Mr Israel Nesson was born around 1885 in Bogopol, Balta, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. Other details about his early life or family background remain uncertain.
He had first come to the USA around 1903 where he spent several years before returning to Ukraine around 1908. There he was married to Elisheva Kolker but they remained childless and soon made plans to travel to America together.
An electrician by trade, Nesson boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 244368 which cost £13) and was travelling to Boston, Massachusetts, giving his last permanent address as London. It is presumed his wife was to follow him once he had settled in America.
Israel Nesson died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.