Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Theresa May

by madman on July 1, 2016

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Birth Name: Theresa Mary Brasier

Place of Birth: Eastbourne, Sussex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: October 1, 1956

*87.5% English
*12.5% Scottish

Theresa May is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, she has served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, since 13 July, 2016. She has been a Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, since 1 May, 1997, and Leader of the Conservative Party, since 11 July, 2016. She was previously Chairman of the Conservative Party, from 23 July, 2002 to 6 November, 2003, Minister for Women and Equalities, from 12 May, 2010 to 4 September, 2012, and Home Secretary of the United Kingdom, from 12 May, 2010 to 13 July, 2016.

Prime Minister May is the daughter of Zaidee Mary (Barnes) and The Rev. Hubert Brasier, a Church of England clergyman. She is married to investment relationship manager Philip May.

Prime Minister May’s paternal grandfather was Tom Brasier (the son of James Brasier and Sarah Jane Barnes). Tom was born in Wimbledon, Surrey. James was the son of Richard John Brasier and Ann Needle. Sarah was the daughter of Edward Barnes and Jane Hollingdale.

Prime Minister May’s paternal grandmother was Amy Margaret Patterson (the daughter of David Patterson and Jane Poole). Amy was born in Plaistow, Essex. David was Scottish, born in Kennet, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, to Alexander Patterson and Margaret Watson. Jane was the daughter of George Poole and Jane Goodman.

Prime Minister May’s maternal grandfather was Reginald James Barnes (the son of William James Albert Barnes and Maud Mary Anderson). Reginald was born in Southampton, Hampshire. William was the son of Edward Barnes and Charlotte Budd. Maud was the daughter of James Anderson and Sarah Elizabeth Etheridge.

Prime Minister May’s maternal grandmother was Violet Jennie Welland (the daughter of William Richard Welland and Maria/Mary Walter). Violet was born in Reading, Berkshire. William was the son of Edward Welland and Sarah Hersey. Maria was the daughter of James Walter and Mary Anne Payne.

Sources: Family history of Theresa May –

Genealogy of Theresa May –

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Benjamin Disraeli

by madman on March 27, 2016

Date of Birth: December 21, 1804

Place of Birth: London, England

Date of Death: April 19, 1881

Place of Death: London, England

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish (baptized Protestant)

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield was a British politician and writer. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 27 February, 1868 to 1 December, 1868, and again from 20 February, 1874 to 21 April, 1880. He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer, from 27 February, 1852 to 17 December, 1852, from 26 February, 1858 to 11 June, 1859, and from 6 July, 1866 to 29 February, 1868, and was the Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament, from 1 December, 1868 to 17 February, 1874, and again from 21 April, 1880 to 19 April, 1881.

Prime Minister Disraeli was the son of Maria (Basevi), born in Bloomsbury, London, and Isaac D’Israeli, born in Enfield, Middlesex, who was a literary critic, historian, and man of letters. His parents were both Sephardi Jews, the children of Italian Jewish immigrants. In 1817, when Benjamin was twelve, his father had his children, including Benjamin, baptized into the Church of England, although Benjamin continued to refer to himself as Jewish throughout his adult life.

Prime Minister Disraeli’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin D’Israeli (the son of Isaac Israeli/D’Israeli and Enrichetta/Rica De/Dei Rossi). Benjamin, a merchant and financier, was born in Cento or Ferrara, Italy. Isaac was possibly born in Turkey.

Prime Minister Disraeli’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Shiprut/Syprut/Siprut de Gabay Villareal/Villa Real/de Real (the daughter of Isaac Shiprut/Syprut/Siprut de Gabay Villareal/Villa Real and Esther). Sarah was born in Leghorn, Italy. Esther was possibly born in Bloomsbury, England.

Prime Minister Disraeli’s maternal grandfather was Naphtali/Nathan Basevi Cervetto (the son of Salomone/Solomon Basevi Cervetto and Ricca/Rica Levi). Naphtali/Nathan was born in Verona, Italy. Salomone was the son of Giuseppe “Joseph” Basevi Cervetto and Rachel Asson.

Prime Minister Disraeli’s maternal grandmother was Ricca/Rebecca Rieti (the daughter of Abraham Vita Rieti and Sarah Cardoso). Ricca was born in Mantua, Italy, or England. Sarah was the daughter of Jacob di David Aboab Cardoso and Hanna Di Baruh Senior.

Prime Minister Disraeli was the first person of Jewish heritage to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The other Prime Minister of verified Jewish ancestry is David Cameron (who served for the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2016). James Callaghan (serving for the Labour Party from April 1976 to May 1979) possibly had a Jewish paternal grandmother or great-grandfather, although it is not clear if this has been verified. Out of the three, only Prime Minister Disraeli was Jewish by religion (although not while in office, during his childhood).

Sources: Genealogies of Benjamin Disraeli –


Birth Name: Robert Banks Jenkinson

Date of Birth: 7 June, 1770

Place of Birth: London, England

Date of Death: 4 December, 1828

Place of Death: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England

Ethnicity: English, along with Scottish and Welsh, possibly a small amount of Portuguese and/or Indian

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, was a British politician. A member of the Tory Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 8 June 1812 to 9 April 1827.

Prime Minister Jenkinson was the son of Amelia (Watts) and Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool, a statesman. Charles was born in Winchester, England, and was of English, and approximately one eighth Welsh, descent. Amelia was born in Cossimbazaar, India, and had Scottish, English, and possibly some Portuguese and/or Indian, ancestry.

Prime Minister Jenkinson’s paternal grandparents were Charles Jenkinson (the son of Robert Jenkinson and Sarah Tomlins) and Amarantha Cornewall (the daughter of Wolfran Cornewall and Elizabeth Devereux). Elizabeth’s mother was Welsh, born in Llangian, Wales, and her father was born in Cefn Gwernfa, Wales, likely of mostly English descent.

Prime Minister Jenkinson’s maternal grandparents were William Watts and Frances “Begum Johnson” Croke (the daughter of Edward Croke/Crooke and Isabella Beizor). William was Scottish, born in Glasgow, Scotland. Edward was of English descent.

It is often said that Prime Minister Jenkinson had some degree of Indian ancestry from his mother’s side (often one quarter or one eighth). It is not clear whether this is accurate. His maternal grandfather was Scottish, and his maternal grandmother’s father was English. This leaves his maternal great-grandmother, Isabella Beizor, as the only possible ancestor to have Indian ancestry. Some sources state that Isabella was of mixed Portuguese and Indian descent.

It is known that Prime Minister Jenkinson’s great-grandparents were married. At the time, it was fairly common for members of the East India Company to engage in relationships with local Indian women, but it was less common for the couples to marry. This might suggest that Isabella Beizor was not of Indian descent, or at least not to a significant degree.

A painting of Prime Minister Jenkinson’s maternal grandmother can be seen here.

Sources: Genealogies of Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool –

Genealogy of Prime Minister Jenkinson’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Saethon –


Harold Wilson

by madman on March 27, 2016

Birth Name: James Harold Wilson

Date of Birth: 11 March, 1916

Place of Birth: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 24 May, 1995

Place of Death: London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English

Harold Wilson was a British politician. A member of the Labour Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 16 October, 1964 to 19 June, 1970, and again from 4 March, 1974 to 5 April, 1976, a Member of Parliament, from 1945 to 1983, and Leader of the Labour Party, from 14 February, 1963 to 5 April, 1976, among many other duties.

Prime Minister Wilson was the son of Ethel (Seddon) and James Herbert Wilson. He was married to poet Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, until his death. The couple had two children.

Prime Minister Wilson’s paternal grandfather was James Wilson (the son of John Wilson and Ester/Esther Cole). James was born in Rievaulx, Yorkshire. John was the son of James Wilson and Elizabeth Hawkins. Ester was the daughter of Tommy/Thomas Cole and Sarah Bentley.

Prime Minister Wilson’s paternal grandmother was Eliza Jane Thewlis (the daughter of Titus Thewlis and Mary Ann Eastwood). Eliza was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Titus was the son of Thomas Thewlis and Phoebe/Pheby Wood. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Eastwood and Betty.

Prime Minister Wilson’s maternal grandfather was William Seddon (the son of Thomas Seddon and Sarah Brown or Mary Taylor). William was born in Whitefield, Lancashire. Thomas was the son of Thomas Seddon or Simeon Seddon and Mary Holt. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Brown.

Prime Minister Wilson’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ann Davy (the daughter of David Davy and Jane Whitfield). Elizabeth was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire. David was the son of David Davy. Jane was the daughter of James Whitfield and Susannah Hall.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Harold Wilson –

Genealogy of Prime Minister Harold Wilson (focusing on his father’s side) –


Winston Churchill

by madman on March 27, 2016

Birth Name: Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Date of Birth: 30 November, 1874

Place of Birth: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

Date of Death: 24 January, 1965

Place of Death: London, England

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, small amounts of Welsh, French Huguenot, Ulster-Scots, Irish, remote French

Winston Churchill was a British politician, writer, historian, and artist. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 10 May, 1940 to 26 July, 1945, and again from 26 October, 1951 to 6 April, 1955. He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer, from 6 November, 1924 to 4 June, 1929, Minister of Defence, from 10 May, 1940 to 26 July, 1945, and again from 28 October, 1951 to 1 March, 1952, Leader of the Conservative Party, from 9 November, 1940 to 6 April, 1955, and Leader of the Opposition, from 26 July, 1945 to 26 October, 1951, among other duties. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1940 and 1949.

Prime Minister Churchill was the son of Lady Randolph Churchill (born Jeanette Jerome), a socialite, and Lord Randolph Churchill (Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill), a statesman. His father was English, from Belgravia, London. His mother was American, from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was married to Clementine Churchill (born Clementine Ogilvy Hozier), a life peer, with whom he had five children.

Prime Minister Churchill is sometimes described on the internet as having had Jewish ancestry from his mother’s side, usually from her surname, Jerome. This is not accurate. The Jerome family of his mother was not of Jewish heritage. Prime Minister Churchill is also said to have had some degree of Native American ancestry from his maternal grandmother’s side, usually from her own grandmother, Anna/Anne Baker. It is not clear if his Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Prime Minister Churchill’s paternal grandfather was John Winston Spencer-Churchill (the son of George Spencer-Churchill and Jane Stewart). John was born in Garboldisham Hall, Norfolk, England. George was the son of George Spencer-Churchill and Susan Stewart. Jane was the daughter of George Stewart and Jane Bailey Paget. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandparents George and Jane were first cousins, as George’s mother and Jane’s father were siblings. The Stewart siblings had a Scottish father and an English mother.

Prime Minister Churchill’s paternal grandmother was Frances Anne Emily Vane (the daughter of Charles William Stewart and Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandmother Frances was born in St. James’s Square, London, England. Charles was the son of Robert Stewart and Frances Pratt. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandmother Frances was the daughter of Henry Vane and Anne/Ann Catherine/Katherine MacDonnell.

Prime Minister Churchill’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Walter Jerome (the son of Isaac Jerome and Aurora Murray). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandfather Leonard was born in New York, U.S. Isaac was the son of Aaron Jerome and Elizabeth “Betsey”/”Betsy” Ball. Aurora was the daughter of Reuben Murray and Sarah Guthrie.

Prime Minister Churchill’s maternal grandmother was Clarissa “Clara” Hall (the daughter of Ambrose Hall and Clarissa Wilcox). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandmother Clarissa was born in New York, U.S. Ambrose was the son of Ambrose Hall and Mehitable Beach. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandmother Clarissa was the daughter of David Wilcox and Anna/Anne Baker, who was Canadian, born in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Prime Minister Churchill’s father was a brother of Georgiana Elizabeth (Spencer-Churchill) Curzon, Countess Howe, Georgiana’s son, Francis Curzon, was a naval officer, Member of Parliament, and motor racing driver; Francis was a great-great-grandfather of actress Dafne Keen. This makes Prime Minister Churchill and Dafne first cousins, four times removed. Through his Spencer-Churchill line, the Prime Minister was also a first cousin, three times removed, of model and actress Cressida Bonas.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Winston Churchill –

Information about Prime Minister Churchill’s genealogy, by his grandson Winston S. Churchill –

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