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News of Relatives Anxiously Awaited by Families In This City

William E. Carter, 37 years old, of Philadelphia, a nephew of Joseph W. Carter, of 43 South Broad street, a well-known Elizabeth resident, is one of the passengers.

With his nephew on board the steamship were his wife, Mrs. Lucille Carter, who prior to her marriage to Mr. Carter was Miss Lucille Polk, of Baltimore, a belle of that city at the time of her debut, and a direct descendant of President James K. Polk, and their two children, Lucille, aged 13 years, and William, aged 10 years. They were accompanied by a maid.

So far as Mr. Carter knows, no word has been received by any of his relatives, although all have been in communication with the White Star Line officials to-day. Mr. Carter’s mother and sister, the latter a resident of New York, living in Madison avenue, are among those who have called at the New York offices in an attempt to gain some information about their son, but so far nothing of a definite nature has been learned. Mr. Carter’s mother makes her home in Philadelphia, but has been with her daughter in New York for some time.

Mr. Carter, himself a passenger across the Atlantic for twenty voyages, said to-day that he is unable to understand the tragedy. In speaking of his nephew he said that he, too, had traveled extensively, and said that the trip on the Titanic was probably his fifteenth voyage from Europe to America.

William Ernest Carter, who with his family was on board the Titanic, was one of Philadelphia’s best known young men and was also prominent in the affairs of the fashionable Newport colony. He was descended from one of the oldest families in the Quaker City, his grandfather, William T. Carter, being one of the famous “old guard” anthracite coal operators. He was returning to America after several months in the Melton Mowbray district, the great Southern English hunting grounds, and was a familiar figure on the polo fields of this and foreign countries.


Mark Baber, USA


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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) ELIZABETHANS ON BOARD BIG LINER TITANIC (Elizabeth Daily Journal, Tuesday 16th April 1912, ref: #1842, published 21 November 2003, generated 13th August 2022 02:02:38 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/elizabethans-board-big-liner-titanic-1.html