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Edith Corse Evans

Edith Corse Evans

Miss Edith Corse Evans, 36, was born on 21 September 1875 the daughter of Cadwalader Evans (1847-1880) and Angeline (Lena) Burr Corse. She had an older sister Lena born  22 June 1873.

A resident of New York City, Miss Evans had been on a trip to Europe including a visit to cousins in Paris. She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger and occupied cabin A-29.

Miss Evans joined the group of sisters: Mrs E. D. Appleton, Mrs John Murray Brown and Mrs R. C. Cornell during the voyage and came to know Colonel Archibald Gracie who had gallantly offered his services to the unaccompanied ladies.

In the early hours of April 15th after all of the main lifeboats had got away Gracie rushed up to where Second Officer Charles Lightoller was shepherding women and children into collapsible D, he guided Mrs Brown and Miss Evans as far as he could before being stopped by the cordon Lightoller had set up to prevent a rush on the boat. Evans turned to Brown and said, 'You go first, you have children waiting at home.' Brown stepped into the boat but Evans faltered and the boat eventually left without her. As boat D hit the water seaman William Lucas called up to Miss Evans 'There's another boat going to be put down for you'.  Another account has her placed in the waterlogged collapsible A but dying in the night from cold.  The truth remains to be discovered.  

Edith Corse Evans was one of only four first-class women passengers to die. Her body was never found.

Research Articles

Michael Poirier Titanica! (2012) Edith Corse Evans
Portrait of an elusive heroine

Newspaper Articles

The Toronto Daily Star (19 April 1912) LAST MAN TO LEAVE TITANIC WAS COLONEL GRACIE, U.S.A.
Evening Star (20 April 1912) Goes to Watery Grave Saving Life of Friend
Pittsburgh Daily Post (20 April 1912) Heroic Girl Dies In Iceclad Ocean to Save Another
New York Times (20 April 1912) WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK (2)
New York Times (21 April 1912) Death Notice of Edith Evans
Boston Daily Globe (21 April 1912) GIRL WENT DOWN TO SAVE ANOTHER
The Philadelphia Inquirer (21 April 1912) Sympathy Here for Miss Edith C. Evans
Bristol Times and Mirror (27 April 1912) GRAPHIC STORIES OF HEROISM
(25 December 1912) Tablet for Titanic Heroine
Miss Evans Gave Up Place in Boat to Mother and Child

Documents and Certificates

(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53


Walter Lord (1955) A Night to Remember
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Edith Corse Evans
Age: 36 years 6 months and 24 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Single
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17531, £31 13s 7d
Cabin No. A29
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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