Miss Malakah Atā Allāh

Miss Malakah Atā Allāh (Malaki Attala) was born in Beirut, Syria (now Lebanon) around 1894; she was the daughter of Sim'ān Yūsuf 'Atā Allāh (b. circa 1865) and she had several siblings.
Her father had emigrated to the USA in 1902 and settled in Texas, leaving his wife and children behind in Lebanon. His wife appears to have died around 1911 and this perhaps prompted Malakah to join her father.

Malakah, a seamstress, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (joint ticket number 2627 which had cost £14, 9s, 2d) and was travelling with her brother-in-law Yūsuf Hānī Ibrāhīm-Shawah, the husband of her elder sister.

Malakah and her brother-in-law died in the sinking and their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.

Her father Sim'ān later received a payment of $500 from the American Red Cross and £15 from the Titanic Relief Fund. By 1920 he was still living in Texas at an address in San Antonio and working as a fruit and vegetable peddler. He died there on 13 January 1929 and was buried in San Fernando Cemetery.


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References and Sources

Leila Salloum Elias (2011) The Dream and Then the Nightmare: The Syrians who Boarded the Titanic, the Story of the Arabic-speaking Passengers. Atlas, ISBN 978-9933-9086-1-4
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Malakah Atā Allāh (ref: #659, last updated: 10th August 2017, accessed 29th October 2020 04:54:52 AM)
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