Mr Israel Nesson

Mr Israel Nesson was born around 1885 in Bogopol, Balta, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire. Other details about his early life or family background remain uncertain.

He had first come to the USA around 1903 where he spent several years before returning to Ukraine around 1908. There he was married to Elisheva Kolker1 but they remained childless and soon made plans to travel to America together.

An electrician by trade, Nesson boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 244368 which cost £13) and was travelling to Boston, Massachusetts, giving his last permanent address as London. It is presumed his wife was to follow him once he had settled in America. 

Israel Nesson died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

From the Red Cross files: 336. (Russian) The husband, an electrician, 26 years of age, who had lived in this country two years, was drowned. He had gone to Russia to be married. Immediately before his intended sailing, he was taken ill and compelled to remain while his bride came on to Boston to the husband's brother. He sailed on the Titanic and was lost. The wife, 21 years of age, speaks no English. She has a brother in this country with whom she is making her home. He has a large family and cannot care for her without compensation. The widow assists him in his store through the day and attends school at night, where she is studying English. A definite plan for her future must wait until she acquires the language and learns something of the ways of this country. She was given $150 by this Committee at the time of the disaster for emergency expenses. From other American relief funds she has received $978.69, which is being paid to her at the rate of $25 a month. This Committee has placed a fund in trust with the local Charity Organization Society to be used in its discretion for permanent rehabilitation. ($1,650)


  1. Her name was given as Sonia in the claim she later made

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2020) Israel Nesson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #526, updated 13th January 2020 13:27:22 PM)