Peter Marié’s collection

Peter Marié (1825-1903). Courtesy of

A few years in the past, now, I visited a cousin outdoors Baltimore with the marvelous identify of Camille Steward Marié (1918-2002).[1] He was the son of one in every of my great-grandfather’s first cousins, however due to the best way our households had been constructed, Camille was nearer in age to my father than to my grandfather, his precise second cousin. Partially this was because of the two marriages of our widespread ancestor, John Steward (1777-1854): I’m descended from the primary one, whereas Camille’s grandmother was the only survivor of the second.

There have been truly two Steward-Marié marriages throughout the nineteenth century: Camille married Rachel Steward in 1856, and his brother Albin married Rachel’s niece Sarah Slosson a yr later. At this time, probably the most well-known member of this Marié era was a 3rd brother, Peter, whose assortment of portrait miniatures adorns the New-York Historic Society.

I had the impression that Peter Marié’s assortment – of society beauties from the final many years of the nineteenth century – contained photos of my Steward kin, a few of them members of the Marié household, and I just lately discovered an early list of Peter’s bequest to substantiate it.

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Along with topics nonetheless well-known immediately, like Mrs. Edward Wharton (the novelist Edith Wharton), Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt (the previous Anna Rebecca Corridor, and the mom of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the actress Maude Adams, Peter collected a number of photos of Steward (in addition to Marié) connections:

One may stretch this record even additional, to incorporate Mrs. Barnwell’s son, Clermont Livingston Barnwell, who married his cousin Elizabeth Steward Morris Burrill, bringing in one other member of the John Steward household. Elizabeth Steward Morris (Burrill) Barnwell was the daughter of Drayton Burrill and Elizabeth Steward, and the granddaughter of Daniel Jackson Steward and Mary Anna Bogert. D. Jackson Steward (1816-1898) was the brother of Elizabeth (Steward) Slosson, John Steward (my great-great-grandfather), and Mary Younger (Steward) Van Alen, and the half-brother of Rachel Younger (Steward) Marié, who married Peter’s brother Camille; it was the son of this final marriage, Léon Marié, whose third marriage produced Cousin Camille, who entertained me at lunch sooner or later years in the past!


[1] Camille was named for his paternal grandmother’s household, so Steward is right.