Thursday, March 16, 2017


One set of Winston Churchills great-grandparents were born here in Palmyra, New York.  His great-grandparents were Ambrose and Clarissa Hall.  They had a daughter, also named Clarissa, who married a man named Leonard Jerome.  In fact, they were married in the Western Presbyterian Church in Palmyra, NY, which is one of the four corner churches.

At first the Jeromes lived  on Canal Street where Jerone practiced law.  Eventually they moved to Rochester, New York where Leonard worked with his brother in the newspaper.  Again they moved, this time to New York City where Leonard worked in the stock business on wall street. It is said that he made and lost several fortunes over his career.

In 1854, they had a daughter named Jeannette, called Jennie.  Due to her family's wealth and position, Jennie spent a great deal of time over seas with the high society in Europe.  It was in Europe where Jeannie met, Lord Randolph Churchill, the son of the seventh Duke of Marlborough.  Three days after they met, they were engaged.  They were married in 1874.  Their son Winston was born less than a year later on November 30, 1874.

So, as you can see, the small town I live in is part of the history of Winston Churchill who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940 to 1945).


littlemancat said...

Very interesting, Marilyn. Thanks!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Mary,
I thought that was interesting about my little town. Glad you liked it.


Tom said...

...who knew, thanks for the history lesson. The sun is shining today...WOW.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
You are welcome for the history lesson. Yes, the sun is FINALLY shinning !!!!


dynnamae n said...

Marilyn, this was very interesting and thank you for sharing it. History was not my best school subject. I do enjoy reading more about it now. Love the photo too. Thank God for sunshine!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi dynnamae n,
I thought it was interesting, too especially in a small town like this. I liked history and my brother was a history teacher so that helped, too. The photo came from the Palmyra Museum. Oh, yes,
thank God for sunshine !!!


Vanssmomc said...

Very interesting Marilyn, never knew this. Thank you for sharing, Cathy in Webster

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Cathy,
You are welcome. I enjoyed sharing it.