Ava Lowle Willing
Ava Lowle Willing, Lady Ribblesdale (née Willing previously Astor) (September 15, 1868 – June 9, 1958) was an American socialite and the first wife of John Jacob Astor IV. Ava Lowle Willing was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Edward Shippen Willing (1822-1906) and his wife, the former Alice Barton. She had two siblings, Susan Ridgway Willing (Mrs. Francis Cooper Lawrance, Jr.) and John Rhea Barton Willing. She was a descendant of Edward Shippen, the second mayor of Philadelphia and a chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She married John Jacob Astor IV in February 1891 in Philadelphia. The newlywed couple was given, among many lavish gifts, a furnished townhouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Though the marriage was tumultuous, the Astors had two children, William Vincent (b. Nov 15, 1891) and Ava Alice Muriel (b. February 1902). The latter child reportedly was the child of an affair Ava Astor had with a New York society figure surnamed Hatch. On November 19, 1909, Ava Astor sued her husband for divorce and March 5, 1910 the State of New York decreed in her favor. Their son lived with his father before leaving to attend Harvard College.