Julia Florence Schieffelin, an American, met J. Bruce Ismay in New York. They were married on 4 December 1888. The couple had four children—two sons and two daughters.
Florence came from a prominent New York family. In 1866 her father, George Richard Schieffelin, married Julia Matilda Delaplaine, whose grandfather was John F. Delaplaine, an early New York shipping merchant. Florence’s maternal grandfather, Isaac C. Deleplaine, was a prominent New York lawyer and a member of the US House of Representatives.
J. Bruce Ismay died in 1937; Florence Ismay never remarried. On 14 November 1949, Florence renounced her British subject status in order to restore her American citizenship.
According to contemporary reports, Florence was very supportive and protective of her husband and would not let him speak about the Titanic disaster in public.
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