Oooh – it’s been awhile, but tonight I’m on the hunt again! I was contacted by a descendant of Cyrus West Field and I’m trying to document his connection to the Vanderbilt family. Cyrus’ Wikipedia page states that Frederick Vanderbilt Field is his descendant, but I’ve not yet found documentation to support it. Hmm… I must keep searching!
Meanwhile, I found this 1879 picture in the Library of Congress online collections – William Henry Vanderbilt depicted as the modern colossus of the railroads. In one of his legs, Cyrus West Field is depicted, and in the other, Jay Gould. Cyrus was president of the New York Elevated Railroad Company and Jay was with several railroads in the Midwest and West.