Miss Amalie Henriette Gieger was born in Königsberg, Prussia1 around 1871 2 but other details about her early life remain unknown.
She was shown arriving in New York in May 1903 aboard St Paul; in May 1905 she arrived aboard Kronprinz Wilhelm and in September 1907 aboard Adriatic but, as per census records, she had been living in the USA since 1899.3 She was again shown entering the USA in May 1909 aboard Mauretania. A sister, Bertha Gieger, lived at 18 Elisabeth Strasse, Bromberg in Posen, Germany (modern-day Bydgoszcz, Poland).
Amalie was shown on the 1910 US census as a maid to the George Dunton Widener family at their home in Cheltenham, Mongomery County, Pennsylvania. Following a trip to Europe with the Wideners she boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (joint ticket 113503 which had cost £211, 10s). Travelling on the same ticket were her employers Mr Widener and his wife Eleanor, their son Harry and valet Edwin Keeping.
Amalie survived the sinking, escaping in lifeboat 4 with her employer Mrs Widener; the others in their party were among the lost. How long she remained in the employ of Mrs Widener thereafter is not clear.
Amalie never married and apparently spent time living in Philadelphia before settling in New York. She was shown arriving in New York on 31 October 1914 aboard New Amsterdam, having departed from Rotterdam. In May 1922 she sailed aboard Olympic.
Amalie appears on the 1930 US census living at 520 West 144th Street, Manhattan; she then had no stated profession and became a naturalised US citizen in April the following year. The following year, in 1932 when she sailed aboard Deutschland, her address was still 520 West 144th Street.
Amalie Gieger died in Manhattan on 18 November 1933 and was later cremated.
Hermann Söldner, Germany
- Modern-day Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave seaport city situated between Poland and Lithuania.
- When she entered the USA aboard Pancras, sailing from Manaus, Brazil on 3 October 1924, her age was given as 49 years and 1 month. On 15 June 1923 she arrived in New York aboard Mauretania, her age being given as 46 years and 8 months. Both records point to a birth date in September 1876. However on the 1910 census her age was given as 38, meaning she was born in late 1871 or early 1872.
- 1899 as per the 1910 census; the 1930 census states that she had come to the USA in 1905.
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.
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