Many MyHeritage members have a personal connection to this tragedy. We invited them to share their Titanic stories for today's special post.
Thank you to everyone who shared their personal stories.
Henry W. Gradidge, England:
Mr. Ernest Edward Gradidge, 32, of Southampton, died in the Titanic sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
This is the description:
NO. 276. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. VERY FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Green suit; mourning band; flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - Pipe; key; padlock; purse; three shillings; British Seafarer Union Book, No. 560.
NAME - C. GRADIAGE
He was wearing a mourning band for his brother Stephen John Gradidge who drowned from the Royal Mail Ship Thames in Buenos Aires on December 26th 1911
Their brother William Charles sailed on the Olympic, "sister ship to the Titanic"
Marek Jankowski, Poland:
When I began researching my family tree 20 years ago, I realized that a number of my relatives had passed away at a very young age. It was then that I heard the story about one of these individuals, my great-grandfather (Jankowski), who we think died in the Titanic disaster.
My grandfather, a policeman, moved to Łódź, Poland just before World War I. It was then that he stopped receiving any news from his father. The last correspondence he received from his father was a postcard from England that arrived in Poland in late April/early May 1912, saying that he couldn’t find a good job in England and so would be travelling to America "on a big new ship."
Following this postcard, he never again contacted his wife and children, and so we believe he died on the Titanic. I’m sure he would have belonged to the third class of passengers, who were most of the victims. It’s hard to believe that if he did survive, that he wouldn’t have tried to contact his family in Poland as he had done up until the time of this catastrophe. Therefore, after associating the dates and facts, we believe that he was one of the victims of this disaster.
Emily Smith, Canada:
My Titanic story isn't a profound one, but it has stuck with me since I was a little girl.
My paternal grandmother, Emily A. Verity, was travelling to England to be with her husband who was working there for a short while, along with her two children, Cecil and Alice. I'm not sure what the name of the ship was that she was on, but she recounted how as they were nearing the shores of England, they passed the Titanic starting out on her journey. They came close enough to each other that the passengers on both decks waved to each other for several minutes.
Of course, they didn't know that in just a few days, the ship, and most of her passengers, would be at the bottom of the sea. I’ve always had a "soft" spot for the Titanic and her passengers. May they rest in peace.
Brian Jennings, South Africa:
George Green born 1871, husband of Mrs. Theresa Green, and my great-great- grandfather, a native of Coventry, had decided to emigrate to America and booked his passage on the Titanic. He was a farrier on his way to Lead City, South Dakota.
George paid £8 1s for his third class passage. He and his family had resided at Dorking for some years. Mrs. Theresa Janet Green and her three children came to stay in Coventry with her parents, while George found his feet in America. Mrs. Green was to have joined her husband in America using the second voyage of the Titanic, which never happened.
Mrs. Green had received some letters written by her husband during the voyage. On the evening of the disaster, one of the children was writing a note to Daddy.
George's brother-in-law was E.A.Morris of Coventry. Green had sent him a photograph of the Titanic with dimensions and a message, "Lovely Sailing."
As a result of her husband's death, the three children were eventually sent to different homes as there was too little money to raise the children - even though Theresa and her children were awarded a weekly pension from the Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund.
The probate report showed that George left £45 16s 8d to the family. To date, I have still not been able to trace one of the children.
George's body was never found and his place of death is recorded as Lat 41deg 16 N, Long 50 deg 14 W.
Dee Johnson, USA:
My grandmother’s oldest brother's wife had passage booked to go on the voyage - she got sick and had to cancel her reservation!
While working on my family tree, I found out that my grandfather, Will Boland, was in Cork watching the Titanic set sail. He waved at the ship and its passengers while thinking of how lucky they all were as they sailed away to start a new life.
John Joseph Pozega III, USA:
My grandfather John Joseph Pozega was born in Croatia in 1886 and arrived in New York City on May 29, 1912, aboard the Carpathia. He boarded the Carpathia in Fiume on May 11, 1912. From passenger lists, I believe this was the first voyage of the Carpathia to the USA, after it rescued people from the Titanic in April.
Joseph Weber, Canada:
While doing family research, my grandmother’s youngest sister told me a story about my maternal great grandmother, Teresa Simon. As many others did early in 20th century, Teresa left her family in Poland and came to Canada to earn money to support them. Teresa worked as a housekeeper in a famous spa in Kitchener. Eventually, she saved enough money and bought a ticket to return to Poland. The name of the ship, that she was to return on, was the Titanic. Needless to say, Teresa did not return on this ship following its sinking.
Thanks again to everyone who shared stories. Brian Jennings - a copy of Dr. Nick Barratt’s book - Lost Voices from the Titanic - is on it's way to you.
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