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Rosalie "Rosebud" Dorothea Buckingham de Bolotoff (Selfridge), Princess Wiazemsky

Also Known As: "Rosebud"
Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Death: 1977 (83)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of H. Gordon Selfridge, Sr., retail entrepreneur and Amelia "Rose" Selfridge (Buckingham)
Wife of Serge Vincent de Bolotoff, Prince Wiazemsky
Mother of Tatiana Rosemary Sequenva De-Bolotoff Wiazemsky
Sister of Viscountess Violette de Sibour (Selfridge); H. Gordon Selfridge, Jr. and Beatrice Buckingham (Selfridge) Lovell-Lewis

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About Rosalie de Bolotoff (Selfridge), Princess Wiasemsky

There was a sequence of posts regarding Rosalie and her sisters on a British site:

[written by] nannyval 01-11-2008, 12:07 PM Thanks to Penny I am up and running. I wish to trace H G [Selfridge] seniors daughter, Rosalie married? became known as Princess Viazemsky title of Russian? origin. Living during her latter years and died in London (North West) area?

[written by] kinshar 01-11-2008, 01:15 PM Hi Marriage annoucement The New York Times ~ Thursday 8th Aug 1918 "Rosalie Selfridge Weds Daughter of London Merchant marries Serge De Bolotoff, Aviator London Aug 7th Rosalie Dorethea eldest daughter of Harry Gordon Selfridge, American owner of one of Londons largest stores was married this afternoon to Serge De Bolotoff, eldest son of the Princess Wiazemsky, member of one of the oldest famllies of Russia" More Details here 609EDE Click view full article

Penny Gallo 01-11-2008, 02:26 PM If you do multiple posts about the same thing, and people end up replicating searches. My response on your first thread was for Violette Selfredge to have married Vicomte Jacques de Sibour, French war aviator (see 639EDE for New York article on that marriage, and for her sister Rosalie (named after their mother), who became Princess Viazemsky. However I have now found that there was a 3rd daughter, Beatrice. I won't link that as it produces pop-ups. There is a long and interesting article on Selfridge (well-illustrated), which says at the end that his family could not even afford a headstone for him when he died in poverty. I'm lost now as to which daughter you are looking for as an ancestor.:confused:

nannyval 01-11-2008, 09:17 PM Thank you and apologies if I was unclear. Rosalie, you gave me, is the link I am looking for. Yes there has been pages of wonderful stories written about the man, some of which I have been able to get hold of. My only interest is in the life and death of Rosalie.

Penny Gallo 02-11-2008, 01:31 AM So far the only other thing I can come up with is the reference to her friendship with Sylvia Pankhurst, and the fact that Rosalie acted as her London representative for an African hospital Sylvia went off to sort out. It seems quite mysterious. I'm going to have a look and see what happened to her husband - 1918 wasn't the greatest time to be a prince with a Russian-sounding name!

Penny Gallo 02-11-2008, 01:58 AM describes GS going to live with his daughter Rosalie "and her fake Russian prince" in a "cheap rented apartment".

nannyval 10-11-2008, 09:01 AM Sorry for not responding more quickly. Poor man !!!!! all those lovely ladies, the Dolly sisters were definately amongst the favourites when it came to buying lavish gifts. I am still struggling with Rosalie and Serge can find then in phone listing 1911. Maybe I am not entering the correct combination for De Bolotoff? It would be interesting to see if they have any children. Thanks again.

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The following is from handwritten notations or marginalia in copy of Selfridge: A Biography, by Reginald Pound, 1960, Heinemann, London, Melbourne, Toronto.

On the inside of the first cover/board is handwritten in pencil, and signed “MaryJane M. Foote, 1993”:

This is a book about Our Cousin Harry G. Selfridge. He grew up with Mother Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] in Jackson, Michigan. His Mother, Aunt Lotie (Lois), was my great grandmother’s sister — Mary Jane Baxter Kellogg for whom I am named. She [Lois] was divorced, was the principal of the high school and lived with her sister where Mother [Mary Jane B. K.] lived with my Mother [KNM] and 3 brothers (Newbury) after Grandfather died at age 32 [sic]. Harry went to work at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, was president. Married Rose Buckingham (Buckingham Fountain) in Chicago. Had a huge estate at Lake Geneva — then went to London and founded Selfridge’s store — was knighted — and lived in famous Lansdowne house. I met him in 1938 when he came up from Chicago on a trip from England at the beginning of WWII.

The leaf facing the cover/board is inscribed in pen, “To the Manierre Family, May 1960 / With much love and Happy Memories from Carl & Elizabeth” then in KNM’s hand, in pencil, “Larsen” — Carl & Elizabeth’s surname.

[Note: An obituary posted January 22, 2010 by The Byline, the student-produced newspaper of Rogue Community College, Oregon, for


Eric Bjerre Larsen, one of the founding members of Rogue Community College and the science department, died Saturday, January 9.... Larsen was born June 7, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Carl and Elizabeth Larsen. At the age of two, he moved to Denmark. When he was 17, he returned to Chicago and attended college receiving a master’s degree in Biology. In 1954 he joined the United States Marine Corps. On January 9, 1955 in Denmark he married Ellen Klitgaard and they moved to Laguna Beach, California. Eric began his teaching career at Tustin High School. In 1969 he moved his family to the Micronesian Islands of Saipan and Kusai where he taught school for two years. In 1971 the family moved to Oregon and began teaching at Rogue Community College in the science department until his retirement. He had a winter home in Captain Cook, Hawaii. In addition to his wife, Ellen Larsen of Grants Pass, Oregon and Captain Cook, Hawaii; he is survived by four children, Carl Larsen of Cave Junction, Sonja Johnston of Grants Pass, Bjorn Larsen of Dundee, and Solbritt Hill of Grants Pass; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Source for this obituary: downloaded 2011 from]

At the bottom of this leaf is an unrelated note probably in Suzanne Delahunt (Manierre)’s hand, “Holworthy House, Harvard Yard — Daddy’s initials GM, he carved them when an undergraduate.” [See photos of this in the profile for George Manierre, III.

There is a photo of a portrait of H. Gordon Selfridge below which KNM wrote, “Cousin Harry” and on the title page, beside the title, Selfridge, Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “(1856 - 1947)”

There is more of Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)]’s marginalia below the captions to two photos opposite page 24. Below the photo of “Mrs. Selfridge, senior, about 1906,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “My dear Aunt Lotie.” Below the caption “Selfridge’s wife and family, about 1908,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote, “Sweet Cousin Rose” Below the caption opposite page 153, “Selfridge with his mother in the library at landsdowne House,” Katharine Manierre (Newbury) Katherine Manierre (Newbury)] wrote “Aunt Lotie and Cousin Harry.” Below the caption of the photo opposite page 184, “Selfridge at Deauville in 1926 with his eldest daughter, princess Wiasemsky,” KNM wrote ”Rosalie.” Below the caption to the photo aoopsite page 248, “Selfridge as grandfather,” KNM wrote, “Tatianna de Bolotoff.” There are other smaller marginalia — x’s and —‘s marking passages of special note to one reader or another, though their special significance eludes this reader. MRD, 2011, Oconomowoc, WI

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Rosalie de Bolotoff (Selfridge), Princess Wiasemsky's Timeline

September 10, 1893
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
May 22, 1919
Age 25
Age 83