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Martha Evelyn Stone

Martha Evelyn Stone
Martha Evelyn Stone

Mrs George Nelson Stone (Martha Evelyn Stone Harrington) 1 was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts on 29 January 1851.

She was the daughter of Stephen Hayden Stone (b. 1816), a truckman, and Mary Ann Emerson (b. 1820), natives of Maine and Massachusetts respectively, and had two known siblings: Albert (b. 1845) and Charles (b. 1847).

Martha StoneThe 1860 census shows Martha living with her family in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She was working as a book keeper when she appeared on the 1880 census, still living with her parents and then residing in Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

She was married on 15 October 1884 to John H. Harrington (b. August 1833 in Chelsea, Massachusetts), a clerk and the son of Jonathan and Lydia Harrington, the latter née Stevens. The couple had no children and John died on 12 June 1885 after less than a year of marriage.

Martha was remarried in New York on 30 October 1888 to George Nelson Stone (b. 1841), a native of New Hampshire and an executive in a telephone company, Cincinnati Bell. George had two daughters from a previous relationship: Mary (b. 1880) and Eleanor (b. 1884). The family show up on the 1900 census living at 405 Oak Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio but Martha was widowed the following year after which she took up residence in the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Martha StoneMrs Stone boarded the Titanic in Southampton on 10 April 1912 and was travelling in first class with her maid Amelie Icard. She occupied cabin B-28.

Martha was awake in bed when the Titanic struck the iceberg. She slipped a kimono over her night dress, put on her slippers, and went out into the corridor and found other people similarly attired. She asked a crewmember if they had struck an iceberg. "Yes, " he said, "but there is no danger. Go back to bed and to sleep." At this time, Mrs Stone could hear the roar of the steam blowing off and she asked the officer why they were doing this. He told her they had stopped to see what damage there was and that there wasn't any danger.

She went back to bed and never received a warning. The roaring steam went on for what seemed like forever so she got up and dressed and stepped out into the corridor. There, the daughter of the woman across the hall came running down the corridor, telling her to put on her life preserver and that they must get into the boats. Stone hurried to deck with the woman. They found the sailors getting into the lifeboats, but that there was no real order in loading the boats.

Stone and her maid got into lifeboat 6 and were rescued. She thought there were about 20 women and two men in the boat. Her role in the boat was to stand on the plug, which she did for seven hours. Another woman waved the only lantern they had in the boat for seven hours. Mrs Stone was sharply critical of how the Titanic crew handled the dilemma they faced that night.

Martha Stone

Martha Stone died in Manhattan, New York on 12 May 1924. still a resident of the Plaza Hotel. She was buried four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio beside her second husband.  In her will, she bequeathed a large sum of cash and other personal possessions to Amelie Icard.


  1. Maiden name sometimes given as Stevens. Stevens was the maiden name of her first husband's mother.

References and Sources

State of New York Certificate of Death
U.S. Census 1900 (Ohio, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Enumeration District 12, page 4, line 31)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio), 20 April 1912

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  1. Jeffrey M. Kern

    I was curious to know information concerning Mrs. George Stone (née Martha Evelyn Stevens), who sailed in first class on the Titanic. Her husband was President of the Bell Telephone Company in Cincinatti, Ohio. Being the President of the Bell Telephone Company, does anyone know if he was related to Alexander Graham Bell? I know that my own relations have the name Stone, and that they owned the land upon which Fort Knox now sits (which now belongs to the American Government). Any information on Martha's husband's family is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your attention.

  2. Gianni Yrois

    hello evrybody, does anyone know the names of Martha Stone (nee. Stevens) parents and siblings ? need help ! best regards Gianni

  3. Gianni Yrois

    hello everybody, was Martha E. Stone the daughter of Edward and Sarah Stevens and sister of henry stevens???, i am not sure hope that anyone can help best regards

  4. Bob Godfrey

    No. Oddly enough, Stone was Martha's own family name as well as that of her deceased husband.

  5. David Huffaker

    Her parents' names were Steven and Mary Ann Stone. Her full name was Martha Evelyn Stevens Stone. I also have a first husband listed - John Harrington.

  6. Gianni Yrois

    thank you very much david and bob, so her fathers name was Steven Stone and her mothers name Martha Ann Stone. I have know searched her on ancestry and found a Martha E. Stone daughter of Mary Stone and sister of Louisa,Eliza and Ida Stone but her father was not registred in these census, i found him in the 1880 census. is that right? best regards

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Martha Evelyn Stone
Age: 61 years 2 months and 17 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Widowed
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 113572, £80
Cabin No. B28
Rescued (boat 6)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 12th May 1924 aged 73 years
Cause of Death:
Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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