Shimer/Shymer, Mrs. Annie

Annie Justice Shimer. She had been born 30 May 1878 (? 1873?) in Logansport, Indiana, to James Monroe, an attorney b. ca. 1830 in Indiana, and Grace E. (nee Weikes; b. 1845 in Ohio) Justice. In 1880, she was noted as being 6 years of age, living in Logansport, Indiana, with her parents and sister Mabel, 9. Her first marriage was to Alexander C. Paterson, whom she married 31 December 1892 at Chicago (at the age of 14?; she may in fact have been a few years older; 1873 rather than 1878, they year of birth she would claim later. It was stated she was 19 at the time of their marriage). In 1910, she lived at 23 East 31st Street in New York City, and was listed as a widowed rooming house keeper, aged 30. Her sister also lived at the same address. There were five lodgers living there and a maid worked/lived in the household as well. She married Robert Delmo Shimer (15 October 1879- 6 October 1935) in Manhattan on 16 January, 1911.  In 1915, she lived at 41 West 47th Street in New York City. She was a wealthy chemist and society woman, and was going to London to reorganize several large chemical companies. She had been to England early in the year and had returned on the Lusitania 20 February to complete her business arrangements, expecting to stay in the USA six weeks. She was 5’6’’ tall, had brown eyes and grey hair.  Mrs. Shimer did not survive the sinking of the Lusitania. Her body was recovered and 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.

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”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 also had a brother, Solomon W. She had married Victor Shields 29 October 1896 in Hamilton, Ohio. In 1910, they lived at 3,406 Burnet Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her husband was described as a wholesale liquor merchant 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. She did not survive the sinking of the Lusitania.

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Shields, Victor E.

Victor E. Shields: He had been born in Charleston, West Virginia, 1 December 1870 (1871?) to Joseph (born in October 1832 in Germany) and Fredericka (nee Shildesheim; she had been born in April 1835 in Germany) Shields. His known brothers and sisters were William Henry, b. 15 March 1857, Virginia, b. 7 February 1859, Emma, b. June 1865, Edward N., b. 29 January 1866, Carrie, b. 1868 (d. 1887), Percy, b. 23 September 1874 (d. 1914), and Rose, b. 27 January 1881. Victor Shields was a wholesale liquor dealer, also described as a ”whisky broker.” In 1910, The Shields lived at 3,406 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mr. Shields was noted as a wholesale liquor merchant. Shields had for a period of approximately 25 years been engaged in the wholesale liquor business at Cincinnati, Ohio. 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. He was making a business trip to England, France and Italy, accompanied by his wife Retta, travelling to Europe on the Lusitania. Both were lost when the Lusitania went down. 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. His remains were identified by Levy Friedman of Cincinnati. Apparently, Mr. Shields had died of shock rather than by drowning.  ”The body of Victor Shields, Cincinnati businessman, who, with his wife, was drowned in the Lusitania 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 was born 4 March 1895 in England and was one of eleven children born to William Simpson Seccombe, a captain of the sea b. 28 September 1847 in Bude, Cornwall, England, and his mother Hannah Jane (nee Tyson; b. January 1854 in England) Seccombe, who had married 6 May 1874 at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland. His father was a naturalized citizen of the USA. Percy Seccombe was a native of West Derby, Lancashire, England and the family lived in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The Seccombe family belonged to the Church of England. His known brothers and sisters were Mary, b. 1875, Elizabeth, b. 8 January 1877, Jane, b. 1878, Sara, b. 29 September 1880, Margaret, b. March 1882, William, b. August 1884 (d. 1913), Roger, b. 7 June 1888, Dorothy, b. November 1889, and Nora, b. September 1890. Another sibling, a brother, died in infancy. Percy was a special student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They had lived at ’Wayside’ in Concord, which reportedly was the old home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and had a summer house in Peterboro, New Hampshire. He was travelling with his sister Elizabeth on the Lusitania and both were lost in the sinking. Percy Seccombe’s body was recovered and identified, No. 169, after the disaster, and were cremated at Liverpool cemetery, May 18, and forwarded to New York per s.s. Lapland May 19.


’’Nineteen-year old Percy Seccombe of Boston, brother of Miss Sara Seccombe of this city, and a passenger with his sister on the Lusitania, lost his life while on his way to England to enlist in the British army. His body was recovered yesterday floating in the vicinity of the spot where the Lusitania went down. The body of Seccombe was identified this morning at Queenstown among a group brought from Baltimore. His sister, Elizabeth, is still missing. His mother is in a critical condition at Peterboro, N. H., where she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage when the news was broken to her that the Lusitania had been sunk. Nothing has been heard from Elizabeth Seccombe, a daughter who accompanied Percy across the ocean. Percy and Elizabeth Seccombe are the children of a man famous in the annals of the Spanish-American war, although he did not participate in the fighting. Captain William Seccombe, who died recently, was a captain of the Cunard line, and when the war between this country and Spain broke out, he was given charge of the transporting arrangements of the soldiers between the United States and Cuba.
The Seccombe family came to this country from England and settled in Peterboro. Captain Seccombe was naturalized and became an American citizen just before the war. Miss Sara Seccombe is well known in Bridgeport, where she has been employed as a nurse at the plant of the Crane Co….’’ (The Bridgeport Times and Evening Farmer, 12 May 1915, p. 1)

‘’PETERBORO, N H, May 12 – A telephone message was received here today from the officers of the Cunard Line by Mrs William Seccombe, announcing the finding of the body of Percy Seccombe, who with his sister Elizabeth, were on board the Lusitania. The body will be cremated and the ashes forwarded to the family here. There is no word of the sister.
Percy Seccombe was 19 years of age, and a student in the local High School, but for the past year had been a special student in the Institute of Technology. His father was the late William Seccombe, long in the Cunard Line service and captain of the Cephalonia when she was queen of the fleet running from Liverpool to Boston. He retired about 16 years ago. In the Spanish war he was in charge of the supply ships Glacier and Celtic, and when peace was declared he retired to private life. He died five years ago, and was buried in a ledge on his estate.’’ (The Boston Globe 13 May 1915, p. 8)


’’Funeral of Percy Seccombe is Held at Peterboro, N. H.
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 was 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 ceremony 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, 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?) She was one of eleven children born to William Simpson Seccombe, a captain of the sea b. 28 September 1847 in Bude, Cornwall, England, and Hannah Jane (nee Tyson; b. January 1854 in England) Seccombe, who had married 6 May 1874 at Christ Church, Tynemouth, Northumberland. Her father was a naturalized citizen of the USA. The Seccombe family belonged to the Church of England and lived in Peterborough, New Hampshire and in ‘Wayland,’ Concord.  Her known brothers and sisters were Mary, b. 1875, Jane, b. 1878, Sara, b. 29 September 1880, Margaret, b. March 1882, William, b. August 1884 (d. 1913), Roger, b. 7 June 1888, Dorothy, b. November 1889, Nora, b. September 1890, and Percy, b. 4 March 1895. Another sibling, a brother, died in infancy.  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. She was lost in the sinking of the Lusitania along with her younger brother Percy. Her body was recovered and identified after the sinking (No. 164) and she was buried at Queenstown on 14 May; Grave B, 6th Row, Upper Tier. Newspapers reported she was still missing but this was subsequently incorrect.

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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). He had sailed from Yokohama, Japan, 3 April 1915 on the Chujo Maru and had come to San Francisco 19 April. He was noted as an unmarried bank clerk, aged 29. His last permanent residence was stated to have been Manilla, the Philippines. He was 5’9’’ tall, had dark hair and blue eyes. His final destination was London. His adress in 1915 was 9 Gracechurch Street in London. Alick Scott did not survive the Lusitania disaster. 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. His address in Nottingham was 26 Mapperley Road. He had travelled to Mexico and Cuba on several occasions before 1915. He was 5’5” tall, had grey hair and blue eyes. 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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