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Amelia Lemore

Second Class Passenger

Mrs Amelia Lemore (née Hunt) was born in Southwark, London, England on 18 March 1866 and was baptised in St Mark's, Kennington on 10 June the same year.

She was the eldest child of James Hunt (b. 1843), an engineer originally from Beaminster, Dorset, and Agnes Williamina Wilson (1840-1919) of Strand, Middlesex who had married in London on Christmas Day 1865. The couple had a total of eight children but lost two in infancy; their surviving children besides Amelia were: Margaret Frances (1868-1938), Lilian Louisa (b. 1870), Lydia (b. 1874), James Ernest (b. 1878) and George Edward (b. 1880).

Amelia appears on the 1871 census living at Liverpool Street, Newington. The family later moved to 58 Mann Street in the same locale by the time of the 1881 and 1891 census records; Amelia was described as a buttonhole machinist on the latter census. Another shift of address for the 1901 census shows Amelia still working in a seamstress capacity and still with her family at 82 Grosvenor Terrace, Newington.

Amelia was married at the Camberwell Register Office on 21 February 1907 to James Henry Lemore, an American citizen born in Pennsylvania on 1 May 1876 and of African-American descent.He was the son of farmer Britton Lemore (or Le Moore) who was possibly born in Algeria; his mother was possibly British.  On the marriage certificate, Amelia gave her age as 34, but she was actually 40.  Her husband James had been in England studying at a London Polytechnic College, the exact details are unclear, but on his marriage certificate, his occupation was given as Chemist.

The couple resettled later that same year and made their home in the Waukesha, Wisconsin, where they appear on the 1910 census, living at an unspecified address with James Lemore described as a farmer. His ethnicity was described as "black". Amelia and James later made their home in Chicago, Illinois.

Amelia, an optometrist's assistant by profession, made a return trip back alone to her native England in late 1911, arriving in Southampton aboard St Louis on 11 November. Her elderly parents were by then living at 45 Vicarage Road, Camberwell, London, and she would stay with them at that address.

For her return to the USA, destination address 2236 Austin Avenue, Chicago, Amelia purchased ticket number CA346260 which cost £10, 10s, and she boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger on 10 April 1912. She shared cabin F-33 with three younger English women, Amelia Brown, Selina Cook and Elizabeth Nye.

Amelia survived the sinking, possibly in lifeboat 14. She later made insurance claims (B150 and 217) for $3,174.50 and $3,214, respectively.  After arriving in New York, she wrote a long letter to her brother, reproduced in the British Press.

Amelia returned to James in Chicago. Later living at 5534 Grove Avenue in that city. 

In 1916 James studied at Chicago Medical School, but then, it seems, left Amelia and moved to Memphis to study at the University of West Tennessee College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating with a medical degree in 1918.  James then settled in Nashville, Tennessee and practised medicine.

In the 1920 census, he was listed as single, living in Murfreesboro, Rutherford Country, Tennessee and working in some kind of medical practice. Amelia was listed as married and still living in Chicago.

In 1923 James was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a patient on whom he allegedly performed an illegal operation (possibly an abortion) died. 

Negro doctor gets five years.

J.H.Lemore found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The jury in the case of the State versus Dr J H Lemore, charged with the murder of Mrs Neville Sanford returned a verdict Monday afternoon finding the defendant guilty of involuntary manslaughter and fixing his punishment at five years in the penitentiary.Nashville Banner, 30 October 1923

It seems that the verdict was overturned on appeal in 1924.

At some point, James Lemore was married (possibly bigamously) to a black woman named Violet, who was about 26 years his junior.

He died of lobar pneumonia on 6 December 1928, and he is buried in Greenwood Cemetery on Elm Hill Pike. 

Possibly Amelia never knew what became of her husband.  In the 1930 census, while she was still living in Chicago, she is listed as widowed, but In the 1939 register, by which time she moved back to England, Amelia is listed as divorced and living at 30 Cavendish Road, Wandsworth.  In her probate record, she is again listed as a widow. 

In December 1921, Amelia applied for a US passport to return to England and visit her widowed father; at the time she was described as a lens inspector and physically as standing at 5' 5" with dark brown hair, brown eyes, medium complexion and with a long nose, oval face, high forehead and a small chin. At this time, she stated that her husband, James had abandoned her and his whereabouts at that time were unknown. She arrived in Southampton aboard the Carmania on 9 January 1922.

Amelia Lemore
Amelia Lemore in 1921

Amelia continued to work as a lens inspector for years to come and made several return trips to her family in England; one was in May 1926 aboard Tuscania and another in April 1931 aboard Ascania when she was destined for 35 Cavendish Road, Clapham.

Amelia resettled permanently in London, living at various addresses during the 1940s. Her last address was 97 Magdelen Road in Wandsworth, and she died there on 15 May 1950, aged 84.  She is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery, London, England. Her estate, valued at £327 2s 9d, passed to her niece Florence Lilian Moore.


  1. James Lemore's birthplace as per the 1910 US census but his birthplace and birthdate are under dispute; given as 1 May 1877 in a 1921 affidavit, and his birthplace as Norfolk, Virginia. His death record gives his birthplace as London, England. 

References and Sources

Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929
Nashville Banner, The Tennessean, The Commercial Appeal

Newspaper Articles

Doctor found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
South London Observer – Camberwell and Peckham Times (18 May 1912) Camberwell Survivor's Pathetic Letter
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  1. James V. Bianco

    What was James Lemore doing in England? Does anyone know? Amelia was already married to James Lemore (who was Black and born in Pennsylvania) when she sailed from Liverpool aboard the Lucania Oct 26 and arrived at New York November 2, 1907. Her final destination was Milwaukee, Wisonsin, although she actually was going to Waukesha, Wisonsin. She was 38 (according to her) and he 34 in 1910. He also didnt know where his father was born and his mother was a native of Virginia. The 1881 Census for the greater London area does reveal an Amelia born about 1872 who seems to fit, in Kensington,... Read full post

  2. Bob Godfrey

    As I understand it, they met in the US and were married in Norfolk, Virginia, then came over to England for a visit soon afterwards, presumably so that James could be introduced to Amelia's family. He returned to their home in Wisconsin a few weeks before she did in 1907. They later of course moved to Chicago. If James was in England at any other time I don't know about that.

  3. Brian Gierat

    Amelia went back to England to take care of her father and eventually died there herself...has anyone come close to finding her grave yet? This is one elusive lady....

  4. Amanda Hernandez

    Would anyone be able to tell me when it was the Amelia moved from Waukesha, Wisconsin to Chicago. Was it before she sailed on the Titanic and if so, how long before? And did she or does she still have any ties to Wisconsin?

  5. Encyclopedia Titanica

    A few updates on Amelia Lemore, second class passenger. Thanks to Trevor Baxter for finding her final resting place of Streatham Park Cemetery and to Mike Poirier for an interesting and quite detailed letter sent after the sinking to her brother. There has been speculation over the nature of Amelia's relationship with her husband... a middle class white Englishwoman married to an Black African-American. It seems that they lived together for a short time after the sinking but that James Lemore, who she had married in England in 1907, wanted to train as a doctor and left Amelia to pursue his... Read full post

  6. Arun Vajpey

    Just out of curiosity, although such unions were very uncommon and frowned upon by the society, am I right in thinking that there was no actual law against interracial marriages in the UK, unlike in many US states at the time?

  7. Encyclopedia Titanica

    No laws against it, but such couples certainly faced considerable prejudice. A famous example is the marriage of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams.

  8. Arun Vajpey

    Thanks for that link Phil. I found it shocking that the UK, who now tries to preach racial equality etc to all comers, should have behaved so badly as relatively recently as 1950. Mind you, my wife and I (we are both British-Indians) have had our share of prejudice. After retirement in 2019 we had out offer for a penthouse flat in Torquay accepted but after another visit, my wife refused to proceed. This was because of extremely snide comments and awkward questions asked by residents of other apartments in the building.

  9. Encyclopedia Titanica

    I hope that with further research, we can discover more about Amelia and her husband; there must be family stories about this most untypical marriage.

  10. Encyclopedia Titanica

    Here are some of the articles relating to Amelia Lemore's estranged husband's conviction. The language is of the time

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Amelia Lemore (née Hunt)
Age: 46 years and 28 days (Female)
Nationality: English
Marital Status: Married to James Henry Lemore
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 34260, £10 10s
Cabin No. F33
Destination: 2236 Austin Avenue Chicago, Illinois, United States
Rescued (boat 14)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Buried: Streatham Park Cemetery, Lambeth, London, England

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