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Edith Eileen Haisman (Brown)

Birthdate: (100)
Birthplace: Cape Colony, South Africa
Death: January 20, 1997 (100)
Southhampton, Somerset, Hillsdale, MI, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas William Solomon Brown and Elizabeth Catherine Brown
Wife of Frederick Thankful Haisman
Mother of Unknown Haisman

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About Edith Eileen Haisman


  • Name: Miss Edith Eileen Brown
  • Born: Tuesday 27th October 1896
  • Age: 15 years
  • Last Residence: in Cape Town South Africa
  • Occupation: Scholar
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 29750 , £39
  • Destination: Seattle Washington United States
  • Rescued (boat 14)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Monday 20th January 1997
  • Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Miss Edith Eileen Brown, 15, was born on 27 October 1896 in the Cape Colony, South Africa the daughter of Thomas William Solomon Brown and Elizabeth Catherine Ford.

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with her parents. They bought ticket number 29750 for £39. Their destination was Seattle.

Edith Brown was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 14. Together with her mother she stayed briefly at the Junior League House in New York. Then they travelled 4 ½ days to her aunt Mrs Josephine Acton at 2400 9th Avenue West, Seattle, Washington. From there they went back to South Africa, where Edith lived with relatives in Cape Town, but her mother moved to Rhodesia after she remarried.

In May 1917 Edith met Frederick Thankful Haisman. Six weeks later they were married on 30 June 1917. In August 1918 she gave birth to a son. In the end the couple would have 10 children. Later they moved to Southampton, back to South Africa and finally rested at Southampton.

Edith Eileen Haisman died on 20 January 1997.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Mr Thomas William Solomon Brown
  • Mrs Elizabeth Catherine Brown

References and Sources

  • General Register Office Certified Copy Of An Entry Of Death
  • Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
  • List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
  • Judith Geller (1998) Titanic: Women and Children First. Haynes. ISBN 1 85260 594 4
  • James Pellow with Dorothy Kendle (1995) A Lifetime on the Titanic. The Biography of Edith Haisman, Britains Oldest Survivor of the Titanic Disaster. Island Books. ISBN 1 898198 10 1
  • 1912 Seattle City Directory


  • Roy Kristiansen, USA
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Hermann Söldner, Germany

Edith later married Frederick Thankful Haisman, an architectural engineer, in South Africa on the 30th June 1917. They had 10 children, including Dorothy (married to Mr. Kendall) and David. Edith was an honorary member of the Titanic Society of South Africa and the oldest Titanic survivor until her death on the 20th January 1997 at the age of 100 at a nursing home in Southampton. She appeared in the 1994 TV movie, Titanic: The Legend Lives On, as herself, as well as in Titanic: Secrets Revealed (1998). In 1993 Edith was presented with the gold watch that her father was wearing when the ship went down. RMS Titanic Inc of New York City, a salvaging company, found the blackened watch. Her life story was published as A lifetime on the Titanic - the biography of Edith Haisman.

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Edith Eileen Haisman's Timeline

October 27, 1896
Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 21
South Africa
January 20, 1997
Age 100
Somerset, Hillsdale, MI, United States