Young Syrian Girl's Husband Went Down With Titanic

Monroe Journal

Young Syrian Girl's Husband Went Down With Titanic

Youngest of the two dozen brides widowed by the foundering of the Titanic, Mrs Celary (sic) Alexander, 14 (sic) years old, a pretty Syrian girl, called at the White Star offices today and told through an interpreter the story of how her husband was parted from her when officers of the vessel thrust her into a lifeboat.

Her husband, she said, came to this country several years ago and prospered in business in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., so that this year he decided to go back to Syria for a wife. Among all the maidens in his village at the foot of Mount Lebanon he singled out this girl and they were married about two months ago. They started back aboard the Titanic with 142 other Syrians, all from the same district. Of these 125 were drowned and 29 were brought here by the Carpathia.

The child widow, when seen today, still had her finger nails stained with the red ink painted on her wedding night, according to the Syrian fashion.

The Syrians will be sent to their friends in Pennsylvania. They lost practically all their property, that of the Alexanders amounting to $750 in money and $1,300 in jewellery.

Related Biographies:

Antūn Mūsà Yazbak
Sīlānah Iskandar Nāsīf Abī Dāghir Yazbak

Relates to Place:

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, United States


Gavin Bell


Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) A WIDOW 14 YEARS OLD (Monroe Journal, Tuesday 30th April 1912, ref: #21765, published 30 October 2018, generated 3rd June 2020 10:53:17 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/a-widow-14-years-old-21765.html