Mrs Albina Bassani (Bazzani)

Mrs Albina Bertoccini Bassani (Bazzani) was born 25 March 1880 in Arsie, Italy to Antonio and Pierina (nee Fusinato) Bassani. She had at least two sisters, Angela and Enrica.

She was maid to Mrs William Robert Bucknell. how she came to be employed by her is not known but Emma Bucknell's daughter, Countess Pecorini (formerly Margaret Bucknell), lived in Italy

At some point Albina was married to a Mr. Bertoccini but he died prior to 1911 as she is listed as a widow in a 1911 passenger list.

She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg travelling on the same ticket as Mrs Bucknell (No. 11813). Mrs Bucknell and Mrs Bassani were rescued in lifeboat 8.

On 9 October 1915 she married Augosto Papetti (b. 1878) in Fall River, Massachusetts. She and Mr. Papetti had at least one child, a daughter Bruna (b.1920)1.

Albina died on 23 July 1960 in Massachusetts.


Bruna married Frank Lanni on 21 September 1940 in Alameda County, California; she was later remarried on 31 December 1948 to John Marshall Machin (17 April 1923-13 June 2003), they settled in California having had two children prior to their marriage: a daughter Melissa (b. 18 Sep 1941), a son William John Machin (b.17 Oct 1944), and later a son also named John Marshall Machin (b. 23 March 1950).

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
1930, 1940 US Census
Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915
New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957
New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924
California, County Marriages, 1850-1952
California Birth Index, 1905-1995

Peter Engberg, Sweden
Hermann Söldner, Germany

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