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.