (1553-1619) married Philippa Dennis (1561-1647) whose son John Drake Sr. (1585-1659) married Elizabeth Rogers whose son Job Drake (1623-1689) married Mary Wolcott (1622-1689) whose son Simon Drake (1659-1711) married Hannah Mills (1665-1721) whose daughter Hannah Drake (b. 1694) married John Cooke (1690-1751) whose daughter Eunice Cooke (1746-1818) married Jonathan Coe, Jr. (1742-1824) whose son Daniel Coe (1783-1847) married Anne Sweet* (1753-1813) whose son Rev. James Roger Coe (b. in Winchester, CT 1818) married Mary Cleveland (b. 1830) in Catskill NY whose daughter Margaret Coe (b. 1873) married William Arthur Bostwick (b. 1875 in NYC) whose daughter Mary Bostwick married Vernon S. Cox whose daughter Cynthia Cleveland Cox married Saul Jon Aron whose son is, well, me.
*Anne Sweet’s lineage can be traced directly to the Alden’s of Mayflower fame.