Pregnant or Conceived on Titanic

Glenda Bowling

Former Member
I know that Mrs. Astor was pregnant on the ship. What happened to her baby. Were any of the other women pregnant and what happened to their babies?

[See The unborn babies of the Titanic for a list of those Titanic passengers that were pregnant on the Titanic and Titanic victims who became fathers posthumously.]
Mrs Astor's son, John Jacob Astor VI (Jack Astor's brother, William, had the fifth John Jacob) was close to his mother. When she died, she left him nothing, feeling that the £600,000/$3,000,000 bond his father left him was ample enough. He always felt cheated after that, so he dropped the 'VI' from his name and was simply known from then on as John Astor. A little greedy, would you not agree? His obituary and, I think, death certificate (provided by Phillip Gowan) is in Mrs Astor's biography. I hope this is of some help to you (sources are Judith B. Geller's book, 'Titanic: Women and Children First').

Elaine Barnes

Former Member
I posted this message in another area, so I don't know if anyone will see it. I know Kate F. Phillips had a child that was possibly conceived on the voyage. Does anyone know the name of the other woman who had a child that was possibly conceived on the Titanic? Thanks for any info...
There was another possibility. Edward and Ethel Beane both survived the sinking and Ethel gave birth to a stillborn son on January 10, 1913, exactly 9 months from Titanic's launch date.
That's another subject, but FYI, if you go back to the main page and type in honeymoon in the Find box, you'll find your message and quite a few others.
There are two people known today whose mothers were pregnant with them en voyage: Maria Salvata Del Carlo and Ellen Mary (Betty) Phillips.

Hope this helps!
Robert Bracken and Michael Findlay wrote an article entitled "Titanic's very youngest survivors" in the Titanic International periodical "Voyage," issue 27 in the winter of 1998. You could probably still buy a copy of that back issue through their website.

They list eleven woman who were pregnant:

In First Class:
1-Madeleine Astor, who gave birth to John Jacob Astor V;
2-Helen Bishop, who gave birth to a boy on December 9, 1912, but he died the next day;
3-Marion Kenyon, who lost her child;
4-Mary Farquharson Marvin, who had a daughter named Margaret;
5-Eloise Smith, who delivered a son on November 29, 1912, named for his father Lucian Smith.

In Second Class:
6-Kate Phillips, who gave birth to Ellen Mary Walker on January 11, 1913;
7-Argene Genovesi Del Carlo, who had her daughter Maria Salvata Del Carlo on November 14, 1912;
8-Juliette Laroche, whose son Joseph Lemercier Laroche, was born on December 17, 1912;
9-Adele Nasser, whose baby died shortly after birth in December 1912;
10-Ada Mary West had a son in the latter part of 1912;

And the only known passenger in third class:
11-Hannah O'Brien, who had a daughter named Marion on November 21, 1912 (In "The Irish Aboard Titanic," Senan Molony gives the date as September 3rd).

Mathilda Backstrom is not mentioned in the article and neither is Mary Corey.

Assuming all this information is correct, that makes at least thirteen ladies who were pregnant when the Titanic went down.