Antone and Selanie Alexander Mystery

Aug 27, 2007
I was looking through some of the archives of the many digital newspapers online when I came across an interesting article about a bride losing her husband during the sinking of the Titanic. I have tried to find their names on the list of passengers and have come up empty, but I have read that the passengers from Syria have had their names mispronounced by the press over the years. I am wondering if this could be a survivors account with the wrong name on it or a case of complete fabrication. Any Help in finding out who these people are would greatly be appreciated.

To help the facts given in the newspaper say that Selanie Alexander was 15 years old and from Liban, Syria. Her fathers name was Alexander Dallen who lived in Wilkes Barre PA. She was travelling with her new Husband 27 year old Antone Alexander, her sister, and her nephews ages six and four. After being rescued she spent time in St. Vincent's Hospital.
Aug 27, 2007
Names Discovered

With some really great luck I have been able to figure out who the people In the article are.
Selanie Alexander- Mrs Selini "Celiney" Yazbeck (née Alexander)
Antonio Alexander- Mr Antoni Yasbeck
Sister- Mrs Omine Moubarek (née Alexander)
Nephew- Master Gerios ("George _") Moubarek
Nephew- Master Halim Gonios ("William George") Moubarek

The picture is of Selini.

Here is the full article which I think is an interesting Read

Girl Bride Torn From Husband At Pistol Point
Fifteen Year Old Wife Tried to Leave Lifeboat to Die With Him.
Forced Back by Crew
Her Loved One Drowned on The Titanic-She Was Saved to Suffer.

The pathetic story of another bride-widow of the Titanic has come to light. The name of this new victim is Mrs. Selanie Alexander, and she is barely fifteen years old. She comes from Liban, Syria, and has been married two months.

She has just been removed from St. Vincent’s hospital, where she was taken upon landing from the Carpathia, and is now staying at the Syrian hotel kept by Joseph Aboed at Washington and rector streets. Her father, Alexander Dallens is with her. He is settled in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, but her mother is in Syria

Silently Suffering Pangs of Mental Agony
She is a pretty girl, albeit a very unhappy one. Her eyes are large and brown and heavy lidded, and in them is that expression of dull, wondering pain that one sees sometimes in the eyes of suffering animals. The dusty bloom still lingers on her cheeks, but her mouth has a tragic drop and she seems completely stupefied. Her hands lie idly in her lap and she stares unseeingly before her, not speaking except to answer questions in the fewest words possible. For two days after she was rescued she could not be induced to eat anything, and even now she will swallow only a little dry bread.

She has told her father the following story:

“We were all asleep downstairs in the steerage when there was a great bump of the ship that waked us up. My husband knew something terrible had happened. My sister and her two little boys were travelling with us.

“My husband jumped out of bed and picked up one of the children in his arms. He gave me the other. Calling to my sister to follow, he seised me by the hand and ran up to the deck. We were all in our night clothes.

“They were launching a boat and an officer put my sister into it. My husband gave her the child he was carrying and then put me beside her. The other child was still in my arms. I stretched out one hand and caught hold of my husband’s and begged him not to send me away alone. I was shivering and crying, and there was plenty of room in the boat., so he stepped in beside me and sat down and put his arm around me. Then an officer-someone said after it was the captain-pointed a pistol at my husband and ordered him out of the boat.

Tried to Follow Her Husband From a Lifeboat

“Of course he obeyed and the last I saw of him he was running toward the other end of the ship. I tried to get out of the boat and follow him, but they held me down and said that he would go in another boat and join me afterward. But I never saw him again.”

The girl-wife suffered terribly from the cold and exposure during the four hours she was afloat. Her little nephews, who are six and four years old, respectively, are still confined to the hospital with the feverish colds they contracted in that dreadful night.

Antone Alexander, the dead husband, was twenty seven years old and a shoemaker by trade. He had been some time in New york and was doing well. So he decided to go back to his native land for a visit, and when he returned to America to bring a wife with him to establish a home. He had a friend George Barrak, who was associated with Alexander Dallen, his wife’s father, in the peddling business in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Barrak suggested that his own wife and children come to America, under the escort of his friend, and undoubtedly told Alexander of the wife’s pretty little siste Selanie.

Anyway, She became Mrs. Alexander, and though she had never left her town before, she was eager for a honeymoon trip to the New World with her husband especially as her own sister would be accompany them and her father would be waiting at the end of the journey.

The father intends to take the desolate little widow back with him to his home in Wilkes-Barre, as soon as she is able to travel. Of course, all her husband’s savings, as well as her own clothing, went down with the Titanic.


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