Friday, June 7, 2013

Senator Lispenard Stewart and Family

This Norman Revival hillside tomb, which contains the remains of the Lispenard Stewart family, was designed by James Fenwick in 1889. The Stewart family was socially prominent and when Mrs. Mary Stewart (nee Mary Rogers Rhinelander) died in 1893, a NY Times article noted that she was “one of the wealthiest women in New York. ”Her funeral was attended by the Astor, Vanderbilt and Pell families. Their son, Senator Lispenard Stewart, was included in an 1890 article about the most eligible bachelors in NY. In 1895, he was the escort of Gertrude Vanderbilt at her coming out party (which had an entirely different meaning in those days :)) and characterized as the “best dancer in Newport, Rhode Island.”

3 comments:

  1. Wow that's one mighty fine mausoleum......

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  2. Hello Alexandra, I have just found your blog page and its rather awesome to see all the research that you have done regarding cemeteries. I found your links page very helpful as well. I am new to genealogy cemetery blogging and its great that I can connect with others who share my passion. If you would like to drop by my blog page and leave any comments the URL is houriganhistory.blogspot.com.au its mainly about the old and forgotten cemeteries over here on the NSW Central Coast of Australia.
    well good luck with your research and blogging
    Susan Hourigan

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  3. Thanks Susan! I'm glad you are finding the information helpful. The combination of history and architecture fascinates. I look forward to checking out your blog and learning about your part of the world.

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