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Marie Saunderson (Satterfield)

Also Known As: "Marie Larisch", "Mary G. Satterfield", "Marie Marguerite Von Larisch"
Birthplace: Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: February 27, 1947 (67)
Newbury, West Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Mitcheltree Satterfield and Matilda S. Satterfield
Wife of Count Franz Joseph Larisch and Somerset Francis Saunderson
Mother of HANS-HEINRICH Georg Ludwig Franz Maria von Larisch-Moennich; DEMETRE Johann Benedikt Ferdinand Franz Maria von Larisch-Moennich, 60; Alexander "Sandy" Saunderson and Patricia Saunderson
Sister of John M. Satterfield

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About Marie Saunderson

ed note ~• (by profile mgr.) There has to be a rather large back-story here. WIth the onslaught of WWI, the first marriage must have broken apart?

~• secondly: Marie was born in oil country, BIG oil for that era, and her German-born son died in oil country....This leads me to wonder about 'following the money', so to speak... MMvB 2015

Indeed! Looking at a (tagged) newspaper article now attached toi this profile: Marie: The only daughter of John Satterfield (deceased for 5 years, at the time of her marriage)

John was a "millionaire" principal in the firm of Satterfield & Taylor and the Union Oil Company, the former being one of the early concern in the PA oilfields. (gleaned from the Titusville Herald June 27, 1901)


Miss Satterfield met her future husband, the Count, in Europe... "She is a remarkably handsome girl, is a fine linguist and was educated abroad." <~ from an engagement announcement.

Following the chain of events that probably led to Marie and her future husband together:

Marie was from remote oil country... but many enterprising individuals such as her father were striking it rich. John Satterfield was one of these and became a milionaire. Together with his partners, he fought tooth and nail to secure a fortune in the oil regions, eventually joining forces with the Standard Oil combination.

The Standard (oil company) was quickly building a world-wide market for its refined petroleum products. German investors came in from overseas. In such an environment linage of the old wealth of Europe with the new of America would be natural.

(reference) See: The History of the Standard Oil Company (Ida Tarbell) Vol II. There are references for Union Oil (Satterfield's company), and for his partners (Taylor et al.) One passage stands out: in particular: page 162 "Throughout 1888 & 1889 two schemes, known as the Co-operative OIl Company, Limited, and the United Oil Company, LImited, were under considertion, By the end of the latter year it looked as if something could be done with the second, and it was turned over to a special committee, of which H.L.Taylor, of the Union Oil Company, one of the largest and oldest producing concerns of the Oil Regions was chairman. How Mr. Taylor had succeeded inn getting into the Producers' Protective Association it is hard to say, for it was his partner, Mr. Satterfield (Marie's father) , who in 1883 had tried to throw the Tidewater Pipeline into the hands of the Standard Oil Company, and who, when that unworthy scheme failed, had sold their stock to the Standard thus giving that company its first holdings in the Tidewater. The independants had forgotten or overlooked this fact, for Taylor was a memebr of the Producers' Protective Association and prominent in its councils.' THE NEXT SECTION REFERS TO GERMAN CAPITALISTS, OF WHICH, AT LEAST BY CLASS, MARIE'S FUTURE HUSBAND BELONGED (this does not constitute proof, but it hints as to how monied interests abroad got involved with Pennsylvania oil-country):

" The special committee, of which Mr. Taylor was chairman, went actively to work. Lawyers were employed to consider the safest form of organization for a compny doing an interstate pipe-line business and carrying on refineries. Certain German capitalists, owners of tank steamers and interested in foreign marketing agencies, were brought into the scheme. Things were going well, when suddenly the committee found the chairman cooling toward the enterprise. Then came the rumour that Mr. Taylor and his partners - Mr. Satterfield and J.L. McKinney - had sold the Union Oil Company to the Standard. A meeting of the executiver board was at once called, Mssr. Taylor and J.L. McKinney both being present. They acknowledged the truth of the report and were promptly informed their resignations would be accepted."

This era marked the advent of the Standard's branching out from concentration on simply refining oil to branch out to include the production of oil.. a development not widely remembered in the history of the industry.

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Marie Saunderson's Timeline

July 10, 1879
Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 21, 1902
Age 23
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
September 14, 1904
Age 25
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
September 5, 1917
Age 38
September 5, 1917
Age 38
February 27, 1947
Age 67
Newbury, West Berkshire, England, United Kingdom