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John Jacob Astor - Utica and Schenectady Railroad - Stock Transfer Receipt

Inv# AG1074
State(s): New York
Years: 1835

Transferred to J.J. Astor (not signed). Choice!

The Utica and Schenectady Railroad was chartered April 29, 1833; as the railroad paralleled the Erie Canal it was prohibited from carrying freight. Revenue service began August 2, 1836, extending the line of the Albany and Schenectady Railroad west from Schenectady along the north side of the Mohawk River, opposite the Erie Canal, to Utica. On May 7, 1844, the railroad was authorized to carry freight with some restrictions, and on May 12, 1847, the ban was fully dropped, but the company still had to pay the equivalent in canal tolls to the state.

The Astor family achieved prominence in business, society, and politics in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 19th and 20th centuries. With ancestral roots in the Italian Alps, the Astors settled in Germany, first appearing in North America in the 18th century with John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest people in history.

John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor) was the youngest of four sons born to Johann Jacob Astor (1724–1816) and Maria Magdalena vom Berg (1730–1764).

In 1783, John Jacob left for Baltimore, Maryland, and was active first as a dealer in woodwind instruments, then in New York as a merchant in furs, pianos, and real estate. After moving to New York, John met and married Sarah Cox Todd (1762–1842). She worked alongside her husband as a consultant, and was accused of witchcraft after her success with the company in 1817. The accusations never led to legal action. They had eight children, including John Jacob Astor Jr. (1791–1869) and real estate businessman William Backhouse Astor Sr. (1792–1875).

John Jacob's fur trading company established a Columbia River trading post at Fort Astoria in 1811, the first United States community on the Pacific coast. He financed the overland Astor Expedition in 1810–1812 to reach the outpost, which was in the then-disputed Oregon Country. Control of Fort Astoria played a key role in English and American territorial claims on the region.

John and George's brother Henry (born Heinrich) (1754–1833) also emigrated to America. He was a horse racing enthusiast, and purchased a thoroughbred named Messenger, who had been brought from England to America in 1788. The horse became the founding sire of all Standardbred horses in the United States today.

The third brother Melchior remained in Germany.

During the 19th century, the Astors became one of the wealthiest families in the United States. Toward the end of that century, some of the family moved to England and achieved high prominence there. During the 20th century, the number of American Astors began to decline, but their legacy lives on in their many public works including the New York Public Library. English descendants of the Astors hold two hereditary peerages: Viscount Astor and Baron Astor of Hever.

While many of Astor members had joined to the Episcopal Church, John Jacob Astor remained a member of the Reformed congregation to his death.

For many years, the members of the Astor family were known as "the landlords of New York". Their New York City namesakes are the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, an Astor Row, Astor Court, Astor Place, and Astor Avenue in the Bronx, where the Astors used to stable horses. The neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, was renamed to incite John Jacob Astor to invest there.

Beyond New York City, the Astor family name is imprinted in a great deal of United States history and geography. Astor Street, in Chicago's landmark Gold Coast district, is named after John Jacob Astor. There are towns of Astor in the states of Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Kansas and there are Astorias in Illinois, Missouri and Oregon. In the Astoria, Oregon, school district, the primary elementary school is called John Jacob Astor Elementary.

There is a neighborhood called Astor Park just south of downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. At the heart of this neighborhood is a park (also called "Astor Park"); the Astor family donated this land for the building of a trade school.

The Astors were also prominent on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and Newport, Rhode Island, with their summer house, Beechwood. At Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, there are the Lord and Lady Astor Suites; the hotel salon is called Astor's. There is even a Hostel in York, England called The Astor. In addition, a dorm at St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, bears Astor's name.

Astor Family Tree

Members by birth order

  1. John Jacob Astor Sr. (1763–1848)
  2. William Backhouse Astor Sr. (1792–1875)
  3. Charles Astor Bristed Sr. (1820–1874)
  4. John Jacob Astor III (1822–1890)
  5. William Backhouse Astor Jr. (1829–1892)
  6. William Waldorf Astor I (1848–1919)
  7. Carrie Astor Wilson (1861–1948)
  8. John Armstrong Chaloner (1862–1935)
  9. Winthrop Astor Chanler (1863–1926)
  10. John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV (1864–1912, died in the sinking of the Titanic)
  11. William Astor "Willie" Chanler Sr. (1867–1934)
  12. Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler Sr. (1869–1942)
  13. Margaret Chanler Aldrich (1870–1963)
  14. Robert Winthrop Chanler (1872–1930)
  15. Waldorf Astor (1879–1952)
  16. James Roosevelt "Tadd" Roosevelt Jr. (1879–1958)
  17. Marshall Orme Wilson Jr. (1885–1966)
  18. John Jacob Astor V (1886–1971)
  19. William Vincent Astor (1891–1959)
  20. Louis Zborowski (1895–1924)
  21. Theodore Chanler (1902–1961)
  22. Ava Alice Muriel Astor (1902–1956)
  23. Jimmy Van Alen (1902–1991)
  24. William Waldorf "Bill" Astor II (1907–1966)
  25. Francis David Langhorne Astor (1912–2001)
  26. John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992)
  27. Michael Langhorne Astor (1916–1980)
  28. John Jacob "Jakie" Astor VII (1918–2000)
  29. Gavin Astor (1918–1984)
  30. John Astor (1923–1987)
  31. Ivan Sergeyevich Obolensky (1925–2019)
  32. Simon Bowes-Lyon (born 1932)
  33. Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby (born 1938)
  34. John Jacob "Johnny" Astor VIII (born 1946)
  35. William Waldorf Astor III (born 1951)
  36. John Dalrymple, 14th Earl of Stair (born 1961)
  37. Alexandra Aldrich (born 1972)

Spouses by birth order

  1. Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830–1908): widow of William Backhouse Astor Jr.
  2. Ava Lowle Willing (1868–1958): 1st wife of John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV
  3. Nancy Witcher Langhorne (1879–1964): widow of Waldorf Astor, first female British MP.
  4. Julia Lynch Olin (1882–1961) 2nd wife and widow of Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler
  5. Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (1889–1965): wife of John Jacob Astor V
  6. Madeleine Talmage Force (1893–1940): 2nd wife and widow of John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV
  7. Roberta Brooke Russell (1902–2007): 3rd wife and widow of William Vincent Astor
  8. Mary Benedict "Minnie" Cushing (1906–1978): 2nd wife of William Vincent Astor
  9. Irene Violet Freesia Janet Augusta Haig (1919–2001): widow of Gavin Astor
  10. Janet Bronwen Alun Pugh (1930–2017): 3rd wife and widow of William Waldorf "Bill" Astor II
  11. Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones (born 1948): wife of William Waldorf Astor III, mother-in-law of British PM David Cameron
  12. Elizabeth Constance "Liz" Mackintosh (born 1950): 2nd wife of John Jacob "Johnny" Astor VIII

Lines of Succession to the Family Titles

Both in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, the titles Coronet of a British Viscount.svg Viscount Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent (1917), with subsidiary title Coronet of a British Baron.svg Baron Astor, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent (1916), and Coronet of a British Baron.svg Baron Astor of Hever, of Hever Castle in the County of Kent (1956), were granted with the standard remainder to the legitimate heirs male of the bodies of the original grantees.

Both of the current titleholders continue to sit in the House of Lords following the expulsion of the majority of the hereditary peers by the House of Lords Act 1999.

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