Mrs 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 marryied 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 in lifeboat 6. Mr Spencer perished.

Mrs Marie Spencer died in Paris in October of 1913.



1st class menu saved by Miss Elise Lurette
Die Dreilinden, estate of the Spencers
Die Dreilinden, property of the Spencers (1)
Die Dreilinden, property of the Spencers (2)

Articles and Stories

Titanica! (2014) 
New York Times (1913) 

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  1. Gary.J Bell said:

    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 said:

    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 said:

    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 said:

    Michael, The added informations are appreciated. Lester

  5. Gary.J Bell said:

    Yea thanx Michael thats gr8

  6. monica e. hall said:

    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 said:

    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

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    Arun Vajpey said:

    I am also interested in knowing the correct cabin number occupied bt... Read full post

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Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Marie Eugenie Spencer (ref: #280, last updated: 7th February 2016, accessed 4th July 2020 04:13:58 AM)