John of Gaunt 1st Duke of Lancaster, son of King Edward lll of England. Husband of Katherine Swynford and father of Joan Beaufort. Joan married Sir Ralph Neville and became the ancestor of George Washington, on his mothers side.
Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a son of King Edward III. Their descendants were members of the Beaufort family, which played a major role in the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII, who became King of England in 1485, derived his claim to the throne from his mother Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was a great-granddaughter of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.
An amazing man...General Joshua Chamberlain, hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, professor of rhetoric, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College. Also the character upon whom Jeff Daniel's character in Gettysburg was based.
Blessed Margaret Pole pictured with her son, Cardinal Pole. My ancestor, Sir Edward Neville, was executed on the suspicion he backed Margaret's succession to the throne. She alone was the heir to the last of the Plantagenets. Edward and Margaret were cousins through sisters Isobel and Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker. Sir Edward's youngest son John Neville was my ancestor. Too young to inherit anything.
Joan Beaufort (c. 1404 - 15 July 1445) , was Queen Consort of the Kingdom of Scotland from 1424 to 1437, being married to James I of Scotland. She was a daughter of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset and Margaret Holland. Her paternal grandparents were John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and his mistress and later third wife Katherine Swynford. The Castle of Stirling had been conferred by James I, upon his English bride, Lady Joanna de Beaufort as her dowry.