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Lady Jeanette Jerome

Lady Jeanette Jerome

Female 1854 - 1921  (67 years)

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  • Name Lady Jeanette Jerome 
    Title Lady 
    Born 09 Jan 1854  Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Lady Randolph Churchill 
    Find A Grave # 20134 
    Buried 1921  Bladon, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 09 Jun 1921  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17165  Farrar-Duncan Family
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2013 

    Father Leonard Walter Jerome,   b. 03 Nov 1817, Pompey, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1891, Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Clarissa Hall,   b. 16 Jul 1825, Palmyra, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1895, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 05 Apr 1849  Palmyra, Wayne, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12287  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill,   b. 13 Feb 1849, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1895, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1874 
    Children 
     1. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill,   b. 30 Nov 1874, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1965, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     2. John Strange Spencer Churchill,   b. 04 Feb 1880, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1947  (Age 67 years)
    Family ID F6531  Group Sheet

    Family 2 George Cornwallis-West,   b. 1874,   d. 1951  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1900 
    Divorced Apr 1914 
    Family ID F12288  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Montague Phippen Porch,   b. 1877,   d. 1964  (Age 87 years) 
    Family ID F12289  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 09 Jan 1854 - Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1921 - Bladon, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 09 Jun 1921 - London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Lady Randolph Churchill, CI, DStJ, born Jeanette Jerome, was the American-born wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

      Jennie Jerome was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of three daughters of financier, sportsman, and speculator Leonard Jerome and his wife Clarissa, daughter of Ambrose Hall, a landowner and sometime New York State Assemblyman. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and New York City. She had two sisters, Clarita (a.k.a. Clara) and Leonie. Leonard Jerome was rumored to also be the father of the American opera singer Minnie Hauk. Jennie Jerome was of partial Native American descent.

      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.

      Long considered one of the most beautiful women of the time, she was married for the first time in 1874, at the British Embassy in Paris, to Lord Randolph Churchill, the second son of John Winston Spencer-Churchill, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. By this marriage, she was properly known as Lady Randolph Churchill and would have been referred to in conversation as Lady Randolph.

      The Churchills had two sons: Winston (1874-1965) born less than eight months after the marriage, and John (1880-1947). Jennie's sisters believed the latter's biological father was Evelyn "Star" Boscawen, 7th Viscount Falmouth. Lady Randolph had numerous lovers during her marriage, including Karl Kinsky and King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.

      As was the custom of the day, Lady Randolph played a limited role in her sons' upbringing, relying largely upon nannies such as Winston's beloved Mrs. (Elizabeth) Everest. Winston completely worshipped his mother, writing her numerous letters during his time at school, begging her to visit him, which she rarely did. However, after he became an adult, she and he became good friends and strong allies, to the point where Winston regarded her almost as a political mentor, more as a sister than as a mother.

      A strong personality, Jennie was well-respected and influential in the highest British social and political circles. She was said to be intelligent, witty, and quick to laughter. It was said that Queen Alexandra especially enjoyed her company, despite the fact that Jennie had been involved in an affair with her husband, Edward VII, a fact that was well-known by Alexandra. Through her family contacts and her extramarital romantic relationships, Jennie greatly helped Lord Randolph's early career, as well as that of her son Winston.

      Lord Randolph died in 1895, aged 45. On July 28, 1900, she married George Cornwallis-West (1874-1951), a captain in the Scots Guards who was the same age as her elder son Winston. Around this time, she became well-known for chartering a hospital ship to care for those wounded in the Boer War, and in 1908, she wrote The Reminiscences of Lady Randolph Churchill. She separated from her second husband in 1912, and they were divorced in April 1914, whereupon Cornwallis-West married the famous actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Jennie then dropped the surname Cornwallis-West and resumed, by deed poll, the name Lady Randolph Churchill.

      Her third marriage, on June 1, 1918, was to Montague Phippen Porch (1877-1964), a member of the British Civil Service in Nigeria, who was three years Winston's junior. At the end of World War I, Porch resigned from the colonial service, and in 1921, he returned to Africa to find his fortune.
      [edit] Death

      In 1921, while Montague Porch was in Africa, Jennie, aged 67, slipped while coming down a friend's staircase while wearing new high heeled shoes, breaking an ankle. Gangrene set in, and her left leg was amputated above the knee; soon afterward she died at her home in London following a haemorrhage of an artery in her thigh (resulting from the amputation).

      She was buried in the Churchill family plot at St Martin's Church, Bladon, Oxfordshire, next to her first husband.

      In 1926, Montague Porch married Donna Giulia Patrizi (died 1938), who was a daughter of the Marchese Patrizi della Rocca.