Mrs Elizabeth Agnes Mary Davies (née White)
Mrs John Morgan Davies (Elizabeth Agnes Mary White), 48, was born on 23 November 1863 in the village of Ludgvan, Cornwall, the daughter of Mr John White (?Friggens) (a Carrier, whose business address was 93A Market Jew Street, Penzance) and his wife Elizabeth. She was sister to John, James, Mary Teresa, Edith E, Josiah Eade and Emily. At the time of the 1881 census she was a dressmaker, living with her family at 17 New Street, Penzance, Cornwall.
Agnes married Richard Henry Nicholls, a stonemason who worked at the granite quarry at Trenowith Downs. They lived in the nearby village of Nancledra where their 3 children were born. Richard Henry Nicholls was the eldest, followed by a daughter, Mary and Joseph Charles Nicholls. After the death of her husband in about 1900 the family moved to live in the Stennack, St Ives where she had relatives.
Agnes subsequently remarried, to a welshman, Mr John Morgan Davies. She and her children moved with him to live in Cardiff, South Wales where a further son, John Morgan Davis was born. Her second marriage however, was short lived. When John Morgan Davies died she and her family returned to live in St Ives. Not long afterward her eldest son, Richard Nicholls and his wife, emigrated to Kearsarge near New Allouez, Houghton County, Michigan. A short while later Agnes decided to take her family to join her son and daughter-in-law in America. To raise the necessary funds she sold all her belongings in St Ives. With this done their ticket was purchased from William Cogar who was the White Star agent in St Ives, it was numbered 33112 and had cost £36 15s. The family left St Ives by train and travelled with a family friend, Maude Sincock of Halsetown. She and her infant son, John Davies occupied a cabin with Maude Sincock and also Alice Phillips of Ilfracombe, Devon, her elder son Joseph had separate accommodation.
Agnes survived the sinking, probably in lifeboat 14, the events immediately before and after the sinking were recounted by her to a Calumet newspaper on arrival in Michigan.
Agnes and her infant son spent about 5 hours in the boat before being picked up by the Carpathia, once on the ship she commented that 'everything possible was done for the saved'.
On arrival in New York in addition to overnight accommodation she was given a train ticket, $5 in cash and a lunch box by the White Star Line. She left New York by train heading for Mohawk, Michigan. Once in Michigan passengers on the train between Negaunee and Calumet recognising her need, raised 'a neat little sum for her benefit'. A subscription list was also started for her benefit in Calumet. The Calumet News also went on to say that Mrs Davies was a 'pleasant and refined woman but greatly overwrought and nervous as a result of her experience, suffering and bereavement. The sinking of the Titanic had taken from her, her almost sole support, a nineteen year old son. The loss of whom seems to her to have been unnecessary, too, which makes it all the harder to bear. '
The following appeared in the St Ives Times in early May 1912.
She later recounted her experiences on the Titanic at the Calumet Opera House.
Agnes remained in Michigan for the rest of her life during which time she married a Mr Richard Edwards, they lived at 949 Railroad Avenue in Hancock. She passed away in St Joseph's Hospital, Hancock, Houghton County, Michigan on 4 August 1933, aged 70. She was buried on 7 August 1933 likely in the Lakeview Cemetery, Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan. This cemetery also holds a memorial to her son Joseph Nicholls and the grave of her son, John Davies who died in 1951.
Philip Hind (Editor)
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Elizabeth Agnes Mary Davies
Cause of Death: Cancer
Buried: Lake View Cemetery Calumet United States
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