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Schuyler County History
Elizabeth Rothschild

Watkins Glen's Titanic Survivor



Elizabeth Rothschild was born February 10, 1858 in Watkins Glen, New York to James William Barrett and his wife Mary. She was the fifth child in her family. She married Martin Rothschild on June the 2nd of 1895.They boarded the R.M.S. Titanic at Cherbourg on April 10th 1912.On the night of the sinking Elizabeth was boarded on lifeboat 6 with such famous people as the unsinkable Molly Brown. Mrs. Rothschild would not board the boat without her dog a Pomeranian. The fate of the dog is unknown some say it died in a car accident where it was hit or it got into a vicious fight with another dog. This crushed Mrs. Rothschild because it was the last living memory of her life before that fatal night. She returned to Watkins Glen every summer where should was known for her generosity financial. Many who were familiar with her knew her only to dress in black and to smile a lot .Some say she never got over the death her husband and the tragic night of the sinking. Her most well-known contribution was the paving of the road in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen. She died on October 29; 1943.She was laid to rest in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Martin Rothschild

Mr. Martin Rothschild was born on 12th December 1865, the fifth and youngest child of Samson and Mary Rothschild, Prussian immigrants. Martin’s parents came to America in 1848 and settled in Alabama. They moved to New York in 1868. Rothschild was a successful clothing manufacturer based in New York City. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Barrett on June 2nd 1895. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket No. PC 1760, 359,8s). After the collision steward Frederick Dent Ray saw Mr. Rothschild coming out of his stateroom on C deck. “I spoke to him and asked him where his wife was. He said she had gone off in a boat. I said, “This is rather serious.” He said, “I don’t think there’s any occasion for it.” There were 2 men casually walked up to a deck where Ray went to a lifeboat. Mr. Rothschild perished in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.




The memorial located in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Watkins Glen, New York was one of the most impressive contributions given by Mrs. Rothschild. This was not only to be her final resting place, it was a dedication to Mr. Martin Rothschild her beloved husband whom she lost. On the 3 foot bronze plaque located on the mausoleum it gives the date of his death and the quote “Be thou faithful unto Death, I will Give You a Crown of Life”.


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