Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York City,
to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III (otherwise known as ‘Black Jack Bouvier’) and Janet Norton Lee. Jacqueline’s younger sister Caroline Lee—later often known as Lee—was born in 1933. The Bouviers divorced in 1940. Janet Bouvier later married Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr. in 1942, and had a few more children: Janet and James Auchincloss.
Her mother had Irish ancestry, and her father’s ancestry included French, Scottish, and English. Her maternal great-randfather emigrated from Cork, Ireland, and later took over as Superintendent of one’s New York City Educational institutions. Michel Bouvier, Jacqueline’s paternal great-great- grandfather, was born in France and started an up to date of Joseph Bonaparte and Stephen Girard. He was a Philadelphia-based cabinetmaker, carpenter, merchant, and real estate speculator. Michel’s wife, Louise Vernou, was the daughter of John Vernou, a French émigré tobacconist, and Elizabeth Clifford Lindsay, an American- born woman. Jacqueline’s grandfather, John Vernou Bouvier Jr., fabricated better noble ancestry as a result of his family in his vanity family history book, Our Forebears. Recent scholarship and the research done by Jacqueline’s cousin John H. Davis in his book, The Bouviers: Portrait of an American Family, have disproved a significant number of fantasy lineages.
Bouvier spent her early years in Nyc and East Hampton, Big apple, along
with at the Bouvier family estate, Lasata.” Following their parents’ divorce, the Bouvier sisters divided their time between their mother’s homes in McLean, Virginia and Newport, RI, and also their father’s homes in New
York City and Long Island. Bouvier attended the Chapin School in New York City. On a very early age, she became an enthusiastic equestrienne, and horse-riding remained a lifelong excitement