William Backhouse Astor was born 12 July 1829 in Manhattan, New York, United States to William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875) and Margaret Rebecca Armstrong (1800-1872) and died 25 April 1892 in Paris, Île-de-France, France of aneurysm. He married Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830-1908) 20 September 1853 in New York City, New York, United States. Ancestors are from the United States.

Astor's elder brother financier and philanthropist John Jacob Astor III became head of the English line of Astors, and William Jr. was head of the male American line of Astors with his wife, Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, serving as the head of New York society during the Gilded Age.


Offspring of William Backhouse Astor and Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830-1908)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Emily Astor (1854-1881) 16 June 1854 New York City, New York, United States 21 November 1881 Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States James John Van Alen (1846-1923)

Helen Schermerhorn Astor (1855-1893) 27 November 1858 New York City, New York 12 November 1893 James Roosevelt Roosevelt (1854-1927)

Charlotte Augusta Astor (1858-1920)
Caroline Schermerhorn Astor (1861-1948)
John Jacob Astor (1864-1912) 13 July 1864 Rhinebeck, New York, United States 15 April 1912 Ava Lowle Willing (1868-1958)
Madeleine Talmage Force (1893-1940)

Namesakes of William Backhouse Astor (1829-1892)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875)New York City, New York, United StatesNew York City, New York, United StatesJohn Jacob Astor (1763-1848)Sarah Cox Todd (1761-1834)Margaret Alida Rebecca Armstrong (1800-1872)
William Backhouse Astor (1829-1892)Manhattan, New York, United StatesParis, Île-de-France, FranceWilliam Backhouse Astor (1792-1875)Margaret Rebecca Armstrong (1800-1872)Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830-1908)
William Vincent Astor (1891-1959)Manhattan, New York, United States120 East End Avenue, Manhattan, New York, United StatesJohn Jacob Astor (1864-1912)Ava Lowle Willing (1868-1958)Helen Dinsmore Huntington (1893-1976)+Mary Benedict Cushing (1906-1978)+Roberta Brooke Russell (1902-2007)
William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor (1848-1919)Manhattan, New York, United StatesWestern House, Brighton, East Sussex, England, United KingdomJohn Jacob Astor (1822-1890)Charlotte Augusta Gibbes (1825-1887)Mary Dahlgren Paul (1858-1894)

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