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'Living In Nagpur Since 1873': Joe Biden's 'Distant Relatives'

Joe Biden had stated that he had acquired a letter from one of many Bidens in India.


A few of the ”distant kin in India” US President-elect Joe Biden spoke of in 2013 after which once more in 2015, have been dwelling in Maharashtra’s Nagpur metropolis since 1873, they claimed on Tuesday.

When Mr Biden, then US Vice President, was in Mumbai in 2013, he had stated at an occasion there that a few of his distant kin reside in India’s monetary capital.

On the Mumbai occasion in 2013 and at one other one in Washington in 2015, Mr Biden had stated that after turning into a senator in 1972, he had acquired a letter from one of many Bidens in India and realized that his “nice, nice, nice, nice, nice grandfather” labored within the East India Firm.

The letter was written by Nagpur-based Leslie Biden, whose grandchildren keep in Nagpur, and declare their household has been dwelling there since 1873.

Mr Leslie’s granddaughter Sonia Biden Francis, a Nagpur- primarily based psychologist, informed PTI that ”Bidens in Nagpur and all over the place” are elated with Joe Biden’s victory within the US presidential election.

Ms Sonia stated Leslie Biden was primarily based in Nagpur and was the supervisor of the Bharat Lodge and Hostel, and Bharat Cafe within the ”orange metropolis”, earlier than he died in 1983.

“Whereas studying the ”Illustrated Weekly of India” weekly concern of March 28-April 4, 1981, Mr Leslie got here throughout an article in regards to the then US senator Joe Biden,” Ms Sonia stated.

“Leslie bought in contact with Joe Biden by a letter despatched on April 15, 1981. Joe Biden replied to Leslie by a letter dated Might 30, 1981, stated he was happy after getting the letter from India and in addition mentioned in regards to the Bidens’ family tree,” she stated.

Ms Sonia’s elder brother Ian Biden (44), a former seafarer within the service provider navy, who additionally stays in Nagpur, stated Mr Leslie and Joe Biden shared data concerning a standard ancestor John Biden and his spouse Anne Beaumont.

“Leslie and Joe Biden thanked one another for corresponding and dedicated to proceed corresponding with one another. Nevertheless, Leslie Biden’s well being worsened and he died in 1983 at Nagpur. Leslie’s spouse was unable to pursue the household tree additional,” stated Mr Leslie’s granddaughter Rowena, who additionally lives in Nagpur.

The Biden household confirmed this correspondent letters they claimed have been a part of the correspondence between Leslie and Joe Biden.

Requested if the Nagpur-based Bidens would attend Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, the relations stated they’re extending their finest needs to the 77-year-old Biden.


“The Bidens of Nagpur, Mumbai, New Zealand and the US gathered in January 2018 for the marriage of Leslie’s grandson Leslie David Biden,” Ms Sonia stated.

Leslie Biden’s descendants stay in Nagpur, Mumbai, the US, Australia and New Zealand, Sonia stated. The Bidens dwelling in Nagpur embrace Mr Leslie’s daughter-in-law Angelina Biden.

Mr Leslie’s daughter Evelyn Majumdar, grandson Duncan Biden and granddaughter Sheryl Dweltz stay in Mumbai, Sonia stated, including the Bidens have been dwelling in Mumbai since 1971.

Leslie Biden’s granddaughter Lillian Biden D’souza stays in Nagpur as do his grandsons Leslie Biden and Nigel Lazarus, she stated. His daughter Charmaine Biden Borges and grandchildren Denzil, Charlene, and David keep in New Zealand, whereas Erica and Lincoln keep in Australia. One other grandkid Tithi additionally lives overseas, she added.

Talking on the Bombay Inventory Trade on July 24, 2013, Biden stated, “It is an honour to be again in India and to be right here in Mumbai. Off script for a second right here, I used to be reminded I used to be elected to the USA Senate once I was a 29-year-old child again in 1972, and one of many first letters I acquired and I remorse I by no means adopted up on it.

“Possibly, some genealogist in viewers can comply with up for me, however I acquired a letter from a gentleman named Biden – Biden, my title – from Mumbai, asserting that we have been associated,” Mr Biden had informed the Mumbai viewers seven years in the past.

In his 2015 speech in Washington, Mr Biden had claimed that his “nice, nice, nice, nice, nice grandfather” George Biden was a Captain within the East India Buying and selling firm and after retirement, determined to settle in India and married an Indian lady.

“There are 5 Bidens in Mumbai, India,” Biden had informed the viewers.

Mr Biden had additionally stated somebody supplied him with the small print together with the cellphone numbers of the Bidens in Mumbai.

He had knowledgeable the viewers that he was but to name his distant kin however was planning to take action.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)


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