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The Royal Shrub - Spencer Connection

GW Bush, Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, shown in these file photos, are distant relatives whose ancestry can be traced back to a 15th century English squire, genealogists say.  Researchers for the U.S.-based company MyFamily.com, which has a license to publish British census records from 1841 to 1901 on the Internet, found that the trio's roots can be traced to Henry Spencer of Badby, Northamptonshire, who lived between 1420-1478 and was married to Isabella Lincoln.

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Winston Churchill, Princess Diana and President George W.  Bush are distant relatives, genealogists say
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Wed Sep 18, 9:17 AM ET

LONDON - Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and George W.  Bush are distant relatives whose ancestry can be traced back  to a 15th century English squire, genealogists say.

Researchers for the U.S.-based company MyFamily.com, which has a license  to publish British census records from 1841 to 1901 on the Internet, found that  the trio's roots can be traced to Henry Spencer of Badby, Northamptonshire,  who lived between 1420-1478 and was married to Isabella Lincoln.  According to a family tree published on the company's Web site, one of their  two sons, William, founded the line that would produce Winston Churchill, and  Diana, Princess of Wales, whose maiden name was Spencer.

The daughter of the other son, John, married Sir William Cope and the  descendants of this line settled in the New World.  They included Anne Marbury, who moved from Lincolnshire, England to  Massachusetts during the 1600s.  A direct descendent, Harriet Fay, married  James Bush, the great-great grandfather of the current president, the company  said.

Bush is an admirer of Churchill and keeps in the Oval Office a bronze bust of  the British leader a loan from Prime Minister Tony Blair ( news - web sites).  When he received the bust in July 2001, Bush joked that he hoped to develop a  personal relationship with the late wartime premier.  "I look forward to visiting with him," Bush said.  "Sometimes he'll talk back and  sometimes he won't, depending on the stresses of the moment."

A spokeswoman for MyFamily.com said the discovery was made only recently,  and further research was ongoing to find out more about Henry Spencer.

Bush's apparent royal connections have been revealed before.  According to Gary Boyd Roberts, a genealogist at the New England Historic  Genealogical Society in Boston, Bush is descended from British royalty going  as far back as 12th century King Henry I, the son of William the Conqueror.


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