Part 685pp – Smith Groh Genealogy – The Mystery of Brayton C. Placeway – 1915 S.S. Tuscania Manifest

13 May 2012

Good Day,

Following up to my Posting Part 680p it appears that ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway upon getting his and his wife Johanna's Emergency Passport, they must have traveled from Berlin, Germany to Liverpool, England between 1 February 1915 and 7 February 1915.

Ain't Genealogy fun... especially when I am trying to piece together the life and times of an ancestor. This ancestor is ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway.

Based on the Manifest of the S.S. Tuscania, ggg-grandfather Brayton C. Placeway and his second wife, Johanna (née Plischke) sailed from Liverpool, England 7 February 1915 and arrived at the Port of New York 16 February 1915.

There is limited information on this page List of United States Citizens of the Manifest regarding the ggg-grandfather Brayton C. and his wife, Johanna. It does indicate that Johanna “If Naturalized, Give Name and Location of Court Which Issued Naturalization Papers, And Date of Papers” is a naturalized to the United States"By Marriage”.

The source of this document is The National Archives: Year: 1915; Microfilm Serial: T715; Microfilm T715_2397; Line 9; Page Number 81. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. I downloaded the page via

Typically Passenger Manifest pages consisted of two completed pages of information for each passenger. I can only find one page referencing ggg-grandfather Brayton. I have searched all the pages as presented of this specific voyage. And now another question, “Why is there only limited information on the Manifest for ggg-grandfather Brayton C. and his second wife Johanna (née Plischke)?

Just a couple of notes that I discovered regarding the S.S. Tuscania. The SS Tuscania, a luxury ship of the Cunard subsidiary Anchor Line, was launched September 1914. It carried 2,500+ passengers... and was torpedoed and sank in 1918 by the German U-boat UB-77 while carrying American troops to Europe. (From Wikipedia).

Check out the Brayton C. Placeway Life Timeline. You can pull the Groh pull-down menu at the top of the page.




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