Family tree of Caroline Webster SCHERMERHORN ASTOR


AmericanBorn Caroline Webster SCHERMERHORN

Prominent American socialite of the last quarter of the 19th century

Born on September 22, 1830 in New York City, New York, USA , United States

Died on October 30, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA

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Lina was born into New York City's Dutch aristocracy, descendants of the city's original settlers. Her father, Abraham Maus Schermerhorn (1791–1855), served as the third Mayor of Rochester, New York in 1837 and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York from 1849 to 1853. Her uncle and the extended Schermerhorn family were engaged in shipping. Lina's mother was Helen White. At the time of her birth, her family lived at 1 Greenwich Street, near the Bowling Green, but the population growth and increasing urbanization of lower Manhattan in the 1830s led her family to move farther north to 36 Bond Street, near the then-ultra fashionable "Lafayette Place," which had been developed by her future husband's paternal grandfather, fur-trader John Jacob Astor. She married William Backhouse Astor, Jr. in 1853. Her husband was the middle son of real estate businessman William Backhouse Astor, Sr. (1792–1875) and Margaret Rebecca Armstrong (1800–1872).

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