Mr Abraham 1 Mansoor Mishellany was born as Ibrāhīm Mansūr Mish'alānī in Beirut 2, Lebanon on 25 May 1858 3. He and his family reportedly fled Lebanon to escape the Ottoman regime and emigrated to Egypt where his brother ran a monthly Arabic publication, Al-Salwa.
When Abraham arrived in England is uncertain. He was married around 1894 to Grace Sarah Holland, a London-native who was born 13 March 1864 in Dalton, the daughter of James and Eliza Ann Holland, and who was a milliner as per the 1891 census when she was living at 23 Queens Road, Paddington. The couple settled in Liverpool.
Abraham and Grace welcomed twin sons Victor Holland and Albert James on 5 September 1895. At the time of his sons' baptism in St Saviour's Church, Liverpool, on 20 October 1895, Abraham was described as a stationer and he and his family were living at 12 Granby Street, Liverpool. It is thought that Abraham may, at one point, have operated his own printing business.
Abraham and his family appear on the 1901 census living at 35 Bauner (?) Street, Wavertree, Liverpool and he was described as a ship's steward. At the time of the 1911 census, Abraham was absent and perhaps at sea. His wife and sons were listed as living at 123 Ledbury Road, Bayswater, London. His sons were both described as shop assistants, Victor at Selfridges and Albert at Harrods.
Abraham was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as Criterion Res., (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As the printer he received monthly wages of £6.
Abraham Mishellany died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Grace never remarried. She died in Gosport, Hampshire in 1943 aged 78. What became of his sons is unknown.
- A family source gives his name as Albert. The 1901 census confirms his name as Abraham. His sons' baptismal record also confirms the name as Abraham.
- The 1901 census gives his birthplace as Beyrouth (Beirut), Turkey (sic). Family give his birthplace more specifically as Shimlān, Lebanon, a village 25 km South-East of Beirut.
- Exact source unknown, correspondence with Guy Mishellany (2004)
1901 British Census
Crew Particulars of Engagement
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
The Dream and the Nightmare; the Syrians who boarded the Titanic: Leila Sallloum Elias, Atlas Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
Andrew Williams, UK