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Marie Eugenie Spencer

Marie-Eugenie Spencer (nee Adnot) was born in France on 16 February 1864 to an unmarried mother Pelagie Adnot, the father is thought to have been a boilermaker.

Pelagie later married Louis Demougeot on 7 May 1873.

Marie-Eugenie became an opera singer and sang with with the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.

She married William Augustus Spencer in London in October 1884.

The Spencers had been in Paris and boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg  with Mrs Spencer's maid Miss Elise Lurette.

She was rescued (the boat is unknown) but Mr Spencer perished.

Mrs Marie Spencer died in Paris in October of 1913 aged just 49. The fifth survivor to die.

Research Articles

Stuart Kelly Titanica! (2014) Titanic Legacy of a Paris Maid

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New York Times (29 October 1913) OBITUARY NOTES (1)
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Michael A. Findlay, USA

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  1. Gary.J Bell

    Having read the thread about the mix up of the Spencer Cabin in Cabin numbers, i began trying to find out a little more about Mr.and Mrs.Spencer. The cabin number thread was started by someone quoting a misprint in a book that said the couple were quoted as staying in C-78 and had refused to leave their room once the sinking began, and how they were really in B-78. I then had a look at the Cave list and saw that Mrs.Spencer did infact leave in a lifeboat (number 6). I found a curious obituary for her that stated she died in Paris just a little over a year later on October 1913! She didnt... Read full post

  2. Lester Mitcham

    Hello Gary, There are no lifeboat numbers on the Cave List. The lifeboat 6 information appears in a Passenger List complied by Michael Findlay. That information also appears on several web-sites. However, in a subsequent Passenger List that Findlay complied no lifeboat number is given. Some years ago I had a letter from Findlay in which he advised: "..... Mrs Spencer and her maid .... were thought to be in boat 6 but were not since they did not reach the deck until much later."

  3. Michael Findlay

    Hi Gary, I am sorry to say that there is still uncertainty with regard to which boat Mrs. Spencer and her maid escaped in. Interviews attributed to Elise Lurette, Mrs. Spencer's maid, in several New York newspapers soon after the sinking, implied that she and her employer were in the same boat as Molly Brown - therefore they were placed in boat #6 originally. However, after comparing later interviews, and the testimony given at the American Inquiry, it seems likely that the Spencer party were stragglers to the boat deck. I believe the ladies left in one of the very last boats... Read full post

  4. Lester Mitcham

    Michael, The added informations are appreciated. Lester

  5. Gary.J Bell

    Yea thanx Michael thats gr8

  6. monica e. hall

    Here is an list of Mrs. Spencer's lost belongings (in Fr. francs), presumably for an insurance claim. She certainly didn't travel light by our standards, but she's not in the Cardeza league. It seems she managed to get this lot into a large trunk (Vuitton!) and a travelling bag, though I don't see how. It's interesting to see what sort of clothes predominated then (so many gloves and nightdresses...). She also has six brassieres and only one corset, I think, which suggests she valued her comfort.... Read full post

  7. Claude Roulet

    I wrote a longer message in William A. Spencer subject. I am the grand-grand nephew of Elise Lurette, the "devoted family maid" of the Spencer family. I don't know a lot about Mrs. Spencer. She and her husband were booked and had their cabin on the deck B. In March 1912 William A. Spencer asked Elise Lurette to travel with him and his wife to New-York. It was said in our family that Mrs. Spencer was morphine addicted. This was the reason why William wanted Elise to accompany them to New York. Elise Lurette liked very much William A. Spencer so she accepted. After her return to Paris,... Read full post

  8. Arun Vajpey

    Steward Samuel Etches testified that sometime after the collision, he was mustering passengers in his charge and in doing so, repeatedly knocked on "Cabin 78", a First Class room. There seemed to be an unnamed couple inside and first the man and then the woman kept asking Etches what the matter was but despite his repeated requests to do so, did not open the door. Etches did not specify the deck of that... Read full post

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Marie Eugenie Spencer (née Adnot)
Age: 48 years 1 month and 28 days (Female)
Nationality: French
Marital Status: Married to William Augustus Spencer
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17569, £146 10s 5d
Cabin No. B78
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Sunday 26th October 1913 aged 49 years

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