Edith Corse Evans (September 21st, 1875 - April 15th, 1912) was an American who died as a First Class passenger aboard the RMS Titanic on April 15th, 1912. She was one of four women in First Class to die in the sinking, the others being Bess Allison, Ida Straus and Ann Isham.


Early LifeEdit

Edith Evans was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a wealthy family. She was the second daughter of lawyer Cadwalader Evans and his wife, woman's rights activist Angeline Burr Corse.[1] She had a sister, Lena Cadwalader Evans, who was a renowned painter.

A long-time resident of New York, unmarried Edith was a member of The Colonial Dames of America and a descendant of Andrew Hamilton. She had great interest in genealogical studies.


On the evening of April 10th, 1912 Edith Evans boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg to return home from a family funeral in England.

When the lifeboats were first lowered, Edith Evans and Caroline Brown missed the opportunity to get to one in time. Another was prepared to set off at 2:09 am, which Evans and Brown reached. It has commonly been reported that there was not enough room for both of them in the boat so Edith persuaded Caroline to get in, even though Caroline repeatedly refused. However, Walter Lord stated in his 1955 book A Night to Remember that the boat was hurriedly lowered before Evans could get in. Additionally Collapsible D, the last functioning lifeboat, was not filled to capacity when lowered and was filled with about 30 people in a boat designed to accommodate 47. Its not understood whether or not Evans intentionally stepped aside before the boat was lowered.


Edith Evans went down with the ship. She was last seen running across deck to board collapsible A, presumably because collapsible B was overturned. Witnesses say she was able to climb into collapsible A before falling out and dying of hypothermia. She was never identified among the recovered bodies.[2] On April 22nd, 1912; a memorial service was held for her at Grace Church in New York City, and a plaque was dedicated in her honor.[3][4]


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