Jane Herman in 1913
(Mrs Muriel Harris, courtesy of Michael Findlay & Robert
Mrs Samuel Herman (Jane Laver) was born in Taunton
1 in July 1863.
She was the daughter of Thomas Laver (cab driver) and Elizabeth Laver, and sister
of Sarah, Phoebe, and John. She married Samuel Herman of Castle Cary in Bristol
Jane Herman c. 1900
(Judith Kunze, courtesy of Phillip Gowan, USA)
She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second
class passenger with her husband, Samuel and
twin daughters, Alice and Kate
and their adopted son and employee of her husband's, George
Sweet. They travelled under ticket 220845, cost £65 and were bound for her
brother who was living in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Mrs Herman survived the sinking, her husband died. She was rescued by the Carpathia
in lifeboat 9.
On the Carpathia she sent a telegram to her brother on 18 April:
A LAVER Somerset Hills Country Club Bernardsville New Jersey
Arriving this evening
In New York, she and her family went to her brother, Mr A. Laver, at Somerset
Hill Country Club, Bernardsville, New Jersey. She remained in Bernardsville for
the rest of her life, passing away 16 January 1937. She was interred in the St
Bernards Episcopal Church Cemetery in Bernardsville.
1. Another source says she was born in India.
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York;
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
John Booth & Sean Coughlan (1993) Titanic Signals of Disaster. White Star
Publicatons, Westbury, Wiltshire. ISBN 0 9518190 1 1
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on
Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
Steve Coombes, UK
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Jane Herman
Born: July 1863
Age: 48 years
2nd Class Passengers
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 220845 , £65
Destination: Bernardsville New Jersey United States
Rescued (boat 9)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Saturday 16th January 1937
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Mr Samuel Herman
Miss Alice Herman
Miss Kate Herman
Mr George Frederick Sweet
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