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Elizabeth Fierer (Dowdell)

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: W Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey, USA
Death: November 16, 1962 (82)
Bronx, New York, USA
Place of Burial: Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey
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Daughter of William Dowdell and No established Dowdell

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About Elizabeth Fierer


  • Name: Miss Elizabeth Dowdell
  • Born: Monday 6th September 1880
  • Age: 31 years
  • Last Residence: in Union Hill New Jersey United States
  • Occupation: Housekeeper
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 364516 , £12 9s 6d
  • Destination: Union Hill New Jersey United States
  • Rescued (boat 13)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Friday 16th November 1962
  • Cause of Death: Natural Causes
  • Buried: Holy Name Cemetery Jersey City New Jersey United States

Miss Elizabeth Dowdell, 30, of Union Hill, New Jersey boarded the Titanic at Southampton as Nurse to Miss Virginia Ethel Emmanuel whom she was escorting to her grandparents home in New York City. They shared a third class cabin with Amy Stanley who recalled the couple years later:

"My two cabin mates were a Nurse and an 11 year old [sic] child, her [the nurse's] name was Elizabeth. The child was alone, because her parents were still in Europe and she was going home to America." After the rescue... "I found Elizabeth and the Nurse I roomed with on the Titanic, I was so glad they survived the trauma."

Amy also mentions them in a letter to her parents written immediately after their arrival in New York:

"I shared a cabin with an American lady and child. I assisted them to dress, and then we went up on deck. We tried to reach the boats. Then I saw two fellows (whom we met at meals, the only men we made real friends of) coming towards us, who assisted us over the railings into the lifeboat."

Amy Stanley was assisted into Collapsible C. Ms Dowdell and Miss Emmanuel were rescued in lifeboat 13.

Miss Dowdell made an insurance claim of $469 (claim B5 c/o Miss Martin, Savoy Hotel, London).

Miss Dowdell later became Mrs Fierer and attended the New York premiere of A Night to Remember in 1958. She passed away in the Bronx, New York, on 16 November 1962 at the age of seventy. She was buried at the Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey.


  • Jersey Journal, 19 April 1912, Mother and Child Saved at Very Last
  • Hudson Dispatch, 19 April 1912, Titanic Survivors Tell Dramatic Story of Sea's Greatest Disaster in History
  • Hudson Observer, 20 April 1912, Union Hill Woman Says Band Didn't Play On Titanic
  • Hudson Dispatch, 20 April 1912, Harrowing Tale of Scenes on Titanic by Miss Dowdell
  • Jersey Journal, 20 April 1912, Rescued Union Hill Girl's Story
  • State of New York Certificate of Death


  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • New York American


  • Arthur Merchant, USA
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Brian Ticehurst, UK

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Miss Virginia Ethel Emanuel


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Elizabeth Fierer's Timeline

September 6, 1880
New Jersey, USA
November 16, 1962
Age 82
New York, USA
Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, New Jersey