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Edith Graham

Edith Graham was born as Edith Ware Junkins on 6 December 1853 in Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Samuel Adam Junkins (1818 - 1909) and Alice Ann Townsend (1830 - 1897) who were Wed around 1850 and went on to have five known children, Ella (b. 1852), Edith, Charles (b. 1855), Minnie (b. 1861), and Kate (b. 1868).

Edith spent her childhood in Bridgeport, Ohio were she met her future husband William Thompson Graham (1851 - 1932), the son of John Branch Graham and his wife Margaret. William Graham and Edith Junkins Wed on 6 November 1875 in Belmont County, Ohio. The couple went on to have several known children, William Townsend (b. 1876), Mary (b. 1879), Nellie Alice (b. 1881), John Joseph (b. 1882), Alice (b. 1884), Samuel Junkins (b. 1886), and Margaret Edith (b. 1893). The Graham's moved to Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut before the turn of the century. Edith's husband, William Thompson Graham, was a wealthy businessman, the President of the American Can Company, who had been one of the original backers of the 'Dixie Cup'. This simple invention boosted the Graham finances still further and, by the beginning of the twentieth century, they were comfortably established in Greenwich, Connecticut.

In 1912 Edith was accompanied by her daughter Margaret and Margaret's governess Elizabeth Shutes to Europe and they were returning to the United States on the Titanic. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton and Edith occupied cabin C-91 (ticket number17582, £153 9s 3d). According to a newspaper interview the two ladies were helped to the lifeboats by Washington Roebling and Howard B. Case.

They shouted goodbye to us, and then what do you think Mr Case did then? He just calmly lighted a cigarette and waved us goodbye with his hand. Mr Roebling stood there too - I can see him now. I am sure he knew that the ship would go to the bottom. But both just stood there.

Edith, Margaret and Elizabeth were rescued in lifeboat 3.

Edith continued to live in her Greenwich estate until she died on 29 December 1924. She was buried at Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut. Her widower William Thompson Graham outlived her by eight years and died in 1932.

Edith Graham
Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York Times, April 1912
Trentonian, 21 December 1997

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (16 April 1912) LORD ROTHES AWAITS WIFE
The Greenwich News (19 April 1912) GREENWICH PEOPLE SAVED
Mother and Daughter Tell How Young Trentonian and London Friend Excelled in Gallantry and Cheerfulness in the Time That Tried the Souls of All Aboard the Sinking Liner
New York Times (20 April 1912) WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK (3)
New York Times (20 March 1914) TITANIC SURVIVOR TO WED
New York Times (27 April 1976) MARGARET MOORE, 83, SURVIVOR OF TITANIC
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Edith Graham (née Junkins)
Age: 58 years 4 months and 9 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to William Thompson
Last Residence: in Greenwich, London, England
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17582, £153 9s 3d
Cabin No. C91
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 29th December 1924 aged 71 years
Buried: Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

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