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On June 6, 1914, my grandmother, Rose Lily Colsell,
aged 17, embarked upon the U.S. Mail Steamer, "New
York," of the American Line leaving from
Southampton to New York via Cherbourg. For her, this
was to be a summer trip with her employers back to
their home in Washington State. He was Mr. Ben Allen,
the American Ambassador to Great Britain. My
grandmother was Nanny to the family's two young
sons. By the end of the summer, Ben Allen was told that
war appeared eminent in Europe and that he
was not to return. Although, my grandmother was only in this country on a temporary visa as an employee to this diplomatic family, it was decided that she would be safer remaining with them in the United States.
They took up residence at the family's summer home in Woodland, California. Later my grandmother took a job working in the Tuberculosis Sanitorium there. In 1918, she met and married my grandfather. All of her brothers were lost in the Great War and her only sister left an abusive husband and disappeared, never to be heard from again. My grandmother never returned to Great Britain. She kept, and so have I, a copy of the List of Passengers. My grandmother is merely listed as maid. Jana Black (See "Allen, Mrs. and Maid")
(The following information is contributed by a son
of passenger, Ben S. Allen)
"It's not important to the contrbutor's point, but in re the passenger list for the New York, June 1914, my father was by no means the American Ambassador to Great Britain. He was a correspondent in London for the Associated Press, on brief leave just before World War I broke out, and he and mother and their two little boys (my oldest brothers) returned to London and were there until the United States entered the war. Dad then returned to the United States to serve under Herbert Hoover in the United States Food Administration. Nor was their home in Washington State. Woodland was as much their United States home as any other place at that time. My mother's unpublished memoirs do confirm that the contributor's grandmother stayed on in California." William H. Allen, December 24, 2000.
American Line United States Mail Steamer "New York" From SOUTHAMPTON and CHERBOURG to NEW YORK SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 1914 CAPTAIN W.J. ROBERTS PURSER, R.R. MATTHEWS SURGEON, WILLIAM STUMP ASST. PURSER, H.H. MCNEALE CHIEF STEWARD, J.FARRELL Aberman, Mr. David Allen, Miss Maude Allen, Mr. Ben S. email a son of this passenger Allen, Mrs. And Maid (Rose Lily Colsell) email a descendant of Maid Allen, Master Shannon Allen, Mr. John F. Baker, Mr. John Baker, Mrs. Barrat, Mrs. Barsa, Miss S. Beaumont, Mrs. Marguerite Bergin, Mr. Julius L. Biggs, Mrs. Daisy Biggs, Miss Gladys Black, Mr. C. Black, Mrs. Bowen, Mr. David R. Bowen, Mr. William Bowker, Mr. F.W. Bowker, Mrs. Brinton, Miss Sarah Brown, Mrs. H.B. Brown, Mrs. Estelle Brown, Master William C. Buck, Miss Evelyn Buck, Miss Winifred Burrows, Mr. William Bush, Mr. Thomas A. Cano, Mr. J.M. Carncross, Miss Flora M. Carteret, Mr. George Clark, Rev. Francis E. Cook, Mr. John E. Cohen, Mrs. Meyer Coleman, Mrs. Fanny L. Coleman, Miss Doreen Coleman, Master Eric Dann, Miss Charlotte M. Davies, Mr. Thomas Derrom, Miss J.L. Dinsmore, Miss Annie Ely, Miss Anna Emslie, Mr. Allan G. Engle, Mrs. F. Fox, Mr. W.L. Fox, Miss E.R. Field, Mr. Edward S. French, Mrs. Rose M. Gandson, Mrs. Marina Gandson, Miss Victoria D. Gibbs, Mr. A.F. Grant, Mr. William Gyde, Miss Isabel Hamilton, Mr. Presley A. Hendry, Mrs. M. Winter Henry, Mr. A.F. Henry, Mrs. Hinton, Mrs. Emma Hinton, Master Arthur Hoppe, Mr. Gay Hoppe, Mrs. Adele Howell, Mr. Roy Howell, Mrs. Ruland Hurcum, Miss Josephine M. Iorio, Mr. Fortunate Iorio, Miss Bertha Iorio, Miss Irene Janny, Mr. J. Elliott Jelbert, Miss Eliza A. Jolley, Mr. Fred Jolley, Mrs. Mary E. Jones, Mrs. C.C. Kelly, Mr. Peter Kelly, Mrs. Kerbey, Mr. H. Kerbey, Mrs. Kevern, Mr. John Lane, Mrs. Elmer B. Langdana, Mrs. Aima Langdana, Master N. Lee, Miss Alice Levin, Mr. Erik McClenahan, Mr. W. McCoole, Miss K. Martin, Mr. C.J. Martin, Mrs. Matthews, Mr. P.B. Miller, Miss Nellie Miller, Mr. Arthur S. Minsky, Mrs. Fanny Moore, Mr. Henry B. Moore, Mrs. Muir, Miss Winifred Nilsen, Mr. T.T. Patterson, Mrs. Dora Parker, Mr. Roswell C. Parker, Mrs. Marjorie E. Parotik, Mrs. Scheine I. Perry, Miss Frances Philpott, Miss L.M. Philpott, Mr.A.J. Pinkham, Mr. W.C.H. Pinkham, Mr. V.E. Rice, Miss E.V. Richards, Mrs. Ada G. Ridyard, Mrs. Mary Rogers, Miss W.M. Rosenberg, Mr. Earl Rosenberg, Mrs. Blanche Rosenberg, Miss Flan Rowe, Mrs. Thomazine Sage, Mr. Harry W. Seaborne, Mr. Charles Siefert, Mrs. Caroline Sleap, Mr. Chas. Wm. Smith, Mr. Bernard E. Spenser, Miss G. Spenser, Miss S. Stansfield, Miss Stephan, Mr. W. Ray Stewart, Miss Agnes Straties, Mr. Gust Tevis, Mrs. S.S. Theothoropoulos, Mr. Dimitrios Theothoropoulos, Mrs. Vassiliki Theothoropoulos, Master Antonios Thompson, Rev. E.A. Thompson, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Jas. H. Tutton, Mr. Isaac Warren, Miss Ethel Whatford, Miss Ivy Wise, Mrs. Mary A. Wilson, Mr. Frederick Wilkinson, Mrs. Anna Woodburn, Dr. W.E. Woodburn, Mrs. ORCHESTRA Mr. G. Payne Mr. H. Wright Mr. A. Dockrey Mr. A.O. Angel Mr. Watson SEA POST OFFICE CLERKS British: American: Mr. Robert J. Robson Mr. James T. Davis Mr. Fred G. Sawyer Mr. James E. Parks
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