Lord and Lady Shea were the couple who brought my Grandmother, Inga Iverson, a Norwegian teenager, to the Bahamas when she was 15 or 16.
At the time Lord Shea was Governor of the Bahamas.
Nana (Grandma) had been working in London as a helper in a “lying In” hospital (Maternity Hospital.)
In the Bahamas she took care of their baby. This led to her career as a Governess. She worked for several
families including the Marshall Field family of Chicago. I have a photograph of her holding the Marshall Field baby while both were wearing yards of Irish Lace. It seems to have been taken prior to a baptism.
Grandma spoke impeccable English with a slight hint of a Scandinavian accent
that could be detected only by those who listened for it.
She became friends with another Governess, Olivia Collins, who was Governess for the Bouvier Family, including Jackie.
Somewhere I have a Birthday letter that Jackie sent to Miss Collins at the end of her life, when she was staying with my mother in Forest Hills. My brother, Joe, told me that she was a crackerjack poker player.
At the time of the letter, John Kennedy had been elected President, but not yet inaugurated. The letter came from an address in Georgetown.