Elizabeth Catherine Brown

Elizabeth Catherine Brown

Mrs Thomas William Solomon Brown (Elizabeth Catherine Ford), 40, was born on 4 November 1872 in the Cape Colony, South Africa.

Her parents were Frank Edward Murray (b. 21 June 1841 or 1846 in Cape Town, d. 1884) and Charlotta Hendrika (b. 1844 in Malmesbury, South Africa; nee Grief or Greef; d. 21 September 1880) Ford. Her parents had married on 9 January 1866 at Swartland, Morreesburg, in the Cape Province in the Dutch Reformed tradition.

After the death of Charlotta Hendrika, her father married Engela Jacoba Wilhelmina du Toit (b. 1862) 10 January 1882 at Boshof, Free State, South Africa. Her father passed away 29 May 1884 at Potchefstroom, Transvaal, South Africa.

Elizabeth had six brothers and sisters; Edward Stranshaw, Hendrik Gabriel (b. 1869), Sarah Adriana, b. 29 September 1870, Johanna Chatarina, Frank Murray, and Charlotta Hendrika (d. 25 September 1880).

She married Thomas William Solomon in London in 1891.

Brown had been a successful hotelier at Cape Town, South Africa, but as his business declined they decided to make a new start at Seattle, where one of her sisters lived.

The couple had two daughters, one died at the age of 8 from diphtheria, the other, Edith Eileen, travelled with them.

They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as second class passengers (ticket number 29750 for £39).

Elizabeth, Edith and two other Ladies, occupied a four-berth cabin; Thomas was accommodated elsewhere.

On the night of 14-15th April 1912, Thomas placed her and Edith in lifeboat 14 and stepped back, smoking a cigar and awaiting his fate.

Mrs Brown and her daughter were rescued by the Carpathia. They stayed in New York for a while and then travelled to Mrs Brown's sister, Josephine (Johanna?) Acton and her husband Edward, who lived at 2400 9th Avenue West, Seattle, Washington. After a short time there, they moved back to South Africa.

Elizabeth Brown soon remarried and relocated to Rhodesia, where she died on 29 June 1925.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
James Pellow with Dorothy Kendle (1995) A Lifetime on the Titanic. The Biography of Edith Haisman, Britains Oldest Survivor of the Titanic Disaster. Island Books. ISBN 1 898198 10 1
1912 Seattle City Directory

Research Articles

David Haisman Titanica! (2003) The Browns Prepare to Abandon Ship

Newspaper Articles

Unidentified Newspaper (10 April 1996) Oldest Titanic survivor plans visit to site


Seattle Daily Times (1912) Elizabeth Catherine Brown
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