|Baroness Marie (née Howard) von Recum in 1908|
[From the Howard-von Recum Collection at the Library of Congress]
|Green Hill, Maryland, birthplace of Marie Ernestine Howard, |
is today the Pallottine Seminary
Marie Ernestine Howard was born 22 August 1868 at Green Hill, the plantation in Prince George County, Maryland, owned by her maternal grandfather, the Washington, DC banker George
|George Washington Riggs|
On 5 September 1894 in Kensington, London, Marie married Baron Rudolf von Recum. I'm looking forward to reading her diaries when I'm next at the Library of Congress to see how she and the Baron met, but it's not surprising that she would marry a German noble, as her paternal grandmother, for whom she was named, Marie Ernestine, Lady Howard, was from a German noble family.
The von Recums were originally cloth manufacturers from Holland who immigrated to the Rhineland Palatinate in the early 18th-century. Andreas von Recum (1765-1828) was an accomplished civil servant and politician who was made a Baron of the French Empire by Napoleon in 1809. In 1822, the Elector of Bavaria confirmed the title of Baron to Andreas von Recum and made it hereditary to his descendants. In 1803, von Recum purchased the castle of Kauzenburg, in Bad Kreuznach, which became the family seat and was the birthplace of his grandson Baron Rudolf von Recum. But it was sold in 1881, so eventually Baron Rudolf and Marie, and their three sons, made their home at the Villa Baronin von Recum (which unfortunately I can't find an online picture of), in Götzenhain, Hesse.
|Kauzenburg Castle, in Bad Kreuznach, birthplace of Baron Rudolf von Recum|
|Beekman Tower, residence of |
Marie von Recum in New York
Clearly, Marie Ernestine instilled in all three of her sons a strong sense of their British and American heritage. Her eldest son Baron Otto von Recum (1895-1964) served in the German Navy during World War I, but after the end of World War II performed liaison duties between the American troops and the German municipal authorities in Frankfurt from 1945 until 1957. He received a plaque from the United States Army in recognition of his services. He served in an advisory and public relations capacity until his retirement in 1962, per his obituary in the New York Times.
|Baroness Marie (née Howard) von Recum|
MARIE ERNESTINE HOWARD, b. 22 Aug. 1868 Green Hill, Prince George County, Maryland; d. 21 Jan. 1954 New York City, New York, est dau. of Sir Henry Howard of the Strand (1843-1921, descended from Edward III) and Cecilia Dowdall Riggs (1844-1907, descended from Edward III); m. 5 Sept. 1894 Kensington, London, Baron RUDOLF HEINRICH VON RECUM of Götzenhain, b. 16 Aug. 1861 Kauzenburg Castle, Bad Kreuznach, Palatinate, Germany; d. 14 Mar. 1944 Villa Baronin von Recum, Götzenhain, son of Baron Otto von Recum of Kauzenburg Castle (1821-1885, descended from Edward I) and Therese Johanna Nilkens (1844-1889), and had issue, three sons.
Issue of Marie (Howard) and Baron Rudolf von Recum:
1) Baron OTTO HEINRICH GEORGE ANDREAS VON RECUM of Götzenhain, b. 28 June 1895 Brunswick, Germany; d. 30 July 1964 Villa Baronin von Recum, Götzenhain; m. 6 Feb. 1936 Frankfurt-am-Main, Hesse, Germany, HILDEGARD ELIZABETH VON HILLEBRANDT, b. 2 Apr. 1912 Hanau Steinheim, Hesse, Germany; d. 22 Feb. 1998 Villefranche-sur-Mer, Provence, France, dau. of Walter von Hillebrandt and Clara Rang, and had issue, two sons.
2) Baron BOGDAN RUDOLF ALFRED VON RECUM, b. 31 July 1896 Brunswick; d. 27 Apr. 1990 Dillingen an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany; m. 19 Aug. 1932 Klecewo, Kwidzyn County, Pomerania [Poland], Baroness ILSE MARIE-LUISE SOPHIE AGNES VON ROSENBERG, b. 9 Sept. 1907 Klecewo; d. 1998, dau. of Baron Adalbert von Rosenberg of Klecewo (1866-1934) and Marie-Luise Wilhelmine von Arnim (1877-1957, descended from Edward I), and had issue, three sons and two daughters.
3) Baron FRANZ JOSEPH GEORG ALBRECHT VON RECUM of Hampton Bays, New York, genealogist, b. 9 Sept. 1906 Brunswick; d.s.p. 1974 New York; m. 5 Dec. 1933 Paris, France, SUZANNE FORTUNÉE CHARLOTTE ULRICH-ROUARQUE, b. 7 Aug. 1901 Morsang-Sur-Orge, Île-de-France, France; d.s.p. 16 Nov. 1936 Château de Dorigny, Vaud, Switzerland.
|Baron Franz von Recum as an infant|
[From the Howard-von Recum Collection at the Library of Congress]
(Torsten-)Derik von Recum was born in 1966 in Berlin, the eldest child of Dr. Andreas Horst von Recum. When he was aged about 10, his parents emigrated with him and his next three siblings to South Carolina, where his two youngest siblings were born. In 1983, Derik's parents became U.S. citizens. Derik joined the U.S. Army, and served two tours of duty in Iraq, where in 2010 he was instrumental in helping to re-start the Iraqi Bundles of Love program, an aid effort that supplied Iraqi women with bundles of fabric and sewing supplies. He did this at the instigation of his mother Gudrun von Recum, who, as this article details, was especially interested in keeping it going because, as a child in post-World War II Germany, she recalled how her family benefited from charitable food and clothing shipments from Americans. Derik's wife Ann von Recum, is also an officer in the U.S. Army, and the couple have two daughters. Indeed, all five of Derik's younger siblings are now married with children, so Baroness Marie von Recum not only has 2nd, 3rd and 4th- generation descendants living in Germany, but 3rd and 4th-generation American descendants as well.
|U.S. Lt-Col. Derik von Recum (l.) and his German cousin Johannes von Recum (r.),|
both great-grandsons of Baroness Marie Ernestine von Recum
1. Edward III, King of England, d. 1377 = Philippa of Hainault
2. Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence = Elizabeth de Burgh
3. Philippa Plantagenet = Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March
4. Elizabeth Mortimer = Sir Henry 'Hotspur' Percy
5. Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland = Eleanor Neville
6. Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland = Eleanor Poynings
7. Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland = Maud Herbert
8. Eleanor Percy = Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, son of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Catherine Woodville, sister of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV
9. Elizabeth Stafford = Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
10. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, the poet = Frances Vere
11. Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (brother of Lady Berkeley) = Margaret Audley
12. Lord William Howard (brother of the 1st Earl of Suffolk) = Elizabeth Dacre
13. Sir Francis Howard of Corby Castle (brother of Lady Cotton) = Mary Widdrington
14. William Howard of Corby Castle = Jane Dalston
15. Thomas Howard of Corby Castle = Barbara Musgrave
16. Philip Howard of Corby Castle = Anne Witham
17. Henry Howard of Corby Castle = Catherine Mary Neave
18. Sir Henry Francis Howard of Munich = Maria Ernestine von Schulenburg
19. Sir Henry Howard of the Strand = Cecilia Dowdall Riggs
|Cover of one of Marie's Diaries|
in the Howard-von Recum Collection
at the Library of Congress
21. Baron Bogdan von Recum (1896-1990) = Baroness Ilse von Rosenberg (1907-1998)
22. Dr. Andreas Horst von Recum (b. 1939) = Gudrun Mathilde Bredenbröcker-Hardt (1941-2014)
23. Lt-Col. (Tersten-)Derik von Recum (b. 1966), U.S. Army, chief of operations, 94th AAMDC
It's very interesting to follow the Howard-von Recum family, generation by generation, and see how their combined British, American, and German heritages blended together in the 19th and 20th centuries, through two World Wars, leading to the multi-national clan that it is today. It's too bad the Who Do You Think You Are genealogy TV series, which I love, only focuses on celebrities, as the von Recums would make a fascinating episode.