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  • ID: I248
  • Name: Consuelo Iznaga y Clement
  • Given Name: Consuelo
  • Surname: Iznaga y Clement
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  • Name: Consuelo
  • Given Name: Consuelo
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  • Name: Maria de la Consolacion
  • Given Name: Maria de la Consolacion
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  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1853 in New York City, NY
  • Death: 20 Nov 1909 in London, England
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  • Burial: 23 Nov 1909 Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England
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  • Immigration: 8 Jun 1895 7
  • _UID: 60B6C6584799474A8632FB689F29C1176045
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  • Change Date: 3 Nov 2017 at 06:45
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    Maria Francisca de la Consolacion - "CONSUELO".
    IZNAGA - Lugar de juncos.

    8th DUCHESS OF MANCHESTER- her estate was valued at $2.5 million. As a result of her marriage, Maria Consuelo Iznaga y Clement was styled as Duchess of Manchester on 22 March 1890.

    Name: C Iznaga
    Arrival Date: 4 Oct 1865
    Birth Date: abt 1853
    Age: 12
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity/ Nationality: American
    Place of Origin: United States of America
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Destination: United States of America
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Persia
    Only record of her DOB.- Ancestry.com

    Maria Francisca De La Consolation Iznaga, "New York, Marriages, 1686-1980"
    Name: George Victor Drogo Montagu
    Birth Date:
    Spouse's Name: Maria Francisca De La Consolation Iznaga
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    Event Date: 22 May 1876
    Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York
    Father's Name: William Drogo Montagu
    Mother's Name: Louise D'Alton
    Spouse's Father's Name: Antonio Iznaga Del Valle
    Spouse's Mother's Name: Ellen Clement
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    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00125-3
    System Origin: New York-ODM
    GS Film number: 1562175
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    1881 England Census.
    Name: Consuelo (Viscountess Mandeville) Montagu
    Age: 27
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1854
    Relationship to Head: Wife
    Gender: Female
    Where born: New Yorkshire, United States
    Civil Parish: St George
    County/Island: London
    Country: England
    Street address: 31 Wilton Pl
    Marital Status: Married
    Occupation: Viscountess Mandeville
    Registration district: Chelsea
    Sub registration district: Belgrave
    ED, institution, or vessel: 2
    Piece: 98
    Folio: 32
    Page Number: 21
    Household Members:
    Name : Age
    Consuelo (Viscountess Mandeville) Montagu : 27
    Samuel Brown : 18
    Alice Martin : 17
    Phebe Hewens : 19
    Frederick Fawson : 21

    One of the most brilliant affairs of the season was the marriage, at Grace Church, yesterday, of George Victor Drogo, Viscount Mandeville, to Miss Consuelo Iznaga. Lord Mandeville is an English nobleman, who has visited this country several times, and whose present visit has extended over two or three months. Lately he has been brought before the public by the interest he has taken in polo and by his skill in playing that game. His father is the seventh Duke of Manchester and his lineage is that of a brilliant family. He is 23 yrs. of age. Miss Iznaga is the daughter of a Spanish gentleman who for the past 20 or 30 yrs. has been a prominent merchant in this City and is well known in business circles. The wedding took place in Grace Church, on Broadway, near Tenth St., at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. NY Times - 5/23/1876.

    La famosa heredera norteamericana Consuelo Vanderbilt, que después fuera la duquesa de Marlborough, recibió el nombre de Consuelo porque la mejor amiga de su madre, Alva Vanderbilt, era la famosa "socialité" Consuelo Iznaga Clement, vizcondesa por su casamiento con el vizconde de Mandeville, Sir George Victor Drogo Montagu. Consuelo Iznaga Clement era hija de un acaudalado cubano de Sancti Spiritus, llamado Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle. Durante la guerra de independencia entre Cuba y España, Antonio se fue a radicar a Estados Unidos donde se casó e inició una familia, bautizando a su hija con un nombre hispano.

    Yznaga (sic) Avenue in Newport, RI is named after her father Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle.
    "Lost Newport" by Paul Miller. REEF POINT -(1865) This ambitious italianate timber-framed was built for Cuban planter Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle from Louisiana, in whose honor the small private street off the east side of Bellevue Avenue was named. Iznaga's daughter Consuelo was a childhood friend of Alva Erskine Smith, subsequently Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt who spent much time in this cottage as a girl. Alva Vanderbilt's sister Mary Virginia Smith married Consuelo's brother Fernando, and Alva's daughter was named in her honor following Consuelo's aristocratic marriage to Viscount Manderville later Duke of Manchester.

    Maria Consuelo Iznaga Clement was a beautiful Southern Belle who met a Duke who promised the world, but gave her nothing but heartache and pain. She was an idealist and a woman who flouted convention during her lifetime. She was born in NYC in 1853. She was the daughter of Don Antonio Iznaga y del Valle, who came to America from Cuba. Her mother was a beautiful woman from Louisiana, Ellen Clement. They made their home in Louisiana replete with slaves and servants and a plantation. Her mother also flouted convention by showing her legs and smoking cigars.
    Consuelo received a continental education, for she had gone to Paris to be finished at the court of Eugenie de Montijo, also a beautiful woman of American and Spanish ancestry. She came back to America in the late 1870s after the upheaval in France. While her father was prospering, she was almost disgraced at a party when she didn't dress appropriately for the occasion. Sometime in mid 1880s, she had met the future Duke of Manchester at a resort in Upstate New York. A few months later, they were married. Among the bridal attendants was her friend, Alva Eskine Smith (Vanderbilt) whose daughter, Consuelo Vanderbilt, married well into the British Aristocracy. Consuelo and the Duke had three children, twin daughters and an heir. Her husband was a philanderer and a big spender who was often in debt.
    Consuelo Iznaga's life has been a mystery to many because so few people knew about her life as a bohemian Southern Belle who became an English Duchess at the turn of the century. She had been immortalized by American writer Edith Wharton as Conchita Closson, a very exotic young woman of Brazilian origin. She also received props from Canadian writer Marian Fowler, who did an extensive biography on her in her 1994 book, "A Gilded Cage." It's about time to give Consuelo her due. This biography is about this remarkable lady from Louisiana who met a handsome English Duke in New York and eventually married him. Her life with him in England is not a fairy tale but she made the most out of it, for she became a famous society host in her own right.

    Miss Maria Consuelo Iznaga Clement was born in NYC, NY in 1853, eight years before the war between the states. She's the second child of Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle and Ellen Clement. Her father emigrated from Cuba and has connections to several Spanish aristocratic houses. Her mother hailed from Upstate New York. Her mother came from an old New England family. Antonio and Ellen had four children. They made Ravenswood and New York City their homes. For all their connections, New York society refused to accept them as their own. Ellen had been denied invitations to society events and that made her a little mad and eventually drove her and her family to Paris, where they were well received. It was there Consuelo was introduced to Empress Eugenie de Montijo. Eugenie, like Consuelo, was half Spanish, half American and very beautiful. Eugenie presided over a brilliant court in Paris. Having been wronged by her unfaithful husband, she sought solace in friends, clothing, and decoration. Consuelo and Eugenie became lifelong friends. It wasn't going to last long, for a war was to put an end to such fun and Consuelo and her family returned to the states in 1870.
    The Iznaga family retreated at the plantation of Ravenswood. Ravenswood is not an elaborate plantation house you may see down south. It's an unpretentious two-story wooden house along the banks of the Mississippi. But her memories in Paris still stayed on her mind for years to come. Around 1873, Miss Consuelo had made a scene at a ball held in a nearby town of Natchez. The Iznagas had made a point of taking their lovely daughters to a ball. They wanted to improve their social standing among the affluent citizens of Natchez. What had happened was that Consuelo wanted to dress as she pleased, the women of the town didn't like what she wore and the men at the ball were embarrased to be seen with her. One of the male escorts tied a blue ribbon over her dress so that she could be presentable. Several years later, the Iznagas traveled to Saratoga, New York to introduce their daughters to society as well as getting husbands for them. It was there Consuelo met a dashing, but impoverished Duke from England. His name was George Victor Drogo Montagu, the future Duke of Manchester. They were married in a lavish ceremony at Grace Church in New York City in 1876. Although the wedding made front page news at the New York Times, she and her family were dismissed as "nobodies" by the NYT editorial. She received no dowry for the wedding from her father. The wedding had taken New York society by surprise. Back then New York society was governed by the Knickerbockers, old families of Dutch and British stock who led quiet, orderly lives and eschews showiness of material wealth. They most certainly frown upon lavish wedding ceremonies such as those of Consuelo and the future Duke.
    On the other side of the ocean, the future Duke's family wasn't thrilled about the match between him and Consuelo. He didn't think his daughter-in-law was good enough for his eldest son and heir. For one thing, he didn't receive a dowry from her family, for her family thought he would take care of her and that her father couldn't afford to siphon off his wealth at the time, although he gave his second daughter $50,000 dowry upon marrying Lord Lister-Kaye in 1882. He wondered whether his son had married a red Indian woman, for her behavior didn't conform to the ideal of a proper young English lady for she sang country songs to the tune of the banjo, smoked cigars, behaving in a casual way as she would back home in Mississippi of her youth. He also wondered whether she was truly wealthy for she didn't bring any dowry to the marriage. Their marriage started off as being very loving until her husband resumed his womanizing ways. He preferred lower class women for they reminded him of the various maids and nannies that worked at his family estate growing up. He especially visited bordellos and spent what little money his long-suffering wife had at the time of her marriage. Consuelo died in 1909 and is buried in Kimbolton along with her husband and children.

    The Manchester Tiara was made by Cartier, Paris, in 1903 to the order of Consuelo, Dowager Duchess of Manchester. Cartier's records note that she supplied over a thousand brilliant-cut diamonds and more than 400 rose-cut diamonds, while Cartier supplied further rose-cut diamonds and the paste stones which make up the scrolls at the end of each side.
    This tiara of graduated flaming hearts and C scrolls was inspired by a vision of France before the Revolution. Louis Cartier encouraged his designers to sketch 18th-century ironwork and architectural ornament in Paris and Versailles, and to study engraved jewellery designs.

    Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester (1853-1909), was the daughter of Antonio Iznaga del Valle, of Ravenswood, Louisiana, New York and Cuba. Consuelo was taken by her mother to Paris where her American friends included Jennie Jerome, later to be the mother of Winston Churchill and Alva Smith, later to be Alva Vanderbilt. Consuelo married George Victor Drogo Montagu, Viscount Mandeville, the future 8th Duke of Manchester, in 1876. The Duke of Portland recorded that she "took Society completely by storm by her beauty, wit and vivacity and it was soon at her very pretty feet". The Complete Peerage quotes a contemporary who wrote that "no one knows how gloriously beautiful a woman can be who did not see the Duchess when she was thirty". She became a friend of Queen Alexandra to whom she bequeathed a bracelet on her death in 1909. A letter to the Times described her as "one of the first of the American ladies who married into the great English families, and who brought to this country that rare combination of high intelligence, a sunny nature and uncommon personal charm".

    Munsey's Volume 37 page 144, 145. May 1907.
    Within the same charmed circle, the next lady we meet is Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester, the Duchess of Devonshire's daughter-in-law. Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester, belongs to one of the two sets of American sisters, the Iznagas and the Jeromes, who took London by storm in the seventies. She still retains much of the beauty which subjugated Viscount Mandeville in earlier days, although of late her health has not been very good. After years of comparative impecuniosity, she recently blossomed forth into a wealthy woman, as her brother, the late Mr. Fernando Iznaga, left her a large fortune. She has behaved with great generosity toward her sisters and her son, and has still enough left to lead a very luxurious existence and entertain charmingly at her beautiful house in Portman Square.
    The Duchess of Manchester's little dinners' are frequently honored by the presence of King Edward, and as she always brings the right people together, her guests are never bored. The loss of her two daughters in the flower of their age so embittered her life that for some time she was seen but little in London. Now she goes about again, although moving so strictly within her own social orbit that she is not seen at more than half a dozen houses during the season. The duchess has been a widow for more than thirteen years, but if she has never married again it has certainly not been for want of suitors.

    St. Andrews Church, Kimbolton, Ireland - Tiffany Window.- "Twins"
    In the south chapel there is a stained glass window by American glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the founder of Tiffany's Jewellers in New York. The window depicts the twin daughters of Consuelo Iznaga, an American of Cuban descent and widow of the 8th Duke of Manchester. It was made in 1901. It was commissioned by Consuelo the Duchess of Manchester to commemorate her twin daughters Jacqueline Mary Alva and Alice Eleanor Louise, and they are pictured in the central panel. Tragically Consuelo the dowager Duchess of Manchester lost her husband age 39 in 1892, Jacqueline in 1895 at the age of 16 from malaria, and Alice, age 21 in 1900 from tuberculosis.

    LONDON, Jan. 26.1908 - NY Times - Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester, and her sister, Lady Lister-Kaye, sailed on the Lusitania yesterday for the purpose of attending the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Iznaga, who died suddenly of pneumonia in the South.

    LONDON, Dec. 20. 1909 -- Among the bequests contained in the will of Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester, which was filed for probate today, is one of "My ruby and diamond bracelet which I would ask her Majesty Queen Alexandra to be graciously pleased to accept as a token of my respectful affection and regard." NY Times - 12/21/1909.

    IZNAGA FORTUNE PASSING TO HEIRS; Dowager Duchess of Manchester's Estate, Valued at $2,493,131,
    NY Times - July 2, 1912.

    Consuelo Iznaga, a Cuban-American heiress and dear friend of Consuelo Vanderbilt's mother (the suffragist Alva Smith), married Viscount Mandeville, the future Duke of Manchester, in 1876. Consuelo Iznaga, an acquaintance of Wharton's, was the basis for the character Conchita Closson in "The Buccaneers." Poor Conchita ended "head-over-ears in debt," in love with one man "while tied to another." As for the real-life couple, the duke was "a feckless philanderer who squandered her money," Ms. Lee writes in her Wharton biography. NY Times - 1/19/2012.

    Father: Antonio Modesto Iznaga y del Valle b: 10 Sep 1823 in Trinidad, Cuba c: 28 Dec 1823 in Parroquial Mayor de Trinidad, Cuba
    Mother: Ellen Maria Clement y Little b: 15 Aug 1833 in Ravenswood, La.

    Marriage 1 George Victor Drogo Montagu b: 17 Jun 1853 in Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, England c: 2 Jul 1853 in All Souls, St. Marylebone, London, England
    • Married: 22 May 1876 in New York City, NY 3
    • Change Date: 23 Mar 2015
    1. Has Children William Angus Drogo Montagu e Iznaga b: 3 Mar 1877 in Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, England c: 11 Apr 1877 in Saint James, Westminster, London, England
    2. Has No Children Jacqueline Mary Montagu e Iznaga b: 27 Nov 1879 in Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, England
    3. Has No Children Alice Eleanor Montagu e Iznaga b: 27 Nov 1879 in Kimbolton Castle, Kimbolton, England

    1. Abbrev: Genealogias de Vizcaya - Familia Iznaga - 1911
      Title: Genealogias de Vizcaya - Familia Iznaga - 1911
      Author: Fernando del Valle Lersundi, editor
      Publication: Bilbao, Spain, http://meta.gipuzkoakultura.net/bitstream/10690/75278/1/AM_325284.pdf: Euskal - Erria, 1911.
      Page: page 423.
      Quality: 4
    2. Abbrev: FamilySearch Family Tree
      Title: "FamilySearch Family Tree," database, FamilySearch  
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: (http://www.familysearch.org)
      Page: ), entry for Consuelo Iznaga y Clement.
      Quality: 3
    3. Abbrev: Historia de Familias Cubanas - Conde de Jaruco - 1942 -
      Title: Historia de Familias Cubanas - Conde de Jaruco - 1942 - Iznaga - Vol 3, page 226 to 238, Vol. 1 to 9
      Author: Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz y Mallen, editor
      Publication: La Habana, Cuba: Editorial Hércules, 1942.
    4. Abbrev: Ancestry - http://home.ancestry.com/
      Title: "All Records," database, Ancestry  
      Author: Ancestry
      Publication: (http://home.ancestry.com/)
      Page: ).
      Quality: 4
    5. Abbrev: Historia de Familias Cubanas - Conde de Jaruco - 1942 -
      Title: Historia de Familias Cubanas - Conde de Jaruco - 1942 - Iznaga - Vol 3, page 226 to 238, Vol. 1 to 9
      Author: Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz y Mallen, editor
      Publication: La Habana, Cuba: Editorial Hércules, 1942.
      Quality: 4
    6. Abbrev: FamilySearch Family Tree
      Title: "FamilySearch Family Tree," database, FamilySearch  
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: (http://www.familysearch.org)
      Page: accessed 18 Jan 2015), entry for Consuelo Iznaga y Clement, person ID KNDX-MJW.
      Quality: 4
    7. Abbrev: FamilySearch Family Tree
      Title: "FamilySearch Family Tree," database, FamilySearch  
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: (http://www.familysearch.org)
      Page: accessed 8 Jul 2015), entry for Consuelo Iznaga y Clement, person ID KNDX-MJW.
      Quality: 3
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