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Moses Aaron Troupiansky

Mr Moses Aaron Troupiansky 1 was born around 1888 in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire.

He was the son of Samuel Wulf Troupiansky2 (b. 1856) and Zlate Mendelevska3 (b. circa 1861 4) and had four known siblings, all sisters: Hannah (circa 1890-1949), Sarah (circa 1892-1958), Eva (circa 1894-1956) and Tillie (circa 1898-1962)5.

According to US census records the Troupiansky family had lived in America since 1906 but they are not identifiable on the 1910 census. They were shown on Lithuanian records in 1891/1892 when they were residing in Raguva, Panevėžys. 

Described as a shop assistant from Russia, Troupiansky boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 233639 which cost £13). His last place of abode was given as London and before joining the ship had stayed at the African Hotel in Southampton. 

Moses Troupiansky died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

From the Red Cross files: No. 457. (Russian Jew)

This young business man was lost while coming from South Africa to join his widowed mother and three sisters in New York and to establish himself in business here. He had been sending $20 a month to his mother. Two daughters were working; one was in an institution, a permanent invalid. Emergent needs were cared for by this Committee. ($400) 

His mother and sisters remained in New York 6 and were living on Strand Concourse in the Bronx by the time of the 1940 census. Zlate died in the Bronx on 20 April 1943 and was buried in Mt Hebron Cemetery.


  1. A family source gives his birth name as Movsha Aron Trupyanskij
  2. The name Troupiansky has various spellings; it had been standardised as "Troupiansky" on US census records and is shown on the family's US death and burial records. A family source gives the Lithuanian spelling as "Trupyanskij".
  3. Maiden name given in her death record as Weinberg but family sources confirm the name as Mendelevska (or Mendelevsky).
  4. Birthdate specified on death record as 1 March 1868 but census records give a year of birth ranging between 1866 and 1870. A family source gives her approximate year of birth as 1861.  
  5. Names and number of siblings unclear; US census records list his sisters as Hannah, Sarah, Eva and Tillie. The 1891-1892 Lithuania census lists the children, besides Moses, as Rocha Gena (b. circa 1885), Sora Beyla (b. circa 1887), Chava Ita (b. circa 1889) and Tauba (b. circa 1891). 
  6. In 1920, a Zlate (nee Weinberg) Troupiansky lived at Eagle Avenue in the Bronx, New York, together with four daughters; Hannah, 27, Saharal, 25, Eve, 24, and Lillie, 22. The three older sisters were operators at an underwear factory and the youngest was noted as working in a private family, doing ''hand work.'' There is a small chance this family was Moses Troupiansky's family (the discrepancy between the Red Cross files number of sisters and the 1910 census number of sisters making it difficult to establish whether this in fact is the correct one; perhaps one of the sisters was not in need in 1912?)

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Moses Aaron Troupiansky
Born: circa.1889
Age: 23 years (Male)
Nationality: Russian
Religion: Jewish
Last Residence: in London, England
Occupation: Shop Assistant
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 233639, £13
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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