Mr Woolf Spector

Mr Woolf Spector (Spectorovski) was born in Zambrów, Łomża, Poland around 1889.

He was the son of Rose Spectorovski but other details about his early life remain vague but it is clear that he came from a Jewish family. He had one identifiable sibling: Rachel Leah (b. 1882).

He came to England as a young man. His sister Rachel was married to a man named Banda Ludiski (b. 1876), a tailor, and they had three children: Lewis (b. 1904), Isik (b. 1905) and Hymon (b. 1907). The family had come to England sometime prior to 1907 and appear on the 1911 census of England living at 19 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London. Living with them is Woolf, now going by the name of Woolf Spector, who is described as a 22-year-old unmarried cabinet maker.

Woolf boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a third class passenger (ticket number 3236 which cost £8, 1s). He was travelling to New York where his aunt Frances (Mrs Chaim 1 Hersch Yellin), née Spectorovski 2, had been living since 1911 with her family.

Woolf died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His family back in London are believed to have later went by the name of Lodoshic. What became of his sister Rachel is not entirely certain but it is possible she died in London in the late 1940s. His aunt in New York, Frances Yellin, died in the Bronx in 1943.


  1. Known as William in the USA
  2. Correspondence with some family state she was an aunt, others state she was an older sister

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  1. pixframe said:

    Regarding footnote 1: Chaim Hersch Yellin was known at Hyman Yellin in the United States. Regarding footnote 2: Frances Yellin was Woolf's aunt. I am the great grand daughter of Chaim and Frances Yellin.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Woolf Spector (ref: #1232, last updated: 10th August 2017, accessed 20th October 2020 08:51:47 AM)