Hannah Mary Gould, my grandmother, was born on May 1, 1887.
She and her sister Honorah (Nora) Elizabeth Gould (1881-) moved to France around 1906 to work as governesses at Versailles until 1915, when there were real concerns about the German army capturing Paris. At the time the sisters decided it was time to leave, and so Nora returned to Youghal, Ireland, while Hannah Mary immigrated to the United States. On January 19, 1915, she landed in New York(1) aboard the Transylvania, a British Anchor Line passenger liner captained by William Thomas ‘Top Hat’ Turner. Turner was later transferred to the Lusitania. The famous Lusitania was torpedoed on May 7, 1915 – a mere four months after her arrival. Meanwhile, the Transylvania was converted to a troop ship and later torpedoed off the coast of Italy on May 4, 1917.
Hannah Mary’s immigration documents indicate she moved to 1228 Spruce Street, in Philadelphia, perhaps to live with a friend named Miss Morly [sic?]. Hannah was described as being 5’4″ (162.56 cm) with grey eyes and had $40 US dollars with her (or the equivalent of about $1,000 US in 2018). She practiced nursing in Philadelphia until 1919, the year she moved to Vancouver, B.C. and married John Joseph Kelly.
Hannah Mary Gould passed away on November 30, 1937, of colon cancer.
- Listed as steerage passenger #11 on the ship’s manifest.