Mrs Thomas William Solomon Brown (Elizabeth Catherine Ford), 40, was born in 1872 in the Cape Colony, South Africa.
She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with her husband Thomas and her daughter Edith. They bought ticket number 29750 for £39 and their destination was Seattle.
A brother of hers, Mr N. Wills, lived in Boksburg near Johannesburg, South Africa. Her husband was a successful hotelier at Cape Town, South Africa, but his business declined and they decided to make an new start at Seattle, where her sister lived. The couple had two daughters, one of them died at the age of 8 from diphteria, the other one, Edith Eileen, went with them. She and her daughter, together with two other Ladies, occupied a four-berth cabin, whereas her husband was accommodated in another.
On the night of 14-15th April 1912 her husband placed her and his daughter in lifeboat 14 and stepped back, just 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 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 went to Rhodesia, where she died on 29 June 1925.
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References and SourcesContract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
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