Isabelle Eugenie Boyer Summerville

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Isabella Eugenie Singer (Boyer)

Also Known As: "Isabella Eugenie Sommerville", "Isabella Eugenie Singer"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Paris, France
Death: May 1904 (63)
Paris, France
Place of Burial: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis Boyer and Pamela Boyer
Wife of Isaac Merritt Singer; Victor Reubsaet and Paul Sohège
Mother of Sir Mortimer Singer; Winnaretta Eugénie Singer; Washington Merritt Grant Singer; Paris Eugene Singer; Isabelle-Blanche (Singer) Decazes and 1 other

Occupation: Model
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About Isabelle Eugenie Boyer Summerville

Model Isabella Eugenie Boyer was born in 1841in Paris to French and English parents. She married Isaac Merritt Singer, the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., in New York, in 1863 when Isaac was 52 and Isabella was only 22. Singer had a previous common-law wife, Mary Ann Sponsler, who had Isaac arrested for domestic abuse.

Isabella and Isaac moved to Oldway Mansion in Paignton, England on the Devon coast because New York society frowned on his many "families." They had two girls and four boys. Their names were Winnaretta future Princesse de Polignac, Isabelle, future Duchesse Decazes, Mortimer, Washington, Paris and Franklin. Isaac Singer is reported to have had a total of 22 children with his many paramours. Singer died in 1875 and left an estate of about $14 million dollars, which at the time was a colossal sum of money. His two wills created family tension and lawsuits. Isabella was declared his legal widow.

In 1879 Isabella married Dutch musician, Victor Reubsaet, and settled in Paris. Victor was an internationally successful singer and violinist. He was born in 1843 in Sittard, as Nicolas Reubsaet, son of a simple shoemaker. Pretending to be of noble descent, he falsely claimed the title Vicomte d’Estenburgh. In 1881 he did obtain the title of Duke of Camposelice from Italian King Umberto I.

The Duchess of Camposelice was still a striking lady when she met the sculptor Bartholdi. It is rumored she was his model for the Statue of Liberty.

Victor Reubsaet's died in 1887 and Isabella was married, for the third time, in 1891, to Paul Sohège.

Isabella Eugenia Boyer died at 62 years of age in 1904.

Source: Wikipedia

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Isabelle Eugenie Boyer Summerville's Timeline

Paris, France
July 25, 1863
Age 22
Yonkers, Westchester, New York, United States
January 8, 1865
Age 24
Yonkers, NY, United States
June 4, 1866
Age 25
Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, United States
November 20, 1867
Age 26
Paris, Île-de-France, France

Isabella Eugenie Singer
in the UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1912
Name: Isabella Eugenie Singer
Gender: Female
Record Type: Certificate of Naturalisation
Relationship: Mother
Children: Paris Eugene Singer
Spouse: Isaac Merritt Singer
Source Citation
The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Duplicate Certificates of Naturalisation, Declarations of British Nationality, and Declarations of Alienage; Class: HO 334; Piece: 30
Source Information UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data:
Duplicate Certificates of Naturalisation, Declarations of British Nationality, and Declarations of Alienage. Home Office: Immigration and Nationality Department, Series HO 334. The National Archives, Kew, England.
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Age 28
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
February 12, 1870
Age 29
Paris, Île-de-France, France