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Howell Hodges of Pitt County North Carolina who died in 1781 (DAR # 131350)

Howell Hodges of Pitt County North Carolina who died in 1781 (DAR # 131350) was my 5th great grandfather. According to some websites Howell is shown to be a descendant (2nd great grandson) of Christopher Branch who died 1681 and is a Jamestowne Society Qualifying Ancestor. These same websites show Christopher Branch as a descendant (18th great grandson) of King Henry II of England and Ida de Toeni (Tosny) through their illegitimate son William Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury. I would like to know if this true. If anyone has information pertaining to this lineage I would appreciate a response.
Rex Yance
rexyance@gmail.com

Howell is where my line

Howell is where my line becomes a bit iffy for me. I found nothing to cause me to disagree with the research that had been done by others so I chose to go outwards instead of backwards with my research. You believe he is connected by his grandmother Ann Branch?