Mrs Anna Lydia Amanda Hämäläinen

Anna Hamalainen

Anna Lydia Amanda Hämäläinen, née Wartiainen (or Martiainen) was born around 1889 in Finland.

Her mother seems to have been Helena or Amanda (perhaps Amanda Helena) Wartiainen.

She was going from Kiihtelsyvaara, Finland, to her husband John, a metal beater born ca. 1879 in Finland, at 389 Clay Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.

She and her infant son Wiljo travelled with Marttta Hiltunen as second-class passengers.  Anna and Wiljo entered a lifeboat and were rescued, for some reason Martta did not join them and was lost.

'..As the water came nearer to us, we began to realize that the ship was doomed. The crowd along the rail was thicker,  but there was no panic. Some were crying and others were perfectly calm. We were all sort of dazed. The officer who was superintending the loading of the boat looked around and saw me, with the baby in my arms. I don't know whether he said anything or not; anyhow, he shoved me into the boat and it was let down to the water. We were only a short distance away when the ship sank.'' As one of the passengers in the last boat....I heard some shots once, but don't know what they were. Only at one time did men try to get into our boat, and the officers forced them back.''....''Martha was there just a little while before we left,' said Mrs. Hamlin, but there was a crowd and so much excitement that we became separated....'' - Detroit Free Press, 21 April 1912, p. 9

It is possible she had come to the USA already in 1904. In 1910, they lived at Main Street in Merrimac Town, Essex, Massachusetts.

Anna and John had been married less than a year. Her husband was noted as a copper worker at an auto factory.

They divorced within a few years after the disaster and Mr. Hämäläinen had married Jennie White in 1917.

Anna married auto worker Frank Arvid Sarlin 22 September 1917 in Detroit, Michigan. He was two years her senior, having been born 14 April 1888 at Tammerfors (Tampere), Finland.  Anna's mother was noted as Amanda in the marriage certificate. Mr. Sarlin had a son from a previous marriage, Frank, born ca. 1912, who in 1930 lived with his father and step-mother in Elkhart, Indiana.

In 1940, the Sarlins lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

Anna Sarlin (nee Wartiainen, married Hämäläinen, aka. Hamlin) died 28 December 1945 in Baltimore, aged 55. She was buried at Loudon Park Cemetery.

Her widower, Frank Sarlin, married Anna Wallen 27 December 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, and died 13 April 1968 in Florida.

Anna's first husband may have been the John Hamlin, b. 13 March 1880 in Finland, who passed away 18 August 1968 at Los Angeles.



Anna Lydia Amanda Hämäläinen

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The Times (1912) 

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References and Sources

Boston Sunday Post, 4 May 1913
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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