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recognize only jus soli, birth on the soil only. The parents had to be Mexican to
gain Mexican nationality at birth. The Gaskell Romney family living as U.S.
Cititzen for a time in Mexico left in 1913 due to the Mexican Revolution. Neither
Gaskell nor his wife Anna ever lost their U.S. Citizenship in Mexico nor is there
any evidence that they renounced it and formally naturalized in Mexico. They were
birthright U.S. Citizens when they went to Mexico and their son George when born
there inherited his U.S. Citizenship by U.S. "jus sanguinis" laws and they were
all U.S. Citizens when they returned to the USA in 1913. Citizens at Birth under
U.S. laws such as George Romney do not have to file any naturalization paper work
since they were born to U.S. Citizen parents. Here is a copy of the relevant
section of the 1857 Mexican Constitution which was in effect when George Romney
was born in 1907.
--------------------------------SECTION II
Of the mexicans
30. Are mexicans:
I. All persons born within or outside the territory of the Republic, from mexican
parents.
II. Foreigners naturalicen in accordance with the laws of the federation .
III. Foreigners who acquire real estate in the Republic or have mexican children,
provided that they do not manifest the resolution to retain his nationality.
---------------------------------The 1886 Mexican "Law of Alienage and Naturalisation" still maintained a the main
"jus sanguinis" law but added a provision to Mexican law to grant Mexican
nationality to someone born in Mexico "jus soli" if they maintained residency in
Mexico until the age of majority, i.e., adulthood. There was also another
provision in the 1886 law which provided for loss of Mexican status for extended
absence from the country without due cause. Since George Romney departed Mexico as
a child of age 5 or 6 with his parents circa 1913 when they returned to their
native country, the USA, this 1886 law did not apply to George Romney since he did
not maintain residency in Mexico until the age of majority.

3. Lenore Emily LAFOUNT (Citizen of U.S.)-17386 was born on 9 Nov 1908 in Logan, Cache County, UT. She died
on 7 Jul 1998 in Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, MI.

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CITIZENSHIP: Citizen of the United States per the 14th Amendment of the
Constitution and the U.S. Nationality Act of 1940.

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They had the following children.

i. Willard Mitt ROMNEY (natural born Citizen of U.S.)-17384 was born on 12 Mar 1947.

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Third Generation

4. Gaskell ROMNEY (Citizen of U.S.)-17387 was born on 22 Sep 1871 in St. George, Washington County, Utah
Territory. He died on 7 Mar 1955 in Salt Lake City, UT. Gaskell married Anna Amelia PRATT (Citizen of U.S.)17388 on 20 Feb 1895 in Mexico.
CITIZENSHIP: Gaskell Romney was a Citizen of the United States at birth by being
born to a U.S. Citizen father in U.S. sovereign territory. Gaskell Romney in the

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1920 and 1930 censuses of the United States was not listed as an Alien and thus
was a Citizen of the United States. The 1940 census is not available yet.

5. Anna Amelia PRATT (Citizen of U.S.)-17388 was born on 6 May 1876 in Salt Lake City, Territory of Utah. She died
on 4 Feb 1926 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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CITIZENSHIP: Anna Amelia Pratt was a Citizen of the United States at birth by
being born to a U.S. Citizen father in U.S. sovereign territory. Anna Amelia as
the wife of Gaskell Romney in the 1920 and 1930 censuses of the United States was
not listed as an Alien and thus was a Citizen of the United States. The 1940
census is not available yet.

They had the following children.


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i. George Wilcken ROMNEY (Citizen of U.S.)-17385 was born on 8 Jul 1907. He died on 26 Jul 1995.

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6. Harold Arundel LAFOUNT-17393 was born on 5 Jan 1880 in Birmingham, Warwick County, England. He died on
21 Oct 1952 in Detroit, MI. Harold married Alma Luella ROBISON-17394 on 20 Oct 1903 in Logan, Cache County,
UT.
7. Alma Luella ROBISON-17394 was born on 19 Aug 1882 in Montpelier, ID. She died on 8 Sep 1938 in Washington,
DC.
i. Lenore Emily LAFOUNT (Citizen of U.S.)-17386 was born on 9 Nov 1908. She died on 7 Jul 1998.

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They had the following children.

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8. Miles Park ROMNEY (Citizen of U.S.)-17389 was born on 18 Aug 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, IL. He died
on 26 Feb 1904 in Mexico. Miles married Hannah Hood HILL-17390 on 10 May 1862 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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9. Hannah Hood HILL-17390 was born on 8 Jul 1842 in near, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She died on 1 Jan 1929 in
Mexico.
They had the following children.
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i. Gaskell ROMNEY (Citizen of U.S.)-17387 was born on 22 Sep 1871. He died on 7 Mar 1955.

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10. Helaman PRATT-17402 was born on 31 May 1846 in in a covered wagon, Mt. Pisgah, IA. He died on 26 Nov 1909
in Colonia Dubln, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico. Helaman married Anna Johanna Dorothy WILCKEN "Dora"-17403
on 20 Apr 1874 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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11. Anna Johanna Dorothy "Dora" WILCKEN-17403 was born on 25 Jul 1854 in Dahme - Zarpin, Rheinfeld,
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She died on 22 Jun 1929 in Colonia Dubln, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico.
They had the following children.
i. Anna Amelia PRATT (Citizen of U.S.)-17388 was born on 6 May 1876. She died on 4 Feb 1926.

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Fifth Generation

16. Miles ROMNEY-17391 was born on 13 Jul 1806 in Dalton in Furness, Lancaster, England. He died on 3 May 1877 in
St. George, Washington County, UT. Miles married Elizabeth GASKELL-17392 about 1830 in possibly, USA.
17. Elizabeth GASKELL-17392 was born on 8 Jan 1809 in Preesall, Lancashire, England. She died on 11 Oct 1884 in St.
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George, Washington County, UT.
They had the following children.
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i. Miles Park ROMNEY (Citizen of U.S.)-17389 was born on 18 Aug 1843. He died on 26 Feb 1904.

18. Archibald Newell HILL-17400 was born on 20 Aug 1816 in Johnstone, County Renfrew. He died on 2 Jan 1900 in
Salt Lake City, UT. Archibald married Isabella HOOD-17401 on 21 Feb 1840 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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19. Isabella HOOD-17401 was born on 8 Jul 1821 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She died on 20 Mar 1847 in Winter
Quarters, Florence, NE.
They had the following children.

i. Hannah Hood HILL-17390 was born on 8 Jul 1842. She died on 1 Jan 1929.

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GASKELL, Elizabeth (b.1809)


HILL, Archibald Newell (b.1816)
HILL, Hannah Hood (b.1842)
HOOD, Isabella (b.1821)
LAFOUNT, Harold Arundel (b.1880)
LAFOUNT, Lenore Emily CoU (b.1908)
PRATT, Anna Amelia CoU (b.1876)
PRATT, Helaman (b.1846)
ROBISON, Alma Luella (b.1882)
ROMNEY, Gaskell CoU (b.1871)
ROMNEY, George Wilcken CoU (b.1907)
ROMNEY, Miles (b.1806)
ROMNEY, Miles Park CoU (b.1843)
ROMNEY, Willard Mitt nbCoU (b.1947)
WILCKEN, Anna Johanna D (b.1854)

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