Mayfield, Sarah Jane

Mayfield, Sarah Jane

Female 1917 - 2007  (90 years)

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  • Name Mayfield, Sarah Jane 
    • Sarah Jane Mayfield (birth name) later became Jane Wyman
    Nickname Jane Wyman 
    Born 5 Jan 1917  Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Wyman

      Although her birthdate has been widely reported for many years as January 4, 1914, research by biographers and genealogists indicates she was born on January 5, 1917.[2][3][4] The most likely reason for the 1914 year of birth is that she added to her age so as to be able to work and act while still a minor. She may have moved her birthday back by one day to January 4 so as to share the same birthday as her daughter, Maureen (born January 4, 1941).
    Gender Female 
    Census 25 Apr 1940  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 10 Sep 2007  Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I39288  Sackett
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2016 

    Family Reagan, President Ronald Wilson,   b. 6 Feb 1911, Tampico, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 2004, Bel Air, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1940  Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Divorced 1949 
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F13981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jan 1917 - Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jan 1940 - Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 25 Apr 1940 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Sep 2007 - Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Jane Wyman (1917-2007), in 1953
    Jane Wyman (1917-2007), in 1953
    Born Sarah Jane Mayfield, actress Jane Wyman married Ronald Reagan in 1940; they divorced in 1949. Photo from Wikipedia

  • Sources 
    1. [S740] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/, 11 Sep 2015.
      Jane Wyman
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Wyman
      Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield; January 5, 1917 ? September 10, 2007)[1] was an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and later in life achieved a new level of success in the 1980s as the aging wine country matriarch Angela Channing, the lead role on Falcon Crest.

      She was the first wife of Ronald Reagan; they married in 1940 and divorced in 1949.

      Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield in St. Joseph, Missouri. Although her birthdate has been widely reported for many years as January 4, 1914, research by biographers and genealogists indicates she was born on January 5, 1917.[2][3][4] The most likely reason for the 1914 year of birth is that she added to her age so as to be able to work and act while still a minor. She may have moved her birthday back by one day to January 4 so as to share the same birthday as her daughter, Maureen (born January 4, 1941).[5] The 1920 census, on the other hand, has her at 3 and living in Philadelphia, Pa. After Wyman's death, a release posted on her official website confirmed these details.[1]

      Her parents were Manning Jefferies Mayfield (c.1885?1922), a meal-company laborer, and Gladys Hope Christian (c.1891?1960), a doctor's stenographer and office assistant. In October 1921, her mother filed for divorce, and her father died unexpectedly the following year at age 37. After her father's death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (1866?1951)[6] and Richard D. Fulks (1862?1928), the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph.[7] She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and, apparently, her first marriage certificate.

      Her unsettled family life resulted in few pleasurable memories. Wyman later said, "I was raised with such strict discipline that it was years before I could reason myself out of the bitterness I brought from my childhood.[8] In 1928, aged 11, she moved to southern California with her foster mother, but it is not known for certain if she attempted a career in motion pictures at this time, or if the relocation was due to the fact that some of Fulks' children also lived in the area. In 1930, the two moved back to Missouri, where Sarah Jane attended Lafayette High School in Saint Joseph. That same year she began a radio singing career, calling herself "Jane Durrell" and adding years to her birthdate to work legally since she would have been under age.

      Wyman married four times.

    2. [S814] 1940 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2016.
      1940 Census, enumerated 25 Apr 1940 at 1325B Londonderry View in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County County, California, United States

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Ronald Reagan Head M 29 Illinois
      Jane Reagan Wife F 24 Missouri

      "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CK-THM : accessed 8 March 2016), Ronald Reagan, Councilmanic District 2, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-173, sheet 5A, family 101, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 404.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    3. [S740] Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/, 11 Sep 2015.
      Jane Wyman
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Wyman
      Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield; January 5, 1917 ? September 10, 2007)[1] was an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and later in life achieved a new level of success in the 1980s as the aging wine country matriarch Angela Channing, the lead role on Falcon Crest.

      She was the first wife of Ronald Reagan; they married in 1940 and divorced in 1949.

      Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield in St. Joseph, Missouri. Although her birthdate has been widely reported for many years as January 4, 1914, research by biographers and genealogists indicates she was born on January 5, 1917.[2][3][4] The most likely reason for the 1914 year of birth is that she added to her age so as to be able to work and act while still a minor. She may have moved her birthday back by one day to January 4 so as to share the same birthday as her daughter, Maureen (born January 4, 1941).[5] The 1920 census, on the other hand, has her at 3 and living in Philadelphia, Pa. After Wyman's death, a release posted on her official website confirmed these details.[1]

      Her parents were Manning Jefferies Mayfield (c.1885?1922), a meal-company laborer, and Gladys Hope Christian (c.1891?1960), a doctor's stenographer and office assistant. In October 1921, her mother filed for divorce, and her father died unexpectedly the following year at age 37. After her father's death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (1866?1951)[6] and Richard D. Fulks (1862?1928), the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph.[7] She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and, apparently, her first marriage certificate.

      Her unsettled family life resulted in few pleasurable memories. Wyman later said, "I was raised with such strict discipline that it was years before I could reason myself out of the bitterness I brought from my childhood.[8] In 1928, aged 11, she moved to southern California with her foster mother, but it is not known for certain if she attempted a career in motion pictures at this time, or if the relocation was due to the fact that some of Fulks' children also lived in the area. In 1930, the two moved back to Missouri, where Sarah Jane attended Lafayette High School in Saint Joseph. That same year she began a radio singing career, calling herself "Jane Durrell" and adding years to her birthdate to work legally since she would have been under age.

      Wyman married four times.

      Ronald Reagan
      Twenty-five-year-old Wyman with husband and fellow actor, Ronald Reagan, at the premiere of the partially controversial Tales of Manhattan in Los Angeles, August 1942. This was almost two years after the birth of their daughter, Maureen. Thirty-one-year-old Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Reagan was assigned to Culver City's First Motion Picture Unit (18th AAF Base Unit) at this time, which was some three months after his voluntary transfer from the Army Cavalry, and five years after having been commissioned from the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve in Iowa. Wyman was already a 10-year Hollywood veteran.
      Wyman with three-year-old Maureen Reagan (1944)

      In 1938, Wyman co-starred with Ronald Reagan in Brother Rat (1938), and its sequel Brother Rat and a Baby (1940). They were engaged at the Chicago Theatre,[15] and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church, Glendale, California.[16] She and Reagan had three children; Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941?2001), their adopted son Michael Edward Reagan (born March 18, 1945), and Christine Reagan (born prematurely on June 26, 1947 and died later the same day).[17] This event soured their marriage irreparably. Wyman stated that their break up was due to a difference in politics (Ronald Reagan was still a Democrat at the time).[18] She filed for divorce in 1948; the divorce was finalized in 1949. Ronald Reagan is the only U.S. president to have been divorced; thus Wyman was the first and only former wife of a United States president so far. Although she remained silent during Reagan's political career, she told a newspaper interviewer in 1968 that this was not because she was:

      bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about former husbands and former wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics.

      In spite of her divorce she still voted for her former husband in the 1980 and 1984 Presidential elections, according to her former personal assistant


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