About Samuel James Hayden Sobey
Samuel James Hayden Sobey
Hayden's occupation was that of a quarryman and he had left Cornwall to work in the copper mining region of Houghton, Michigan in the early 1900's. In early 1912 he returned to Cornwall for a family visit. For his return to America he travelled on Titanic, embarking at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number 29178, £13) along with his two friends Fred Banfield of Helston and Joseph Fillbrook of Truro who were also heading for Michigan.
Hayden was lost in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.
RELATIVES OF HURONTOWN FOLK WERE ABOARD LINER
Daily Mining Gazette 1912
Included among the passengers on the lost steamer Titanic were four young Cornishmen bound for Houghton to take employment in the Isle Royal Mine. Their relatives at Hurontown eagerly await some news of them and up to last night were still hoping that they would be reported among the saved. The four are Fred Banfield, 29, brother of John Banfield of Hurontown. Charles Fillbrook, 19, nephew of George Fillbrook of Hurontown. Fred Andrews, coming to join James Andrews, a distant relative, Hurontown. - Sobey, christian name unknown, a youth coming with the first three first named to try his fortune in the copper mines. The Hurontown friends and relatives of the four were advised when they sailed in the Titanic and eagerly awaited their coming. Fred Banfield is the only married man of the party, (sic) leaving a young wife in Cornwall to await the time when he could send for her.
Western Morning News
Thursday 18 April 1912===
There were four persons on board well known at St. Keverne, Cornwall, their names being Jago Smith, a Post office official employed on board, who was to have been married shortly, and who is a son of Mr. John Smith, farmer, Trebarveth, St. Keverne; Mr. Hayden Sobey, quarryman of Porthallow, St. Keverne, who was emigrating. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Old, the latter of whom is amongst the saved, were bound for Sacremento, California, after spending a holiday in Cornwall. Mrs. Old is a granddaughter of the respected ex-coxswain of the Porthoustock lifeboat, with whom she and her husband recently stayed.