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Mother of five: James  Whitehead (died in infancy), Frances  Eleonor 'Ellen' Whitehead (1st m. Captain Louis Hassenphlug, 2nd m. Sir Charles Drury), Alice Whitehead (m. Count Georg von Hoyos), John Whitehead—Agathe's father (m. Countess Agathe Gobertina von Breunner—Agathe's mother), Sir James Beethom Whitehead (m. Honorable Cecilia Broderick), and Robert Jr. 'Bertie' Bovil Whitehead (m. Rosalie Emily Phelps)


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Honoring Agathe's Paternal Side, Great to 3x-Great-grandparents to the von Trapp Children

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Austro-Hungarian

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(1815–1866)

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James Whitehead 

1788–1870 (m. 1813)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, Kingdom of Great Britain (today Bolton, United Kingdom)
Career: Manager of a bleach works (textile whitening) in Rose Bank, Ainsworth; Owner of a Bolton calenderer company (textile steam pressing) on Bury St.; Owner of a Bolton wholesale brewery on All Saint's St.

(1707–1800)

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James Johnson 

1777–1851 (m. date unknown)

Born: Either Doncaster, South Yorkshire​ or Darlington, Durham, Kingdom of Great Britain [unconfirmed] (today Doncaster or Darlington, United Kingdom)

Career: Dry-salter (textile dyeing) in Ardwick, Lancashire in England 


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from 1867–1918

Kingdom of France

Kingdom of Great 

Ann Boville 

1784–1852 (m. date unknown)

Born: Mostly like born at Boville Manor, Darlington, Durham, Kingdom of Great Britain [unconfirmed] (today Darlington, United Kingdom)

Mother of (unknown number): Francis Maria Johnson—Agathe's grandmother (m. Robert Whitehead—Agathe's grandfather)


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the self-propelled, underwater torpedo in the 1860s with the hopes of "ending wars". His 1905 obituary in The Engineers stated, "Paradoxical as it may seem, Mr Whitehead is reported to have considered [the torpedo] as a means for ensuring peace rather than bringing war... His idea, no doubt, was of the fearful effects of the torpedo, once realized, would be a sufficient deterrent to peoples and nations contemplating war." He established the world's first torpedo factory within the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). He was honored by many countries, including awarded an Austro-Hungarian Baron title in 1868.

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Francis Maria Johnson 

1821–1883 (m. 1846)

Born:  Mostly like born at Boville Manor, Darlington, Durham, United Kingdom [unconfirmed] ​


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Historical Figure - Robert Whitehead

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Whitehead Torpedo Factory, late 1800s

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Today Rijeka, Croatia

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Robert Whitehead, Austro-Hungarian Baron

1823–1905 (m. 1846)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, United Kingdom (today Bolton, United Kingdom)

Career: British Engineer Robert Whitehead invented 

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​​Robert Whitehead

1752–1841 (m. 1785)

Born: Ringley, Lancashire, Kingdom of Great Britain (today Ringley, United Kingdom)

Career: Founder of bleach works (textile whitening) at Elton of Bury, England and calenderer company (textile steam pressing) on Bury St. in Bolton​, England


Marriages:

Margaret Barker (1st m.)

had seven children


Alice Lever (2nd m.)

1750–1835 (m. 1785)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, Kingdom of Great Britain (today Bolton, United Kingdom

Mother of four: Alice Whitehead (died as infant), James Whitehead—Agathe's great-grandfather (m. Ellen Swift—Agathe's great-grandmother), John Whitehead, and Alice Whitehead (died as child)

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Robert Whitehead (1823–1905), Austro-Hungarian Baron (1868)

British Engineer and Inventor of the Torpedo


Multi-National: Robert was born in 1823 in Bolton, England, United Kingdom. After he married, he and his wife, Francis Maria, left England to follow his uncle William Swift for engineering opportunities on the European continent. For two years the couple lived in Marseille and La Seyne, which was under the Kingdom of France July Monarchy (today France). They moved onto Milan, the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, under the Austrian Empire (today Milan, Italy) for about a year, and then spent several years in Trieste, the Austrian Empire (today Trieste, Italy). They finally settled in Fiume, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Rijeka, Croatia), where they raised their five children. Robert spent near 30 years in Fiume, before retiring to England.

Art/Music: 'Exquisite' draftsman

Historic Merits: Inventor of the first self-propelled, underwater torpedo and established the world's first torpedo manufacturing factory, the Whitehead Torpedo Factory, in Fiume, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Rijeka, Croatia).


Engineer

Robert studied engineering at a young age in Manchester, England and later moved to Europe to pursue work opportunities. In Marseille at La Seyne shipyards, he was a draftsman of ships and marine engines; in Milan, he patented machines for the weaving industry and later designed and supervised the pumping engines for draining the Lombardy marshes; in Trieste, he became a Technical Director for manufacturing marine steam engines and screw propulsion units; he finally settled in Fiume as the Manager of a technical factory. In Fiume during the 1860s, he designed marine engines for the Austrian Imperial Navy. At the same time, with the assistance of his teenage son, John, and trusted technical mechanic, Annibale Plöch, Robert began work on inventing the first self-propelled, underwater torpedo. He later established the world's first torpedo factory, the Whitehead Torpedo Factory. His intention for the torpedo was the hope of creating a world of mutual detente to bring about world peace, a widely held view by many at that time. Robert was recognized for his achievements by many nations, including awarded an Austro-Hungarian Baronhood. He died in England in 1905, his tombstone reads,  "...His fame in all nations round about."

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from 1707–1800

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Ellen Swift 

1795–1870 (m. 1813)

Born: Lower Moor, Yorkshire, Kingdom of Great Britain (today Lower Moor, United Kingdom)

Mother of ten: James Whitehead (died as infant), Elizabeth Whitehead (died as infant), Ellen Whitehead, Alice Whitehead, William Whitehead, Robert Whitehead—Agathe's grandfather (m. Frances Maria Johnson —Agathe's grandmother), James Whitehead, John Whitehead, Elizabeth Whitehead, ​and Mary Whitehead​

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(Unknown) Johnson

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Motherof (unknown number):  James Johnson—Agathe's great-grandfather (m. Ann Boville—Agathe's great-grandmother)

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Whitehead Torpedo Mechanism

Engraved by Louis Poyet 

Dec 5, 1891 French Revue Magazine

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Lombardy-Venetia

 After the collapse of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, in 1815, the area became part of the Austrian Empire. A key city of the Kingdom was Milan. The area was briefly under the Republic of San Marco with the 1848 revolution known as "Five Days of Milan". From 1848 to 1866, it was ruled once again by the Austrian Empire. In 1866, the area was handed over to the Kingdom of Italy after the Austro-Prussian War. ​​ 

William Swift

1771–1836 (m. 1793)

Born: Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire, Kingdom of Great Britain (today Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Career: Partner at Bolton engineering works of Thompson, Swift & Cole; ​manufacturing machinery, including steam engines 


Elizabeth 'Betty' Greenhough

1773–1795 (m. 1793)

Born: Wibsey, Yorkshire, Kingdom of Great Britain [unconfirmed] (today Wibsey, United Kingdom)
Mother of seven: Ellen Swift—Agathe's great-grandmother (m. James Whitehead—Agathe's great-grandfather), Elizabeth 'Betty' Swift, Alice Swift, William Swift, Maria Swift, James Swift, and Catharine Swift

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