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Arthur Korth / Frances von Rottenburg

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Arthur Korth / Frances von Rottenburg

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Husband: Arthur Korth
Born: [4672] at:
Married: Sep 1920at: Yonkers, New York, USA
Died: [4673] at:
Father:
Mother:
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Wife: Frances von Rottenburg
Born: 30 Jul 1895[4689] [4690] at:
Died: 1980[4691] at: Lausanne, Switzerland
Father: Franz 'Fritz' von Rottenburg
Mother: Marian Phelps
Notes: [4696]
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Children
Name: Arthur Korth [4713] [4714]
Born: ABT 1920[4713] at:
Died: at:
Spouses:

Name: William Walter Korth [4619] [4620]
Born: 1924[4619] at:
Died: at:
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Pedigree Chart for: Arthur Korth

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Pedigree Chart for: Frances von Rottenburg

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/--Franz 'Fritz'  von Rottenburg 
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|--Frances  von Rottenburg 
|     /--John Jay  Phelps 
|  /--William Walter  Phelps 
|  |  \--Rachel Badgeley  Phinney 
\--Marian  Phelps 
   |  /--John Jay  Phelps 
   \--Ellen Maria 'Loodleloo'  Sheffield 
      \--Maria  St. John 

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[Wilds-Phelps.FTW] MRS. KORTH GETS DECREE. Charged in Reno Action Cruelty and Failure to Provide. RENO, Nev., Feb. 28 -- Mrs. Frances Phelps Korth of New York received a divorce here today from Arthur A. Korth, who was charged with failure to provide and extreme cruelty. The Korths were married in Yonkers, N.Y., in September, 1920. Mrs. Korth is a granddaughter of the late William Walter Phelps, Representative in Congress and diplomat, who was sent by the United States to Vienna and other capitals under the Administrations of Presidents Garfield and Harrison. [New York Times, Feb. 29, 1928, page 25]

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~[Wilds-Phelps.FTW] ~emails from Alex Phelps, 01-26-00: ~To respond as to my ancestry. My mother was Frances Phelps-Penry. She married, first, Arthur Koch in 1920 in New York, and then, John Penry, a Welsh doctor, in 1926 in England. Her mother was Marian, the Hon. William Walter's only daughter. Marian married, first, Franz von Rottenburg in Bonn in 1893, then, Peters in about 1920. She died, I believe, in 1923. Frances was born in 1896; Phelps Phelps, two years later. You're correct in identifying the arbitrary manner in which Marian reclaimed the family name. There is even a question as to whether she ever divorced Franz legally, though it is known that she renounced his wealth. My mother, Frances, too, continued this arbitrary behaviour in the matter of names -- as well as much else. ~Ellen (if I may) - ~A fascinating message - in part, because it has taken me so long to connect with other branches of the family. ~There is a great deal that I know of the Hon. William Walter, Sheffield's father, and his antecedents. Perhaps you are already fully versed withthe history? In addition, I have a good history of Franz von Rottenburg and ongoing contact with his granddaughter, Irmgard, in Berlin. The murder, however, is news to me and I will check with Irmgard. Do you have any verification for this? Franz was an aide to Bismarck and chief of the Imperial Chancellery around 1890, before becoming Assistant Minister(Under-Secretary, I think) for the Interior. Ill health caused his resignation from this post and, in the latter '90s, he was appointed to the prestigious post of Director of Bonn University. He was married twice: first, in 1876, to the English Marian Hutton, while he was studying law in England -- there were two children, Otto, Irmgard's father, and Elizabeth. Marian died in 1889 and Franz then married the second Marian, William Walter's daughter, in 1893. ~To-date, I have understood that Franz died around 1906. Irmgard, a government lawyer now retired, has said that little was ever told of Franz in her family. It so happens that she is in the process of going through the family's papers, so, perhaps we shall learn more of events.She has a brother who is currently the German Consul in Miami. ~Let me say that I am a writer with a strongly developed sense of history. Also, let me explain that my mother, Frances, left America -- New York -- in 1926, having divorced her first husband by whom she had two children.She never returned and died in 1980 in Lausanne in Switzerland. Part of the reason for this move was her disenchantment with her family. Her brother, Phelps Phelps (yes, you can't get enough of a good thing!), died in 1982 in Wildwood, NJ. I came to know him in his last years. He was, if you will, the "golden boy," and Francis was neglected because of it. Worse, from her point of view, Phelps had a checkered, though rather lively, career. He was thrown out of Yale, the alma mater, for paying another student to take his exams; however, family connections enabled him a pass at Columbia. It is said that he ran numbers for Jimmy Walker, the last of the corrupt Tammany Hall mayors of New York. Then, a Democrat, he got elected to the New York state legislature. During the war he was a captain in the Army and, subsequently, sat on the Japanese War Crimes Tribunal. Truman appointed him ambassador to the Dominican Republic and American Samoa -- where his grandfather had distinguished himself in treaty negotiations, sixty or so years earlier. On Eisenhower's accession, Phelps returned to New Jersey, where he tried to involve himself in state politics. Rebuffed by the "Jersey Jewish political machine" because he was "too willing to air the party's dirty laundry" he was appointed a commissioner to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, where he remained for ten or more years before retiring. He was, by all accounts a popular figure. After the war he had a weekly radio show of poltical comment, corresponded frequently with the newspapers, and was a devoted baseball fan who knew many of the players. He never married, while living with four women consecutively. There were no children. He ate well, lived well, had a great time -- and my mother hated him. We were never allowed to mention his name. ~My own research into the history of William Walter's two sons, your great-grandfather, Sheffield, and John Jay -- Captain Jack, as he came to beknown - have yielded, so far, little information. All I know of Sheffieldis that he went into the newspaper business (?). This would have made sense in light of William Walter's close friendship with various newspapermen, including the distinguished William Whitelaw of the New York Tribune. Otherwise, I am aware that Sheffield had three children. Are you descended from William Walter, the oldest, or EleanorSheffield? ~As for John Jay, he, somewhat like Phelps Phelps, seems to have had a good time, traveling and living it up at the Red House in Teaneck, NJ. It is said that he offered Roosevelt his steam launch to patrol the Eastcoast during the war. I gather he died about 1941. I know that he married Rose Hutchinson and had two children, Dorothy and Rose. Dorothy married a Dr. West and there is at least one son, Andrew, an architect who worked for I M Pei. I have tried unsuccessfully to contact him. I believe he is now retired. Not long ago, I made contact with Bob Griffin, then of the Teaneck Historical Society. He is a great Phelps fan and produced a video of Teaneck focusing on the latter part of the 19th century and including numerous references to William Walter. I have visited Teaneck and Yale and read in depth of William Walter's times and friends. ~Tell me, if you can, anything of Sheffield and John Jay and their descendants. As I indicated earlier, my mother, Frances, more or less cut herself off from the family and consequently I know little of them and have always been curious. I live in Vermont - al, P.O.Box 206, Hartland, VT 05048; (802) 436-2576; fax, 802-436-3439 - and havebeen in America since 1966. I am the only member of the family to live here; the rest, in Europe. ~I am happy to share any and all information about the family. Specificquestions are helpful and give me an idea of how much you know. As Isaid, I have done copious research on the life and times of the the Hon.William Walter and am always interested in new material. ~Alex

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