News from 1900: Bower Ismay Marries Constance Schieffelin

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The New York Times, 13 January 1900

TO BE MR. ISMAY'S BRIDE
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Miss Constance Schieffelin Engaged to Sister's Brother-in-Law
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War Hastens the Announcement and the Wedding to Come Before Seas Part
Them
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The cable brings the news of a wedding, to be celebrated in Liverpool
to-day, which is a veritable romance. The bridegroom is to be Mr. C. B.
Ismay, a son of the late Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star
Line, and the bride is to be Miss Constance Schieffelin of this city.
Miss Schieffelin is a daughter of Mr. George Schieffelin. Her mother
was Miss Delaplaine, and she is niece of Mrs. James Hude Beeckman, and
is related to many prominent New York families.

Miss Schieffelin's elder sister, Miss Florence Schieffelin, married some
years ago Mr. James Bruce Ismay, an elder brother of to-day's
bridegroom, and went with her husband to live on the Ismay place at
Birkenhead, near Liverpool. She has revisited her New York home several
times since her marriage and has been here in both Winter and Summer as
a guest of her parents, or of her sister, Mrs. Henry O. Trevor. Mrs.
Bruce Ismay's sisters have also visited her in Liverpool, and when on
her last visit here she asked her youngest sister, Miss Constance
Schieffelin, to return with her, neither of the young women had any
thought that they would soon be sisters-in-law, as well as sisters.

Although there have been reports that an engagement between Mr. C. B.
Ismay, the younger brother of Mr. Bruce Ismay and Miss Schieffelin might
result from the attention the young Englishman paid the New York girl,
this was laughed at by Miss Schieffelin's friends and relatives here.

But war, like love, brings strange surprises and when Mr. Ismay decided
to volunteer last week for the Transvaal war, both he and Miss
Schieffelin decided that they would first announce their engagement and
that their wedding would follow before the seas parted them.

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The New York Times, 14 January 1904

MISS SCHIEFFELIN MARRIED
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The Bridegroom, Mr. C. B. Ismay, Off for South Africa
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LONDON, Jan. 13---Mr. C. B. Ismay and Miss Constance Schieffelin of New
York were married in London this morning by special license.

Mr. Ismay started for South Africa this afternoon.

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MAB, thank you for sharing the continued rich results you've had from mining this vein of data. Often through lack of time, money or initiative, researchers restrict their newspaper work to a narrow window around the period the ship sank. Your methodical approach to The New York Times continues to yield great results!
 

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Thanks for the kind words, Inger, but "methodical" is not quite accurate. Most often, the only "method" is my asking myself as I pass through the library door "What do I feel like looking for today?" If I ever approached this in any methodical fashion, who knows what I'd come up with.
 

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Lol! It's not quite the cherry-picking method, then - more a great sampling, eh? Whichever - your trawling is bringing in results.

A systematic approach can bring rich rewards (I had some very unexpected finds, some of which had nothing to do with Harold Lowe, when going year by year through North Welsh newspapers of the 1930s), but it's a blend of the exceedingly tedious interspersed with absolute gems. It also gives you a unique feel for the life of the era - major metropolitan papers tackle the big issues (I'm forever getting sidetracked by the Home Rule and Women's Sufferage debates), and small local papers give you insight into local characters and concerns...a window into village life. Even the advertisements have a lot to reveal.
 

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MAB Note: Many paragraphs of this article, both before and after the one transcribed here, have been omitted.

The New York Times, 22 January 1900

Some Happenings in Good Society
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Mr. George Schieffelin will arrive on Wednesday next from London, where he went a few weeks ago with his daughter, Miss Constance, who has since married Mr. Ismay. Mr. and Mrs. Ismay are at present on their honeymoon. Mr. Ismay has not yet gone to South Africa.
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The Times, 15 January 1900

COURT CIRCULAR
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The marriage of Mr. Charles Bower Ismay, third son of the late Mr. Thomas
Henry Ismay, with Miss Matilda Constance Schieffelin, third daughter of Mr.
George L. Schieffelin, of New York, and sister of Mrs. Bruce Ismay, took
place very quietly at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge, on Saturday, January 13.
The Rev. H. Montagu Villiers, vicar of the parish, officiated. Owing to the
family's being in very deep mourning only the immediate relatives were
present. The marriage was accelerated owing to the bridegroom's having
volunteered for South Africa.
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