John Jacob Astor IV was born on July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. He was the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor whose fortune, made in the fur trade and real estate, made the Astor family one of the wealthiest families in the U.S.
Portrait of Mrs. Jacob Astor Mrs John Jacob Astor (Madeleine Force), 18, was the wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor , they had been on an extended honeymoon in Egypt and Paris and, in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic .
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.
Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor. 1875. American Socialite, referred to as "The Mrs. Astor", was the foremost authority of the aristocracy of New York. Determined to be the Grand Dame of New York society, she codified proper etiquette and behaviour. According to her, there were only 400 persons who could be counted on to be members of the fashionable group. New money was out. Caroline Astor was the mother of John Jacob Astor Jr. who perished on the Titanic.