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Romney’s roots run deep into Mexico

Mormon settlers found a niche

COLONIA JUAREZ, Mexico - Three dozen of Mitt Romney’s relatives live here in a narrow river valley at the foot of the western Sierra Madre, surrounded by peach groves, apple orchards, and some of the baddest, most fearsome drug gangsters and kidnappers in all of northern Mexico.

Like Mitt Romney, the Mexican Romneys are descendants of Miles Park Romney, who came to the Chihuahua desert in 1885 seeking refuge from US antipolygamy laws. He had four wives and 30 children, and on the rocky banks of the Piedras Verdes River, he and his fellow Mormon pioneers carved out a prosperous settlement beyond the reach of US federal marshals. He was Mitt Romney’s great-grandfather.

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