Jackie O and the Spencer Family

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althorp5Jackie and Jack Kennedy are in the Peerage. One way they got there was with the marriage of Ari’s first wife to a Spencer, a kindred of Princess of Di. Tina Onassis was a beauty captured by money. A Spencer married a Vanderbilt, for her money. Francis Ellis Work was a rich American heiress, and a great grandmother of Diana Spencer. These folks in the Peerage are kin to the seven Hart sisters. Diana’s mother appears to have become a Roman Catholic. Jackie was America’s Queen – of Camelot. It’s time to make a list of rich American Beauties who married European men for their titles,- and their castles – for they are American Roses of the World whose money have kept many English castles from turning into dust.

Jeannette Hart’s engagement to Simon Bolivar may constitute the first affair an American Beauty Rose had with a famous foreigner. Rose Kennedy was a Catholic, her son, America’s first Catholic President. It is my quest to free the Hart sister’s of the shame cast upon them. It is time for a Protestant and Catholic Priest to sanctify Jeannette’s little cemetery that may be the birth place of true religious freedom in the United States. How many American Heiresses adopted the Catholic religion of the titled men they married?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013

http://www.thepeerage.com/p6520.htm

Athina Mary Livanos Onassis Spencer-Churchill Niarchos (19 March 1929 – 10 October 1974) was the second daughter of the Greek shipping magnate Stavros Livanos. She was best known as the first wife of Aristotle Onassis, but she later married her older sister Eugenia’s widower, Stavros Niarchos. She was older sister to her parents’ only son, George Stavros Livanos.

[edit] Marriages and familyKnown as Tina, she was married three times. Her husbands were:

1.Aristotle Onassis (28 December 1946 – 1960); with him she had two children, Alexander Onassis (1948–1973) and Christina Onassis (1950–1988). She divorced him upon her discovering him having an affair with the opera singer Maria Callas.[1]
2.John Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (23 October 1961 – 1971)
3.Stavros Niarchos (21 October 1971 – 1974), her sister Eugenia’s widower.
After her divorce from Aristotle Onassis, Livanos dropped her married name and used her maiden name, until her marriage to the Marquess of Blandford.

Tina Niarchos died of a drug overdose in Paris, where she was living with third husband Stavros Niarchos. During this marriage, she suffered the loss of her 24-year-old son Alexander in a plane crash. Her only living descendant is her namesake granddaughter, Athina Onassis de Miranda. Livanos’s daughter, Christina, sued her mother’s widower for her mother’s estimated $250 million (in 1974 dollars) estate claiming the marriage should be annulled under Greek law. Christina later dropped the lawsuit and Niarchos returned all of the money as well as Livanos’s jewelry, artwork and other personal effects.

Athina Mary Livanos was born on 19 March 1926.3 She was the daughter of Stavros G. Livanos.1 She married, firstly, Aristotle Socrates Onassis on 28 December 1946.1,3 She and Aristotle Socrates Onassis were divorced in 1960.3 She married, secondly, John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, son of Lt.-Col. John Albert Edward William Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough and Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan, on 23 October 1961.1 She and John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough were divorced in 1971.1 She married, thirdly, Stavros Spyros Niarchos on 21 October 1971.4,3 She died on 10 October 1974 at age 48, from an overdose.1,3
Athina Mary Livanos also went by the nick-name of Tina.5 From 28 December 1946, her married name became Onassis.1 From 23 October 1961, her married name became Spencer-Churchill. As a result of her marriage, Athina Mary Livanos was styled as Marchioness of Blandford on 23 October 1961.1 From 21 October 1971, her married name became Niarchos.4

Althorp was built by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland in 1688.[2] The estate has been the ancestral home of the Spencer family since the 16th century. Their fortune derived from its earliest known ancestor, Sir John Spencer of Wormleighton, Warwickshire, who bought Althorp in 1522 from the Catesby family with the huge profits from his sheep-rearing business.[3] The house was originally a red brick Tudor building but its appearance was radically altered in the 18th century when the architect Henry Holland was commissioned to make extensive changes starting in 1788.[4] The interior of the house is generally considered its strongest asset as the Spencer family has assembled an impressive collection of portrait art including several pieces painted by the Flemish master Anthony van Dyck.[2] The estate stable block has been converted into an exhibition devoted to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who is buried on the estate, and provides an attractive sandstone setting that effectively offsets the imposing facade of the house. Diana was interred on a small island in the middle of a lake near the estate.[1] In September 2009, Lord Spencer started a major restoration project repairing the roof, stonework and the mathematical tiles which clad the building, undertaken by architect Giles Quarme.

John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, DL, JP (born 13 April 1926), is the son of Lt.-Col. John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough and his wife, Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan. His principal seat is Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He is also a relation of The Duke of Devonshire and generational cousin of the war-time Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. He is also a distant relative of Diana, Princess of Wales as both belong to the Spencer family; and of the Vanderbilt family through his paternal grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt.

The Duke of Marlborough ranked 224th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2004, with an estimated wealth of £185m. He allowed Kenneth Branagh to film his production of Hamlet at the ducal palace of Blenheim, and appeared in a small cameo in the motion picture.

Contents [hide]
1 Spouses and children
2 Patrilineal descent[6][7][8]
3 Titles and honours
3.1 Titles
3.2 Honours
4 References
5 External links
6 Ancestry

[edit] Spouses and children1. The then Marquess of Blandford married Susan Mary Hornby, daughter of Michael Charles St. John Hornby and Nicolette Joan Ward on 19 October 1951.[1] They divorced in 1961. The Marquess and Marchioness had three children:

John David Ivor Spencer-Churchill, Earl of Sunderland (1952–1955), a god-son of Princess Margaret.[2]
Charles James Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford (born 1955)
Lady Henrietta Mary Spencer-Churchill (born 1958)
2. He then married Athina Onassis, née Livanos, former wife of Aristotle Onassis, and daughter of Stavros Livanos. They were married from 1961 until their divorce in 1971. The marriage produced no children.

3. Thirdly, he married Countess Rosita Douglas-Stjernorp, daughter of ambassador Count Carl Douglas-Stjernorp and Ottora Haas-Heye on 20 May 1972. They divorced on 15 May 2008.[3] They have three children:

Lord Richard Spencer-Churchill (born and died 1973)
Lord Edward Albert Charles Spencer-Churchill (born 1974)
Lady Alexandra Elizabeth Spencer-Churchill (born 1977)
4. The Duke married fourthly 3 December 2008 in the Private Chapel at Blenheim[4] Mrs Lily Mahtani née Sahni (born ca. 1957 Iran), former wife of Ratan Mahtani, a wealthy Indian expatriate businessman, by whom she had three children.[5]

[edit] Patrilineal descent[6][7][8]Raoul de Tancarville, 920-?
Gerard, seigneur de Tancarville, 975-?
Gerard, seigneur de Tancarville in Normandy, 1015-1066
Amaury d’Abetot, 1046-1096, brother of Gerold de Roumare, seigneur de Roumare, grandfather of William de Roumare, Earl of Lincoln[9]
Robert Despenser, died after 1098, Royal Steward of King William II of England
Wlliam Despenser, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born ca 1090
Thurston le Despencer, born ca 1122
Hugh Despencer, of Rhyale, Rutland, 1152-1199
Thomas Despencer, of Elington, Lincolnshire, born 1169 (his fourth son was Hugh le Despenser I whose son Hugh was the ancestor of the medieval Despencer family).
Geoffrey le Despencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, 1185-1242, married Emma de Harcourt, of the House of Harcourt[10]
John le Despencer, 1235-1251
William Spencer, of Defford, Worcestershire, (fl.c.1330), he changed his surname from the original french Le Despenser to the english Spencer[11]
John Spencer, of Defford, born 1310
Nicholas Spencer, of Defford, born ca 1340
Thomas Spencer, of Defford, born 1366
Henry Spencer, of Badby, Northamptonshire, 1392-1476
John Spencer, of Hodnell, 1420-?
William Spencer, of Rodburn, Warwickshire, ?-1485
Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Snitterfield & Althorp , (1447-1522. He bought Wormleighton, co. Warwick, 1506, and Althorp, co. Northampton, 1508. He was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1511, and was knighted in or after 1519. At this point, the family became hereditary armigers.
Sir William Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, (1483-1532), Sheriff of Northamptonshire; married Susan, daughter of Sir Richard Knightley, of Fawsley, Northamptonshire
Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, (1517 [1524 per Cracroft]-1586) MP for Northampton, Sheriff and sometime Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire; married Katherine Kitson (bur. at Great Brington, co. Northampton), 1st dau. of Sir Thomas Kitson, of Hengrave, co. Suffolk, Sheriff of London 1533, by his wife Margaret Donnington, later Countess of Bath, only child and hrss. of John Donnington, of Stoke Newington, co. Middlesex, and Donnington, co. York. Oftheir five sons, three became MPs, and of their six daughters, three married peers.
Sir John Spencer, Kt. of Wormleighton & Althorp, MP (1550-1599) married Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Catlyn. It was this Sir John Spencer who assumed the arms of the medieval Despencer family.
Robert Spencer, 1st Baron Spencer of Wormleighton (1570-1627)
William Spencer, 2nd Baron Spencer of Wormleighton (1591–1636)
Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland (1620–1643)
Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (1640–1702)
Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1675–1722), married Lady Anne Churchill daughter and heiress of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough (1706–1758)
George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739–1817)
George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough (1766–1840), he took double surname Spencer-Churchill
George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough (1793–1857)
John Winston Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough (1822–1883)
George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough (1844–1892)
Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough (1871–1934)
John Albert William Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough (1897–1972)
John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough (b. 1926)

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