Amalie Henriette Gieger

Mrs Widener's Maid

Miss Amalie Henriette Gieger was born in Königsberg, Prussia1, reportedly on 26 August 18762 but other details about her early life remain unknown.

She first arrived in the USA in 1900, departing from Liverpool and arriving in New York aboard the Lucania on 30 October. 

She was shown arriving in New York in May 1903 aboard St Paul; in May 1905 she arrived aboard Kronprinz Wilhelm and in September 1907 aboard the Adriatic and by which time she was employed by the Widener family. She was again shown entering the USA in May 1909 aboard the Mauretania3.

A sister, Bertha Gieger, lived at 18 Elisabeth Strasse, Bromberg in Posen, Germany (modern-day Bydgoszcz, Poland) but by the 1920s and 1930s was a resident of Dresden.

Amalie was shown on the 1910 US census as a maid to the George Dunton Widener family at their home in Cheltenham, Mongomery County, Pennsylvania. Following a trip to Europe with the Wideners she boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (joint ticket 113503 which had cost £211, 10s).  Travelling on the same ticket were her employers Mr Widener and his wife Eleanor, their son Harry and valet Edwin Keeping.

Amalie survived the sinking, escaping in lifeboat 4 with her employer Mrs Widener; the others in their party were among the lost. It appears she remained in the employ of Mrs Widener for the rest of her life; when she sailed aboard Pancras from Brazil in October 1924 she gave her contact as Dr Alexander Hamilton Rice, Mrs Widener's second husband. 

She was shown arriving in New York on 31 October 1914 aboard New Amsterdam, having departed from Rotterdam. In May 1922 she sailed aboard the Olympic and in June 1923 aboard the Mauretania, still described as a lady's maid. The last time she was shown travelling was in September 1932 when she was a passenger aboard the Deutschland.

Amalie had applied for US citizenship on 28 January 1925; at the time her address was 901 5th Avenue and she was described as standing at 5' 4" and with brown hair, blue eyes and of fair complexion, weighing 128 lbs. She became a naturalised citizen on 19 December 1927, by which point her address was 515 West 148th Street. She appears on the 1930 census living at 520 West 144th Street, Manhattan and she then had no stated profession. 

Amalie Gieger, who never married, died in Manhattan on 14 November 1933 and was later cremated at Garden State Crematorium in North Bergen on  18 November 1933. The ashes were handed over to the Steven Merritt funeral home.

Notes

  1. Modern-day Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave seaport city situated between Poland and Lithuania.
  2. Birthdate as per naturalisation record but year of birth disputed; early census records give an age that would suggest she had been born in 1871 or 1872. 
  3. On both the voyages aboard Adriatic and Mauretania she was listed sequentially to Edwin Keeping.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB-85-T715-Vol. 4183.

Newspaper Articles

Washington Times (19 April 1912) WIDENER WAS HEROIC TO END, SAYS FRIEND
Traction Magnate Kissed Wife Good-By, Then Went Back To Die
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Comment and discuss

  1. Alexandra B said:

    Did she survive? N how wuz her life on the boat?

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    Dave Gittins said:

    Amalie did survive, in boat 4. As she was Mrs Widener's maid, she probably worked like dog during the voyage. That's what maids did. I suggest her name was probably Geiger, which is a proper German name.

  3. David Hoffman said:

    She died November 14, 1933 in New York, New York, New York, United States

  4. MariaK said:

    I know this is years later, but the spelling is in fact Gieger. She was my father-in-law’s great aunt, sister to his grandfather.

  5. Karina7381 said:

    Hallo Maria mein Name ist Karina. Ich bin zufällig auf eure Unterhaltung gestoßen. Ich suche seit langem die Verbindung zu Amalie Gieger und meinem Großvater. Sie war die Tante von ihm. Aber ich kann die... Read full post

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