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George Wilcken ROMNEY's Ancestry

Created 5 Marh 2010

Gaskell/Gaskill RONNEY
and 1st
Anna Amelia PRATT

Gaskell was born 22 September 1871 in St. George, Washington, Utah and married 20 February 1895 in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, Anna Amelia PRATT, the daughter of Helaman PRATT and Anna Joanna Dorothy (Dora) WILCKEN. She was born 6 May 1876 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and died 4 February 1926 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utahj. Gaskell died 7 March 1955 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

(Special Collections Dept.,
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Boston Globe

After fleeing the Mexican revolution, Mitt Romney's grandfather, Gaskell lost his home and possessions. While living in Salt Lake City, Gaskell Romney ran for County Commissioner with the slogan by which his grandson, Mitt, abides: “Vote Republican!” Gaskell sued Mexico for the loss of his property and, in 1938, was awarded damages of $9,163. Half of the money went to his son, George Romney, putting the family on a solid financial footing. Gaskell and George visited Colonia Juarez on a sentimental trip in 1941. George's son, Mitt Romney, was born in 1947 and has never visited the town.

Gaskell Romney 1871-1955

According to a Romney family legend they are descended from the fourth-century slayer of dragons, St. George, the patron saint of England. The Detroit Free Press reported a 1959 speech of the American Motors executive under the headlines, "Sir Romney Challenges 'Dragons'." The legend continues adding that early settlers in southern Utah named a town in Washington County near the Arizona border "St. George". Gaskell Romney was one of the Romney's born in St. George, Utah.

Pratt–Romney family
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Anna Amelia Pratt
Anna Amelia Pratt (Salt Lake City, Utah, May 6, 1876 - Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4, 1926, bur. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Utah). Daughter of Helaman Pratt and one of his wives, Anna Johanna Dorothy ("Dora") Wilcken. Married Gaskell Romney. Mother of George W. Romney.

Gaskell Romney
(1871-1955), Born in St. George, Utah, on September 22, 1871. Son of Miles Park Romney and Hannah Hood Hill. Married 1895 to Anna Amelia Pratt in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico, February 20, 1895. Father of five sons: Maurice, Douglas, Miles Pratt Romney, George W. Romney, Lawrence and Charles. Candidate for County Commissioner 1931. Republican. Died Salt Lake City, Utah, March 7, 1955, buried. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Son of Mormon Missionaries

George Wilcken Romney was born in the Mormon colonies of Chihuahua, Mexico on July 8, 1907. He was the fifth son of Gaskell and Anna Pratt Romney. His father had a successful building business, and was considered to be one of the most prosperous businessmen in the community. Life for the family changed when Romney was five years old - a revolution erupted in Mexico.

This event forced Romney's family to flee for their safety. His father sent his pregnant wife and five sons to safety in El Paso, Texas. Fortunately, there was only one skirmish with the rebels during their three-day journey in the hot summer sun. The senior Romney headed to El Paso to join his family. There, he was just another carpenter. The revolution forced the family to leave behind their comfortable home and way of life. After a brief stay in El Paso, they moved to Los Angeles, before continuing on to Oakley, Idaho and Rexburg, Idaho. The family eventually settled in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1921.

Gaskell Romney resumed construction work but was generally poor. In 1917, the family moved to Rexburg, Idaho and Gaskell became a successful home and commercial builder in an area growing because of high World War I commodities prices. The family returned to Salt Lake in 1921, and Gaskell resumed construction work.The family was again prospering when the Great Depression hit in 1929 and ruined them. George watched his parents fail financially in Idaho and Utah, with their debts taking a dozen years to pay off; seeing their struggles influenced his life and business career.

Gaskell Romney, Mitt Romney's grandfather, was not a polygamist. He married Anna Amelia Pratt, the daughter of polygamists and the granddaughter of Parley Pratt, the apostle with 12 wives. Their marriage took place Feb. 20, 1895, in Dublan, Mexico.

Gaskell Romney had moved to Mexico with his parents in 1884 amid the proliferation of U.S. laws prohibiting "unlawful cohabitation." Anna Pratt was born in Utah, but had emigrated to Mexico and lived in one of nine Mormon colonies established over the border.

Gaskell Romney and Anna Pratt had seven children, including George Wilcken Romney, the former Michigan governor. He lived with his parents in Mexico until 1912, when the family returned to the United States.

Mitt Romney's Mexican Connection

In 1885, in the face of some messy business over loving too many women, Miles Romney set off from Utah to Chihuahua to raise his family and create a refuge for fellow Mormons about two hundred miles south of El Paso and Cd. Juarez. One of the children he brought with him was Gaskell Romney, who went on to sire a son in Colonia Dublán who would go on to become President of American Motors, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Governor of Michigan and presidential possibility -- George W. Romney.

As the Mexican Revolution broke out, the Romneys headed back North to Idaho and Utah, the five-year old George W. Romney in tow.

The Mexican connection didn't come to an end. Twenty-six years later, in 1938, the family's lawsuit "Gaskell Romney v. the United States of Mexico" finally was heard, and Gaskell was awarded $9,163, which gave him a leg up. He gave half of the award to his son George.

U. S. Census Records

1880 Census St. George, Washington, Utah, ED Page
                                                        |   Place of Birth   |
Name            Race Sex Age Relation Mar Occupation    |Self   Father Mother|
ROMNEY M P       W    M   36 --------  M  Carpenter      Ill.   Eng.   Eng.
  "    H H       W    F   37 Wife      M  Keeping House  Canada Scot.  Scot.
  "    C J       W    F   25 Wife      M  Keeping House  Utah   Eng.   Eng.
  "    Isabell   W    F   17 Dau       S  At School      Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    Mary A    W    F   12 Dau       S  At School      Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    Miles A   W    M   10 Son       S  At School      Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    Gaskill   W    M    8 Son       S  At School      Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    C C       W    F    5 Dau       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Utah
  "    George S  W    M    5 Son       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    Thomas C  W    M    4 Son       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Utah
  "    E V       W    M    2 Son       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Canada
  "    Junius    W    M    2 Son       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Utah
  "    Claud     W    M   4M Son       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Utah
  "    Maggie    W    F   1M Dau       S  -------------  Utah   Ill.   Canada

1920 Census , Madison, Idaho, ED Sheet  Line
                                     Mar |   Place of Birth   |
Name              Relat Sex Race Age Sta |Self   Father Mother| Occupation
ROMNEY Gaskell    Head   M   W    47  M   Utah   Ill.   Canada  
  "    Anna P     Wife   F   W    43  M   Utah   Iowa   Germ.
  "    Douglas P  Son    M   W    20  S   Mexico Utah   Utah
  "    Miles P    Son    M   W    16  S   Mexico Utah   Utah
  "    George W   Son    M   W    12  S   Mexico Utah   Utah
  "    Lawrence   Son    M   W    10  S   Mexico Utah   Utah
  "    Charles W  Son    M   W     7  S   Utah   Utah   Utah
  "    Meril      Dau    F   W     2  S   Utah   Utah   Utah

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956

 Name:                 Anna Pratt Romney
 Death date:           04 Feb 1926
 Gender:               Female
 Race or color:        White
 Death place:          Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
 Birthplace:           Salt Lake City, Utah
 Father's name:        Helamen Pratt
 Mother's name:        Dora Wilkens
 Marital status:       Married
 Spouse's name:        Gaskell Romney
 Age:                  49 years 8 months 29 days
 Birth date:           06 May 1876
 Certificate type:     Certificate of Death
 Digital GS number:    4139761
 Image number:         00063
 Collection:           Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908 - 1949

 Name:                 Gaskell Romney   View Iamage
 Titles:               -----------
 Death date:           07 Mar 1955
 Death place:          Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
 Birth date:           21 Sep 1871
 Estimated birth year: ---- 
 Birthplace:           St. George, Utah
 Age at death:         83 years
 Gender:               Male
 Marital status:       Married
 Race or color:        Caucasian
 Spouse's name:        Amy Pratt Romney
 Father's name:        Miles Park Romney
 Father's titles:      -----------
 Mother's name:        Hannah Hood Hill
 Mother's titles:      -----------
 GSU film number:      -----------
 Digital GS number:    4093754
 Image number:         0049
Reference number:      5501424
Collection:            Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956

 Name:                 Laurence Romney
 Titles:               -----------
 Death date:           12 Feb 1921
 Death place:          Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
 Gender:               Male
 Race or color:        White
 Age in years:         11
 Estimated birth year: ----
 Birth date:           21 Aug 1909
 Birthplace:           Utah
 Marital status:       Single
 Spouse's name:        -----------
 Father's name:        Gaskell Romney
 Father's titles:      -----------
 Father's birthplace:  Utah
 Mother's name:        Anna Pratt
 Mother's titles:      -----------
 Mother's birthplace:  Utah
 Occupation:           School Student
 Street address:       -----------
 Residence:            -----------
 Cemetery name:        -----------
 Burial place:         Sugar City
 Burial date:          14 Feb 1921
 Funeral home:         -----------
 Informant's name:     -----------
 Additional relatives: -----------
 Film number:          1530729
 Reference number:     cn 33146
 Collection:           Idaho Death Certificates, 1911 - 1937

CHILDREN of Gaskell ROMNEY and Ann Amelia PRATT:

    1. GASKELL MAURICE       b: 20 Oct 1897; Dublin, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
                            md:  8 Jan 1919; Logan, Cache, Utah.
                                             Genevieve Katherine WALLIS
                             d: 20 Nov 1972; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
    2. DOUGLAS PRATT         b: 12 Oct 1899; Dublin, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
                            md:  9 Jun 1920; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
                                             Viola SCHWENDIMAN
                             d:  4 Apr 1928; Denver, Denver, Colorado.
    3. MILES PRATT           b:  8 Oct 1903; Dublin, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
                             d:  9 Dec 1980; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
 +  4. GEORGE WILCKEN        b:  8 Jul 1907; Dublin, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
                            md:  2 Jul 1931; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
                                             Lenore Emily LAFOUNT
                             d: 26 Jul 1995; Bloomfield Hills, Oakland, Michigan.
    5. LAWRENCE              b: 21 Aug 1909; Dublin, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
                             d: 12 Feb 1921; Rexburg, Madison, Idaho.
    6. CHARLES WILCKEN       b: 26 Aug 1912; El Paso, El Paso, Texas 	
                            md:            ; , , .
                                             Living _______
                             d:  7 Jan 1969; Murray, Salt Lake, Utah.
    7. MERYL                 b: 24 May 1917; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
                            md:  6 Oct 1938, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
                                             La Vell George WARD
                             d:  9 Oct 1996; Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah.
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