Almy Descendant No. 1233-8642

238. FREDERICK8 ALMY (Frederick7, Thomas6, Christopher5, Job4, William3, Christopher2, William1),b. Boston, MA, 14 Jun 1849; d. Lawrence, Long Island, NY, Sep 1915.

He m. 2 Jun 1885, MILLICENT MAGRUDER, b. District of Columbia, July 1856; d. 6 Jul 1940.

Children, b. Lawrence, Nassau County, Long Island, NY:

iELIZABETH B.9, b. Mar 1886; m. WALKER of West Orange, NJ.
iiFREDERICK, b. 1 Jul 1887; d. New York, NY, 20 Apr 1965; m(1) England 1926, LADY MICHELHAM. He m(2), Feb 1927, JUNE DIBBLE.
iiiWILLIAM M., b. Apr 1889.
ivMILLICENT, b. Dec 1890; m. WARNER of Salisbury, CT.

The Frederick Almy family is in the 1900 Federal Census in Lawrence, Nassau County, NY, as follows. Frederick 50, b. June 1849 MA; Millicent 43, b. July 1856 DC; Elizabeth B. 14, b. Mar 1886 NY; Frederick 12, b. July 1887 NY; William M. 11, b. Apr 1889 NY; and Millicent 9, b. Dec 1890 NY.

Frederick Almy's son, Frederick9 Almy, was a rodeo performer who went to England in 1926 and married a wealthy British noblewoman. After his marriage he became known as the Cowboy Millionaire, but this was not entirely accurate. His obituary states that he was the son of well-to-do Long Islanders and his lust for adventure had taken him to the West, where he became a rancher. Even before going to England, Frederick had accumulated a sizable fortune. In 1926, he persuaded Tex Austin, the rodeo promoter, to stage his show in Wembley, England.

Frederick Almy performed in the show, and he was said to have attracted the attention of the Dowager Lady Michelham, widow of a banker, when he gallantly doffed his 10-gallon hat to her while bulldogging a steer. They were married a month later. The new Mrs. Almy died a few months later, leaving the bulk of her fortune, estimated at $50 million, to Frederick. The inheritance was said to have included a palatial house in Paris. During their brief marriage Frederick had accompanied his wife on her shopping tours in the Paris salons. Shortly after her death, he received an invitation to a solon fashion show addressed to his wife. He decided to attend the fashion show himself.

One of the salon's models was 20-year old June Dibble, the daughter of a British general. Although against salon rules, Frederick and June managed a luncheon meeting. In February 1927, Frederick and Miss Dibble were married. The second Mrs. Almy sued successfully for divorce in 1939.

As a youth, Frederick worked as a fireman on the Long Island Rail Road. He served in the Navy in World War I, and then went West. He was said to have lost the bulk of his fortune in the 1929 stock-market crash. In later years Frederick had been in business for himself transporting race-horses from one country to another.

REFERENCES: FAMILY RECORDS; FEDERAL CENSUS; Obituary in New York Times, April 22, 1965.