Lillian was married to Ella's son, pictured below, Durant Rose, grandson of Doctor Thomas C. Durant, and nephew of William West Durant. Lillian and Durant Rose lived in New City, NY in the 1930s-60s. They were wealthy, and famous for their time, and Lillian tried to capture their lives in scrapbooks. Three ended up at the auctioneer in Accord, and volume 4 with a family in Pennsylvania, which I wrote about in another blog here. Volumes 1-2 are missing. Hopefully one day they will all end up in a library archive together.
Most intriguing to me though is that the scrapbooks do not contain an obituary for Ella. There is a small obituary for her husband, Charles Rose, who died in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1937. Ella died in 1943, at least that is what previous biographers have stated. Yet, the scrapbooks went beyond that date and I could not find an obituary for her. From conversations with Durant descendants no one knows where she was buried.
I imagine this was one of her last regrets, not being buried in the Durant family mausoleum in Green Wood Cemetery Brooklyn, alongside her father and mother. But Ella wouldn't pay the upkeep fee her brother William insisted she pay while she was suing him for her share of the inheritance. I contacted the Green Wood Cemetery to find out who was buried in the lot, and they told me Durant Rose did end up paying a fee and he and Lillian were interred there in 1962 and 1967 respectively.
Even more mysterious is why so few of Ella's photos, letters and, especially the biography she was writing about her father, never survived. Her son and daughter-in-law did not have children. Perhaps all of the scrapbooks ended up at a garage sale when their house was sold in the 1960s. Perhaps one of their relatives claimed volumes 1-2 of the scrapbooks which may have contained some of this missing information about Ella. If they are still intact, perhaps they are sitting in someone's attic. If so, I hope my blogging about them assist in their discovery one day.