Barbara Bush

Bush in 1989, photo By David Valdez, White House Photo Office ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Birth Name: Barbara Pierce

Date of Birth: June 8, 1925

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: April 17, 2018

Place of Death: Houston, Texas, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some German, small amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and French, and 1/128th Moravian

Barbara Bush was the First Lady of the United States, and previously the Second Lady of the United States, as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as President of the United States, from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993, and Vice President of the United States, from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. Among their six children are George W. Bush (George Walker Bush), who served as President of the United States, from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009, and politician Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush), who was Governor of Florida, from 1999 to 2007.

Barbara was the daughter of Pauline (Robinson) and Marvin Pierce, who was the president of McCall Corporation, a publisher of women’s magazines McCall’s and Redbook.

Barbara’s ancestry was English, some German, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and French, and 1/128th Moravian.

Among her grandchildren are politician George P. Bush (George Prescott Bush) and teacher, author, and journalist Jenna Bush Hager (born Jenna Welch Bush). Barbara’s granddaughter, model and businessperson Lauren Bush, is married to businessperson David Lauren, who is the son of designer Ralph Lauren.

Barbara’s paternal grandfather was Scott Pierce (the son of Jonas James Pierce and Kate Pritzel). Scott was born in Sharpsville, Mercer, Pennsylvania. Jonas was born in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire, the son of James Pierce, Jr. and Chloe Holbrook. Kate was born in Zweizel, Bavaria, Germany, the daughter of Anton Pritzel/Pritzl and Marie Louise Pasquay, who was born in Toulon, France.

Barbara’s paternal grandmother was Mabel Marvin (the daughter of Jerome Place Marvin and Martha Ann Stokes). Mabel was born in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. Jerome was the son of Samuel Ross Marvin and Julia Ann Place, whose parents were from Providence, Rhode Island, her father from Gloucester and her mother from Cranston.

Barbara’s maternal grandfather was James Edgar Robinson (the son of John Welch Robinson, Jr. and Sarah Coe). Barbara’s grandfather James was born in Marysville, Union, Ohio, and was an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, from 1919 to 1932. John was the son of John Welch Robinson and Elizabeth “Betsy” Mitchell. Barbara’s great-grandfather John’s brother, James Wallace Robinson, served as a U.S. congressman from Ohio, from 1873 to 1875, as a Republican. Barbara’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Daniel Coe and Mary Gladden.

Barbara’s maternal grandmother was Lula/Lulu Dell Flickinger (the daughter of Jacob Marion Flickinger and Sarah Haines). Lula was born in Washington, Union, Ohio. Jacob was the son of Stephen Flickinger and Margaret Ann Figley. Sarah was the daughter of Jonathan Haines and Mary Jane Sprague.

Barbara was a fourth cousin, four times removed, of U.S. President Franklin Pierce. Her seven times great-grandparents, Thomas Pierce, Jr. and Elizabeth Cole, were also President Pierce’s great-great-great-grandparents. Thomas Pierce was born, c. 1618, in England.

Sources: Genealogy of Barbara Bush (contained within the genealogy of her son, George W. Bush) –

Genealogies of Barbara Bush –

Some notes on the Moravian roots of Barbara Bush – http//

4 Responses

  1. vitordesouza says:

    Is there any genetic difference between Bohemians and Moravians?

  2. phaedra says:

    This photo sorta misrepresents her. She looks darker than what she is, when in reality, she is very fair.

    • andrew says:

      Classic Internet forums comment from a upside down world.

      This is an official photo. European people are not worried at all to appear tanned. It’s actually the opposite. They want it.

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