Mr Edward Pennington Calderhead

Mr Edward Pennington Calderhead was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 June 1869.

He was the only child of Edward Calderhead (b. 1844) and Josephine Conrad (b. 1845), both native Pennsylvanians who had married on 7 October 1867.

His father died on 29 December 1870 whilst Edward was still a small infant. His mother was remarried to John W. Chew (b. 1850 in Gloucester, New Jersey) and he two half-sisters, Elsie D (1880-1897) and Lillie May (b. 1881). His mother died in 1904 and his stepfather in 1919.

He was married in 1897 to Margaret Pabst (b. 9 April 1870), a native of Delaware, and they had one child, a daughter also named Margaret who was born on 22 June 1898.

The 1910 census shows Edward, his wife and child (and servant Estella Coghill) residing in Philadelphia but they would be living in Manhattan by 1912. He was the buyer of the 'toys department' at Gimbels and Bros.

Calderhead boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number PC 17476 which cost £26, 5s, 9d). Aboard he shared cabin E-24 with Spencer Victor Silverthorne.

Calderhead was rescued in lifeboat 5.

Edward Calderhead

Following the disaster Edward, his wife and daughter continued to reside in Manhattan before moving to San Antonio, Texas sometime in the 1920s. Their last move would be to Los Angeles and they were living there by the time of the 1940 census. His wife died on 14 August 1948 aged 78.

Miss Margaret Calderhead​ Mrs Margaret Calderhead

Calderhead's daughter and wife, both called Margaret.

Edward himself later worked as an engraver before retiring. He died on 5 April 1961 aged 90 and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Calderhead Grave

His daughter Margaret was never married and she continued to reside in Los Angeles until her own death in 1982.



Grave of Edward P. Calderhead
Edward Calderhead Photographs
Edward Pennington Calderhead

Articles and Stories

New York Times (1915) 
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Gavin Bell, UK
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Lorena McWilliams,USA
Debra McWilliams, USA
Charles Provost, Canada

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York Herald
, 18 April 1912, p. 4
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2018) Edward Pennington Calderhead Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #48, updated 10th December 2018 14:59:41 PM)

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