February 28 – Happy Birthday Anne Forby Hoyt

TheHoyt'sThere were a total of 2,224 people aboard the SMS Titanic when it left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 on its maiden voyage, headed for New York City. On April 14, 1912, four days into the ocean-crossing and about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, the world’s newest luxury liner hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time. When the vessel sank and the disaster had played out, a total of 705 survivors made it on board the USS Carpathian, the liner that served as the rescue ship. One of those survivors is the February 28 Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant.

Her maiden name was Anne Forby. She had been born in Amsterdam, NY on February 28, 1879, the daughter of Francis M. Forby, a carpenter, and his wife Emmeline Cordelia Hewitt Forby. The Forby’s had moved to this community from New York City. The 1880 US Census shows that Anne, her parents and her older sister Harriet were living in the home of her maternal grandparents Ephraim and Jane Hewitt. Ephraim’s occupation was listed as a butcher.

Anne attended local schools in Amsterdam and on one of her trips to New York City to visit her Mom’s sister, she met Frederick Whitfield Hoyt, a Connecticut native and graduate of Yale who was a well-known yachtsman and yacht designer. The two hit it off and were eventually married. Anne Forby had become an instant member of society’s upper crust. The couple shuttled between an apartment in New York City and a summer home in Connecticut.

The Hoyt’s were first class passengers on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Fortunately they could well afford the roughly $350 it cost for their first class tickets because those who paid the more expensive fares had cabins positioned closest to the lifeboats and therefore composed the highest percentage of survivors.

On the night the Titanic collided with the iceberg …

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Anne Forby Hoyt’s complete story will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

This Titanic survivor shares her February 28th birthday with one of the great medical doctors in Rug City history.

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