Mrs Juliet Cummins Taylor

Mrs Elmer Zebley Taylor (Juliet Cummings Wright) was born in Smyrna, Kent, Delaware on 30 November 1862.

She was the daughter of Joseph Wright (1829-1909), a carpenter originally from England, and Elizabeth Carter (1833-1868). Her known siblings were: Lilly (1855-1880), Joseph (1857-1922), Edgar Samuel (1861-1923) and Susan Raymond (1865-1924).

Juliet's mother passed away in 1868 and she and her remaining family are shown on the 1870 and 1880 census records still living in Smyrna. She was married in 1886 to Elmer Zebley Taylor (b. 1864), an engineer who also hailed from Smyrna.

Known as a pioneer in the paper container industry, Elmer designed and manufactured automatic machinery for moisture-proof paper food containers. He began the manufacture of paper cups in England in 1906 under the name Mono Containers Ltd, which had factories in ten countries and then opened Mono Service Co. in Newark, New Jersey in 1910. Juliet and Elmer had moved to England in the 1890s and were avid globe-trotters, remaining childless.

The Taylors would spend many summers in East Orange, New Jersey and they were heading there from London at the time of the disaster. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers (ticket number 19996 which cost £52) and they occupied cabin C-126; also travelling aboard was Fletcher Lambert-Williams, Elmer's business partner.

On the night of the sinking Mr Taylor reported that he was awakened by the impact. He and his wife got up and dressed, leaving their stateroom. On their way to the boat deck they passed Lambert-Williams' cabin and knocked the door; he answered but said he didn't believe it worthwhile to get up. They never saw him again.

Mr and Mrs Taylor were rescued in either Lifeboat 5 or 7.

Juliet and Elmer resettled in East Orange, New Jersey in 1914 but continued to travel extensively. Ships they later sailed aboard included: Paris, Majestic, Homeric, and several voyages aboard Olympic.

Juliet Taylor died in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 23 April 1927 aged 64. She was buried with her family in St Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna and when Elmer died in 1949 he was buried with her.



Elmer and Juliet Taylor 1922

Articles and Stories

Atlantic City Daily Press (1912) 
Atlantic City Daily Press (1912) 
Atlantic City Daily Press (1912) 
Newark Evening News (1912) 

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  1. Taylor said:

    My Great Uncle, Mr. Elmer Zebley Taylor and his wife Juliet were survivors of the Titantic. I have detailed memoires of my Uncle's life which include the events leading up to and including the sinking of the Titanic. I am very interested in pictures and/or additional information / geneology regarding my Uncle and his wife. Taylor Maryland

  2. mikep007 said:

    I was fascinated in the last conversation about Elmer Taylor's memoirs. I was wondering how I might go about obtaining them? Thanks, Mike

  3. Michael Findlay said:

    Hi Mike, Elmer Taylor's memoirs were privately published back in the 1940's. In 1986, I was in Smyrna, Delaware, researching Elmer and Juliet Taylor. The local town library had a copy of the book. One year later, I bought the book at a garage sale in perfect condition. The account is very detailed, and most interesting. There are even several photographs of Elmer throughout the text. Please e-mail me privately. Mike Findlay

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Juliet Cummins Taylor (ref: #296, last updated: 31st December 2015, accessed 20th October 2020 05:41:12 AM)