Is Joseph Alfred Churchill related to Winston Churchill line?

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joseph Alfred born 31 oct 1857 Caulfield vic Australia.

father john Churchill b: 1820 Wiltshire eng.

married sarah ann Theresa Brackston 31 aug 1852

sarah born 1831 JAMAICA
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Winston Churchill was actually Winston Spencer-Churchill. His male ancestors were Spencer's not Churchills. 

The 1st Duke of Malborough was a John Churchill,  the son of a  Winston Churchill, |link to wikipedia ]  a lawyer from a family that held lands in Dorset and Devon.  John Churchill  had only daughters so his line died out with no male heir. The title therefore passed through the female line,  passing first to Henrietta  the eldest daughter who became  Duchess of Malborough  . Henrietta's son died before his mother and the title reverted to pass through her now dead sister Anne. Anne had been the second wife of Charles Spencer (1674-1722) . Their son, another Charles Spencer became the 3rd Duke. His grandson George (5th Duke)  took the additional name of Churchill by royal licence in 1811

As for the Churchills , if you have any ancestry with this family it will probably be very distant . You might like to read this article  written by another Churchill  looking for whether his roots connected with the more famous family


by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (487k points)
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As Helen mentioned in her response above, Anne b Churchill the daughter of the 1st. Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, was Sir Winston's very distant relative. After reading John Alfred's posted line it is obvious he is not related via Sir Winston's American Family. That would leave two possibilities. If he is an Oxfordshire Churchill he would not be related to Sir Winston at all. They are of European descent. That would leave the Somerset Churchills who are ancestors of the 1st. Duke of Marlborough. You need to trace Alfred's line back at least another 150 years, or perhaps further, to see a connection to the Duke' line. I think the Somerset line is more likely as you mentioned connections to Devonshire and Wiltshire. Since the Conquest, the Churchill family had many land holdings in both areas.

Regards: George Churchill
by George Churchill G2G6 Pilot (101k points)

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