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Emma McAlpin (Rockefeller)

Birthplace: Fairfield, CT, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Avery Rockefeller, Jr. and Almira Geraldine Rockefeller
Wife of Dr. David Hunter McAlpin, Jr.
Mother of David Hunter McAlpin, III; Geraldine R. Webster; Elaine Rockefeller Tate and William Rockefeller McAlpin
Sister of Lewis Edward Rockefeller; William Goodsell Rockefeller; John Davison Rockefeller; Percy Avery Rockefeller and Ethel Geraldine Dodge

Managed by: Richard McKay Cryan
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About Emma McAlpin

left an estate of $5.6mm which was divided equally among her 4 children

Emma Rockefeller McAlpin, (1868 - 1934)

Born 8 Jun 1868 in Fairfield, Connecticut as Emma Rockefeller, to William G Rockefeller (1841-1922) and his wife Almira Geraldine Goodsell.

She married 12 Dec 1895 at Tarrytown, New York to Dr. David Hunter McAlpin, Jr (2 Jun 1862 - 20 Jan 1934). (Dates per his obit)

She is named, as "Mrs D Hunter McAlpin, one of the four surviving children, in the obit of her father William G Rockefeller who died 24 Jun 1922". Her husband David died Jan 1934, "at the home of his mother 720 Park Avenue [New York City]". He was the son of David Hunter McAlpin and his wife Adelaide Rose.

She is named in an article in the New York Times, 5 Aug 1937 in speaking about a trust left by William Rockefeller to his born and not yet born great-grandchildren states "...The daughter Emma Rockefeller McAlpin who died in 1934, four children: David H McAlpin Jr, Mrs Geraldine McAlpin Webster, William Rockefeller McAlpin and Mrs Elaine McAlpin Tate." The article then names the 28 great-grandchildren, including: "...Lorna Underwood, David H Jr, and Esther Mead children of David H McAlpin; Geraldine McA daughter of Geraldine McA Webster; Sylvia Angell, William R Jr children of William R McAlpin; Diane and Gabrielle children of Elaine McA Tate."

She died 11 Aug 1934 at the Harkness Pavilion of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. [edit] Children

  1. David Hunter McAlpin, Jr 1898-; married in Belmont, MA on 11 Jun 1924 Nina Walton Underwood
        1. Lorna Underwood McAlpin 1926-; married 27 Nov 1954 Robert Hauslohner
        2. David H McAlpin, Jr 1928-
        3. Esther Mead McAlpin married 8 Dec 1957 Kenneth Hyde Brownell 
  2. Geraldine R McAlpin 1901- married 14 Jul 1934 to Dr Jerome Pierce Webster
        1. Geraldine McAlpin Webster 
  3. William Rockefeller McAlpin 1902- married in New Haven, CT 5 Dec 1926 to Marion Angell
        1. Sylvia Angell McAlpin
        2. William R McAlpin Jr 
  4. Elaine McAlpin 1906- married 23 Jan 1931 to Henry Clinch Tate
        1. Diane L Tate married 5 Mar 1955 to Lt Jacques Blaise de Sibour Jr.
        2. Gabrielle Tate
        3. Elaine Tate married William Durward Pollock Grady 

[edit] Sources

   * New York Times, 12 Dec 1895, pg 10 "M'Alpin-Rockefeller Wedding", stating Emma Rockefeller daughter of Mr and Mrs William Rockefeller to Dr. David Hunter McAlpin, Jr, son of David H McAlpin, and a brother of Gen. Edward A McAlpin. Today at Rockwood Hall, near Tarrytown, NY. 
   * 1920 Census of Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey showing David H McAlpin 57, Emma R 45, Geraldine 19, William R 18, Elaine 14 plus servants.
   * New York Times, 25-30 Jun 1922, Obit of William G Rockefeller, age 81, names his four surviving children including Emma above.
   * New York Times, 13 Jun 1924, "McAlpin-Underwood" (marriage)
   * New York Times, 5 Dec 1926, pg E10, "Marion Angell Wed to W. R. M'Alpin"
   * New York Times, 28 Sep 1930, pg N6 "Elaine R M'Alpin to Wed H C Tate"
   * New York Times, 23 Jan 1931, pg 27 "Elaine R M'Alpin Wed to H C Tate"
   * New York Times, 21 Jan 1934, pg 29 "Dr D H M'Alpin Educator, Dies" stating that he is survived by his widow, two sons William R and David Hunter McAlpin, two daughters Miss Geraldine R McAlpin and Mrs H Clinch Tate.
   * New York Times, 10 Jul 1934, pg 18 "Miss G R M'Alpin Engaged to Marry"
   * New York Times, 15 Jul 1934, pg N4 "Geraldine M'Alpin Bride in Hospital:Wed at Mother's Bedside"
   * New York Times, 12 Aug 1934, pg 24 "Mrs D H M'Alpin Dies in Hospital"
   * New York Times, 5 Aug 1937, page 1 "Estate of William Rockefeller Increasing $1,000,000 a Year" 

Source: Copyright 2007, Will Johnson,, Professional Genealogist, All Rights Reserved Downloaded June 2011 from

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Emma McAlpin's Timeline

June 8, 1868
Fairfield, CT, USA
May 21, 1897
Age 28
Mount Pleasant, NY, USA
June 23, 1900
Age 32
Tarrytown, NY, USA
November 23, 1905
Age 37
New York, NY, USA
August 11, 1934
Age 66