John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic. It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking.
John Jacob Astor IV with son, Vincent, circa 1910. Mr. Astor perished on the Titanic in 1912 leaving behind approximately 119 billion dollars (value in 2012), his children Vincent and Ava from his first marriage, and his wife, Madeleine, who was just 19 years old and 5 months pregnant with their son, John Jacob Astor VI.
John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.
Madeleine Astor, Titanic survivor and wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1910. Source: Library of Congress
Madeleine Astor, the young second wife of John Jacob Astor. She survived the sinking of the Titanic - her husband did not. She was also pregnant. (1912)
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John Jacob Astor lV & wife 19 year old Madeleine & his dog Kitty. Headed for the Titanic...he & Kitty did not survive. Madeleine on her return later gave birth to their son John Jacob Astor VI.
The body of John Jacob Astor IV (Body No. 124), was recovered by the MacKay-Bennett. This photo shows Astor's funeral in New York. Astor’s body had been given to the care of a Mr. N. Biddle and forwarded to New York on May 1, 1912. J.J. Astor was the richest person aboard Titanic. At the time of the sinking, his young wife, 19-year-old Madeleine Force, was pregnant, she gave birth to a son, John Jacob Astor VI, Aug. 14, 1912, exactly four months after the sinking of Titanic. (LIBRARY OF…
Nancy Astor, 1908, wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor. They had been on an extended honeymoon in Egypt and Paris, and in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic. Nancy Astor was pregnant.