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Cornelia Theodosia Andrews

Miss Cornelia Theodosia Andrews,1 63, was born in Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA, on 12 August 1848. She was the daughter of Robert Emmett E. Andrews, a lawyer born 25 May 1819 at New Lebanon, New York (d. 1901), and Matilda Scudder Andrews (née Fonda; born c.1822 at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York). Her parents had married 13 July 1846 at Linlithgo Dutch Reformed Church in Livingston, New York.

Cornelia was christened on 22 October 1848 at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, New York, in the Dutch Reformed Church tradition. Her known brothers and sisters were Emmet Fonda, b. 4 July 1847, Mary Deare, b. 7 January 1850, Louisa Fonda, b. 26 January 1851 (d. 1854), Robert Emmet, b. 26 July 1852, Matilda, b. 26 September 1853, Roberta Ella, b. 19 January 1859, and Anna Louisa, b. 5 May 1860. In 1910, it was stated there were ten children born to the family, five of whom were alive.

In 1900, she lived at 751 Warren Street in Hudson City, Columbia, New York, with her family, which at the time consisted of her father Robert, 81, still listed as a lawyer, mother Matilda, 78, widowed sister Mrs. Anna Hogeboom, 40, widowed brother-in-law Levi F. Longley, 40, a lawyer, niece Gretchen F. Longley, 10, niece Matilda Cadby, 15, and nephew R. Andrews Cadby, 9. There were two servants living in the household as well; Elizabeth Welden, 34, a waitress, and Helen Mutt, 24, cook. In 1910, she still lived at the same place and the family now consisted of her widowed mother Matilda, now aged 83, widowed sister Louise Hogeboom and her two children Matilde, 20, and Andrew, 18, also her niece Gretchen Longley, 19, and two servants; Oliver and Mary Baird, both 45.

A graduate of (?) Oberlin College in Ohio, Miss Andrews was for many years a leader in society and charitable works in Hudson, New York. She was one of the Managers of the Hudson City Hospital since its founding and was its Vice-President in 1912.

Andrews was returning home on the Titanic to Hudson with her sister, Anna Hogeboom, and their twenty-one-year-old niece, Gretchen Fiske Longley. All three ladies boarded in Southampton under ticket number 13502 (£77 19s 2d). Miss Andrews occupied cabin D-7.

On the night of the disaster, Gretchen and Anna were asleep. Miss Andrews, who had apparently been ill, was reading when the Titanic struck the iceberg. Gretchen, who was awakened by the impact, asked her aunt what happened. Interestingly, Miss Andrews seemed to know without having been told. "We must have struck an iceberg. Go and ask the steward if we are in danger." Gretchen went out three times to ask if there was any danger, but was reassured by stewards that everything was fine.

Kornelia did not believe what the stewards were saying so she went out to find their day-steward who informed her that the Titanic was in danger and that they were to report to the boat deck with lifebelts. The ladies dressed, put on fur coats, and headed to the Boat Deck.

Miss Andrews related that the first three boats they tried to enter did not contain room for them. They waited for the fourth boat, which turned out to be lifeboat 10, and were helped aboard. She told of how annoyed she was with many of the crew who were in her boat. 'When we got out on the water,' she said, 'we realized that the crewmen had only claimed they could row only for the purpose of saving themselves. My niece had to take an oar. In a boat alongside ours, a sailor lighted a cigarette and flung the match carelessly among the women in our boat. We screamed with protest to which he replied, "Ah, we're all going to the devil anyway, and we might as well be cremated now as then.'"

In describing the Titanic's final moments, Miss Andrews explained, "We were a mile away from the Titanic when there was a great explosion. It appeared to me as if the boilers had blown up and the Titanic had been lifted up amidships and broken in half. This is the way it appeared to me."

All three ladies were rescued by the Carpathia, and eventually reached their homes in Hudson, New York. Miss Andrews later filed a $480.50 claim against the White Star Line for lost possessions including such items are fur coats, numerous dresses, 3 brass antique lamps and "one velvet hat with ostrich plumes.'

Cornelia never married and died less than two years after the sinking, on 4 December 4, 1913.  She passed away at her home in Hudson from lobar pneumonia, she was 65.

Her sister, Anna Hogeboom, died in 1947, and her niece, Gretchen Longley (later Leopold), in 1965.

Cornelia is buried in the City of Hudson (New York) Cemetery, now Ceder Park cemetery, Hudson, New York, her sister Anna Louisa Hogeboom is also buried in the same cemetery.

Notes

  1. Usually listed as Kornelia, however, in the birth register, she is noted as Cornelia rather than Kornelia.
  2. Oberlin College has no record that she attended the college.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Cornelia Theodosia Andrews
Age: 62 years 8 months and 3 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Religion: Christian (Dutch Reformed Church)
Marital Status: Single
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 13502, £77 19s 2d
Cabin No. D7
Rescued (boat 10)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Cause of Death:

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References and Sources

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

Newspaper Articles

Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) THREE STILL SUFFER FROM PERILS AND COLD
The Witney Gazette (20 April 1912) Captain's Suicide on the Bridge
Daily Home News (20 April 1912) Jersey Women Tell Thrilling Tales
New York Times (20 April 1912) PRAISE ASTOR AND BUTT
New York Times (5 December 1913) Miss Kornelia T. Andrews
Evening Bulletin (12 August 1965) Gretchen Leopold, Ttitanic Survivor, Dies Aboard Ship
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  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous said:

    Just to let ya' know, Ms Kornelia Theodosia Andrews occupied cabin D7! anonymous ?????

  2. amanda

    amanda said:

    I want pictures of Kornelia Theodosia Andrews.

  3. Tudiechincharlesrussell

    Tudiechincharlesrussell said:

    God rest her soul, she was very selfish and am so distressed to know that after God has saved her and many other she filled a $480.50 dolloars for selfless materials::::::::::hopeless. NO RESPECT FOR THE DEAD, GOD OR EVEN FOR THE SINKING SHIP.

  4. Mellisa

    Mellisa said:

    I agree, she should have been more thankful for the fact that she survived the sinking and was able to go on with her life instead filling out a claim on worthless items that can't even be returned. I think that was very coward-like of a person to do, especially when she was annoyed of all the crew members in her boat .....it's better that way so you can be in a huddle position and feel a little bit warmer. I think Miss Kornelia Theodosia Andrews is a very selfish and greedy human being. She should be lucky to die at the age of 65 because there were a lot of youngsters on the ship that died... Read full post

  5. kira

    kira said:

    did she have a son?

  6. kira

    kira said:

    did she have a son named Thomas Andrews that was the ship billder

  7. Thomas Krom

    Thomas Krom said:

    No, Miss Andrews was not married and was American. Thomas Andrews Jr (1873-1912) his mother was Eliza Andrews (1845-1929, she was the sister of Lord Pirrie 1st Viscount Pirrie). Thomas, by the way, was Irish and not American.

  8. Ed (4913)

    Ed (4913) said:

    Some people aren't very intelligent, this is to address the weak arguments posted here. Kornelia was annoyed with the crew on the lifeboats because the Titanic was very short on them and only women and children were to be on them, but these men lied about their rowing ability to get on and in doing so took spots from women and children. That is true cowardice. As for the $480 claim, that is equivalent to almost $13k today, a reasonable ask from a company whose ship you sank on.

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