Herbert Hoover (in office 4 Mar 1929 – 4 Mar 1933) was a descendant of my 8th great-grandparents, Anthony Bunting and Ellen Barker (both d. 1700). Specifically, he is my 7th cousin, 2x removed. While this is certainly a distant relation – Wolfram Alpha calculates the “blood relationship” here as just 0.00038147% – I will mention it because: a) Martha Bunting was interested in this topic and researched it while Hoover was still President, and (b) his connection to our common ancestors, Anthony & Ellen Bunting, has been well established (see below).
Martha Bunting was in touch with several genealogists in England. One was C. Gilbert Bunting, a young lawyer at the time, whose hobby and passion was researching Bunting family history. They corresponded for about ten years, starting in 1932. In June of 1933, C. Gilbert Bunting published a short article in a British journal (The Genealogists’ Magazine) titled “Ex-President Hoover’s English Descent.” It is clear from one of Gilbert’s letters to Martha (dated 5 Feb 1933) that she was a main source of his information about Hoover’s lineage. He also credits her in the article.
Here are two relevant paragraphs from C. Gilbert Bunting’s article:
Due doubtless to this religious persecution, three of his four sons left England, Samuel in 1678, and John and Job shortly after, and all settled in Crosswicks, New Jersey. The other son, William, who died on the 15th November 1719 and was buried at Buntingfield, is also the ancestor of numerous families of his name in America, for his son Samuel, born 9th November 1692, sailed from England in the ship “Neptune” in 1722 and settled in Darby, Pa. He married Sarah Fearne, grand-daughter of John Blunston, a member of the first Assembly (which met in 1682) of the Province of Pennsylvania.
Of the three earlier settlers (II) Job Bunting of Crosswicks, New Jersey, baptised 10th June 1660, married 27th June 1689 Rachel Baker at Middletown, U.S.A. (History of Bucks Co. by Davis, Vol. III, p. 184). (III) Samuel Bunting their eldest child was born 25th August 1692 in Bucks Co., Pa., where his father had gone to reside before his marriage. He married in 1715 Priscilla Burgess and one of their family (IV) Phoebe Bunting born 2nd March 1726 in Bucks Co., Pa., married Francis Wasly of Bucks Co., Yeoman. Their son (V) Francis Wasly of Falls Township, and later of Muncy Co. Northumberland, Yeoman, born in 1751, married in 1783 Hannah Scott. They had eleven children and the fifth (VI) Henry Wasly was born 19th July 1793. His parents later removed to York County, Canada, and Henry Wasly there married Ann Tool on the 22nd November 1813. Both were members of the Yonge Street Meeting of Friends. They then settled in Norwich Ontario, Canada. A daughter (VII) Mary born at Norwich on 1st September 1818 married there on 4th January 1842 Theodore Minthorn and retained her membership of the Society after marriage with a Non-Friend. The family removed to the State of Iowa, U.S.A., with their seven children, among whom was their daughter (VIII) Huldah Randall Minthorn, born 4th May 1848 at Norwich, Ontario, who married Jesse Clark Hoover at West Branch, Iowa, on the 12th March, 1870. He was the son of Eli Hoover and Mary his wife (formerly Davis). Their son (IX) Herbert Clark Hoover was born at West Branch, Iowa, on the 10th August, 1874. His wife Lou Henry, whom he married 10th February 1899 was of Monterey, California, and is of English descent.
Here is a PDF of the entire 3-page article (1.4 MB).
— Bunting, C. Gilbert. “Ex-President Hoover’s English Descent.” The Genealogist’s Magazine, vol. 6, no. 6 (June, 1933): 241-243.
For our line of descent, starting with Anthony Bunting and Ellen Barker in the 1600s, see: Bunting Line of Descent.