The Bush Family
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The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House (January 2005). Seated left to right: Marvin Bush, Laura Bush, George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, George H. W. Bush, Jeb Bush. Also pictured, from left: Georgia Grace Koch, Margaret Bush, Brian Berzins Walker Bush, Jenna Bush Hager, Doro Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, Robert P. Koch, Pierce Bush, Maria Bush, Neil Bush, Ashley Bush, Sam LeBlond, Nancy Ellis LeBlond, Mandi Bush, George P. Bush, and Columba Bush.
Ethnicity Primarily English and German descent
Current region Texas, United States
Place of origin United States
Notable members Samuel Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
Jeb Bush
Connected families Sheldon, Walker, Pierce, Welch, Hager, Livingston, Hutchinson, Marbury
Estate Bush compound

The Bush family is a prominent American family. Along with many members who have been successful bankers and businessmen, across generations the family includes two U.S. Senators, one Supreme Court Justice, two Governors and two Presidents (one of the two presidents also served as Vice President). George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush have been married for 69 years, holding the record for the longest-married presidential couple. Peter Schweizer, author of a biography of the family, has described the Bushes as "the most successful political dynasty in American history".[1] According to some online sources,[2] the Bush family is of primarily English and German descent.

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Ancestors[edit | edit source]

Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, George H. W. Bush, Laura Bush, and George W. Bush, and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller watch tee ball on the White House lawn.

Patrilineal line[edit | edit source]

  • Richard Bush (c. 1676–1732 in Bristol, Plymouth Colony) is the earliest known patrilineal member of the Bush family.
    • Timothy Bush (1728–1821 in Springport, New York) may have been the son of Richard Bush.
      • Timothy Bush, Jr. (1761–1850 in Penfield, New York) was the son of Timothy Bush.
        • Obadiah Newcomb Bush (January 28, 1797–1851) was the son of blacksmith Timothy Bush, Jr. and Lydia Newcomb, and was born in Penfield, New York on January 28, 1797. He left home during the War of 1812 and married Harriet Smith (1800–1867) (Cambridge, New York, May 12, 1800 – Cincinnati, Ohio, June 21, 1867), the daughter of Dr. Sanford Smith (1760–1815) (Stonington, Connecticut, February 27, 1760 – Scipio, New York, June 15, 1815) and his wife Priscilla Whippo Smith (1763–1838) (Cambridge, New York, c. 1763 – Pottstown, Pennsylvania, August 26, 1838), in Rochester, New York on November 8, 1821. He and his wife had seven children. Through his son Reverend James Smith Bush (1825–1889), he is the great-great-grandfather of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and the great-great-great-grandfather of President George W. Bush. In Rochester, Obadiah was employed as a schoolmaster and was also a well known abolitionist. He served as vice president of the Anti-Slavery Society and was on a committee to nominate candidates for justice of the peace. His brother Henry, a manufacturer of stoves, was also well known for his involvement in abolitionist activities. He was a participant in the Underground Railroad, and even petitioned the New York State Legislature to secede from the Union in a protest against slavery. The Rochester Daily Advertiser accused him of encouraging "anarchy." Eventually Obadiah, Henry and possibly another brother or two went off to find their fortunes in the California Gold Rush of 1849. After two years of toiling in California he began passage home, by ship, to retrieve his family in New York. He died, however, aboard ship and was given a sea burial. According to the book The Faith of George W. Bush: "[He] left his home during the War of 1812, became a schoolmaster, then caught gold fever and left for California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Two years later, he tried to return home to reclaim his family and take them west. He died in the attempt, though, and was buried at sea. leaving his wife and seven children alone in Rochester, New York."

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Other notable relatives[edit | edit source]

  • George Bush (1796–1859) was a biblical scholar who wrote the book Life of Mohammed, and a cousin of Obadiah Newcomb Bush.
  • Col. Robert Bolling Sr. (1646–1709) was an Early American settler whose son, Robert Bolling Jr., was a Bush family ancestor. Bolling Sr. later had children with Jane Rolfe, the granddaughter of Pocahontas.
  • Gov. Thomas Hinckley (1618–1706) was a Plymouth Colony governor, and an ancestor of all members of the George H. W. Bush family (including his siblings).
  • Mary Parker was executed by hanging in 1692 for witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials.[3][4]
  • John Howland (1592-1672) was a Passenger in the Mayflower. He was an indentured servant and the executive assistant and personal secretary to Governor John Carver[5] and accompanied the Separatists and other passengers when they left England to settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He signed the Mayflower Compact and helped found Plymouth Colony.[6] He fell overboard but was rescued by the sailors.
  • Anne Marbury (1592-1672) was a Puritan spiritual adviser, mother of 15, and important participant in the Antinomian Controversy that shook the infant Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1636 to 1638. Her strong religious convictions were at odds with the established Puritan clergy in the Boston area, and her popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans' religious experiment in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony with many of her supporters.
  • Peter Bulekeley (1582-1659)
  • Robert Livingston (1654-1728)

Connections to other prominent families[edit | edit source]

George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush in Beijing, 2008

Walker family[edit | edit source]

George Herbert "Bert" Walker (1875–1953) was a wealthy American banker and businessman. His daughter Dorothy married Prescott Bush, making him the grandfather of the 41st President George H. W. Bush and the great-grandfather of the 43rd President George W. Bush. He is also the namesake of the Walker Cup, a men's amateur golf trophy contested in odd-numbered years between a U.S. team and a combined Great Britain and Ireland side.

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  1. ^ Joseph Curl (January 20, 2005). "Rise of 'dynasty' quick, far-reaching". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  2. ^ Ancestry of George W. Bush (b. 1946) from
  3. ^ Kelly, Jacqueline. "The Untold Story of Mary Ayer Parker: Gossip and Confusion in 1692." Revised for presentation at the Berkshire Conference. June 2005.
  4. ^ Robinson, Enders A. "Salem Witchcraft and Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables." pp. 251–5. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books. 1992.
  5. ^ Philbrick, Nathaniel (2006). Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war. New York: Viking. pp. 32–37. 
  6. ^ William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647, ed. by Samuel Eliot Morison, The Modern Library, (New York: Random House, 1967),pp. 59, 68, 195, 263, 400-3, 415-417
  7. ^ Herskowitz, Mickey (2003), "Bush Family Tree", Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Legacy of Prescott Bush, Thomas Nelson, p. 9, ISBN 9781401600099, 
  8. ^ Harrison, Bruce (2005), The Family Forest Descendants of Lady Joan Beaufort, Kamuela, Hawaii: Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc., 
  9. ^ Kelley, Kitty (2004), "Bush / Walker / Pierce / Robinson / Family Tree", The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, Random House, ISBN 9781407095691, 
  10. ^ Philadelphia, Desa (August 7, 2000), Republican Convention: The Family Tree, Time,,9171,997685,00.html 
  11. ^ Phillips, Kevin (2004), "The Bush–Walker Family Tree", American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, Penguin Books, ISBN 9780143034315, 
  12. ^ Roberts, Gary Boyd; Otto, Julie Helen (1995), Ancestors of American presidents, New England Historic Genealogical Society / C. Boyer, 3rd, ISBN 9780936124193 
  13. ^ Rechcigl, Mila, Czech Roots of President Bush, Washington, D.C.: Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences,, retrieved June 11, 2012 
  14. ^ Weisberg, Jacob (2008), "The Bush Family Tree", The Bush Tragedy, Random House, ISBN 9780812978353, 

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