PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF GRAND DUKE GEORGE MIKHAILOVICH
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919) was the third son of Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich (1832-1909) and the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I (1796-1855). In 1900, he married Princess Marie Georgievna (1876-1940), the second daughter of George I, King of the Hellenes (1845-1913), and Queen Olga (1851-1926), née Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna of Russia. The couple had two daughters, Nina (1901-1974) and Xenia (1903-1965). The family lived at Mikhailovskoe, the St. Petersburg palace of Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich, before settling at their Crimean estate, Kharaks, in 1907.
Grand Duchess Marie and the children left Russia for England in the summer of 1914, intending to stay there for three weeks. However, when the First World War broke out, they were forced to stay in England, never to return to Russia. Grand Duke George, who had been granted permission to live in Finland in 1917, was later arrested and exiled to Vologda. By July of 1918, he had been sent back to Petrograd and imprisoned, along with his brother Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich (1859-1919) and their cousin Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich (1860-1919). In January 1919, the three grand dukes were executed by a Bolshevik firing squad at the Peter and Paul Fortress.
In 1922, Princess Nina married Prince Paul Alexandrovich Chavchavadze (1899-1971) in London. Prince Paul was descended from the Chavchavadze family of Georgia and in a direct line from the last King of Georgia, George XII (1746-1800). The couple had one son, David (1924-2014). In 1927, the young family moved to the United States, living first in New York and eventually moving to Massachusetts. Princess Xenia Georgievna married twice, first to William Bateman Leeds (1902-1971), and then to Herman Jud (1911-1987). She lived with William Leeds on the North Shore of New York's Long Island. The couple had a daughter, Nancy Helen Marie Leeds, who married Edward Judson Wynkoop, Jr.