Miss Ellen Mary "Nellie" Barber, 26, was born in Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, England, the daughter of carpenter, William Hopkins Barber, and Fanny (nee Izzard), She had a sister Edith Emily Barber.1
In 1912 her family resided in The Square, Penshurst, near Tonbridge, Kent. The large house in Penshurst, called Penshurst Place, was owned by the Cavendish family. Ellen was 5’8” tall, with a pale complexion, brown hair and eyes.
She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as maid to Mrs Tyrell William Cavendish for whom she had worked for over a year. Her last permanent residence was in Stafford. She travelled on the Cavendish's ticket (No. 19877).
Mrs Cavendish and Miss Barber were rescued in lifeboat 6. She sent a Marconigram to her parents' address, it was transmitted at 9.40 pm, probably on 18 April 1912:
Mrs Barber Penshurst nr Tonbridge Kent EnglandSafeNellie
Ellen never married and died in London on 2 May 1963.2
- Edith Emily Barber was born in Chiddingstone in 1888. She never married. When she died on 9 July 1952 she left her estate valued at £1114 5s to Ellen Mary Barber.
- She left her estate to Blanche Constable (nee Izzard, 1877-1967) who was her aunt (her mother's sister).
References and Sources
General Register Office, Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths
British Census 1891-1911
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Craig Stringer (2003) Titanic People (CDROM)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
John Booth & Sean Coughlan (1993) Titanic Signals of Disaster. White Star Publicatons, Westbury, Wiltshire. ISBN 0 9518190 1 1
Hermann Söldner, Germany