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Betros Seman

Mr Betros Seman, 10,  boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2622, £4 0s 3d), it is likely that he travelled with Tannous Betros.

Betros died in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Master Betros Seman
Born: circa.1902 in
Nationality: Syrian Lebanese
Last Residence: in Hardīn, Batroun, Syria
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2622, £4 3d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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  1. Christa Erin Pereira

    Christa Erin Pereira said:

    Hello, I'm a bit confused. Is this kid's name Seman Betros or Betros Seman? I'm guessing Seman Betros because of the man named Tannous Betros who is said to be his father. But Tannous was 20 and Seman said to be 10. My maths is not that bad - that's too close to be father and son. However, he could still be a relation. But they were also going to different places (and lived in different places in Lebanon). Does anyone know anything about this kid? Why did he travel on a separate ticket? Also, were kids allowed to travel on their own? I know that there were two in 3rd class who did... Read full post

  2. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Tannous Betros had no connection with the boy, whose name was probably spelled Betros Samaan. He was travelling with a group of 'Syrians' from Hardin in what is now the Lebanon, and was in the immediate care of his uncle Hanna Samaan and two teenaged cousins who were Hanna's sons. Other members of the Samaan family (who anglicized their name to 'Simon') were already living in the mining town of Wilkes Barre in Pennsylvania, where there was a small community of Lebanese immigrants. Hanna's wife was established in Wilkes Barre, as was Betros' widowed mother, who had travelled there to find... Read full post

  3. Christa Erin Pereira

    Christa Erin Pereira said:

    Thanks Bob, Have you considered telling the boss of this site what you know as Betros Samaan's biography on this site has very little on it and there is a suggested connection between him and Tannous Betros? Would the Samaan family have been able to speak English or would they have learnt it when they arrived (when they were supposed to have arrived)?

  4. Hildur Panula-Heinonen

    Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    Jamila Nicola-Yarred was considered a women, and she was in charge of her brother who was classified as a child.

  5. Guillaume

    Guillaume said:

    Could Betros Seman be related to Betros Khalil?

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