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Nellie Elizabeth Becker (Baumgardner)

Also Known As: "Nella"
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Death: February 15, 1961 (84)
Illinois, USA
Place of Burial: Oakland Cemetery Princeton Illinois United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Albert Baumgardner and Elizabeth Baumgardner
Wife of Rev. Allen Oliver Becker
Mother of Ruth Elizabeth Blanchard; Luther Becker; Marion Louise Becker and Richard Fulton Becker

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About Nellie Elizabeth Becker

  • Name: Mrs Nellie E. Becker (née Baumgardner)
  • Born: Monday 19th June 1876
  • Age: 35 years
  • Last Residence: in Guntur India
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 230136 , £39
  • Cabin No.: F4
  • Destination: Benton Harbor Michigan United States
  • Rescued (boat 11)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Wednesday 15th February 1961
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
  • Buried: Oakland Cemetery Princeton Illinois United States
  • Reference: R.M.S. Titanic Deck Plans
  • Reference: Life Boat No. 11

Mrs Allen Oliver Becker (Nellie E. Baumgardner), 36, boarded the Titanic at Southampton. she was travelling with her children Ruth, Richard and Marion from Guntur, India to Benton Harbour, Michigan. Their ticket was #230136 and cost £39 (cabin F-4). Another child Luther Becker, had been born in Lima, Ohio in March of 1905 and died in Guntur, India on February 7, 1907.

Nellie Becker was married to a missionary stationed in India (Mr Allen Oliver Becker) and the children were sailing to America for treatment of an illness Richard had contracted in India.

Nellie was rescued along with Marion and Richard in lifeboat 11. She would later claim $2184.20 against the White Star Line for loss of property. Once in America, she and her three children settled in Benton Harbour, Michigan, until her husband's arrival from India the following year. Her personality was erratic after the sinking, she would cry whenever discussing the disaster. She became estranged from her younger daughter Marian. When Marian died in 1944, Nellie refused to attend her own daughter's funeral. Nellie died in 1961 and left her estate to her son Richard Becker who had not been entirely responsible financially, and left Ruth Blanchard out entirely. To add insult to injury, she named Ruth as executrix of the estate meaning that although she would get nothing from her mother, she was charged with the responsibility of seeing to it that her brother got everything.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

References and Sources

  • News Palladium (Benton Harbor), 1961, Obituary
  • Michigan Department of Health Certificate of Death (#7495)


  • Phillip Gowan, USA She was 35 years old when the Titanic Sank.She boarded the Titanic as a 2nd Class passenger at Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912. She was the widow of Rev. O.A. Becker, who served as intermim pastor for the Eau Claire Comjmunity Congregational church prior to his death in 1956.

BOAT NO. 11*

Sixth boat lowered on starboard side, 1.25 (Br. Rpt., p. 38). No disorder when this boat was loaded and lowered.

Passengers: Women: Mrs. Schabert and two others of first cabin; all the rest second and third class. Fifty-eight women and children in all.

Men: Mr. Mock, first cabin, and two others.

Crew: Seamen: Humphreys (in charge), Brice; Stewards: Wheate, MacKay, McMicken, Thessinger, Wheelton; Fireman ; Steward- ess: Mrs. Robinson.

Total: 70.


W. Brice, A. B. (Am. Inq., 648) : This boat was filled from A Deck. An officer said: **Is there a sailor in the boat?" There was no answer. I jumped out and went down the fall into the bow. Nobody was in the stern. I went aft and shipped the rudder. By that time the boat had been filled with women and children. We had a bit of difficulty in keeping the boat clear of a big body of water coming from the ship's side

The after block got jammed, but I think that must have been on account of the trip not being pushed right down to disconnect the block from the boat. We managed to keep the boat clear from this body of water. It was the pump discharge. There were only two seamen in the boat, a fireman, about six stewards and fifty-one passengers. There were no women and children who tried to get into the boat and were unable to do so. There was no rush and no panic whatever. Everything was done in perfect order and discipline.

Mr. Humphreys, A. B., was in charge of No. II. There was no light or lantern in our boat.

I cut the lashing from the oil bottle and cut rope and made torches. The ship sank bow down first almost perpendicularly. She became a black mass before she made the final plunge when boat was about a quarter of a mile away. Boat No. 9 was packed. Passengers were about forty-five women and about four or five children in arms.

E. Wheelton, steward (Am. Inq.) : As I made along B Deck I met Mr. Andrews, the builder, who was opening the rooms and looking in to see if there was anyone in, and closing the doors again. Nos. 7, 5 and 9 had gone. No.

II boat was hanging in the davits. Mr. Murdoch said: *'You go too." He shouted: Women and children first.'* He was then on the top deck standing by the taffrail. The boat was loaded with women and children, and I think there were eight or nine men in the boat altogether, including our crew, and one passenger.

"Have you got any sailors in?" asked Mr. Murdoch. I said: "No, sir. He told two sail- ors to jump into the boat. We lowered away. Everything went very smooth until we touched the water. When we pushed away from the ship's side we had a slight difficulty in hoisting the after block. We pulled away about 300 yards. We rowed around to get close to the other boats. There were about fifty-eight all told in No. 11. It took all of its passengers from A Deck except the two sailors. I think there were two boats left on the starboard side when No. 1 1 was lowered. The eight or nine men in the boat included a passenger. A quartermaster (Humphreys) was in charge.

C. D. MacKay, steward (Br. Inq.) : No. 1 1 was lowered to A Deck. Murdoch ordered me to take charge. We collected all the women (40) on the Boat Deck, and on A Deck we collected a few more. The crew were five stewards, one fireman, two sailors, one forward and one aft. There was Wheelton, McMicken, Thessenger, Wheate and myself. The others were strangers to the ship. There were two second-class ladies, one second-class gentleman, and the rest were third-class ladies. I found out that they were all third-class passengers. We had some diiBculty in getting the after fall away. We went away from the ship about a quarter of a mile. No compass. The women complained that they were crushed up so much and had to stand. Complaints were made against the men because they smoked.

J. T. Wheate, Ass't. 2nd Steward (Br. Inq.) : Witness went upstairs to the Boat Deck where Mr. Murdoch ordered the boats to the A Deck where the witness and seventy of his men helped pass the women and children into boat No. 9, and none but women and children were taken in. He then filled up No. 11 with fifty-nine women and children, three male passengers and a crew of seven stewards, two sailors and one fireman. He could not say how the three male passengers got there. The order was very good. There was nobody on the Boat Deck, so the people were taken off on the A Deck.

Philip E. Mock, first cabin passenger [letter] : No. II carried the largest number of passengers of any boat — about sixty-five. There were only two first cabin passengers in the boat besides my sister, Mrs. Schabert, and myself. The remainder were second-class or stewards and stewardesses. We were probably a mile away when the Titanic* s lights went out. I last saw the ship with her stern high in the air going down. After the noise I saw a huge column of black smoke slightly lighter than the sky rising high into the sky and then flattening out at the top like a mushroom.

I at no time saw any panic and not much confusion. I can positively assert this as I was near every boat lowered on the starboard side up to the time No. 11 was lowered. With the exception of some stokers who pushed their way into boat No. 3 or No. 5, I saw no man or woman force entry into a lifeboat. One of these was No. 13 going down, before we touched the water.

From address of the Attorney-General, Sir Rufus Isaacs, K. C, M. P.

"No. II took seventy, and carried the largest number of any boat."

  • Residence: Wooster Ward 4, Wayne, OH, USA - 1920
  • Residence: Princeton, Bureau, IL, USA - 1930
  • Residence: Princeton, Bureau, Illinois, USA - 1935
  • Residence: Marital Status: MarriedRelation to Head of House: Wife, Princeton, Bureau, Illinois, United States - Apr 1 1940
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Nellie Elizabeth Becker's Timeline

June 19, 1876
Andhra Pradesh, India
October 28, 1899
March 1905
Lima, Allen, Ohio, USA
December 28, 1907
June 26, 1910
February 15, 1961
Age 84
Illinois, USA
Oakland Cemetery Princeton Illinois United States