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Sara Rebecca Compton

Sara Rebecca Compton
Sara Rebecca Compton

Miss Sara Rebecca Compton was born in Manhattan, New York on 30 April 1872.

She was the daughter of Alexander Taylor Compton (b. 1842) and Mary Eliza Ingersoll (b. 1847). Her father, a lawyer, was a native of Newark, New Jersey whilst her mother hailed from Westchester, New York. She had two siblings but lost one in infancy, her elder brother Lorin Ingersoll (1870-1872). Her surviving sibling was her younger brother Alexander Taylor (b. 1874). The family would appear on the 1880 census living in New York and on the 1885 census living in East Orange, New Jersey. Her father Alexander died on 30 January 1902 and the remaining family later settled in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Sara, also known as Sadie, together with her brother Alexander and their mother, she boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (joint ticket number PC 17756, £83, 3s, 2d). She occupied cabin E-49

Sara and her mother were rescued in lifeboat 14 but her brother Alexander was lost. Following their arrival in New York aboard the Carpathia she and her mother stayed at the Murray Hill Hotel in New York; her mother was reportedly devastated at the loss of her son.

Sara Compton never married and spent much of her later years in New Jersey and is also known to have spent time in Florida. She died in Miami 16 June 1952 aged 80 and was later cremated.

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Newspaper Articles

Newark Evening News (16 April 1912) Lakewood Inquiries
No word received as to their fate.
New York Herald (19 April 1912) Lady Duff Gordon Saw Men Shot By Captain Smith
A man made a rush to get aboard and was shot.
Asbury Park Evening Press (19 April 1912) Lakewood Women Are Among Saved
Compton's prominent in the winter colony at Lakewood
Newark Evening News (19 April 1912) Mrs. Compton Tells Of Titanic Disaster
Completely prostrated over the loss of son.
Asbury Park Evening Press (20 April 1912) Comptons Tell Of Titanic Disaster
Miami Herald (26 June 1952) $150000 Estate Split 17 Ways


San Francisco Chronicle (1912) Sara Rebecca Compton
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  1. Brian Ahern

    Does anyone have any info on the life of Sara Compton? I've always imagined her life to be a dull one, being an unmarried woman of 40 who apparently still lived with her mother. But I suppose it's not fair to speculate. She at least would have had the consolation of being a fairly wealthy spinster, since she was ultimately the last Compton left. Her bio speaks of her spending her "retirement" near the New Jersey coastline. Did she have any sort of career? If anyone knows anything about this shadowy figure, I'd appreciate them passing it along. Thanks, Brian Ahern
  2. Dave Gittins

    Have you read her story in Gracie's book? It starts on page 196 of the Jack Winocour edition. She spoke up in support of Fifth Officer Lowe. Gracie mentions that she was injured in the process of getting into boat 14.
  3. Brian Ahern

    Thanks Dave - I knew I'd seen an account of hers somewhere. I guess it shows she wasn't a total shrinking violet. Still, it doesn't give much indication of the sort of life she led. Thanks, Brian
  4. Phillip Gowan

    Brian, Sara led an active life with many friends both in the northeast and in Florida. Although she traveled mainly in the United States after Titanic, she could afford to do most anything she wanted to do and did. She left no relatives of any sort (at least none that she was particularly close to) but her wide range of friends benefitted generously from her will. No unhappy and solitary spinster was she.
  5. Brian Ahern

    Glad to hear it! Thanks a million, Phil. -Brian A.
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Sara Rebecca Compton
Age: 39 years 11 months and 15 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Single
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17756, £83 3s 2d
Cabin No. E49
Rescued (boat 14)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 16th June 1952 aged 80 years

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