American historian claims that presidential candidates George W Bush
and John Kerry are related and their families originate from Essex.
George W Bush and John Kerry are Essex boys a
Genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts maintains that similar names crop
up in both the Bush and Kerry family trees.
Their common ancestor was a minor aristocrat, Edmunde Reade, who
was born and died in Wickford, near Basildon.
He claims his research reveals the two men are related from 10
generations ago when their family lived in Essex.
President Bush claims a direct lineage to a yeoman farmer called
Reynold Bush who lived in Messing near Colchester.
He crossed the Atlantic to find a new life for his family in
Mr Boyd Roberts, a senior research scholar in Boston,
Massachusetts, traces the dynastic links through Puritan families
back to the Sherman family of Dedham, Essex.
The links are forged through Kerry's mother, who was a Forbes of
Winthrop, Cabot, Bowdoin, Pickering, and Dudley descent.
These names are associated with the Puritans, many from Essex,
who sailed to New England in the 17th century.
Some evidence to back the claims is furnished by the Essex Record
Reade had two sons and two daughters called Elizabeth and
Margaret who sailed to America in the 1630's.
They married into the powerful and influential Winthrop and Lake
families into whose dynasty the Bush and Kerry families married.
A spokeswoman from the Essex Record Office said the two men could
be distantly related as some of the facts appear to add up.
Exciting to link contenders
"Our files traced an Edward Reade, who was born in 1563, and we
do know he had a daughter Elizabeth who sailed to New England in the
1630s and later married John Winthrop, the then Governor of
Connecticut," she said.
"After that records are based in America so it makes it harder
for us to comment.
"However, if the link is proved it certainly would be exciting to
think two of America's highest profile men have links to the
She added: "It shows you never know who you might be related to -
with a bit of investigation you might find you have some interesting
people in your past."