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illustrated.1888 Excerpt: ... NOTES. Note I. There is no evidence
that John, Josias, and the two named William, or any two of the
four, were related. It is opportune to refer, in this connection,
to another point. I have seen persons of the name or blood of
Churchill, and have heard of others, who are so weak and at the
same time so ill informed as to believe that they are descendants
of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough. A lady showed me,
at one time, a letter envelope, enclosing a note sent to her by a
Mrs. Churchill, on which was an engraving, covering its entire
face, of the Ducal Arms of Marlborough Waiving the point whether
any one should take pride in being a descendant of the first Duke,
exceptionally great as he undoubtedly was, those who, in this
country, make any such claims, are ignorant of a few facts which
may be mentioned. John Churchill, of Plymouth, was married in 1644;
Josias, of Weathersfield, in 1638; William, of New York, was a
resident previous to 1672, and William of Virginia, was probably an
adult in 1666; while John Churchill, who was made Duke of
Marlborough in 1702, was not born till 1650. Besides this, his only
son died in his minority, and the title passed to his oldest
daughter Henrietta, Countess of Godolphin, from whom it descended
to her nephew, Charles Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, a son of her
sister Anne. The family name of the present Duke is
Spencer-Churchill. I may add, as to any supposition of relationship
with the ducal family, that there is no basis for such supposition
other than the name, and that the facts stated show that any
relationship must be very remote. It has been suggested that, for
the reason that the same Christian names are often found among the
descendants of John and Josias, the two were related. I do not see
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