Last night I was working on a new line of cousins, and discovered Albert Haines. Albert Haines was born in 1880 near Sandhurst, Kent England. Albert was the son of Emmanuel Haines and Mary Ann Hallett.

Albert first appears on the UK Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, in July of 1896 and served on the ship Impregnable. His last service date was in October 1903 on the ship Pembroke I. At some unknown date, he was employed by the White Star Line. There is record of him working as a boatswain's mate in 1912 for the White Star Line. Want to guess what ship he was working on? You got it. Albert was indeed a crew member of the Titanic and he was one of the survivors when she sank.

When the Titanic hit the iceberg he ended up commanding Lifeboat #9 during the evacuation. He was one of the 82 witnesses examined by the 1912 Inquiries into the Titanic Disaster by the US Senate and the British Wreck Commissioner. There is a wealth of information on the Titanic online and many books and movies as well.

Just a couple of years later, in April of 1914 Albert married Florence Elsie Southwell. They had one son, Ronald Jesse Haines, born in 1917. Albert retired from the sea in the early 1920's. Sadly, Albert was hit by a car, and died on the way to the hospital on June 6th, 1933.
Just a heads up, Ancestry is offering half off their dna test kits internationally. Shipping remains the same of course, but still that is not a shabby deal. I've ordered a kit in the hopes I can convince the sole remaining aunt (rarely seen, and sometimes I forget she is still alive) or another relative to test.


genealogy: Cover of the Register for Alameda County 1904 (Default)
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