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Alice Catherine Cleaver


Alice was born on 5th July 1889 in St Pancras, London. She was the daughter of Joseph and Lavinia (née Thomas) Cleaver.

She was sister to Jenny, Daisy and Joseph.

In 1912, Alice was employed by Hudson and Bessie Allison to take care of their son, Hudson Trevor Allison.

On the night of the sinking, Alice carried baby Trevor to the safetey of lifeboat number 11.

According to Sue Eva Rule, a passenger on the Carpathia:

"The first to come aboard was a nurse maid, who had wrapped in a coat an eleven-months-old baby, the only one of a family of five[sic] persons to be rescued."

The Lincoln daily news reported that, one of the first people off the Carpathia was

"A little chubby baby boy, carried off the boat by a nurse, wailing loudly."

Alice was taken to the Manhatten hotel, where she was cared for by members of the Allison family. Later she, along with the Allisons and the other two Allison servants, took a twelve hour train ride to Montreal. She stayed with the George and Lillian Allison until arrangements were made for her to go back to England.

Alice married Edward James Williams in 1918 in London. She became the mother of three children.

She died in 1984 in Winchester, Hampshire.

 

Family Information

1901 Census, St Pancras, London

 Name  Approx Birth Year Birth Place  Relationship 
 Joseph Cleaver  1867  Kensal Green, London,  Head
 Lavinia A Cleaver  1865  St Luke, London,  Wife
 Alice C Cleaver  1890  St Pancras, London  Daughter
 Jenny L Cleaver  1891 St Pancras, London  Daughter 
 Daisy Cleaver  1894  Islington, London  Daughter
 Joseph Cleaver  1899  St Pancras, London  Daughter

 

 Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels was born 1879 in London, England.

Before travelling on the Titanic, Sarah was staying with her friend, Mrs. Green in Harborne.

On April 10 1912, Sarah boarded the Titanic as maid to Mrs. Allison. she staying in first class, as Mrs. Allison needed her for the voyage. She shared the stateroom C 22-24-26 With her employers and fellow employee, Alice Cleaver.

On the night of the disaster, Sarah was woken by a stewardess, however, she was so tired she did not take much notice. She was woken for a second time, she then dressed and went up on deck where she boarded lifeboat number 8.

She gave a short interview to the Manitoba Free Press

 

MAID TELLS STORY

"I did not even know that the engines had stopped when a maid came into my cabin and told me to get dressed," said Miss Sarah Daniels, one of the maids who accompanied the Allison party on the ill-fated Titanic, who together with Miss Cleaver, the nurse, carrying the little baby, the sole survivor of the family, and Mildred Brown, another maid, arrived in Montreal on the Delaware and Hudson train this evening.

"I was so sleepy that as soon as the maid left the room," continued Miss Daniels, "I got into bed again, and only began to dress when another girl came in and roused me.

"We all did as we were told, There was no excitement, and not knowing what had happened, we were not alarmed. The boat I was in was not very crowded. There were only 4 men in the boat, and they took the oars. There was no officer in the boat and a woman steered as we were rowing away in the darkness."

George Swane

Nineteen year old George Swane was employed by Mr. and Mrs Allison to be their chauffeur.

George was born on 12th December 1892 at 63 Beaconfield Road, Preston, Brighton.

George had never been abroad before. He was the son of John Murray Swane, a carman and Mary Ann Maynard. The family lived at 26 Springfield Road, Preston, Brighton.

George was the sixth of nine children born to John and Mary Swane. His siblings were Minnie, (born 1883),Rosa, (born 1885), Annie (b 1887), John Henry (b 1889), Francis Murray (b 1891), Albert William Swane (B 1895), Dick Octavius Swane (b 1897) and Charles Baden Swane (born 1900)

On the night of the sinking, George Swane had been having a pillow fight with his cabin mates. The noise from the boys kept Mildred Brown awake.

After the collision, it was George who knocked on Mildred's cabin door and told her and her cabin mates to get dressed and put on a life preserver. That was the last time George Swane was seen.

The information given on George's birth certificate is

When and

Where born 

Name, if any  Sex 

Name and surname

of father 

Name, surname and maiden surname of mother 

occupation of father  signiture, description and residence of information  when registered  signiture of registrar 

Twelfth December 1892

63 Beaconsfield Road

Preston Brighton 

George  Boy  John Murray Swane  Mary ann Swane formerly Maynard  Carman 

M A Swane

mother

26 Springfield

Road preston 

twntieth January

1893 

W H Spearing

Registrar 

 

 Amelia Mary Brown

Amelia Mary Brown was born on 18 August 1893 in London. She was the daughter of Thomas Brown and Amelia Long. She was sister to Emily, Edith and Grace. The following shows the family in the 1901 census for England:

1901 United Kingdom Census

10 Compton Street

Clerkenwell,

London

Thomas Brown, Head, 31 Furniture Porter London

Amelia Brown, Wife, 29, London

Amelia Brown Daughter 8 London

Emily Brown Daughter 5 London

Ethel Brown Daughter 2 London

Grace Brown Daughter 7months London

Emily Long Visitor 18 London

 

In 1912, Amelia, or “Mildred” as she was known, was employed by the Allison Family. She was to be their cook at their family home in Montreal, Canada. Amelia boarded the Titanic as a second class passenger, she had ticket number 248733.

Amelia survived the sinking, and was rescued in lifeboat number 11.

The following information was recorded upon her arrival at Ellis Island in New York

Name: Miss Mildred Brown

Estimated birth year: abt 1892

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Marriage Status: Single

Occupation: Servant

Birth Location: London, England

Nationality: England

Place of Origin: England

Port of Departure: Rescued from shipwrecked Titanic

Ship Name: Carpathia

Port of Arrival: New York, New York

Arrival Date: 18 Apr 1912

Destination: Montreal

Relative from where alien came: Mother, 29 Hanover Gardens, Kennington, London, Eng

Description: 5ft 6” dark hair, dark eyes.

 

Amelia travelled to Canada with the other servants and The Allison relatives. She soon sailed back to England where, in 1931 she married Edward Barrow.

She died on 30 June 1976

 

LONG FAMILY HISTORY

William Henry Long was born circa 1837 in St Pancras, Middlesex, London. He married Grace Oakley in 1860 in Holborn, London.

She was born circa 1837 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

William and Grace had the following children:

William H Long born circa 1862 St Pancras, Middlesex

Mary A Long born circa 1865 St Pancras, Middlesex

George Long born circa 1867 St Pancras, Middlesex

Amelia Long born circa 1871 St Pancras, Middlesex

Robert C Long born circa 1873 Islington, Middlesex

 

OAKLEY:

William Oakley was born 1811 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex. He married Mary Anne. She was born 1810 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

They had the following children:

Mary Anne Oakley born 1829 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

William Oakley born 1832 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex

Grace Oakley bron 1835 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

Harriet Oakley born 1837 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex

Amelia Oakley born 1841 in St Pancras, London

Robert Oakley born 1842 in St Pancras, London

Jane Oakley born 1844 in St Pancras, London

George Oakley born 1846 in St Pancras, London

Rebecca Oakley born 1848 in St Pancras, London

 

1 William Oakley was born 1811 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

+ Mary Anne. She was born 1810 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

2 Mary Anne Oakley born 1829 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

2 William Oakley born 1832 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex

2 Grace Oakley bron 1835 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex.

2 Harriet Oakley born 1837 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex

2 Amelia Oakley born 1841 in St Pancras, London

2 Robert Oakley born 1842 in St Pancras, London

+ Rosa F b 1843 in St Pancras, Middlesex

3 Estelle Oakley b 1869 in Islington, Middlesex

3 Charles William Oakley b 1870 in Islington, Middlesex

2 Jane Oakley born 1844 in St Pancras, London

2 George Oakley born 1846 in St Pancras, London

2 Rebecca Oakley born 1848 in St Pancras, London

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References and Sources

Alice Cleaver

1891, 1901 United Kingdom Census
The Lincoln Daily Press 1912
Titanic: The Canadian Story by Alan Hustak ISBN 978-1550651133
Marriage Index 1918
Birth Indexes
Death Index
Ellis Island Ships Manifest for Titanic Survivors

Sarah Daniels

Ellis Island Ships Manifest for Titanic Survivors
Titanic: The Canadian Story by Alan Hustak ISBN 978-1550651133
Manitoba Free Press 1912

George Swane
Certified copy of and entry of Birth
1891, 1901 census
Titanic: The Canadian Story by Alan Hustak ISBN 978-1550651133

Amelia Brown

1901 census
Death Index - J-A-S Q 1976
Marriage Index
Titanic: The Canadian Story by Alan Hustak ISBN 978-1550651133
Ellis Island Maifiest of Titanic Survivors

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