Look Who’s Related: Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant

Posted March 15, 2011 by Geni | 3 Comments

One of the best aspects of having the world family tree is that we can find how many, many people are related to each other. With this year being the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, I think it is a good opportunity to show how people on completely opposite sides of the war were related.

Let’s start with General Grant and General Lee. These two Generals went head to head for the fate of the United States, but did you know that they are comparatively closely related?

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the USA is General Robert E. Lee's 11th cousin once removed.

Even closer are President Lincoln and General Lee. It really is astounding how closely related we all are.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA is General Robert E. Lee's 8th cousin once removed.

The world family tree is truly great, but nothing is ever perfect. If you’d like to make our paths even better with sourced information, please feel free to jump in, and help out with our US Civil War Project.


  • galndixie

    Nancy Hanks Lincoln WAS NOT the daughter of Lucinda Shipley. Lucy Shipley was married to a James Hanks, and they may have had a daughter named Nancy, but it was most certainly NOT the mother of President Lincoln. Nancy Hanks Lincoln was the ILLEGITIMATE daughter of Miss Lucy Hanks, who was the daughter of Joseph Hanks and Nancy Anna Lee Hanks. Miss Lucy Hanks and her illegitimate daughter Nancy were living in Hardin KY with Lucy’s parents and sisters when James and Lucy Shipley Hanks were still living in Northern VA. It has been proven by legal records in VA and KY, and so stated by Lincoln himself. Abe Lincoln and Robert E Lee are connected thru the Hanks family by the Hanks men marrying into the Lee family. No Shipley’s are the direct ancestors of Abe Lincoln.

    • geniblog

      Thanks. Please contact the profile manager to point out the error or even better, you can log into your Geni account and help fix the tree by making the changes yourself. The more people we have working on the world tree, the better it gets!

  • Tomkatt

    I am sitting next to a 58 year young man that looks identical me grant on the 50$ bill. Looking for siblings. Cecil is his dad. Magnus was his grandfather.