After long years of search, the Hempfield family finally declares to have found the mystery owner of a gold locket from Titanic and believe the item originally belonged to Annie Moore Ward of Philadelphia.
About fifteen years back Natale “Nat” Carbone IV, son of Betty and Buz Carbone from Hempfield, had bought the locket from an antiques dealer in New York. The round golden locket bears the letters “AMA” or “AWA” in intricate script and now the Carbones believe that it originally belonged to Annie Moore Ward of Philadelphia, who served as a maid for a first-class passenger on the Titanic in April 1912 and survived the tragic end.
According to TribLive.com, Ward was 38 in April 1912 and served as a personal maid for the first class passenger named Charlotte Wardle Cardeza of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, who also survived the tragic accident. Ward continued to work for her employer until 1939 when Cardeza breathed her last, reported UPI.com. Ward died in 1955.
Beth Evangeliste, Carbones’ daughter, said she never imagined finding the owner of the locket.
After scanning through all the names from Titanic passengers list, Evangeliste came across only Ward’s name that came close to the initials found on the locket.
During her search, she came across many interesting facts. "Whenever they were getting ready to board lifeboats, (Ward) put on a fur coat, grabbed some jewelry and salt and pepper shakers," Evangeliste said.
Ward slipped the items into the pockets of the fur coat she put on over her nightgown, according to Encyclopedia Titanica. The encyclopedia also includes a news article published on April 16, 1912 stating that Ward had some kind of a premonition that something awful was going to happen and was not ready to board the ship.
"It mesmerizes me about her," Carbone said. "She had a premonition that bad things were going to happen. Through the Internet, you're able to go back 100 years and find out about this person's personal history and her family and this wealthy woman's family," she said. "It's just amazing to me."
Inside the locket, a worn slip of brown paper indecipherable in cursive reads: "Wreck of the Titanic, April 15th, 1912. Loss of life 1645," though it's not clear what the 1645 means. The official death count was 1,514.
Though the owner of the locket may have been traced, Evangeliste says she would like to continue her search.
"I'm 90 percent sure, but I want to be 100 percent sure", she said.