The American Revolution: Ron is a direct descendant of eight men that served the Patriotic cause of the American Revolution and are cataloged by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Robert Rowland (1735-1799) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. Robert was a Private in the Revolutionary War, serving under Capt Laird, Lt Reed, and Col Ross in the 6th Battalion of the York County Pennsylvania Militia.
Edward Wiggins (1739-1799) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. Edward was a Private in the Revolutionary War, serving with Capt. Ritchie in the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Militia.
John Donnell (1741-1781) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. John served a tour of active duty in Captain William Love's Company of the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Militia.
John Dull (1753-1835) s the 4th great grandfather of Ron. He served as a private under the command of Captain Rundio of the Northampton County Pennsylvania Flying Camp.
John Wilson (1746-1817) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. John served in the American Revolution as part of the Washington County, Virginia Militia.
Nathaniel Dryden (1745-1780) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. Nathaniel was a Lieutenant under Col. William Campbell of South Carolina. He died in the Battle of King's Mountain and is buried there.
Arthur Orr Sr (1753-1814) is the 5th great grandfather of Ron. Arthur Sr provided "Patriotic Service" for Lancaster or York County, Pennsylvania.
Arthur Orr the Elder (1727-1808) is both a 5th great grandfather and 6th great grandfather to Ron. Arthur the Elder provided "Patriotic Service" and "Civil Service" for York County, Pennsylvania.
Kings & Queens: Ron's grandfathers ruled Normandy and other parts of France for hundreds of years before conquering England and expanding their empire. From Rollo the Dane (Viking and 1st Duke of Normandy) to William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy and King of England) to Edward I Longshanks (Monarch of England and Wales), Ron is a direct descendant of the Dukes of Normandy (911-1135), English Kings from the House of Norman (1066-1154), and English Kings from the House of Plantagenet (1154-1307).
There is no way that this makes Ron unique or special, because genealogy is a great example of exponential mathematics. If William the Conqueror is indeed Ron's 27th great grandfather, then William is only one of Ron's 536 million 27th great grandparents. Rollo the Dane is but one of Ron's 4.3 billion 30th great grandparents (not that many people on the planet). Even DNA cannot confirm such minute traces.
Coming the other way, descendant math is even more exponential. If you assume 3, 4, 5, or more children per generation, then you quickly reach the point of having more descendants than there are people on the entire planet. In fact, it's been said that everyone of European ancestry is a descendant of Charlemagne and one of his 18 children. Due to inter-marriages and extinct lines, it's more of a family web than a tree. Everyone alive today probably descends from royalty. That said, here we go...
Henry II "King of England" Plantagenet (1133-1189) is the 24th great grandfather of Ron. Reign: 19 Dec 1154 to 6 Jul 1189 (34 years). Henry of Anjou (France) was a strong king and excellent soldier. He started the English Jury System but is mostly known for his conflict with Thomas A Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
John "Lackland, King of England, Soft Sword" Plantagenet (1166-1216) is the 23rd great grandfather of Ron. Reign: 27 May 1199 to 19 Oct 1216 (16 years). John is considered to be “the worst English king”. He was cruel, petty, spiteful and "distastefule, even dangerous personality traits". His punitive taxes united all the elements of society, clerical and lay, against him, including the legendary Robin Hood. Pope Innocent III excommunicated him. In 1215, the barons compelled John to sign Magna Carta, the Great Charter, which reinstated the rights of all his subjects.
Sir William "Earl of Pembroke" Marshall (1146-1219) is the 23rd great grandfather of Ron. He was an Anglo-Norman warrior and statesman, called the "greatest knight that ever lived" by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was one of 16 Illustrious Men, counselors to King John, who were listed in the preamble to the Magna Carta.
Sgt John Morehead Scott (1839-1862) and Ron are first cousins four times removed, both being descendants of John Moorhead. John Scott was one of Andrew's Raiders that stole "The General" near Big Shanty, Georgia. He was hanged in Atlanta, and received the Medal of Honor posthumously. His family donated his medal to the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia, where it is on display along with "The General" locomotive.
"Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYX1-88K : 12 December 2014), Ronald E Rowland and Cynthia E Rowland, 11 Apr 1980; from "Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Travis, Texas, United States, certificate number 034710, Texas Department of State Health Services.
"United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPT7-DHT : 22 May 2014), Ron E Rowland, Residence, Austin, Texas, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Ron or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 500 markers, haplogroup R-BY105902, FTDNA kit #B112520
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Ron: