Miss Sarah Rebecca Daniels

Miss Sarah ("Sadie" or "Sallie"?) Rebecca Daniels was born at 18 East Street in Marylebone, London, England on 10 November 1875. She was later baptised on 2 January 1876 in St Marylebone, Westminster.

She was the daughter of Samuel Daniels (b. 1835), a zinc merchants porter, and Catherine Mary Warren (b. 1840), both London natives. Her siblings were: Samuel (b. 1868), James John (b. 1869), Catherine Margaret (b. 1870), Benjamin (b. 1873), Mary (b. 1874), Christopher (b. 1877), Jane (b. 1880) and Joseph (b. 1882).

She appears on the 1881 census living at 18 East Street in Marylebone, London. By the time of the 1911 census she was working as a domestic servant at Valkyrie, 12 Cranes Park Avenue in Surbiton, Surrey, the household of a George William Dibben and his family.

Sarah later came into the employment of the Hudson Allison family of Montréal, Québec and was enlisted as a maid to the family. She boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as a first-class passenger travelling with the Allisons, Hudson and his wife Bess and their two infant children Loraine and Trevor and their children's nurse Alice Cleaver (ticket number 113781 which cost £151, 16s). A further two servants, Mildred Brown and George Swane, travelled in second class.

Sarah sent a postcard from Queenstown to a friend Nell Green:

I wish you were here, it is a lovely boat and it would do you good. Am just going on deck. Fisgig

On the night of 14 April, after the ship hit the iceberg, Sarah decided that something was wrong, and went out by herself to investigate, unable to convince either Hudson Allison, who became angry at her for awakening the family, nor Alice Cleaver, to join her, or that there was any danger. She then encountered several crew members who directed her to lifeboat 8 and assured her that "it was just a precautionary measure", wherein she boarded the lifeboat, which was then lowered from the ship.

Her employers, the Allisons, along with their baby daughter Loraine, died in the sinking, infant Trevor being the only survivor carried off the ship by his nursemaid Alice Cleaver. Aboard the rescue ship Carpathia it was reported that Alice Cleaver refused Sarah Daniels access to baby Trevor.  Strangely several newspapers reported that Sarah Daniels was Bess Allision's sister... perhaps because of her surname.

What became of Sarah Daniels is not entirely certain. It is alleged she remained in Canada, possibly in Montréal, where she is believed to have married and lived out her life.

 

Pictures

152 Abbey Road
152 ABBEY ROAD
 

Articles and Stories

Titanica! (2018) 
WHICH TITANIC SURVIVORS HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND?
Chicago Daily Tribune (1912) 
Unidentified Newspaper 
 

Comment and discuss

  1. mary mason said:

    does any one know what became of sarah daniels after the disaster, like if she married and had children and when she died? thanks

  2. Shannon Duff said:

    No clue, sorry

  3. Jason Lee Daniel said:

    I am also intrigued to know what became of her.....I am trying to trace my ancestry and find out if any of the three "daniels" in the first class are in my lineage.....so if you find something, please let me know.....

  4. Brian Ahern said:

    Jason et al, Judith Geller's "Women and Children First" discussed Sarah. I don't remember if it discussed her ultimate fate, although it did include a letter to relations in England following the disaster. She discussed the somber travelling party back to Canada consisting of the surviving servants and Allison family relatives; and described trying to seem respectfully solemn when she was really feeling euphoric at being alive.

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    Arun Vajpey said:

    I have been meaning to try and research about Sarah Rebecca Daniels' life following the disaster. Very little information is available on the web but I'll keep searching. I did not know about the letter that she is supposed to have sent her British relatives after the disaster (see above post). I think I do have a copy of Judith Geller's book somewhere (most likely packed with many others in a warehouse waiting to be shipped to our second home in India once this Coronavirus situation improves) but have so far missed the account about this letter. As far as I am aware, she sent... Read full post

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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
John Clifford, USA
George Behe, USA
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany

References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
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.
Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History. London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
Search archive British newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Sarah Rebecca Daniels (ref: #89, last updated: 2nd July 2015, accessed 1st August 2020 04:55:38 AM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/sarah-daniels.html