Sarah Ann Churchill from Portugal Cove, Nfld. married to James Baldwyn(Baldwin), is Winston Churchill related to her?

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Hi Dianne!

I assume, by the question, that you are not a direct descendant of the past Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill. The short answer would then be, that anyone with the surname Churchill is likely very very distantly related to Sir Winston. The connection is so slim because, believe it or not, Sir Winston's last name is not Churchill. It is technically Spencer-Churchill a hyphenated name. Somewhere along the line he and a few others in the family dropped the hyphen. The long story is that back in 1801 Sir Winstons's 2nd Great Grandfather, George Spencer petitioned the English Crown to change his surname to Spencer-Churchill from Spencer. This likely was done to gain family prestige from the Churchill name or perhaps secure ownership of financial and real property assets of the Dukedom of Marlborough. Two generations further back to Charles Spencer, Sir Winston's 5th. Great Grandfather, married Ann B Churchill; the Duchess of Marlbourgh. That is the connection to the Churchill Family. Ann was the daughter of John Churchill The First Duke of Marlborough. To get back to your question; if you can trace your paternal line back perhaps as far as the 15th. century in England and connect with a common ancestor with John Churchill the Duke, then the exact relationship to Sir Winston, the British Prime Minister can be determined. I am sure you can now see why I said very very distant relationship. This relationship is so distant it would be quite a stretch to put Sir Winston, the Prime Minister of England, in your family tree. Thanks for the question. Please feel free to contact me at anytime If I can be of assistance 

George R Churchill

 

 

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