Friday, December 14, 2012

The Bush Family

via Wikipedia

While not quite American royalty (I guess that title only goes to the Kennedys), the Bush family is definitely an American dynasty. Several members have a history of public service, the most well-known being the father and son who were both President of the United States. Recently, President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna announced her pregnancy, expanding the lineage even further. I've always known that the Bush twins were named after their grandmothers, but as I did the research for this post, I was pleased to find that the Bushes have a history of using family names. I put together as much information as I could find from the trusty internet. Let's go back to the late 1600s...

Richard Bush (1695-1742) with Mary Fairbanks

Timothy Bush (1735-1815) with Deborah House
-Timothy, Jr.

Timothy Bush, Jr. (1761-1850) with Lydia Newcomb
-Obadiah Newcomb

Obadiah Newcomb Bush (1797-1851) with Harriet Smith
-Cornelia and/or Cornelius (not sure if this is twins or a mix-up with the names; it is said that Obadiah had 7 kids, so maybe they named their twins Cornelia and Cornelius?)
-James Smith
-William Mack

James Smith Bush (1825-1889) with Harriet Eleanor Fay
-James Freeman
-Samuel Prescott (named after Harriet's grandfather Samuel Prescott Phillips Fay)
-Harriet Montford
-Eleanor Howard

Samuel Prescott Bush (1863-1948) with Flora Sheldon
-Prescott Sheldon
-Robert Sheldon
-Mary Eleanor
-Margaret Livingston
-James Smith

Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895-1972) with Dorothy Wear Walker
(Dorothy's parents were George Herbert Walker and Lucretia "Loulie" Wear)
-Prescott Sheldon, Jr.
-George Herbert Walker
-Nancy Walker (has 4 children with Alexander Ellis - Nancy, Alexander III, John Prescott, and Josiah)
-Jonathan James (has two sons with Josephine - Jonathon S. and William Hall "Billy")
-William Henry Trotter "Bucky"

George Herbert Walker Bush (b. 1924) with Barbara Pierce
(Barbara's parents were Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson; Marvin Pierce's parents were Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin)
-George Walker
-Pauline Robinson "Robin" (died at the age of 3)
-John Ellis "Jeb"
-Neil Mallon
-Marvin Pierce
-Dorothy Walker

George Walker Bush (b. 1946) with Laura Lane Welch
(Laura's parents were Harold Welch and Jenna Louise Hawkins)
-Jenna Welch (twin)
-Barbara Pierce (twin)

Jeb Bush (b. 1953) with Columba Garnica Gallo
-George Prescott Garnica
-Noelle Lucila
-John Ellis, Jr. "Jebby"

Neil Bush (b. 1955) with Sharon Smith
-Lauren Pierce
-Pierce Mallon
-Ashley Walker

Marvin Bush (b. 1956) with Margaret Conway Molster
-Marshall Lloyd (girl)

Dorothy Bush (b. 1959) with William LeBlond and Robert Koch
-Sam (LeBlond)
-Ellie (LeBlond)
-Robert (Koch)
-Gigi (Koch)

I can't wait to see if Jenna uses family names for her little one! What names would you choose?

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