Obama Has Roots On Island

by Martin Hopkins

Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential hopeful in the US elections, may be able to trace his roots to the island of Anglesey in the UK.

Leading world geneologist William Reitwiesner has complied information which suggests Obama is a direct descendant of an 18th century Anglesey family who emigrated to America for a new life in the early 19th century.

Henry and Margaret Perry are believed to be Obama's great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents. The island is recorded as the birthplace of their son Robert, born in 1786.

Research shows that the 1880 History of Delaware and Ohio records the mariage of Robert Perry to Sarah Hoskins. The wedding, performed by a Reverend Cloud, took place in Richard Hoskins's log cabin in 1808.

Henry Perry was persuaded by a fellow Welshman to leave Baltimore and form a new settlement in Radnor in 1803.

Margaret and son Robert were buried in Radnor cemetry.

Perhaps Mr Obama would like to visit this island in Wales, UK.

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