Sra. Encarnación Reynaldo

Mrs Encarnación Reynaldo was born in Marbella, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain on 5 December 1882.1

Details about her early life are vague but she is known to have been the daughter of Christopher Reynaldo and Josefa Vernanaso. She had one known sibling, her sister Luisa (b. 1888).

The 1911 UK census reveals she had been married and had three children, one of whom was lost in infancy, but was widowed after nine years of marriage. Details about her husband and children are again unknown. By 1911 she was working and living in London and appeared on the census that year living at 7 Bergholt Crescent, Stamford Hill, Hackney, the home of her Gibraltarian employers, the Henry Vasquez family.

Encarnación boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 230434 which cost £13). She was on her way to her sister Luisa at 239 East 101th Street, New York. Luisa, who had emigrated in 1908 and lived and worked in Manhattan before marrying in 1910 to Puerto Rican born Miguel Requena (b. 1888) had given birth to a daughter in August 1911, also named Luisa2.

One of only five Spanish passengers travelling in second class aboard Titanic, details about Mrs Reynaldo's time on the ship are lacking and it is not clear if she ever befriended her fellow countrymen travelling with her. She survived the sinking and was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 9 and spent time with her sister and her husband following her arrival in New York.

Following the disaster Encarnación seemingly spent time in Puerto Rico and was married there to Bartolo Gonzalez. Bartolo, a native Puerto Rican, was born in 1885 and was the son of Gregory Gonzalez and Joanna Mato and he worked as a cigar maker.3

Bartolo and Encarnación's first child, a daughter named Delia, was born in Puerto Rico in 1913 and they later moved and settled in New York where they had a further three children: Manuel (1916-1917), Juanita "Jenny" (b. 1918) and Bartolito (b. 1920). What became of her two surviving children from her first marriage is not known and it is not clear if she ever returned to her native Spain.

Encarnación was widowed on 18 December 1936 and she continued to lived in Manhattan where she died in February 1964 aged 81.

Notes

  1. Date of birth as per social security application. She claimed to be 30 at the time of the 1911 census and 28 when she boarded Titanic a year later.
  2. Luisa V. Requena, b. 5 August 1911; d. 20 December 1915  with burial in Calvary Cemetery, New York. At time of death she was a resident of 1334 Third Avenue, Manhattan. Her parents later had further children: Matilda (b. 1913), Josefina (b. 1914, later Mrs Ramon Terrero) and Miguel (b. 1917).
  3. Whilst the 1920 census referred to the family as "white," the 1930 census states that they were "negro". Despite the pejorative, it is assumed that Encarnación and her husband were of native-Hispanic heritage whilst it is also possible that Bartolo, as a Puerto Rican, had multi-ethnic ancestry.
 

Comment and discuss

  1. Kathleen McNulty said:

    Can anyone help out? I have been working on Encarnacion Reynaldo as of late and I have been having very little luck regarding her final whereabouts. I am aware that she has relatives still living in the USA and I have heard reports that she died in Florida during the 1940s or 1950s. No records for her seem to exist there (or the few other places that I have checked) so I am stifled in my research. Has anyone else had more luck? The same can be said for Lillian Renouf and Amelia Lemore (Lamore?). Mnay thanks in advance Kathleen McNulty

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    Phillip Gowan said:

    Can't help much on Encarnacion or Lillian--have had very little luck there (but the former's surname was Reinardo and a nephew was still living in New York City on the 1925 state census. Am still working on that one. Lillian perplexes me entirely. She supposedly kept in touch with Lillian Bentham Black through the years but I've contacted her nephew and he couldn't find any trace of a married name for her. I don't have anything promising in the works on her. I've had quite a bit of luck with Lemore but am still doing research there and don't want to make it totally public until I've... Read full post

  3. Kathleen McNulty said:

    Phillip Again, many thanks. Just this evening I had a bit of luck regarding Miss Lemore (a possible DOD); however, like you said, I don't want to be divulging anything until I know that I have something concrete -- I haven't had the chance to drop a line to get any certificates or anything or check obituaries to make sure I am correct. I look forward to seeing those photographs because Miss Lemore is a character who interests me greatly and a survivor I am surprised to see little information on already. Can you confirm that she was an eye-glass maker? I have seen several reports... Read full post

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    Phillip Gowan said:

    Yes, that was her profession. Worked for the same optometrist for many years. Phillip

  5. Andrew Maheux said:

    Has Encarnacion Reynaldo been found yet? Best Regards, Andrew

  6. Andrew Maheux said:

    Hi, Its been a while since I last posted. I was wondering if any new information has emerged on Encarnacion Reynaldo. Ive always been interested in her. Any info would be greatly appreciated, Andrew M.

  7. Louise Rodriguez said:

    Andrew, My name is Louise Rodriguez. My great grandmother Luisa (Reynaldo) Requena was related to Encarnacion. My mother tells me she isn't sure if Encarnacion was her sister or her sister-in-law. She never asked her grandmother, and I have tried to find information, and have gotten nowhere. My mother has a photo somewhere of Encarnacion and Luisa together, but she hasn't been able to locate it. If you do find any information I would love to hear from you. thanks Louise

  8. TXTitanic said:

    I am trying to locate information about "Miss E. Reynolds" listed in A Night to Remember as a Second Class Passenger. Please resond as soon as possible.

  9. TXTitanic said:

    Based on mentions in the New York Times and the Galveston Daily News, both on April 18, 1912, I believe Miss E. Reynolds is actually Edith Dorris Reynolds. However, I cannot find any additional information on her. Can anyone shed any light?

  10. Gianni Yrois said:

    E. Reynold was the second class survivor Mrs. Encarnacion Reynol`d? "Reinardo?" "Ronaldo?". She was from Marbella in Spain. Her husband has left her. Her family organised a journey to America. She was send there to work as a housekeeper for a lawyer. She had some relatives (i think a nephew) there. She... Read full post

  11. TXTitanic said:

    Thank you very much for the reply. What are your sources for this information?

  12. Gianni Yrois said:

    i have collected the informations from her biography on the old ET webiste, some others from a Spanish website and the family informations "Rodriguez" from older treads from ET too. best regards Gianni

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    Jadey said:

    Can anyone help out? I have been working on Encarnacion Reynaldo as of late and I have been having very little luck regarding her final whereabouts. I am aware that she has relatives still living in the USA and I have heard reports that she died in Florida during the 1940s or 1950s. No records for her seem to exist there (or the few other places that I have checked) so I am stifled in my research. Has anyone else had more luck? The same can be said for Lillian Renouf and Amelia Lemore (Lamore?). Mnay thanks in advance Kathleen... Read full post

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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Roberto Rodriguez, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany

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
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Encarnación Reynaldo (ref: #554, last updated: 17th December 2015, accessed 9th August 2020 19:30:31 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/encarnacion-reynaldo.html