Mr George Rosenshine

Mr George Rosenshine was born in Germany 21 December 1866.

He was the son of Jewish parents, Albert Rosenshine (b. 1838) and Dora Landauer (b. 1835). George, his mother and sister had emigrated from Germany, departing from Hamburg aboard the Teutonia as third class passengers and arriving in New York on 11 October 1866. Settling in New York and being reunited with his father. George's parents went on to have three more children. His siblings were: Betsey (1863-1939, later Mrs Max Frank), Albert (1868-1946), Max (1869-1925) and Harry (1870-1874).

His father died in 1873 and the remaining family appeared on the 1880 census still living in Manhattan. He and his brothers Albert and Max later founded Rosenhine Bros., an import company specialising in ostrich feathers, and are listed as such on the 1900 census, then living in Boston, Massachusetts, but would be back in Manhattan by the time of the 1910 census. His mother passed away on 24 April 1911.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg under the assumed name of George Thorne because his travelling companion was his mistress Maybelle Thorne. The couple were returning from a business trip and holiday and held first class ticket number PC 17585 which cost £79, 4s.

Maybelle was saved in Collapsible D, but George perished and his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett.

NO. 16. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 50.

CLOTHING - Dark grey overcoat; black suit; black gloves; underclothing; marked " G. R".

EFFECTS - Gold watch; memo book; bunch of keys; letter of credit; Guaranty Trust Company, New York, No. 9899; notes in pocket book; $430; U. S. A. Bond in memo book; affidavit of personal prop. For Mrs G. M. Thorne, N. Y.; letter of indication for above.



57 & 59 East Eleventh St., N. Y.

The body was claimed by his brother and forwarded to New York where he was buried in the family plot alongside his parents and siblings in Bayside Cemetery, Queens, New York. The cemetery and the Rosenshine plot has fallen into serious disrepair owing, because of its geographic location, to considerable crime.

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His estate was valued at over $160,000 and was administered to his brother Albert and the children of his married sister Betsey. He also left contributions to Mount Sinai Hospital, the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum and the Montefiore Home. This will was later contested however by his brother Max and his sister, they claiming that undue influence was exerted over the testator and that the will, which was probated May 14, was not his last.

George's last surviving sibling, Albert, died on 17 March 1946, his sister Betsy on 10 June 1939 and Max on 25 February 1925.


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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia)
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(2020) George Rosenshine Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #246, updated 13th January 2020 13:24:46 PM)