Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Anne Elizabeth Isham was born on January 25, 1862 in Cook County, Illinois. Her father was Edward Isham and her mother was Frances Burch Isham. She had two brothers named Pierrepont and Edward Jr. along with a sister, Frances named after her mother. Edward Sr. had a law firm with Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln and major general of General Grant during the Civil War. She was a bashful girl and woman. She began living abroad at the age of 41, and lived her older sister Frances in Paris, France. She was in Cherbourg, France now at the age of 50 when she boarded the Titanic bound for home in America. There is a legend that she brought a Great Dane which she had raised since it was a pup and used for companionship. However, that was started by Marty Crisp when she wrote "White Star: A Dog on the Titanic" and is not true. She knew the Ryersons of Philadelphia, who were returning to America to attend their son's funeral. However, we don't know whether or not they met. Mrs. Ryerson stayed in her cabin most of the voyage and went out only once. Mr. Ryerson died when the Titanic sank, so we can't tell whether or not they met. She also had a cabin (C-49) next to Archibald Gracie although he claimed to have never seen her during the voyage. She died during the sinking, and her body was never recovered. No one knows how she died. It's possible that she was never woken up and locked in when the cabins were locked by the stewards to prevent burglars. There is a memorial erected by her relatives in her honor, in Vermont.