Mrs Miriam Kantor was born in Vitebsk, Russia (now Belarus) on 10 August 1887.1 She and her husband Sinai Kantor boarded the Titanic at Southampton as second-class passengers. They bought ticket number 244367 for £26 and probably travelled with Israel Nesson whose ticket was numbered consecutively.
Mrs Kantor survived the sinking; she was rescued by the Carpathia, albeit in which lifeboat is unknown, although boats 10 and 12 have been suggested as possibilities. Her husband was lost.
Mrs Kantor and her husband were both believed to be university graduates and it was recorded by the Red Cross that she intended to pursue studies in dentistry.
After arriving in New York, it is unclear if she joined her family at their intended address 1735 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, or as indicated on the Carpathia immigration list, to the home of her uncle, Mr Berman, in Boston, Massachusetts.
She later received her husband's effects, including his Hebrew pocket watch, retrieved from his body which had been recovered and brought to New York for burial.
On 24 June 1912, whilst a resident of 63 East 118th Street, Manhattan, Mrs Kantor (as Mary Kantor) declared her intention to become a US citizen; she was described as standing at 5’ 4”, weighing 150lbs and with brown hair and eyes and a dark complexion. She stated her last foreign residence as Vitebsk, Russia (now Belarus).
Miriam's later whereabouts remain a mystery but in 2018 her husband’s Hebrew pocket watch was offered for auction reportedly by a 'direct descendant'.