Mrs. Martha Moody (Martha Hemphill)

Martha Moody, 70, was the mother of Meta Moody. They were Irish nationals and British subjects from Limavady, County Londonderry (also known as Derry), Ireland. Mother and daughter were traveling aboard Lusitania to return home to Ireland from San Francisco, California. Martha was lost in the Lusitania disaster. Meta was saved. Martha’s body was either not recovered or not identified. Martha was the sister of Reverend John Hemphill. The mother and daughter had been visiting San Francisco for three months. They had been staying in a suite at the Loring apartments at 2400 Van Ness Avenue. Her daughter Meta had been “a great favorite among the smart set of San Francisco.” In the San Francisco Examiner of 9 May 1915, Reverend Hemphill had expressed thanks to God that Meta had been saved but was still concerned about the safety of his sister, of whom there had been no news. Administration of the estate of Martha Moody was granted in Dublin on 8 June 1915 to John H. Moody, totaling £1,443 10s 3d. Contributors: Senan Molony, Ireland References: Molony, Senan. Lusitania: An Irish Tragedy, pg 63. Mercier Press, 2004. San Francisco Examiner, 9 May 1915.

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