Shimer/Shymer, Mrs. Annie

Annie Justice Shimer. She was a wealthy chemist and society woman, was going to London to reorganize several large chemical companies. She had been to England early in the year and was returning to complete her business arrangements, expecting to stay six weeks. She had been born in 1873/1874 at Logansport, Indiana, to James Monroe, an attorney at law born about 1840 in Indiana, and Grace E. (nee Heikes or Weikes; she had been born about 1845 in Ohio) Justice. She had married Alexander Craigie Paterson, of Chicago, 31 December 1892, but was widowed. In 1910, she lived at 23 East 31st Street in New York City, and was listed as a widowed rooming house keeper. Her sister Mabel also lived at the same address. There were five lodgers in the household and there was a maid working/living there as well. She married Robert Delmo Shimer (15 October 1879 – 6 October 1935) in Manhattan on 16 January, 1911. Her father was an attorney at law. She had studied at Cornell University. Her body was identified after the disaster (No. 66) and was forwarded per s. s. Philadelphia 26 May, c/o Messrs. Ooso & Co., 75 West 47th Street, New York.

”A wedding was solemnized last evening at 8 o’clock at Grace Church, when Mrs. Anne C. Paterson, daughter of the late James Monroe Justice of Indiana, was married to Robert Delmo Shimer, son of the late Robert B. Shimer of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Edward Octavus Flagg, a friend of the bride and her family. Only a few intimate friends and relatives were present. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Maibelle Heikes Justice……
Mrs. Paterson is a resident of New York, but was formerly Mrs. Alexander Craigie Paterson of Chicago, and by he former marriage is the sister-in-law of Sir Arthur Elliott, Bart., of Edinbugh, Scotland. Her cousin is Quincy A. Myers, at present Judge of the Supreme Court of Indiana. The bride is a noted horsewoman and a lover of outdoor sports, and has traveled extensively. Robert Delmo Shimer is in the commission business in this city, and although the heir of a wealthy family is said to be possessed of a large fortune in his own right. While still a young man, he has spent much time traveling, and has been around the world several times. He lately returned from Auckland, New Zealand, where he owns a sheep ranch of 8,000 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Shimer left at midnight for Palm Beach, Fla., where they will spend the season at the Royal Poinciana Hotel. When they return in the Spring they will occupy a home on Riverside Drive. Later it is their intention to go on an extended trip to New Zealand, accompanied by the bride’s sister, Miss Justice.” (The New York Times, 17 January 1911, p. 9)

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Shields, Mrs. Retta

Retta Shields, nee Cohen: She was the wife of fellow passenger Victor Shields. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 March 1872 to Wolf (in 1880 described as a cloth merchant) and Sarah (nee Auer) Cohen. The family lived in 1880 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She had by then three sisters; Julia, Rosa and Della, who was Mrs. Leiser at the time. She was accompanying her husband on a commercial business trip to England, France and Italy. She was 5’2”, had grey-brown eyes, dark brown hair, a fair complexion, and an oval face.

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Shields, Victor E.

Victor E. Shields: He had been born in Charleston, West Virginia, 1 December 1870 to Joseph (born in October 1832 in Germany) and Fredericka (nee Shildesheim; she had been born in April 1835 in Germany) Shields. a wholesale liquor dealer, also described as a ”whisky broker.” He was making a business trip to England, France, and Italy, accompanied by his wife Retta.
Shields had for a period of approximately 25 years been engaged in the wholesale liquor business at Cincinnati, Ohio. His average earnings were approximately $10,000 per annum. He left an estate of a value of more than $100,000 and life insurance of $40,000. Mrs. Shields left an estate of $20,000 and life insurance of $10,000. Their combined estate was estimated at between $75,000 and $100,000. He married Retta Cohen on 29 September, 1896, in Hamilton, Ohio (another source states it was 1 October 1896). The Shields lived at 3406 Burnet Avenue in Cincinnati. He was going to England, France and Italy on commercial business. He was 5’9”, had a roman nose, brown eyes, black hair going grey, a ”ruddy-brunette” complexion, and an oval face.
His remains were recovered and identified after the disaster (No. 25  and his body was 
forwarded, per instructions of American Consul at Queenstown, by s. s. St. Paul on 31 July, c/o Dr. H. E. Shields, 505, Forest Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.  ”The body of Victor Shields, Cincinnati businessman, who, with his wife, was drowned in the Luistania disaster last May, was buried in the Jewish Cemetery yesterday. The services, conducted by Rabbi Louis Grossman, of the Plum Street Temple, were strictly private. While the body of Mrs. Shields was not recovered (sic), the services of yesterday were for both. It was remarked by those who listened to the simple prayer of the rabbi during the downpour of rain, that for the second time the victim of the great war was being consigned to a watery grave.” (The Cincinnati Enquirer, 6 September 1915, p. 4) 

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Seccombe, Percy

Percy Seccombe: He may have been born 4 March 1895 in England. He was a special student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His father was William Simpson Seccombe, a captain of the sea who purportedly had been born in September 1847 in England, and his mother Hannah Jane (nee Tyson; said to have been born in January 1854 in England) Seccombe, who had married 6 May 1874 at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland. He was a native of West Derby, Lancashire, England. In 1900, the family lived in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Percy was 5 years of age and was said to have been born in March 1895 in England. His brothers and sisters were Sarah, born in September 1880, William, August 1884, Roger, June 1888, Dorothy, November 1889, and Sara (again?), born September 1890. He was travelling with his sister Elizabeth on the Lusitania and both were lost in the sinking. His remains were recovered and identified  (No. 169) after the disaster and were cremated at Liverpool Cemetery, 18 May, and forwarded to New York per s.s. Lapland 19 May.

”Peterboro, N H, June 3 – The funeral of Percy S Seccombe was held here at the old Seccombe residence, and the ashes of the young man who, with his sister, Elizabeth, went down to his death with the Lusitania, were interred in the little private cemetery near the Seccombe home, beside the grave of his father, William Seccombe, who has formerly the master of a ship of the same line as the Lusitania. The sister’s body was not recovered.
Rev Dr Gilson, rector of the Episcopal Church of Milford, N. H., conducted the simple funeral which was attended only by the members of the immediate family. Roger Seccombe of Chicago, the only remaining male member of the family, was present.” (Fitchburg Sentinel, Massachusetts, 3 June 1915, p. 7)

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Seccombe, Miss Elizabeth Ann

Elizabeth Ann Seccombe: She had been born 8 January 1877 (in Northumberland, England?) Her father was William Simpson Seccombe, who was a captain of the sea and her mother was Hannah Jane (nee Tyson) Seccombe and they had married in the second quarter of 1874 at Tynemouth, Northumberland. She had for many years been employed as secretary and companion by Miss Amy Lowell, daughter of President Lowell of Harvard. The Seccombes lived in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her body was identified after the sinking (No. 164) and she was buried at Queenstown on 14 May; Grave B, 6th Row, Upper Tier. 

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Scott, Captain Alick John

Captain Alick John Scott: He had been born 17 July 1885 in Shirley, Hampshire, England, and was a British officer, coming back to England after having been (stationed?) in the Far East. He was travelling back by way of the USA. His parents were Ralph Robert, born about 1831 at Fittingay, Ireland, and Charlotte Mary (nee Mather; she had been born in mid-1845 at Holywell, Flintshire) Scott. His parents had married in early 1868 in the Holywell district of Flintshire, Wales. In 1901, his family lived at Pulteney Street in Bath, Somerset, England. His father Ralph was a physician and retired surgeon major in the British Army Medical Staff. In 1901, he had seven sisters living with the family; Ethel Mary, 32 (Flintshire), Margaret Ellen, 30 (Ireland), Charlotte E., 29 (Flintshire) Isabella, 26 (Flintshire) Alice, 22 (Flintshire) Sheila, 20 (Hampshire) and Lucy Phoebe, 11 (Hampshire). There were also three servants present in the household at the time; Annie Sharpe, cook, Alice Broad, parlour maid, and Ethel Grane, housemaid. In 1901 he lived at Castle Street, Great Berkhamstead Urban, being listed as a student. In 1891, he also had a brother William, 9 (Hampshire), and in 1881, there was yet another brother, Thomas 4 (Flintshire). His adress in 1915 was 9 Gracechurch Street in London. In his will, he left £1,713.18s.9 to Ralph Robert Scott, described as a retired surgeon-major in His Majesty’s Army.

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Schwarte, Friedrich Wilhelm August

Friedrich Wilhelm August Schwarte. He had been born 1 March 1871 in Germany to August and Anna Schwarte and lived in Nottingham, England. In late 1899 he had married Annie Facon (born about 1878 at Nottingham) in Nottingham and the couple went on to have two daughters: Hope Anna (b. 1905 at Nottingham) and Faith Ellen (b. 1908, also at Nottingham). In 1911, he was described as a ‘foreign commercial traveller,’ living in Nottingham with his wife and two daughters. He later became a naturalized citizen of the USA and passed away on 6 February 1940 in Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio. At the time of his death he called himself August Scott. 

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