Mrs James Warburton Martinez Cardeza (Charlotte Wardle Drake) was born 10 April 1854 the daughter of textile entrepreneur Thomas Drake and his wife Matilda.
Charlotte’s married James Warburton Martinez Cardeza in 1874 and lived in an extravagant mansion, Montebello, in Germantown, PA. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with her son Thomas and her maid Anna Ward. They occupied one of the most expensive suites on the ship, B-51/53/55 (ticket number17755, £512, 6s).
Mrs Cardeza and her entourage brought with them fourteen trunks, four suitcases and three crates of baggage. Mrs Cardeza would later file a detailed claim to the value of £36,567 2s for their loss.
Mrs Cardeza, her son and their servants were rescued in lifeboat 3.
Mrs Cardeza died 1st August 1939, she was buried at West Laurel Hill Cenetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
© Michael A. Findlay, USA