The family of Princess Daria Karageorgevich (d. 1938)
compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner
The following material
on the family of
Princess Daria Karageorgevich (d. 1938)
should not be considered either complete or
authoritative, but rather as a first draft.
William Addams Reitwiesner
The Biographical Cyclopedia and Portrait Gallery
With Historical Sketch, vol 5 [Cincinatti: Western
Biographical Publishing Co., 1891], pp. 1174-5, has an entry for
John F. Pankhurst, vice president of the Globe Iron Works. He was born in
Cleveland, Ohio, on 28 March 1838, a son of John J. Pankhurst
(a carpenter, born in England, emigrated to Syracuse, N.Y.,
then to Cleveland, then to Warrensville, Ohio, then back to Cleveland
where he died in 1852) and of Sarah Wellsted (also born in
England, emigrated to Syracuse, N.Y., at the age of 15, a daughter of
James Wellstead, a merchant in Rye, Sussex). John F. Pankhurst
married, in 1858, Miss Marie L. Coates of Barry, Canada, and had four
children, only one of whom was still alive in 1891, a daughter named
Mrs. Myra Abbie Wright, wife of Herbert A. Wright of New York City.
This daughter, Myra Abigail Pankhurst, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in
1859. Sometime between 1891 and 1900, her marriage to Herbert Wright
was dissolved, either by divorce or by his death, as in October 1900,
Myra, now the wife of T. Huger Pratt and known as "Daria",
competed in the Paris Olympics, in the field of
Ladies Golf, and was awarded the Bronze Medal.
Her second husband, Thomas Huger Pratt, is listed in
the 1904 Social Register of New York but is shown as
deceased in the 1906 issue. Daria married, as her third
husband, at the Russian Church in Paris
on 11 June 1913,
Prince Alexis Karageorgevich, born
on 10 June 1859,
older son of Prince Djordje Karageorgevich (1827-1884, a nephew of
Prince Alexander I of Serbia) by Sarka Anastasijevich (1832/7-1931, m. 1856).
Prince Alexis Karageorgevich died in Paris on 15 Feb. 1920, and
his widow Princess Daria died at
Villa Florentina, near Cannes, on 26 June 1938, ae. 77.
Princess Daria had only one child, a daughter by her first husband,
namely Harriet Wright, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Harriet
married first, by 1901, Count Alexander Mercati, who was born on the
island of Zante on 22 Oct. 1874, a son of Count Leonardo Mercati (1838-1901)
and Catherine Bénizélos (1848-1919, m. 1867, see
Dictionnaire historique et généalogique des
Grandes Familles de Geèce, d'Albanie, et de Constantinople
[Paris : Sturdza, 1983], pp. 344-345). Count Alexander Mercati was a
boyhood friend of King Constantine of Greece (for whom he served as
Grand Marshal of the Court), was one of the original members of the
Hellenic Olympic Committee, and died in
Athens on 5 April 1947.
Harriet was his first wife. They were divorced,
and he remarried, at St Cloud on 12 Dec. 1926, Mrs. Newbold Leroy
Edgar, née Marie de Forest Manice, who died in New York
on 4 Feb. 1951 ae. 82 (thus born in 1869).
Countess Harriet (Wright) Mercati married, secondly, at Paris on
5 Feb. 1914, as his only wife,
Freiherr Emmerich von Pflügl, born 24 Oct. 1873,
died at Geneva on 16 Feb. 1956,
son of Freiherr Richard von
Pflügl and of Marianne Hengelmüller Edle von Hengervár
(Österreichisches Familienarchiv, Band III
[Neustadt an der Aisch: Degener, 1969], S. 148).
Harriet died at Bellerive, near Geneva, on 14 Sept. 1946, leaving no
children by her second husband, and three children by her first husband:
Count Leonardo Mercati, born at Cannes on 31 January 1901,
died while grouse shooting in England on 20 Dec. 1974.
He was board chairman of the Athenian Brewery in Athens, a part of the
Amstel Group of companies.
He married, in Athens on 21 April 1934,
Lily Strathatos, daughter of Anthony Strathatos.
At his death, Count Leonardo Mercati was
survived by his widow, Barbara Tapper Warburg, by his three daughters by
his previous marriage, Eleni Dracopoulos, Atalanta Goulandris,
and Harriet Sitinas, all of Athens, and by seven grandchildren.
Atalanta Mercati, born in 1903, died at Athens on 7 Sept. 1964.
She had married, at Cannes on 1 May (civil) and
2 May (religious) 1928,
the novelist Michael Arlen, who had been born
Dikran Kouyoumdjian at Roustchouk, Bulgaria, on 16 Nov. 1895, and died
at New York, N.Y., on 25 June 1956.
Mrs. Atalanta Mercati Arlen was
survived by two children (Michael John Arlen,
b. 1930, the author and critic, and Venetia Arlen) and three
Daria Mercati, born in Paris on 8 May 1908, still living 7 Sept. 1964,
married, first, at Geneva on 11 Dec. 1929,
Andre Firmenich, son of Frederic Firmenich.
She married, second, civilly, at Coligny, near Geneva, 26 April 1946,
Paul Palmer, European editor of Reader's Digest.
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