About Anthony Abbing
- Name: Mr Anthony Abbing
- Born: 1870
- Age: 42 years
- Last Residence: in Cincinnati United States
- Occupation: Blacksmith
- 3rd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 5547 , £7 11s
- Destination: Cincinnati United States
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Anthony Abbing was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870. He was the son of Gerhard Heinrich Abbing and his wife Catharina Ising who were both German immigrants. Anthony was the eldest of six children. 1
Gerhard Abbing died when his children were young and Catharina had to find work as a washerwoman until the children were old enough to support themselves. The family lived in St Bernard, a subdivision of Cincinnati. Anthony became a blacksmith 2 and in about 1908 the still unmarried 38 year old accepted contract work in South Africa and remained there for three years. He was returning to Cincinnati and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third-class passenger (ticket number C.A. 5547, £7 11s). 3
Since there seems to be absolutely no mention of him in anyone's testimony or in subsequent accounts of the sinking, it would be fair to assume that he was among the many who may have remained locked down in steerage, never having had a chance to save himself. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
After Anthony was lost in the sinking, his mother and siblings filed for administration on his estate in Hamilton County, Ohio (extract). 4
Later, his mother gathered her surviving children for a family portrait, in case she lost another child unexpectedly. Catharina Abbing died in 1917 at the age of 73.
- Unless otherwise referenced the information comes from Anthony Abbing's family.
- Mary (1873-1934) and Louise (1874-1952), both spinsters, owned a dry-goods store in Cincinnati. Katherine (1876-1957), married first to John McNally and later to Frank Glatting, left three children, all now deceased. This family lived in Covington, Kentucky. John J. (1879-1934) had a brief, childless marriage and lived in Cincinnati. Bernard G. (1882-1963) married Mary Mayme Bracker and had four children (only one of them, Mary Louise Besse, is still living). Bernard lived out his life in Louisville, Kentucky.
- i. Names and Descriptions of Alien Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B).
- ii Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
- Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
- The State Of Ohio Probate Court (No. 71588)
- Probate Report
Acknowledgements and Picture Credits
- Nichole Gray-Besse, USA
- Mary Louise (Abbing) Besse, USA
- Mark Church, USA
- Catherine (Besse) Elzey, USA
- Phillip Gowan, USA
- Nichole Gray-Besse, USA