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Nellie Estella / Elizabeth Becker (Baumgardner)

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

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

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About Nellie Estella / 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

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)

  • Miss Marion Louise Becker
  • Master Richard F. Becker
  • Miss Ruth Elizabeth Becker

References and Sources

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


  • Phillip Gowan, USA

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Nellie Estella / Elizabeth Becker's Timeline

June 19, 1876
Andhra Pradesh, India
October 28, 1899
Age 23
December 28, 1907
Age 31
June 26, 1910
Age 34
February 15, 1961
Age 84
Oakland Cemetery Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois
Oakland Cemetery Princeton Illinois United States