Mr Abraham Mansoor Mishellany 1 was born as Ibrāhīm Mansūr Mish'alānī in Beirut2, Lebanon on 25 May 1858.3
Little is known about his background or early life but it is reported that he and his family fled Lebanon to escape the Ottoman regime and emigrated to Egypt where his brother ran a monthly Arabic publication, Al-Salwa.
When Abraham arrived in England is uncertain. He was married around 1894 to Grace Sarah Holland, a London-native who was born 13 March 1864 in Dalton, the daughter of James and Eliza Ann Holland, and who was a milliner as per the 1891 census when she was living at 23 Queens Road, Paddington. She and Abraham settled in Liverpool.
Abraham and Grace welcomed twin sons Victor Holland and Albert James on 5 September 1895. At the time of his sons' baptism in St Saviour's Church, Liverpool, on 20 October 1895, Abraham was described as a stationer and he and his family were living at 12 Granby Street, Liverpool. It is thought that Abraham may, at one point, have operated his own printing business.
Mishellany first appears on crew manifests as early as 1897 when he was working as a steward aboard Majestic, his address being listed as 121 Northbrook Street, Liverpool. He then spent the next two years until 1899 working aboard Cymric, his address on latter voyages aboard that vessel being given as 4 Laurel Grove. He and his family moved later that year to 35 Bauner (?) Street, Wavertree, Liverpool and he returned to duties aboard Majestic; the family appear on the 1901 census living at that address and Abraham was described as a ship's steward. By 1903 the family address was 16 Belgrave Road, Seaforth. During 1904 Abraham was serving aboard Cedric whilst he and his family were living at 12 Thompson Road.
At the time of the 1911 census Abraham was absent and perhaps at sea whilst his wife and sons were listed as living at 123 Ledbury Road, Bayswater, London. His sons were both described as shop assistants, Victor at Selfridges and Albert at Harrods.
Abraham was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again in Southampton on 4 April 1912 he gave his address as Criterion Res., (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Olympic and as the ship's printer he received monthly wages of £6.
Abraham Mishellany died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Grace never remarried; she died in Gosport, Hampshire in 1943 aged 78. Son Victor died in the battlefields of France on 25 March 1918. His son Albert was married in Portsmouth in 1935 to Jane Goodwin M. Webb (1895-1980) and died there in 1973 (as Albert James Holland).
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- A family source gives his name as Albert. The 1901 census confirms his name as Abraham. His sons' baptismal record also confirms the name as Abraham.
- The 1901 census gives his birthplace as Beyrouth (Beirut), Turkey (sic). Family give his birthplace more specifically as Shimlān, Lebanon, a village 25 km South-East of Beirut.
- Exact source unknown, correspondence with Guy Mishellany (2004)
Crew Particulars of Engagement
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Particulars of Engagement (Belfast), Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (TRANS 2A/45 381)
The Dream and the Nightmare; the Syrians who boarded the Titanic: Leila Sallloum Elias, Atlas Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4