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Jirjis Yūsuf Abī Sa'b

Mr Jirjis Yūsuf Abī Sa'b (Gerios Youseff Abi Saab) was born in Tuḥūm, Lebanon around 1867.

Little is known about his early life or background but he was married to Martā Fāris Antūn Khalīfah and had six children, four sons and two daughters aged between 1 and 15.

In the 1890s Jirjis spent a few years living in America where he saved enough money to return to Lebanon and his family. His cousin Shanīnah Shāhīn Abī S’ab Wihbah also returned to Tuḥūm in 1911 to nurse her ill son and it was perhaps her arrival and eventual decision to return to the USA that compelled Jirjis to do the same.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2685 which had cost £7, 4s, 6d) together with his cousins Shanīnah Wihbah, Ḥannā Ṭannūs Mu'awwad and his son Ṭannūs Ṭannūs, Ṭannūs Dāhir and Bannūrah Ayyūb-Dāhir. He and Ṭannūs Dāhir were travelling to Youngstown, Ohio to gain work in the steel mills.

On the night of the sinking Jirjis escorted his two female relatives Shanīnah and Bannūrah to one of the last lifeboats being launched before stepping back into the crowd.

Jirjis Yūsuf died in the sinking and his body was later recovered (#312) and buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912. His widow and children later benefited from the Titanic Relief Fund.

Grave at Mount Olivet Cemetery
© Bill Fowler, Canada


Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Jirjis Yūsuf Abī Sa'b (Gerios Yousseff)
Born: circa.1867 in Tuḥūm, Syria
Age: 45 years (Male)
Nationality: Syrian Lebanese
Marital Status: Married to Martā Fāris Antūn Khalīfah
Last Residence: in Hardīn, Batroun, Syria
Occupation: Shoemaker
Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 2685, £7 4s 6d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Minia (No. 312)
Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday 10th May 1912

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(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53


Leila Salloum Elias (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers, Atlas
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