Mrs Emma Eliza Bucknell (née Ward)

Emma Bucknell

Mrs William Robert Bucknell (Emma Eliza Ward) was born 29 August 1853 1 in India to Rev. Dr William Ward 2 (28 Aug 1821-1 Aug 1873) and Cordelia S. Heffron (died 1 Nov 1859). Her parents were missionaries in India. She had a brother William Lorenzo Ward who died aged four on 12 March 1868.

She married William Bucknell (b.1811), the founder of Bucknell College in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, (his third marriage) from whom she inherited a vast amount of money as well as a mansion in Philadelpha and a country house in Chestnut Hill when he died on 5 March, 1890. The couple had three children: Howard (12 May 1874-1962), Gertrude (b.26 July 1877) and Louise (b.15 February 1880; she would later marry Samuel Price Wetherill); there seems to have been a fourth child as well, Maggie/Margaret, (b.29 May 1876; she would later become Mrs Daniele Pecorini).

Emma Bucknell had been to Rome to visit her married daughter, the Countess Pecorini, and was on her way to visit her son Dr Howard Bucknell in Atlanta, Georgia. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket number 11813, £76 5s 10d, Cabin D-15) with her maid Albina Bassani (or Bazzani).

While awaiting the Titanic on the tender at Cherbourg Mrs Bucknell told Margaret Brown that she had "evil forebodings" that something might happen to the ship. Mrs Brown laughed but Mrs Bucknell would have cause to remind her of her words only days later.

Mrs Bucknell and Ms Bassani were rescued in lifeboat 8.

She passed away at Saranac Lake, New York on 27 June 1927 and is buried at Erieville Cemetery, Madison County, New York

Notes

  1. This is the date given on a 1911 passport application.
  2. According to his findagrave.com entry he had changed his name from De La Gare to Ward. If this is true, perhaps it was in honour of his namesake, the noted baptist missionary William Ward (1769-1823)

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 :

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