Sarah Swan Whiting (1861-1924)
Mrs Sarah Swan (Whiting) Belmont, afterwards Rives
She was born at Newport, Rhode Island, into a family firmly installed within "The Four Hundred". She was "a popular beauty" both a favorite of The Mrs Astor and best friends with Carrie Astor and Edith Wharton. Through her mother, she was a first cousin of Amelia Parsons who became Her Serene Highness Princess zu Lynar in Prussia. Sarah's first marriage in 1882 was over by 1883, the reasons for which - laced with scandal - are told in the history of the house he then built, Belcourt.