He fell deeply in love. [22] Agathe returned to the United States in October 1939,[4] and received the unwanted publicity of being detained on Ellis Island with her family for several days. Mamá was born in Fiume on June 14, 1890, to John and Agathe Whitehead, and she was one of six children: John, Frank, Agathe, 1 Mary, Robert, and Joan. She managed their large household with grace and kindness. HAGERSTOWN, Md. On November 21, 1916, Emperor Franz Josef I passed away; his nephew Emperor Karl I became the last reigning Monarch of the Austria-Hungary Empire. Georg (42), Rupert (near 11), Agathe (9), Maria (near 8), Werner (7), Hedwig (5), Johanna (near 3), and Martina (1 & 1/2) stayed a close family unit for the rest of their lives. Close knit, they kept strong ties to their extended relatives spread throughout Europe and as far away as the United States. [see 'Marriage & Family' below], Honoring the von Trapp ​and Whitehead Heritage​​​​, Villa WhiteheadFiume, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Today Rijeka, Croatia), Zara, Dalmatia, Adriatic Coast, circa 1890, Austro-Hungarian EmpireToday Zadar, Croatia, Klosterneuburg and Shipping Companies (1920-1930), CHAMPION THE ARTS      PROMOTE PEACE      ARCHIVE & EDUCATE, Legacy Project: Torpedo & Naval Museum, Peace & Innovation Research, and Peace Conference & Arts Performance Center. Their lives were well entwined with the navy and his father’s appointments as Commandant (Captain). Zu Beginn des Ersten Weltkrieges befehligte Georg das Torpedoboot 52. However, in 1921 while still managing Vega-Reederei-Hamburg/Greiswald, Georg founded his second ship merchant enterprise, the Rhein-Donau-Express-Schiffahrt’s-A.G. For the next nine years Georg build up this successful and lucrative maritime business, capturing so much of the Rhein and Donau river shipping market that his fellow competitors eventually bought him out. [4] Agathe von Trapp spent her early years, throughout World War I and after, near Zell am See, Austria. Agathe Gobertina Whitehead was born on June 14, 1891 in Fiume, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Rijeka, Croatia). Across the street from the coastal factory complex was the Villa Whitehead, in front of which family members were assembled to warmingly welcome the Kaiser. To temporarily escape sad memories and the hot summers in Fiume, Agathe’s mother took the children on a vacation to the ‘Zeller’ lake in Austria. Those who had heard them sing encouraged them to do more concerts. She was one of seven children born to the aristocrat Captain Georg von Trapp and his wife, Agathe Whitehead, the granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the … HAGERSTOWN, Md. Hedwig von Trapp, Brs. Agathe’s young life was entwined with her family’s business activity on the one-hand and visiting her mother’s relations, spread throughout Europe, on the other hand. As Georg had been born in Zara, Dalmatia (today Zadar, Croatia), when the territory of Dalmatia was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the post-war land distribution, the family was given Italian citizenship. Georg stayed behind at the villa in Pola. Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian naval Capt. It was, therefore, an unforeseen tragedy, that on June 7, 1884, Captain August von Trapp succumbed to typhoid fever at the young age of forty-eight. They spent anxious days waiting for news of their loved ones. The 10 years of Georg and Agathe’s loving partnership was the foundation and legacy that each of the children built on, as their futures unfolded. [24] At his request, the family changed their stage name to The Trapp Family Singers. Christmas 1921, five children were isolated and being taken care of. (Her father had been there 20 years earlier fighting cancer.) Agathe had the honor of christening U-boat SM U-5, whose launch was attended by Naval representatives including Georg. Agathe was 43 years old. Agathe's father, John, and grandfather, Robert, were both British Engineers and key historical figures in world naval history. Slowly the interrupted life of the war years was being reclaimed. Deren "stille Prozession" (19) erinnert an einen Leichenzug. With her 18th birthday around the corner, Agathe dreamed of soon having a family and home of her own. Im Jänner 1911 heiratete das Paar und zog in eine Villa in der Nähe von Pola auf der Halbinsel Istrien im Österreichischen Küstenland. She was a niece of St John Brodrick, 1st Earl of Midleton (he was her aunt Hilda's brother) and a granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, who invented the modern torpedo. Capt. Two children, a son-Rupert (November 1911) and a daughter-Agathe (March 1913), were born in quick succession. (AP) — Agathe von Trapp, a member of the music al family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died, a longtime friend said Wednesday. Hier gebar sie ihre weiteren Kinder Maria Franziska (1914–2014), Werner (1915–2007), Hedwig (1917–1972) und Johanna (1919–1994). In 1913, Georg was relieved of submarine duty to get further training on ships in the naval fleet. Wherever the Kaiser's standard (imperial flag) appeared, the squadron offered a 101 cannon salute. As part of the Zenta’s crew, he fought in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion of 1900, for which he received commendations for bravery. The children were infected, bringing the highly infectious disease into the house. Front row: Baroness Johanna von Trapp, baby Baroness Martina von Trapp, Baroness Hedwig von Trapp, and Baron Werner von Trapp, Back row: Baron Rupert von Trapp, Baroness Maria von Trapp, and Baroness Agathe von Trapp. Juni 1891 in Fiume, heute Rijeka in Kroatien; † 3. In the same year, Robert gained international fame for his invention of the self-propelled torpedo, developed with the assistance of his, at that time, fourteen-year-old son, John. Between Captain Georg von Trapp & Agathe Gobertina Whitehead, parents to the first seven von Trapp children, set against the backdrop of the Adriatic Coast. They were devoted to Austria. It became the family summer vacation home where they gathered for generations to come. Simultaneously, Agathe was busy setting up the new household and began to reestablish a familiar family rhythm. As a free port, many an entrepreneur had been attracted to this location. Life was filled with the promise of Georg’s career and raising a family. Her birth coincided with a visit from the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I to the Adriatic coast from June 23rd - 28th; on his itinerary was a stop-over at the Whitehead Torpedo Factory. 37, No. The 1921 wedding of Agathe’s sister, Mary Whitehead to Baron Gioacchino Pietro Malfatti di Montetretto capped off this feeling. Von Trapp was one of seven children born to Austrian naval Capt. He left behind a loving wife, Countess Agathe von Breunner and six children John Jr. (13), Frank (12), Agathe (10), Robert (near 9), Mary (6), and Joan (2). She started writing the book in the 1980s by traveling to Europe to research family history, sketch maps, and collect photographs. The family had to separate. Agathe hingegen zog mit ihren Kindern zu ihrer Mutter auf den Erlhof nach Zell am See. Aside from the regular daily routines, their lives were filled with creative pass times. Their beautiful home over-looked the Adriatic and became a frequent destination for the close-knit extended family and officer friends. Dort lernte er auch Agathe Whitehead, Tochter des Torpedofabrikanten John Whitehead und Enkelin des Erfinders des Torpedos,Robert Whitehead, auf einem Ball kennen. [18] While they stayed a little while longer, they did not care for what the new government was doing. The Austro-Hungarian Navy surrendered, lost its coastline, and ceased to exist. She was also a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the 1959 musical play and 1965 film The Sound of Music. His father’s career in the Austrian Imperial Navy had the family stationed, for a time, at all the Empire's four main ports: Trieste (today Trieste, Italy), Pola (today Pula, Croatia), Zara (today Zadar, Croatia), and Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). The coastal areas emptied out, with masses of people moving inland to be relocated. After a two year courtship, Agathe and Georg were married January 14, 1911, at the Naval Academy chapel in Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). The film The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015), starring Eliza Bennett and Rosemary Harris as younger and older Agathe, respectively, was based on this book. His seven children by his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, were … [2] In 1958, they moved to Maryland and started another kindergarten there, at the Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon, Maryland. She still painted, and one of her paintings is displayed at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.[27], Throughout her life, she made many water color paintings and crayon etchings, most of which she sold. The uncertainties continued, the war news bleak, and the countryside was increasingly lawless. Mehr noch als die Starre, verstärkt durch die steife Kleidung, Georg was retired from a career he loved. There was no danger in these refusals, as border rearrangements that had been made after World War I made Agathe and her family Italian citizens[4] and Germans could not arrest Italians at that time. Datenbank. Agathe’s childhood was shared with her three brothers John, Frank and Robert, and two sisters Mary and Joan. On this day both Georg and Agathe's life was to change forever. Während des Ersten Weltkriegs zog Agathe mit ihren Kindern auf den Gutshof ihrer Mutter nach Zell am See.Hier gebar sie ihre weiteren Kinder Maria Fran­ziska (1914 - 2014), Werner (1915 – 2007), Hedwig (1917 – 1972) und Johanna (1919 – 1994). From here on, to the end of the war, he would only get to see his family on furlough. Agathe Whitehead (* 14. At the time he was married, Georg was Commander of SM U-6, training submarine crews. Rosmarie said Agathe inspired her to join the Community of the Crucified One, a church group in Pennsylvania where she stayed for 25 years. At the celebratory ball that evening, Georg became enchanted with Agathe. She had developed a wonderful sense of humor and felt comfortable in the three cultures she had grown up in, Italian, English, and Austrian. Werner von Trapp, baby Brs. Wenige Monate, nachdem die Familie das Mar­tins­schlössel in Klosterneuburg bezogen hatte, er­krank­ten die Kinder und die Mutter an Scharlach. She was portrayed as the character "Liesl". ​By 1908, Agathe had grown into a beautiful young woman with a kind and caring nature whose character brought lightheartedness and laughter wherever she went. Absolute Habsburg rule of almost 400 hundred years came to an end. At the same time, troops were moving into coastal areas ready to man defensive positions up and down the Adriatic coastline. (Records of District Courts of the United States, RG 21) I first saw the movie The Sound of Music as a young child, probably in the late 1960s. Hier bekam Agathe von Trapp ihre ersten beiden Kinder Rupert (19111992) und Agathe (1913-2010). Eventually, they had offices in Vienna, Austria and Hamburg, Germany. Their family was … Agathe sewed black aprons for her family, and the whole family wore the clothes of mourning for Austria. Falling in love with this area, she later purchased land on the lake shore, and designed and had a homestead built, named the ‘Erlhof’. Johnwas born on November 23 1854, in Fiume. The management of the Whitehead Torpedo Factory passed to another member of the family. In the end, they and their seven children were only given 33 months’ time together after WWI ended. His seven children by his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, were the basis for the singing family in the 1959 play and 1965 film, which won the Oscar for best picture. Zell am See (1914-1920)1914 was the year that changed everyone’s lives forever. Hedwig went on to raise them as a single mother; she never remarried, the future and welfare of her children was her paramount focus. Agathe and the two children left for Zell am See to stay with her mother and younger siblings, at the 'Erlhof'. [citation needed]Ritter is roughly the equivalent of a baronet in the U… Photo was taken on the occasion of their Aunt Mary Whitehead's wedding to Baron Gioacchino Pietro Malfatti di Montetretto. Even a last trip, to stay with family in the Hungarian countryside, failed to strengthen her. Klosterneuburg and Shipping Companies (1920-1930)The new year of 1919 heralded many changes. For seven months her severe case was treated. © 2015-2020 Stichting Georg & Agathe Foundation. At the same time, Agathe's family and friends described her as, "intelligent and quietly capable, warm and loving with a great wit". Class in 1898, Georg had been instructed in 31 subjects including: German, Italian, French, English, oceanography, meteorology, shipbuilding, ship machine building, naval tactics, naval law, naval signals, ship maneuvers, sailing vessel rigging, and etiquette. Seven days after returning home, September 3, 1922, her young life was cut short in the early hours of the morning. They brought joy and happiness in the midst of so much heartache. He would have been familiar with and heard Italian, German, Croatian, and many dialects from throughout the Empire spoken each day. Agathe arrived in the USA in October 1938. Georg’s early years and adult life were spent on these beautiful stretches of coastline. The torpedo factory staff and employees came out to cheer, give congratulatory speeches and present gifts. On one European tour, they sang for Pope Pius XII in a general audience in the Vatican. Photo: Georg & Agathe, circa 1910, Photo: Courtesy of von Trapp family. Auch sein persönliches Familienglück in der Ehe mit Agathe Whitehead (1891–1922) und den sieben gemeinsamen Kindern wurde durch den frühen Tod der Gattin im Jahr 1922 jäh beendet. Writing and performing plays was a favorite. On June 28, 1914, the tragic assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo brought this idyllic life to an abrupt end. The von Trapps decided to sign a singing contract with Charles Wagner in the United States, leave Austria for Italy, and, from there, head to the United States via London. Maria von Trapp, Br. Das Paar bekam sieben Kinder, Rupert, Agathe, Maria Franziska, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna und 1921 kam Tochter Martina zur Welt. Agathe and the extended family spent the war years in Zell am See, contributing to the war effort, by knitting socks, and rolling bandages. [15] Early in 1938 the family toured Italy. Agathe was born on June 14, 1891 in Rijeka, Opcina Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia..Agathe is one of the famous and trending celeb who is popular for being a Relative. How old was Agathe Whitehead when died? For the Emperor's arrival, the whole British Mediterranean squadron, Admiral Hoskins commanding, had been sent to Fiume for this occasion to pay respect on the part of the British Empire for 'the person' of the Kaiser. U 5 und U 12 auf österreichischer Medaille 1915 des Kriegsfürsorgeamtes. En Español Winter 2005, Vol. 1925 kam Maria Augusta Kutschera, die als Erzieherin in der Hauptschule des Stifts Nonnberg tätig war, in die Villa Trapp nach Salzburg–Aigen. Georg Ludwig von Trapp war Marineoffizier und diente im Ersten Weltkrieg als U-Boot-Kommandant. Hier werden vier Kinder geboren. [14], In 1937, after singing in Vienna twice, and singing at the 1937 Salzburg Festival, Agathe toured Europe going to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, England, and Norway with her family calling themselves the Salzburg Chamber Choir Trapp, or Chamber Choir Trapp. The joyous celebration brought family from throughout Europe and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From 1898-1901, he circumnavigated the world twice, once in a wooden sailing vessel, the SMS Saida II and the second time in the iron preventive torpedo cruiser, the SMS Zenta. Upon hearing this, her mother invited Georg to the ‘Erlhof', the family's vacation home in inland Austria. A newly built Villa was awaiting them. But since the Kaiser went back and forth on the coast mostly by various boats, “per mare” (by sea), there was frequent “cannonading” going on most of the day. I liked the singing, and Maria was so pretty and kind! With his naval career well on track, Georg volunteered to learn about and train in the newly invented submarine-type craft. Agathe Whitehead interesting facts, biography, family, updates, life, childhood facts, information and more: Agathe Whitehead date of birth: June 14, 1891. He left behind a loving wife and three children Hede (6), Georg (4), and Werner (2). 4 By Joan Gearin Enlarge Maria von Trapp, photograph from her Declaration of Intention, dated January 21, 1944. Georg and Agathe’s send-off into their life together was a chorus of “hurrahs”. Seine Frau erkrankte an Scharlachfieber und verstarb am 3. Their well-respected family, along with other manufacturing company owners, were the backbone of the Fiume economy. In 1940, the von Trapps signed on with Columbia Concerts, Inc., with Freddy Schang as their manager. Over the next years, school took up much of Georg’s life. Ships of all kinds plying the waters would have been a familiar sight. Titel: Familienstammbaum Schmitz: Beschreibung: Familienbaum der Familie Schmitz mit allen Nebenbäumen. Graduating from middle school in 1894, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. For this, he was honored with the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s Knight's Cross and Baron title of the Military Order of Maria Theresa. Netherlands KvK-nummer 63503336 | Terms of use and disclaimer. By early 1920, with the intent of providing seafaring jobs to former Austrian Navy personnel, Georg with two Partners founded Vega-Reederei-Hamburg/Greiswald. First wife of Captain George Ritter von Trapp and mother of the first seven von Trapp children. [24] In 1942, Agathe settled down with her family on a farm in Vermont,[4] and continued to perform throughout the country. Sinking 11 further ships with a total of 45,669 GNT (gross nautical tonnage), Baron Captain Georg von Trapp would go on to become one of the most decorated and successful WWI commanders of the Austro-Hungarian Navy. His Commander-in-Chief and Sovereign, the last Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary, “renounced state of affairs”. Georg Ritter von Trapp. Agathe had settled into her role as wife of ‘Lieutenant von Trapp’ and mother of two lively toddlers. Their assets were frozen overseas. Both Georg’s parents were musically gifted and created a family life filled with piano playing and singing. On April 27, 1915, in SM U-5  he and his crew executed the first ever night-time-underwater torpedo attack in the Adriatic and sank the French armed cruiser, Léon Gambetta. Valor and honor were stressed and expected of a future naval officer. Vier Jahre zuvor ist Baron Georg von Trapps Frau Agathe, geborene Whitehead gestorben. Left to right circle: Brs. Gemeinsam hatten die beiden sieben Kinder. The Whiteheads, as British citizens, were considered enemy combatants, not permitted to leave the country. 1911 heiratete er Agathe Whitehead, Tochter eines Torpedofabrikanten. On February 10, 1909, one of the newly built U-boats was ready to be launched. Genealogy profile for John Whitehead John Whitehead (1854 - 1902) - Genealogy Genealogy for John Whitehead (1854 - 1902) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. Private tutors and a live-in piano teacher provided Mamá’s education. His father, Fregattenkapitän August Trapp, was a naval officer who had been elevated to the Austrian nobility in 1876, which entitled him and his descendants to the style of Ritter (Knight) von in the case of male and von in the case of female offspring. Managing the food shortages and hardships that had befallen all in the Empire became the new norm. The diagnosis of a stomach tumor was the beginning of a two-year effort to save his life. Agathe never fully recovered. Since her mother was an accomplished pianist, evenings were often spent making music together. The book was republished in 2010 by Harper Paperback. Their home town, Pola, had become Italian and Georg was on the war criminals ’wanted list’, for sinking Italian ships during WWI (even though he now held Italian citizenship). From April 1915 onward, Georg captained two submarines, SM U-5  and SM U-14, patrolling the Ontranto Straights (today between Italy and Albania). Most horrible of all, the potential existed they would be pitched against each other in battle. [26] Unlike some of her siblings, Agathe sang with the von Trapp Family Singers until they sang their last concert on 26 January 1956. Bereits damals wird im Haus musiziert. Agathe hingegen zog mit ihren Ki… Austria’s territory shrank to approximately 1/5th its size and became a landlocked Republic. These seven children would later become the famous "von Trapp children" popularized in the musical and film, The Sound of Music. Agathe died on 28 December 2010, aged 97, at the Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson, Maryland after suffering congestive heart failure. The Factory provided many jobs to the local population. Learning an instrument was compulsory - he learned to play the violin. Agathe applied for citizenship in 1944 [4], The Trapp Family Singers made two long tours of the United States each year, singing in all forty-eight states and Hawaii. She sang around the house until she was about 94 years old. Blond haired and blue eyed, she was the first daughter and third child of Countess This was still the age of Queen Victoria, who had a very high regard for Kaiser Franz Josef I. The Whitehead and Bruenner families had known the imperial family for many years. 1914: Die erste Familie des Barons von Trapp zieht in den Erlhof nach Zell am See (heute im Besitz der Porsche-Familie Piech). [11], After graduating from High School, Agathe tutored briefly,[12] and then pursued her loves of painting, languages, and sewing. [1], Agathe was born on 12 March 1913 in Pola, Istria, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Pula, Croatia). [17] Her family had never liked or supported Hitler or the way the Nazi party functioned. The household included a large staff. Her parents entertained buyers of commissions for torpedos from all over the world. [27] Agathe continued to be busy in retirement. Life at the Villa Whitehead was busy with the comings and goings of cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, extended family, friends, and sometimes royal personages, who came to the nearby spa town of Abbazia (today Opatija, Croatia) and inevitably dropped in for either a tour of the factory or to visit. Brown haired and brown eyed, he was the oldest son and second child of Captain August Ritter (Knight) von Trapp (1836-1884) and Hedwig Wepler (1855-1911), who immigrated from the Duchy of Hesse (today a part of Germany) to the Adriatic Coast. Ms. von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian naval Capt. She played guitar and piano into her retirement. Die Geschichte der Familie von Trapp begann im Jahr 1911, als sich der Korvettenkapitän der königlich-kaiserlichen Kriegsmarine von Österreich-Ungarn, Georg Freiherr von Trapp, mit Agathe Whitehead verehelichte. Agathe visited wives of Naval personnel living in the area and made sure her children’s lives continued as normal as possible. Where was Agathe Whitehead born? By then, Georg had grown into, what his fellow naval officers described as, a "'Gentlemen's gentleman', warm with a fun sense of humor and a profound sense of being honorable". Blond haired and blue eyed, she was the first daughter and third child of Countess Agathe Gobertina von Breunner (1856-1945), Austro-Hungarian nobility, and Cavaliere (Knight) John Whitehead (1854-1902), son of Baron Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) and a Partner at the family's Fiume Whitehead Torpedo Factory. Agathehad 4 siblings: Edgar Thoreau Whiteheadand 3 other siblings. Eventually they settled in Graz, Austria-Hungarian Empire (today Graz, Austria), where Georg’s mother set out to create a loving oasis for her children and keep the memory of their father, alive. In short order, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war and well-ordered lives were disrupted everywhere across Europe. [25] She toured Canada, South America, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Europe. Agathe christened his first command, the U-boat U-6. Just as it seemed Georg and Agathe had managed to regroup and move forward, a scarlet fever epidemic struck the public schools in Klosterneuburg. Agathe Whitehead is a well known Relative. As of 2018 Agathe Whitehead is 31 years (age at death) years old. 31. In her parents’ home, the Villa Whitehead, Mamá received an aristocratic upbringing. Georg Johannes Ritter (Knight*) von Trapp was born a knight on April 4, 1880, in Zara, in Dalmatia, a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Zadar, Croatia). She wrote her memoir, Agathe von Trapp: Memories Before and After The Sound of Music, which chronicled the true story behind the film and includes dozens of her hand-drawn maps, portraits, and other illustrations.