Evelyn Mary Brown was born at Eriviat, Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales, in late 1886, the youngest of the six children of Henry and Catherine Brown (née Bevan). It is likely her father, who was a game keeper, was employed by the Ffoulkes family on the estate of Eriviat Hall when she was born.
By 1891, the family had relocated to Mount Zion, in the village of Condover, Shropshire, and then later, they had moved to the nearby village of Rushbury. In 1915, the family resided at 3. Roman Bank, Rushbury, Shropshire, England.
In 1910, her sister, Constance, had immigrated to the United States of America and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she found work as a domestic servant. Encouraged by her sister, Evelyn decided to travel to Philadelphia to join her and find employment for herself. Hence, on the 5th April 1911, Evelyn boarded the S.S. Friesland at Liverpool and landed at Philadelphia, where she was met by her sister Constance. The sisters resided at 1373. Locust Street, Philadelphia.
Evelyn also secured employment as a domestic servant. Then, in early 1915, both Constance and Evelyn decided to return to Shropshire for a holiday. Consequently, they booked as third class passengers on what would be the
Lusitania’s final voyage across the Atlantic.
Both sisters were killed when the ship was sunk and neither of their bodies were ever recovered from the sea afterwards and identified. Evelyn was aged 28 years.
After the sinking, Henry Brown applied for financial assistance to The Lusitania Relief Fund, which had been set up after the disaster by The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and other worthy dignitaries, to help those survivors and relatives of the dead, who found themselves in difficulties as a result of the sinking. The committee administering the fund awarded him the sum of £2-0s-0d., on 16th August, in respect of the loss of his two daughters.
They are both commemorated on the headstone on the family grave in the churchyard of St. Peter’s Church, Rushbury. The relevant inscription reads: -
ALSO OF CONSTANCE,
AGED 31 YEARS.
AGED 28 YEARS. .....
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SINKING
OF THE S.S. LUSITANIA BY A GERMAN SUBMARINE
OFF THE IRISH COAST, 7TH MAY 1915.
“FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH”
Catherine Brown died in December 1930, aged 83 years and Henry Brown three months later, in March 1931, aged 81years.
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