Dr. Ryan Parr of Genesis Geonomics Inc. at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay,
Ontario, Canada, and I have been involved in the 'LAST OF THE LOST', a TITANIC
palaeo-DNA project, since the Fall of 1999. Dr. Parr is the Principal Investigator
of the project. During this time, we have been looking intently at the family
trees of the young male victims on board the TITANIC as we have considered the
identity of the young male child recovered as Body No. 4 and buried in Fairview
Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as "An Unknown Child". On May
3, 2002 a
press release from Lakehead University announced that we had established that
this male child was not the Swedish child, Gösta Leonard Pålsson,
as the earliest records had assumed.
The data now indicates that the "unknown child"
is less than one year old, perhaps only six months old. Thus our focus has shifted
to male children who were under one year old at the time the TITANIC sank on
April 15, 1912. We have been looking at the Danbom infant, Gilbert Sigvard Emanuel
Danbom, who was born on November 16, 1911 and who was exactly 5 months old when
he became the youngest male victim of the TITANIC tragedy. As well, we have
been attempting to detail the Danbom/Brogren family tree in an attempt to locate
direct maternal descendents of
the infant's mother, aunts, grandmother, or grandaunts.
The scouring of genealogical data sources has had a side benefit.
It appears that the oft-cited marriage date given on the Encyclopedia Titanica
website for Ernst Gilbert Danbom (1877-1912) and Anna Sigrid Maria Brogren (1884-1912)
is incorrect, as is the commonly-used name "Anna" cited for his wife
"Sigrid". The present website entry notes that "He [Ernst Gilbert
Danbom] married to Anna on 30 November, 1912."
Data from the "Coroner's" files in Halifax, Nova Scotia
The body of Ernst Gilbert Danbom was recovered by the MACKAY-BENNETT
as Body No. 197. The Halifax "Coroner's" first printed list has Danbom's
personal effects tabulated as:
"CLOTHING - Black overcoat; dark suit; white pleated
shirt; black boots.
EFFECTS - Wedding ring, marked "S. B. T. E. G. D., June 6, '10";
watch and chain; knife; keys; opal and ruby ring; fountain pen; bracelet;
ladies watch and chain; knife; 3 memo books; solitaire diamond ring;
scissors; U. S. A. naturalization papers; cheque $1315.79, Security Bank,
Sioux City; pocketbook; jewel case; pin; $266.00 in notes; $30.00 in gold."
This entry is found in the first printed list of the White
Star Line produced within about three days of the arrival of the cable ship
MACKAY BENNETT at Coaling Jetty No. 4 within the naval Dockyard of Halifax at
about 0930 on Tuesday, April 30, 1912. This list may be cited as:
[White Star Line.] 1912a. Record of Bodies and Effects
(Passengers and Crew
S.S. "TITANIC") Recovered by Cable Steamer "Mackay-Bennett"
Including Bodies Buried At Sea And Bodies Delivered At Morgue In
Halifax, N.S. Details Compiled from Records of the "Mackay-Bennett".
Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Manuscript Group
100, Volume 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, circa Friday, May 3, dark
purple card covers, initial page entitled, Key to accompanying List
showing how Bodies have been disposed of:, probably printed in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, 76 pp., unpaged, Body No. 1 to 306 inclusive;
annotated in red ink below each body's data with burial permit and
cemetery data, and with two extra typed pages added, following a handannotated
page [p. 77] reading '205 permits issued 1912', for the MINIA,
MONTMAGNY and ALGERINE; Body Nos. 307 to 324 inclusive, Nos.
326 to 329 inclusive, and No. 330, respectively, titled on p.  'BODIES
PICKED UP BY C.S. MINIA.' (typed), and on p.  'BODIES PICKED
UP BY S.S. MONTMAGNY' (typed) and 'Body Picked up by
Newfoundland Steamer Algerine' (handwritten), respectively.
Very few TITANIC researchers have used the "Coroner's"
materials at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. The microfilms made in about
1974 of the collection, and sold by the Archives, are rather difficult to use
in that the materials are not always ordered by Body No., and may not be chronologically
ordered (microfilm reels 16,595 and 16,596). In later years after Garry Shutlak
of the Archives re-ordered the collection by Body No., a second but somewhat
poor quality microfilm copy was made by the Church of Latter Day Saints, which
the Archives is not permitted to distribute.
Garry Shutlak and I have done a complete inventory of the
so-called "Coroner's" files held at the Archives, and the entry for
the nine items in the file for Body No. 197 reads:
Data from the "Coroner's" files in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Body No. 197, Folder No. 197: E.[rnst] Gilbert
Embarked: Southampton Passenger: '3 third class tickets, No. 3 347080.'
Disposition of body: [The second White Star Line printed list dated May 13,
1912 notes that the body was 'Forwarded to Alfred Danbom, Stanton Ia.[sic
= Iowa], May 3rd'.]
 Master copy of body and clothing description
and inventory of personal effects. The handwritten annotation has 'checked'
written vertically in the lefthand margin opposite the typed list of personal
effects. The wedding ring engravings are changed from 'S.B. to E.Y.D.' to 'S.B.
to E.G.D.' [S.B. is Sigrid Brogen]. The '$266 in notes, 36 dollars in gold'
has been altered by a note reading '$276.00 notes instead of 266.00 30. in gold.'.
Below the typed text on the left is:
'Ex'd' 'Address - Stanton. Iowa U.S.A.'
'Mr. Alfred Danbom '1st mentioned gold watch
Stanton Iowa U S.A.' & chain not in this bag.
R.A MacLeod [signed]
John H. Barnstead [signed]
N. Power [signed]'
[These three witnesses to the watch and chain
not being present are Richard A. MacLeod, Deputy Prothonotary, John H. Barnstead,
District Registrar, Births, Marriages and Deaths, and probably Nicholas Power
Sr., an ex-policeman and listed in 1912 as a 'private detective'.]
 Letter of 'R.W. Beeson, Attorney-At-Law Red
Oak, Iowa Rooms 1, 2 and 3 Hysham
Blk. North Side Square' dated May 24, 1912 to the Provincial Secretary enclosing
the Letters of Administration of 'Ernest[sic] G. Danbom' and noting 'I had him
Mr. Alfred Danbom [a brother, the administrator] write to the White Star Line
at New York and they wrote to him, informing him that "when the value of
the effects amounts to a sum exceeding $100.00, the property has been retained
by the Provincial Secretary at Halifax. To obtain the effects, the executor
or administrator of the estate of the passenger should send to the Provincial
Secretary at Halifax a court certificate, showing his appointment together with
a receipt in duplicate for all effects in the
hands of the Provincial Secretary recovered from the body."'. R.W. Beeson
also requested instructions as to 'what is necessary to be done in order to
get the effects, if any, that were found upon the person of Ernest G. Danbom.'
Data from the "Coroner's" files in Halifax,
Nova Scotia (cont.)
 Certified copy of the Letters of Administration
for 'Ernest G. Danbom' enclosed in the above letter, dated April 29, 1912 signed
by J.M. Halbert, clerk of the District Court of State of Iowa, Montgomery County,
Iowa, and certified on May 17, 1912 by the same J.M. Halbert.
 Deputy Provincial Secretary (DPS) to R.W.
Beeson, dated May 30, 1912 indicating that the effects would be forwarded 'in
a few days'.
 Unsigned 'Inventory of property found on
the body of the late Ernest G. Danbom.' included in the above letter. This list
details the contents of the jewel case as 'Case containing pearl sun buvet brooch
and silver coinbrooch.' The 'naturalization Paper.' is detailed as 'Passport
of the Department of State, Washington, No. 38477.'
 DPS to R.W. Beeson, dated June 12, 1912 noting
that he is sending the effects and enclosing 'all the effects'. DPS notes that
'The inventory of the effects taken from the body of the late Ernest G. Danbom
that was printed by the White Star Line [the first printed list circa May 3,
1912] mentions two watches, but there was only one watch, a lady's gold one,
among the effects. The second watch mentioned must have been a repetition; at
all events two watches were not delivered into the custody of this Department'.
 Money Receipt of the Canadian Express Co.
at Halifax dated June 13, 1912 sending the personal effects to A. Danbom and
valuing them at $1,500.00. [See June 21, 1912 letter of 'Royal Swedish Consul
a.i. [E. Lindquist] of Montréal found in the Body No. 165 file wherein
he thanks the Deputy Provincial Secretary for a list of the effects found on
the body of Ernest G. Danbom.]
 Memo from LeB. Coleman of the Canadian Express
Co. in Halifax to the Provincial Secretary dated July 3, 1912 stating that the
delivery of Danbom's effects was made, and attaching the 'consignee's receipt
 Signed and witnessed Inventory of property
stamped 'Council Bluffs, Iowa June 24, 1912'. Signed by 'Alfred Danbom administrator'
and witnessed by 'L.W. Shubert' Surveyor of Customs -' and by 'W.A. MacVargan'
[or MacTargan] Cashier Am Ex Co.'.
Thus according to item No.  in the corrected Halifax Coroner's files, the
wedding band has "S.B. to E.G.D." - i.e. "[Anna] Sigrid [Maria]
Brogren to Ernst Gilbert Danbom on June 6, 1910." It would appear that
"Sigrid" was her commonlyused name, or at least it was her own choice
of a first name at the age of almost 26 years when she married in 1910, rather
than "Anna", and that the marriage occurred on June 6, 1910, not on
November 30, 1910 as currently cited on the Encyclopedia Titanica website. The
newly-married Danbom couple was in Sweden for 22 months before they headed back
to the United States on the TITANIC. The marriage data of Ernst Gilbert Danbom
and Sigrid Brogren was first cited by Claes-Göran Wetterholm in his 1988
book 'Titanic' published in Swedish, and repeated in the 1996 edition, as "30/11/1910
gifte han sig med Anna Sigrid Brogren ..." which translated into English
is "30 November 1910 married to Anna Sigrid Brogren". Wetterholm then
uses "Anna" throughout his book for "Sigrid", especially
Swedish third class compilation at the back of his volume. It would appear that
if there is ever a new edition of Wetterholm's book, the Danbom marriage date
should be changed to June 6, 1910, and her common first name perhaps should
be "Sigrid" rather than "Anna". The absolute proof would
be to find the couple's marriage certificate which should be in Chicago, Illinois,
U.S.A., according to the Encyclopedia Titanica website, or possibly in Stanton,
Iowa, which is something that I have not yet done. So perhaps I am open to error?
One suspects that Ernst Gilbert Danbom and his wife may well have registered
their marriage in their families' home parishes (pastorsexpeditionen) of Horn
or Kisa in southern Östergötland lån during their year-long
visit back to Sweden?
References Encyclopedia Titanica. 2002 Third Class Passenger Ernst Gilbert Danbom.
accessed 17:17:54 April 2, 2002.
Wetterholm, Claes-Göran. 1988. TITANIC. First Edition, Båtdokumentationsgruppen
HB, Skårham, Sweden (in Swedish), 296 pp.; Second Edition, 1966, Bokförlaget
Rabén Prisma, Stockholm, Sweden (in Swedish), 320 pp.
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