AFTER more than 30 years of trying to find her family roots, a mental health worker in America has discovered she is the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill.
Like almost everyone who is adopted, I wanted to know where I came from
She met the man named as her father on her birth certificate, only to learn her mother was already pregnant when they met.
Even her natural mother, Irene Pruitt-Gaffard, lied when finally traced and refused to co-operate when the lies were exposed. A stroke of luck came when Rhonda found Polly Hunt, a Department of Human Affairs official named in the case papers when Rhonda was born on July 8, 1956, was in the Oklahoma City phone book.
At first she agreed to help but then refused. Years later Rhonda tried again and Ms Hunt finally revealed Randolph Churchill was her father and she had been there when he came to sign the papers.
Rhonda said: “Like almost every- one who is adopted, I wanted to know where I came from. I wanted to connect with someone who I belonged to, and I hoped they would recognise that I was someone who shouldn’t have been thrown away. It was that simple.
“There was no desire for fame, power or wealth, and in terms of the latter I wouldn’t be entitled to anything even if my case were proved. I’m comfortably off and don’t want anything material from the Churchills, or anyone else.”
She has tried to place Randolph in Oklahoma nine months before her birth. He was a reporter for The Times and travelled with his friend Averell Harriman, who tried to secure the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952 and 1956.
In 1955 he travelled with Raymond Gary, his running mate. Gary was Governor of Oklahoma and Harriman and Churchill were frequent visitors in the mid-Fifties.
Rhonda said: “I realise that without the DNA tests I can’t prove it 100 per cent but I don’t really care any longer. I have been content these past few years that I finally know who I am.”
Written by: Marcello Mega
Read the original article at Express UK online posted on February 24th, 2013.