Person:Jeanette Jerome (1)

Jeanette Jerome
d.9 Jun 1921 London, England
m. 5 Apr 1849
  1. Clarita Jerome1851 - 1935
  2. Jeanette Jerome1854 - 1921
  3. Camille Jerome1855 - 1863
  4. Leonie Blanche Jerome1859 - 1943
m. 15 Apr 1874
  1. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill1874 - 1965
  2. John Strange Spencer-Churchill1880 - 1947
m. 28 Jul 1900
m. 1918
Facts and Events
Name Jeanette Jerome
Alt Name[4] Jennie Jerome
Gender Female
Birth? 9 Jan 1854 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States8 Amity St.
Marriage 15 Apr 1874 Paris, France(at the British embassy; her 1st husband)
to Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill
Marriage 28 Jul 1900 (his 1st wife, her 2nd husband; no issue)
to George Cornwallis-West
Divorce 1914 (separated 1912)
from George Cornwallis-West
Marriage 1918 (her 3rd husband; no issue)
to Montagu Phippen Porch
Death? 9 Jun 1921 London, England8 Westbourne St.
Burial[5] St Martin Churchyard, Bladon, Oxfordshire, England
Reference Number? Q243011?

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Lady Randolph Churchill, CI DStJ (9 January 1854 – 29 June 1921), born Jeanette Jerome, was the American-born English wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Jennie Jerome was born in Rochester, New York[1], the second of three daughters of financier, sportsman, and speculator Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara, daughter of Ambrose Hall, a landowner and sometime New York State Assemblyman. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York and New York, New York. She had two sisters, Clarita (a.k.a. Clara) and Leonie. Her father was rumored to be the father of the American opera singer Minnie Hauk (1851-1929), married Baron Ernest von Hesse-Waltegg).[2]

An unsubstantiated legend has it that Leonard Jerome, a man who loved opera, named his second daughter after the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind, with whom he purportedly had an affair (doubtful, as Lind was highly moral).[citation needed] There is no evidence that Lind and Jerome ever met.

A noted beauty — an admirer said that there was "more of the panther than of the woman in her look" — Lady Randolph Churchill worked as a magazine editor in early life. There is a persistent rumor (often wrongly cited as fact)[citation needed] that she had a fashionable tattoo of a snake twined around her wrist, which she hid with a bracelet when required.[citation needed]. However, while this is certainly possible (since tattoos of the type were fashionable at the time, worn by fashionable women such as the 7th Marchioness of Londonderry, who had a snake tattooed on one of her legs in 1903), extensive searching has so far provided no evidence other than rumor. The historian Sir Martin Gilbert (Winston Churchill's official biographer) considers it very unlikely.

Hall family lore insists that Jennie had an Iroquois great-grandfather[3], but no evidence of any Native American ancestry has yet been uncovered, despite much genealogical digging.[4] Moshe Kohn, in an article in The Jerusalem Post on 15 January 1993, alleged that the Jerome family name was originally Jacobson, and that Jennie's ethnic ancestry was, in fact, Jewish, at least on her father's side. However, there is no truth to this claim; the name of the family has always been Jerome since the family (in the person of a Huguenot immigrant named Timothy Jerome) first set foot in America about 1717.

It is alleged that both Jennie and her father Leonard had similar interests. Her father purchased the Bathgate Mansion and Estate, on the outer western edge of Old Fordham Village, Westchester County (now in the Bronx), and built the Jerome Park Racetrack on the property. While living at the mansion, Jennie took to horseback riding, as her father took to betting. It was at the racetrack that she met and was later courted by her future husband, Spencer-Churchill.

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A pioneering Anglo-American match: Jennie, a true beauty, and the brilliant, aristocratic Randolph. She was rumored to have had affairs with, among others, the Prince of Wales and the Austrian Count Kinski. She wrote plays, founded the Anglo-Saxon Review and promoted the political career of her son Winston.

  1.   Lady Randolph Churchill, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia:Order_of_the_Crown_of_India.
  3.   Jennie Jerome, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  4. MacColl, Gail, and Carol McD. Wallace. To Marry an English Lord. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1989).
  5. Jennie Churchill, in Find A Grave.