Resting place of Eliza Drexel (later Lady Decies) and her first huband John Vinton Dahlgren along with their son
From: Andrew G.T. Moore II
Here is a picture of Dahlgren Chapel
on the Georgetown Campus, where Lady Decies is buried with her first husband,
John Vinton Dahlgren, and the following from the Georgetown website:
On August 2, 1865, Mrs. Dahlgren married Admiral John Adolph Dahlgren (1809-1870), the famous naval officer and inventor of the Dahlgren gun [both parent's of Lady Decies'first husband]. Together they had three children, Ulrica Mary Madeleine, Eric, and John Vinton. The last was a well-known lawyer, whose work as attorney of the New York Department of Buildings, culminated in his book, "Dahlgren's Building-Law Manual" (1897). He was married to Elizabeth Drexel [later Lady Decies], the third daughter of Joseph W. Drexel of Philadelphia. His brother Eric, also, married Lucy Drexel, the second daughter. John Vinton and Eric are also alumni of Georgetown University. The former graduated with an A.B. in 1889, an M.A. in 1891, LL.B. 1891, and LL.M. 1892. Eric entered in 1881 but did not graduate. The Georgetown University Archives houses a fair amount of material about the Dahlgren family. This includes 4 folders in the Alumni Files about John Vinton Dahlgren, including autograph letters from him to various university administrators. In addition, files, comprising 0.50 linear feet, are available on the Dahlgren Memorial Chapel located on the main campus of the university. The chapel was a gift of John Vinton and his wife Eliza Drexel, built in memory of their son, Joseph Drexel Dahlgren who died in infancy (1891). He is buried now in the chapel in the Dahlgren family crypt. Cardinal James Gibbons officiated at the laying of the cornerstone to the chapel in May 1892.
Also discovered on page 17 of the
special advertising supplement to today's, March 9, 2003, New York Times
Magazine that one can buy a copy of the Boldini portrait from the Masters'
Collection, a licensee of oil reproductions on
canvas for the Newport Mansions Collection. The portrait is labeled
"Elizabeth W. Drexel Dahlgren Lehr by Boldini". No mention of his
lordship. Will send you the info separately .
By: Natasha Wallace
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