Birth Name: Vera Jayne Palmer
Date of Birth: April 19, 1933
Place of Birth: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Death: June 29, 1967
Place of Death: Eastern New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, Cornish, 1/8th German
Jayne Mansfield was an American actress, nightclub entertainer, and singer.
Her father, Herbert William Palmer, was of three quarters English/Cornish and one quarter German descent. Her mother, Vera Jeffrey Palmer, was of English and Cornish ancestry.
Jayne had five children: a daughter with her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield; three, including actress Mariska Hargitay, with her second husband, actor and acrobat Mickey Hargitay; and a son with her third husband, film director Matt Cimber.
Jayne’s paternal grandfather was Elmer E. Palmer (the son of Thomas Palmer and Mary J.). Elmer was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from England. Thomas was born in Cornwall.
Jayne’s paternal grandmother was Alice J. Jackson (the daughter of William H. Jackson and Amanda Whitzman or Custer). Alice was born in Pennsylvania, to an English father, from Cornwall, and a mother of German origin. William was the son of William Jackson and Jane. Amanda was the daughter of Michael Custer and Lovina.
Jayne’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Henry Palmer (the son of Henry Palmer and Melissa). Thomas was born in Pennsylvania. Henry was born in Cornwall, the son of Theophilus Palmer and Alice Gale.
Jayne’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Mary Jeffery/Jeffrey (the daughter of Henry Jeffery/Jeffrey and Eliza Jane Cowling). Beatrice was English, of Cornish origin, born in St. Teath, Cornwall. Henry was the son of Thomas Jeffery and Betsy Kellow. Eliza was the daughter of Robert Cowling and Mary Ann Lobb.
Jayne’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Genealogy of Jayne Mansfield (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com
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