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Samuel Levi Goldenberg

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: New York, USA
Death: October 11, 1936 (72)
France (Heart Failure/Disease)
Place of Burial: Cimiez Cemetery Nice France
Immediate Family:

Husband of Edwiga Goldenberg
Ex-husband of Nella Goldenberg

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About Samuel Levi Goldenberg

  • Name: Mr Samuel L. Goldenberg
  • Born: Thursday 8th September 1864
  • Age: 47 years
  • Last Residence: in New York City New York United States
  • 1st Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 17453 , £89 2s 1d
  • Cabin No.: C92
  • Rescued (boat 5)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Sunday 11th October 1936
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
  • Buried: Cimiez Cemetery Nice France

Mr Samuel L. Goldenberg was [?born] in New York City on 8 September 1864. Samuel Goldenberg and his wife Nella (née Wiggins) lived in Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York, they moved to Paris in 1905. They were well known as dog fanciers, with their kennel name being "Nellcote".

In April 1912 the couple were travelling from Berlin, Germany to New York City. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as first class passengers (Ticket No. 17453, £89, 2s 1d), they occupied cabin C-92.

Mr and Mrs Goldenberg were rescued in lifeboat 5.

Nella and Sam Goldenberg divorced in France. He remained in France the rest of his life. His second wife, Edwiga, died in France in 1935. When Sam died on 11 October 1936 he left his estate to nieces and nephews in the United States.

Notes Anne Hier, of the American Kennel Club writes: They raised English Toy Spaniels (called King Charles Spaniels in the UK) and French Bulldogs. Mrs Goldenberg was active in the Toy Spaniel Club of America and had served as secretary. In 1904, a Toy Spaniel they had imported from England, Ch. Darnall Kitty, was Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club. Mr Goldenberg was an international dog show judge and discovered a dog in France in 1902 which he named Nellcote Gamin who became the modern progenitor of the French Bulldog breed. Mr Goldenberg was also the principal founder of the French Bulldog Club in Paris. A picture of Mrs Goldenberg is available in a 1905 issue of "Field and Fancy" magazine. Pictures of Mr Goldenberg are available in a magazine entitled, "The French Bulldog" published in 1913.

An article in the "Kennel Gazette" from May, 1912 stated that Mr Goldenberg refused to board the lifeboat with his wife but when the boat was launched she cried out to him to say good-bye and since there were apparently no women passengers near by and the boat wasn't full, Bruce Ismay and one of the officers seized Goldenberg and threw him overboard.
The Goldenberg's were on their way to attend the French Bull Dog Club of America's show on the 20th of April in NYC to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria. Goldenberg had agreed to be one of the judges in a $500 match at the end of the show and he kept his commitment. "The American Field" of April 27 states this fact and his choice in the balloting, but no mention of his experience on the Titanic.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket) Mrs Nella Goldenberg References and Sources American Foreign Service Report of the Death of an American Citizen New York Times, 13 October 1936, Obituary Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).

Credits Robert L. Bracken, USA Michael A. Findlay, USA Phillip Gowan, USA Anne Heir, USA

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Samuel Levi Goldenberg's Timeline

September 8, 1864
New York, USA
October 11, 1936
Age 72
Cimiez Cemetery Nice France