Mellon family

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The Mellon family is a wealthy and influential American family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

The family fortune originated with Mellon Bank, founded 1869. They became principal investors and majority owners of Gulf Oil (founded 1901 becoming Chevron-Texaco in 1985), Alcoa (since 1886), The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (since 1970), Koppers (since 1912), New York Shipbuilding (1899–1968) and Carborundum Corporation,[1] as well as their major financial and ownership influence on Westinghouse,[2] H. J. Heinz, Newsweek, U.S. Steel, Credit Suisse First Boston and General Motors.

The family also founded the National Gallery in both art works and funds, claims one of the longest serving U.S. Treasury Secretaries, and is a patron to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and with art the University of Virginia. Carnegie Mellon University, and its Mellon College of Science, is named in honor of the family, as well as for its founder, Andrew Carnegie, who was a close associate of the Mellons.

The family's founding patriarch was Judge Thomas Mellon (1813–1908),[3] the son of Andrew Mellon and Rebecca Wauchob, who were Scotch-Irish farmers from Camp Hill Cottage, Lower Castletown, parish of Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland and emigrated to what is now the Pittsburgh suburb of north-central Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The family can be divided into four branches: the descendants of Thomas Alexander Mellon Jr, of James Ross Mellon, of Andrew William Mellon, and of Richard Beatty Mellon.

Prominent members[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Thomas Mellon (1813–1908) ∞ 1843: Sarah Jane Negley (1817–1909)
    • Thomas Alexander Mellon, Jr., (1844–1899) ∞ Mary C. Caldwell (1847–1902), the sister of Alexander Caldwell[8]
      • Thomas Alexander Mellon, III (1873-1948) ∞ Helen McLanahan Wightman (1871-1961)
        • Edward Purcell Mellon, II ∞ Louise Grubbs
          • Thomas Alexander Mellon, IV[9]
        • Helen S. Mellon (1914-2007) ∞ 1936: Adolph William Schmidt (1904–2000)[10]
          • Helen Schmidt ∞ unk. Claire
          • Thomas Mellon Schmidt (b. 1940)
      • Edward Purcell Mellon (1875-1953) ∞ Ethel Churchill Humphrey (1880-1938)[11]
        • Jane Caldwell Mellon (1917-2013) ∞ (1) Craigh Leonard ∞ (2) Robinson Simonds (1906-2000)[12]
          • Edward M. Leonard
          • Craigh Leonard, Jr.
          • Stephanie Leonard
      • Mary Caldwell Mellon (1884–1975) ∞ (1) John Herman Kampmann (1880–1957) ∞ (2) Samuel Alfred McClung (1880–1945)
        • John Herman Kampmann, Jr. (1907–1940)
        • Mary Mellon Kampmann (1908–1995) ∞ Lawrence Deen Schwartz (1909–1957)
        • Samuel Alfred McClung, III (1918–2015) ∞ Adelaide "Adie" Smith (1919–2000)
        • Isabel Edith McClung (1920–1967) ∞ Charles Laban Abernethy, Jr. (1913–1990), the son of Charles Laban Abernethy
        • Cynthia Mellon McClung (1921–1991) ∞ Stephen Stone, Jr. (1915–1962)
    • James Ross Mellon (1846–1934) ∞ Rachel Hughley Larimer (1847–1919), the daughter of William Larimer
      • William Larimer Mellon (1868–1949) ∞ Mary Hill Taylor
        • Matthew Taylor Mellon (1897–1992) ∞ (1) 1931: (div.) Gertrud Altegoer (1909–2005) ∞ (2) Jane Bartrum[13]
          • Karl Negley Mellon (1938–1983) ∞ Anne Stokes Bright
          • James Ross Mellon, II (b. 1942) ∞ Vivian Ruesch, the daughter of Hans Ruesch.
        • Rachel Mellon (1899–2006)[14] ∞ John Fawcett Walton, Jr. (1893–1974)
          • Farley Walton ∞ Joshua Clyde Whetzel, Jr. (1921–2012)
            • Joshua Clyde Whetzel, III ∞ Marion Plunkett
            • Rachel Walton Whetzel ∞ Richard Casselman
            • Thomas Porter Whetzel
            • William Mellon Whetzel ∞ (1) 1978: (div.) Patricia Joan McGarey ∞ (2) Camilla F.
          • Mary Walton ∞ Walter J. P. Curley, Jr.
          • John Fawcett Walton, III ∞ Phyllis Walton
          • James Mellon Walton (b. 1930) ∞ Ellen Carroll[15]
        • Margaret Mellon Hitchcock (1901–1998) ∞ (1) Alexander Laughlin ∞ (2) Tommy Hitchcock, Jr. (1900–1944)[16]
          • Louise Eustis Hitchcock
          • Margaret Mellon Hitchcock
          • Thomas Hitchcock, III
          • William Mellon Hitchcock
        • William Larimer Mellon, Jr. (1910–1989) ∞ (1) 1930: (div. 1938) Grace Rowley ∞ (2) 1946: Gwendolyn Grant Rawson (1911–2000), former wife of John de Groot Rawson.[17]
          • William Larimer Mellon, III (1933-1963) ∞ LeGrand Council [18]
      • S. Lucille Mellon (1887–1968) ∞ (1) Sidney J. Holloway ∞ (2) Alexander Grange ∞ (3) George S. Hasbrouck
    • Sarah Emma Mellon, who died in childhood
    • Annie Rebecca Mellon, who died in childhood
    • Samuel Selwyn Mellon, who died 1862, at age 9
    • Andrew William Mellon (1855–1937) ∞ 1900: (div. 1912) Nora Mary McMullen (1879–1973)
    • Richard Beatty Mellon (1858–1933) ∞ Jennie King (d. 1938)
      • Richard King Mellon (1899–1970) ∞ 1936: Constance Prosser McCaulley
        • Richard Prosser Mellon (b. 1939) ∞ Gertrude Adams (1939–2003)[21]
          • Richard A. Mellon ∞ Alex Mellon
          • Armour N. Mellon ∞ Sophie Mellon
        • Cassandra King Mellon (b. 1940) ∞ (1) George M. Henderson ∞ (2) 1979: Edwin Van Rensselaer Milbury
          • Christina Mellon Henderson ∞ 1996: Scott Robert McBroom
          • Bruce King Mellon Henderson
        • Constance Barber Mellon (1941–1983)[22] ∞ William Russell Grace Byers (d. 1999) (brother in law of Joseph Verner Reed Jr.) ∞ (2) 1971: (div. 1973) J. Carter Brown (1934–2002)
          • William Russell Grace Byers, Jr. (b. 1965)
          • Alison Mellon Byers (b. 1967)
        • Seward Prosser Mellon (b. 1942)
      • Sarah Cordelia Mellon (1903–1965) ∞ Alan Magee Scaife (1900–1958)
        • Cordelia Scaife May (1928–2005) ∞ (1) 1949: (div. 1950) (1) Herbert A. May, Jr. ∞ (2) 1973: Robert Duggan (1926/7–1974)
        • Richard Mellon Scaife (1932–2014) ∞ (1) 1956: (div. 1991) Frances L. Gilmore (b. 1934) ∞ (2) 1991: (div. 2012) Margaret "Ritchie" Battle (b. 1947)
          • Jennie K. Scaife (b. 1963)
            • Kade Scaife-Jack (b. 1985)
            • Bennett Scaife-Jack (b. 1986)
            • Amelia Scaife-Jack (b. 1987)
            • Jenae Scaife-Jack (b. 1987)
            • Andrew Scaife-Jack (b. 1992)
            • Thomas Scaife-Jack (b. 1992)
          • David N. Scaife (b. 1966)
    • George Negley Mellon (1860–1887)

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