Virginia Ethel Emanuel was born in 1906 in New York. She was the daughter of Walter Emanuel and Esther “Estelle” Weil. Her parents had married in 1905, a year before Virginia was born.
It is said that Virginia’s mother was an opera singer, however in the 1910 census her occupation is listed as “none” and I can not find any information of any opera singer named “Estelle Emanuel”…
Here is the 1910 census information for Virginia and her family:
115 street west
Manhattan, ward 12
Emanuel, Walter, Head, 30, New York, ? English, New York, own income
Emanuel, Estelle, Wife, 23, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
Emanuel. Virginia M, 4, New York, New York, Ohio
Tilson, Hilda, Servant, 47, Sweden, Sweden, Sweden, servant
In 1912, little Virginia was in London with her mother. They had travelled to Piccadilly because Estelle had signed a work contract there.
Virginia’s mother sent her daughter back to New York with her nursemaid, Miss Elizabeth Dowdell. They boarded the Titanic on 10th April 1912 in Southampton.
Elizabeth and Virginia shared a cabin with Amy Stanley.
Virginia was rescued from the sinking and was cared for on the Carpathia by Miss Dowdell.
In New York she was met by her grandparents, and taken to their house where they cared for her.
The following is the Ellis Island ships manifest information for Virginia Ethel Emanuel:
Name: Virginia (Ethel) Emanuel
Estimated birth year: abt 1906
Marriage Status: Single
Birth Location: United States of America
Nationality: United States of America
Place of Origin: London, England
Port of Departure: Rescued from shipwrecked Titanic
Ship Name: Carpathia
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Arrival Date: 18 Apr 1912
Destination: New York City, New York, United States of America
Name & address of nearest relative in country where came from: Mother, Mrs. W Emmanuel
70 Cook & Son, Piccadilly, London, England
Nearest Relative: Grandfather, Mr S. J Weill, 605 West 113 Street
I can not find what happened to Virginia after the Titanic.
Samuel Jay Weil was born 1861 in Ohio. His parents were both German. I can not find him in the censuses before 1900. He married Celia Phillips. She was born 1864 in Ohio. They married in 1884 and had three children:
Esther “Estelle” Weil born July 1885
Franklin Frederick Weil born 30th October 1889
Gordon Jay Weil born 24 November 1892
All three children were born in Ohio.
Here is the 1900 census for the family:
West 108th Street
Manhattan (district 555)
Weil, Samuel J, Head Aug 1860, 39, Germany, Germany
Weil, Celia, Wife, Oct 1863, 36, Ohio, Germany, Germany
Weil, Esther, Daughter, July 1885, 14, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
Weil, Franklin, Son, Oct 1889, 10, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
Weil, Gordon, Son, Nov 1892, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
Franklin Frederick Weil married a lady named Bernice. She was born 10th November 1894 in Alabama. They had two children, a daughter and a son. Franklin served in both world wars and died in January 1969 aged 79. Bernice died on 20 November 1973 aged 79.
Gordon Jay Weil married a lady named Marguerite. She was born 1892in Scala, Florida. They had at least one child, a son. Gordon died on 17 January 1947 in Los Angeles. Gordon also fought in WWI
Biography by Beata 16 February 2007
1900 United States Census
1910 United States Census
Ellis Island Record