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Sage Family

There were many tragedies on the night of April 14th-15th 1912 when the R.M.S Titanic sank but the tragedy of an entire family wiped out is hard to comprehend. One moment in time there are eleven people, mother, father and all their children, going, like many others, to a new life in a new country. The next moment all are dead. The following is in memory of the Sage family who had been living in Peterborough, England, the largest of the families who all died because of the foundering of that great ship.

Mr. John George Sage was the head of the family. Born in Hackney, London in 1867 to Mr. George and Mrs. Eliza Sage. John George’s birth entry is as follows:

Births: 1867
Quarter: July-August-September
Name: John George Sage
District: Hackney
Volume number: 1b
Page: 378

John George appears in the 1871 census aged three, along with his parents. No other names appear with the family. The 1871 census return for the family is below.

8 Grove Terrace, Grove Road, Hackney.
George Sage
; Head; Married; 29; (I am unable to read his occupation); Place of birth, Hoxton, Middlesex.
Eliza Sage; Wife; Married; 30; (No occupation listed); Place of birth, Swaffam, Norfolk.
John George Sage; Son; (blank); 3; Scholar; Place of birth, Stamford Hill, Middlesex.

I tried to search for a George Sage’s occupation as I can only read it as being ‘Casmow,’ I could find nothing matching that ‘word,’ my only hope is that somebody will work out what it really says. Maybe it says ‘Carman,’ or ‘Cabman,’ I wish I knew.
I also found it amusing to note that young John was down as a scholar, if he was, then I am certain it would have been very rare for one of such an age in 1871 England.


Then in the census of 1881 we find John George once again and still living at the same address, the return is shown below.

8 Grove Terrace, Grove Road, Hackney.
George Sage; Head; Married; 39; (Once again I am unable to read his occupation description); Place of birth, Hoxton, Middlesex.
Eliza Sage; Wife; Married; 40; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Swaffam, Norfolk.
John Sage; Son; (Illegible); 13; (Occupation shown, but illegible); Place of birth, Stamford Hill, Middlesex.

Again it can be seen that John was the only child listed. I found it deeply frustrating to not be able to read the entries for occupation of, once again, George and also this time, of John. The only thing I can make out is that George’s occupation appeared to be different to that one he had in 1871.

We now turn to Annie Elizabeth Sage, nee Cazaly. Born in 1865 to Mr. Francis Willmot Cazaly and Sophia Cazaly nee Luker. Annie’s birth entry is shown here.

Births: 1865
Quarter: July-August-September
Name: Annie Elizabeth Cazaly
District: Wolverhampton
Volume number: 6b
Page: 440

I have seen her birth year as otherwise but research proves the entry shown to be the correct one.

In 1871 we find the family listed as being called Casaly, but it is clear we have the correct family. I am showing the return below, but instead of writing ‘Casaly’ I am going to put the name as it should be. Also, the occupations shown for Francis and Sophia were very hard to read, but I feel I have deciphered correctly. The family were split between two pages.

1871
16 Woodville Road, Islington
Francis Cazaly
; Head; Married; 38; Merchantman; Place of birth, Chichester, Sussex
Sophia Cazaly; Wife; Married; 38; Merchantman’s wife; Place of birth, Sonning, Oxfordshire
Jane L Cazaly; Daughter; Single; 12; Scholar; Place of birth, Walworth, Surrey
Francis E Cazaly; Son; Single; 10; Scholar; Place of birth, (Illegible), Middlesex
Edward E Cazaly; Son; Single; 8; Scholar; Place of birth, (it appears to say Islington, Middlesex)
Alice S Cazaly; Daughter; Single; 7; Scholar; Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Annie E Cazaly; Daughter; Single; 5; Scholar; Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Alfred T Cazaly; Son; Single; 4; (Blank); Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex
George W Cazaly; Son; Single; 2; (Blank); Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex
Kathleen Cazaly; Daughter; Single; 4 months; Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex


You will notice the differences given for some of the birth places in each census, but whatever the reason or reasons for this, research does show we have the correct family.
Annie and her family then appear in the census of 1881 as you can see.

1881
44 Forest Road, Hackney.
Francis W Cazaly; Head; Married; 48; Commercial traveller; Place of birth, Chichester, Sussex.
Sophia Cazaly; Wife; 48; (no occupation shown); Place of birth, Sonning, Oxfordshire.
Jane L Cazaly; Daughter; Unmarried; 22; Dressmaker; Place of birth, Walworth, Surrey.
Francis E Cazaly; Son; Unmarried; 20; Warehouseman; Place of birth, Walworth, Surrey.
Edwin L Cazaly; Son; Unmarried; 18; Warehouseman; Place of birth, Hackney, Middlesex.
Alice S Cazaly; Daughter;  Unmarried; 17; Dressmakers Assistant; Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex.
Annie E Cazaly; Daughter; Unmarried; 15; Underclothing apprentice (shirts); Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
Alfred T Cazaly; Son; Unmarried; 13; Errand boy; Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
George W Cazaly; Son; Unmarried; 12; Errand boy; Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex.
Charles Cazaly; Son; Unmarried; 7; Scholar; Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex.
Charlotte E Cazaly; Daughter; Unmarried; 5; Scholar; Place of birth, Islington, Middlesex.
Also listed living with the family as a lodger is a Mr. James Jones aged 20 an unmarried Cabman born in Melksham, Wiltshire.

As can be seen Annie was the fifth child of nine, a typically large family for the time. It is clear from the mixed birth districts that the family did travel, as would fit the title of commercial traveller given to the families father Francis W, the W it turns out stands for Willmot. I also note that Kathleen Maria is not listed on the 1881 census, as she would have only been ten years of age I wonder where she was. According to research Kathleen was married in 1891, so, thankfully, she was still alive when the 1881 census was taken.

The couple who went with their family on the Titanic, John George Sage and Annie Elizabeth Cazaly at the ages of 23 and 25 respectively, married in Middlesex, London, on Sunday the 2nd of November 1890. The marriage entries are reproduced here.

Marriages.
Year; 1890
Quarter; October-November-December
Name; John George Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page 775

Marriages.
Year; 1890
Quarter; October-November-December
Name; Annie Elizabeth Cazaly
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 775

The 1891 census shows John and Annie had no children but one lodger, as you can see.

253 Queens Road, Hackney.
John G Sage
; Head; Married; 24; Corn merchant; Place of birth, Stamford Hill, London.
Annie E Sage; Wife; Married; 25; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
Annie Kenwick; Lodger; Married; 93; Living on own means; Place of birth, Warwick, Birmingham.

The year of 1891 saw the first of the Sage children being born, Stella Anna Sage. Births.
Year; 1891
Quarter; July-August-September
Name; Stella Anna Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 547

Followed in 1892 by George John

Births.
Year; 1892
Quarter; July-August-September
Name; George John Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 540

A two year gap and then along comes Douglas Bullen

Births
Year; 1894
Quarter; January-February-March
Name; Douglas Bullen Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 507

The year of 1895 saw the addition to the family of child number four, Frederick.

Births
Year; 1895
Quarter; July-August-September
Name; Frederick Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 557

Along comes 1897 and the birth of Dorothy Florence.

Births
Year; 1897
Quarter; October-November-December
Name; Dorothy Florence Sage
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 553

Anthony William arrives in 1899.

Births
Year; 1899
Quarter; October-November-December
Name; Anthony William
District; Hackney
Volume number; 1b
Page; 427

Elizabeth Ada was registered in 1902.

Births
Year; 1902
Quarter; January-February-March
Name; Elizabeth Ada Sage
District; Freebridge L
Volume number; 4b
Page; 298

As can be seen by Elizabeth’s birth entry the family had by 1902 moved to Norfolk and were living in Kings Lynn. The entry shows Freebridge L (for Lynn) a part of that area.

In 1904 Constance Gladys was born.

Births
Year; 1904
Quarter; July-August-September
Name; Constance Gladys Sage
District; Freebridge L
Volume number; 4b
Page; 307

And finally after another gap, Thomas Henry was born, child number nine.

Births
Year; 1907
Quarter; April-May-June
Name; Thomas Henry Sage
District; Freebridge L
Volume number; 4b
Page; 297

This is the family that went on to lose their lives on the Titanic.

In the 1901 census John, Annie and their family are shown living in Gaywood, Norfolk as follows.

John George Sage; Head; Married; 33; Publican; Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
Annie Elizabeth Sage; Wife; Married; 35; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
Stella Annie Sage; Daughter; Single; 10; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
George John Sage; Son; (Blank); 9; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
Douglas Bullen Sage; Son; (Blank); 7; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
Frederick Sage; Son; (Blank); 5; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
Dorothy Sage; Daughter; (Blank); 3; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.
Anthony Sage; Son; (Blank); 2; (No occupation shown); Place of birth, Middlesex, London.

An apparently enterprising family, having a hand at a number of trades finally found themselves living in Peterborough, England, where for a time John George ran a shop on the corner of Gladstone Street and Hankey Street. It is reported that by time the family left England Stella had been a dressmaker- George, a barman-Fred, a cook and Douglas, a baker.

In pursuit of a new life John disposed of his business and with his eldest son, George, headed to Canada in, some say, 1910. However the census return for 1911 shows their entry year as 1911. They obtained jobs as chefs and then as ticket inspectors on the Canadian Pacific Railway. I have also seen them quoted as being dining car attendants with the same company.
John and George appeared in 1911 Canadian census returns for Yorkton, Saskatchewan, some of their details are as shown below.

Sage John; Male; Boarder; Married; Month of birth, July; Year of birth, 1867; Age, 43; Country of birth, England; Date of entry 1911.
Sage George; Male; Boarder; Single; Month of birth, July; Year of birth, 1891; Age, 19; Country of birth, England; Date of entry 1911.

Interestingly both are listed under nationality as Canadian which makes me wonder if the intention was to settle in the country permanently. The employment shown for John is ‘cook’ and for George as ‘labourer’. In the Canadian census, religion is shown, and for both John and George their religion is shown as 'Anglican.' 

Eventually they travelled south to America arriving in Florida. John is reported to have been deeply impressed by the beautiful sun-drenched countryside and brought a plot of land in Jacksonville. He and later, George, then returned to England in order to make arrangements for the entire family to move back with them to Florida, where John hoped to become a fruit farmer on the land he had purchased.
While in Florida George is reputed to have become engaged.

Feelings about the move were mixed as one can expect. John clearly was excited to go and is quoted as telling a friend that he would “send back pecan nuts grown on his new farm in Jacksonville, Florida.”
Annie was said to be not as keen and had never sailed across the Atlantic before.
Maybe she was recalling the time that their daughter, Dorothy, known as Dolly, had fallen down a well in the back yard of the family home in Gladstone Street, only to be saved from drowning by the rapid action of a neighbour who managed to pull Dorothy out by grabbing her long hair.

But go they all did, on ticket number 2343 costing £69 11 shillings for 3rd class accommodation. The chances of survival for 3rd class, or steerage, passengers was slim, figures for total saved vary but it appears that around 84% of third class men; 35% of 3rd class women and around 72% of 3rd class children all perished.
Contemporary accounts state that the Sage family were seen on deck shortly before the ships end. Indeed, it appears that the eldest child, Stella did enter a lifeboat, but when she was not joined by other members of her family she got out again and so met her doom.
This seems to indicate that not all the family were together, or why were the children all not put into boats? It may be because the family had been segregated, with the single males at one end of the ship and the single females at the other, a common practice in those days for ships carrying 3rd class passengers, Titanic, it seems, was no exception to the rule. It is widely accepted that the accommodation and victuals for 3rd class was considered to be very, very good to say the least, when compared to other vessels, small consolation for such a high death rate.

The following is an article that appeared after the disaster in the British newspaper Daily Mail, dated Thursday the 18th of April 1912.
Fate of a family
Parents and nine children in Titanic

On board the Titanic were eleven residents of Peterborough, Mr and Mrs. John Sage, of Gladstone Street and their nine children, whose ages range from twenty- two to five years.
Mr. Sage, who is a Londoner, went to Peterborough from Lyn about two years ago and for a time had a shop at the corner of Gladstone Street and Hankey Street. He, however, disposed of the business, and with his eldest son George went to Canada and spent some time on a farm in Saskatchewan. He returned to England about three months ago, and, intending to go in for fruit farming, purchased a farm at Jacksonville, Florida.
He was proceeding to his new home with his family on the Titanic. On Saturday a postcard was received in Peterborough with the Queenstown postmark from Mr. Sage, who stated that they were getting on well. Mr Sage is about fifty years of age, and his relatives are practically all in London.
Three of his sons were at work, his eldest daughter, Stella, was at home, and the other two sons and three daughters were still at school.

 

Also, on the 19th April, The Daily Mirror showed pictures of some of the people on board, John and Stella's pictures were shown, which can be seen below.

And so on the night of April the 14th-15th 1912 John George, 44; Annie Elizabeth, 46; Stella Annie, 20; George John, 19; Douglas Bullen, 18; Frederick, 16; Dorothy Florence, 14; Anthony William, 12; Elizabeth Ada, 10; Constance Gladys, 7; Thomas Henry, 4; Died. Taking with them all their hopes and dreams, I can not help but wonder what the world lost when that ship sank.

During research for this biography I was touched and pleased to find an online article published in November 2003 by Peterborough Today.co.UK. It tells of local school children who had been learning about the disaster with particular reference to the Sage family, even going to the Sage’s last address at 237 Gladstone Street to pay their respects. They also hoped that permission would eventually be given to place a commemorative plaque on the wall that address. So the Sage family may well be gone, but they have not been forgotten.

Graham Fox February 2007

Famiy Information

Sage Family

  1. Thomas Sage b. 1809, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

        + Mary Ann// b. 1803, Stoke, Devon

2. Kate Sage b. 1833, Islington, Middlesex

2. Thomas Sage b. 1836, Islington, Middlesex

2. George Sage b. 1842, Hoxton, Middlesex

+ Eliza// b. 1841, Mapham, Norfolk

3. John George Sage b. 1867, Stamford Hill, London

+ Annie Elizabeth Cazaly b. 1865, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

4. Stella Anna Sage b. 1891, Middlesex, London

4. George John Sage b. 1892, Middlesex, London

4. Douglas Bullen b. 1894, Middlesex, London

4. Frederick Sage b. 1895, Middlesex, London

4. Dorothy Florence Sage b. 1897, Middlesex, London

4. Anthony William Sage b. 1899, Middlesex, London

4. Elizabeth Ada Sage b. 1901, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

4. Constance Gladys Sage b 1904, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

4. Thomas Henry Sage b. 1907, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

2. Mary Ann Sage b. 1844, Shoreditch, Middlesex

2. Amelia Sage b. 1846, Hoxton, Middlesex

 

 

Each number represents a generation. As you can see, Thomas Sage is number 1 in our tree, he married Mary Ann the // represents name unknown. They had five children all numbered 2 to show the second generation. One of their children, George, married Eliza //, and they had John George Sage who we number as 3 to show a third generation. John George Sage married Annie Elizabeth Cazaly and they had nine children that are numbered as 4 to show the fourth generation.

Underneath the last child born to John and Annie you will see, in this case, two more names, both numbered 2 to represent the second generation, in other words the rest of the family of Thomas Sage and Mary Ann //.

Cazaly family tree

I am showing the districts in which the births were registered where I have found differences in census returns. Note that Annie and John’s children are numbered as the third generation in this instance as this would be the case in regards to the Cazaly family. Amazingly you will see that Kathleen Maria Cazaly actually marries a Charles Cazaly. I guess it would have been easy for her to remember her new name!

1. Francis Willmot Cazaly b. 1832, Chichester, Sussex

+ Sophia Luker b. 1833, Sonning, Oxfordshire

2. Jane Louise Cazaly b. 1858, Newington

+Fred//

2. Francis Edwin Cazaly b. 1860, Newington

+ Amelia Hurding b. 1863, Marylebone, Middlesex

2. Edward Louis Cazaly b. 1862, Hackney, Middlesex

2. Alice Sophia Cazaly b. 1864, Islington

2. Annie Elizabeth Cazaly b. 1865, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

+ John George Sage b. 1867, Stamford Hill, London

3. Stella Anna Sage b. 1891, Middlesex, London

3. George John Sage b. 1892, Middlesex, London

3. Douglas Bullen b. 1894, Middlesex, London

3. Frederick Sage b. 1895, Middlesex, London

3. Dorothy Florence Sage b. 1897, Middlesex, London

3. Anthony William Sage b. 1899, Middlesex, London

3. Elizabeth Ada Sage b. 1901, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

3. Constance Gladys Sage b 1904, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

3. Thomas Henry Sage b. 1907, Kings Lyn, Norfolk

2. Alfred Thomas Cazaly b. 1867, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

2. George Wilmot Cazaly b. 1868, Islington

2. Kathleen Maria Cazaly b. 1870, Islington

+ Charles James William Cazaly b. 1870, Hackney, London

3. Stanley Owen Cazaly b. 1894, Stoke Newington, London

3. Charles Adolphus Cazaly b. 1895, Stoke Newington, London

3. Bernard P Cazaly b. 1897, Stoke Newington, London

3. Sylvia Hilda Cazaly b. 1899, Teddington

3. Hilda Cazaly

3. Leslie Stuart Cazaly b. 1902,

3. Greta Carloline Cazaly b. 1904

3. Helen Elizabeth Cazaly b. 1906

3. Doris Kathleen Cazaly b. 1908

*Back to Francis and Annie’s family

2. Charles Frederick Cazaly b. 1874, Islington, Middlesex

2. Charlotte Helen Cazaly b. 1875, Islington, Middlesex

 

References and Sources

picture of sage family - The Daily Sketch 1912
pictures of John sage and Stella Sage - Emma Skinner Collection/The Daily Mirror 
PRO births marriages and death indexes.
PRO census returns for England.
Time date.com for 1890 marriage day.
Titanic Women and children first by Judith B Geller 1998 ISBN 1 85260 594 4 
for general information on family
Peterborough Today.co.UK. Article published on the 5th of November 2003 
about the Sage family. Giving family details and information regarding acts 
of rememberance carried out by local school children in 2003.
The Titanic Disaster as reported in the British National Press April-July 
1912. By Dave Bryceson March 1998 ISBN 1 85260 579 0. Details from a 
contemporary newspaper article which is also included in full.
Titanic Triumph and Tragedy by J.P Eaton and C.A Haas, 2nd edition March 
1998 ISBN 1 85260 493 X. Ticket details.

Some info from John (The Reader)

The Titanic Has Always Fascinated Me Since I Was A Child And Reading Walter Lord A Night To Remember Which Was In The Bookcase Many Years Later I Met A Neighbour Of My Aunt's Who Had Watched The Titanic Sail Out Of Southampton On Her Maiden Voyage The Lady Who Was Born In 1900 And Lived Until She Was A 101 Years Of Age Was 12 Yrs Old And Had Been Given A Day Off School For Her Age She Was Was Very Lucid I Asked Her If She Could See The Ship Now Yes She Replied - Cleary - The Bands Playing Crowds Cheering I Read About How The Third Class Passengers Death Rate Was Very High I Contacted The Titanic Historical Website Who Explained To Me That There Were Many Reasons Why Firstly Families Were Segregated Men One End Of The Ship Ladies The Other This Caused A Big Problem Especially The The Maze Of Corridors Between Them Secondly The Language Barrier With So Many Nationalities Aboard Thirdly As The Ship Was So Big It Wasn't Until The Ship Began To Sink That Passengers Of All Classes Found Them Selves In A Precorious Position I Have Been Puzzled At Reading That The Sage Family Were Seen On Deck Stella Being Offered A Place In A Lifeboat - Most Probably The Last One - Getting Out When She Found That There There Was No Room For Her Family And Wanting To Be With Them Surely I Thought The Children Would Have Been Put Into The Lifeboat Not Left On The Ship If That Was The Case I Read An Account Of A Lady Who Witnessed Sella Getting Into The Lifeboat Finding She Was On Her Own Then Getting Out Again