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John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.


John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…


John Jacob Astor lV, wife 19-year-old Madeleine, and dog Kitty headed for the Titanic. He and Kitty did not survive. Madeleine, on her return, later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.


Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr. and John Jacob Astor IV house, 1895, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street.

Madeleine Talmage Force (June 19, 1893 — March 27, 1940) was a socialite and a survivor of the RMS Titanic. She was also the widow and second wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor IV.


Portrait c.1896, of John Jacob Astor IV, (1864-1912). An American Gilded Age era society member, Lieutenant Colonel in the Spanish-American War, and businessman. He perished during the sinking of the Titanic, and was considered one of the richest men in the world, during the era. ~ Portrait by French artist: Leon Bonnat, (1822-1933) ~ {cwl} ~~ (Image: NYPL)