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Elizabeth Margaret Burns

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Death: May 29, 1921 (50)
Newark, New Jersey, United States (Pulmonary Oedema (Dropsy) )
Place of Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Newark New Jersey United States
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About Elizabeth Margaret Burns


  • Name: Miss Elizabeth Margaret Burns
  • Born: Thursday 15th December 1870
  • Age: 41 years
  • Occupation: Nursemaid to Master Robert Douglas Spedden
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 16966 , £134 10s
  • Cabin No.: E40
  • Rescued (boat 3)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Sunday 29th May 1921
  • Cause of Death: Pulmonary Oedema (Dropsy)
  • Buried: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Newark New Jersey United States

Miss Elizabeth Margaret Burns was born December 15th, 1870, in Newark, New Jersey. In 1898, she was a member of the first graduating class of the Roosevelt School for Nurses.

By 1912 she had been the nanny (private nurse) to Robert Douglas Spedden for more than three years. Douglas called her "Muddie Boons," because he had trouble pronouncing her name.

She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket number 16966), and was rescued in Lifeboat 3.

Miss Burns died on May 29th, 1921. At the time she was living at the Central Club for Nurses in New York, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Nurses Association.


On the "List or Manifest ..." her age is given as 39.


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • Colonel Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic. New York, Mitchell Kennerley
  • List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
  • Daisy Spedden (1994) Polar, the Titanic Bear


  • Dave Aldworth, USA
  • Leighton H. Coleman III, USA
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Hermann Söldner, Germany

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Frederic Oakley Spedden
  • Mrs Margaretta Corning Spedden
  • Master Robert Douglas Spedden
  • Miss Helen Alice Wilson
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Elizabeth Margaret Burns's Timeline

December 15, 1870
New Jersey, United States
May 29, 1921
Age 50
New Jersey, United States
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Newark New Jersey United States