Lily May Futrelle

Mrs Lily May Futrelle (née Peel)

Lily May Futrelle

Mrs Jacques Futrelle (Lily May Peel), 35, was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 26, 1876, the daughter of David G. Peel and Molly Thompson.

May Peel Futrelle was the wife of Jacques Futrelle, Sr. they lived in Scituate, Massachusetts with their two children, Virginia and Jacques, Jr. The chiuldren were born barely 12 months apart. Virginia was born November 8, 1896, married a Mr Raymond, and died in Haverhill, Massachusetts in January of 1981. Jacques Futrelle, Jr. was bon November 20, 1898. He later became the night news editor of the Washington Post and died in Herndon, Virginia in July of 1979.

Jacques Futrelle was a noted author of early science-fiction type novels and also a well-known newspaper reporter. The couple had been in Europe for several weeks while Jacques wrote a number of magazine articles. On the night before sailing, friends had gathered in London to celebrate Mr Futrelle's birthday. The party did not end until 3:00 A.M. and the Futrelle's never went to bed but packed and headed for Southampton. Mrs Futrelle was later to lament that "if my husband had got drunk that night, he might not have sailed, and he might be alive today. But he never did drink much."

On the night of the sinking Mrs Futrelle made her way to the boat deck and encountered a group of men with "smoke-blackened faces" standing silently in a group staring at her. She later commented, "they said nothing but their eyes seemed to say, 'at least you have a chance, we have none.'" May Futrelle was rescued in Collapsible D but Jacques died in the sinking.

Lily Futrelle in a 1920s passport photograph

Mrs Futrelle returned to Scituate, Massachusetts. She died at the age of 91. Amazingly, local newspapers carried no notice of her death and her grave remains unmarked.

References and Sources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Certificate of Death
New York Times. 26th June, 1915, Says Ismay Ruled in Titanic''s Boats

Credits
Phillip Gowan, USA
Rachel Haight,USA

Articles and Stories

Futrelle Met Death Like Hero Says Wife

Worcester Telegram  (1912) 

FUTRELLE MET DEATH LIKE HERO SAYS WIFE

 
Report Futrelle Safe

Worcester Telegram  (1912) 

REPORT FUTRELLE SAFE

 
May Futrelle - RECALL TITANIC SINKING

Boston Globe  (1961) 

MAY FUTRELLE - RECALL TITANIC SINKING

 
TITANIC CLAIMS $10,000,000

The Washington Post  (1913) 

TITANIC CLAIMS $10,000,000

 
BOSTON MAN MISSING

New York Times  (1912) 

BOSTON MAN MISSING

 
FUTRELLE'S MOTHER IS DEAD

New York Times  (1912) 

FUTRELLE'S MOTHER IS DEAD

 
PREMONITION CAME TO NOTED NOVELIST

Washington Herald  (1912) 

PREMONITION CAME TO NOTED NOVELIST

 
ISMAY AS BEHR SAW HIM

New York Evening Post  (1912) 

ISMAY AS BEHR SAW HIM

 
MEN SNEAKED INTO BOATS, SAYS WOMAN

Washington Times  (1912) 

MEN SNEAKED INTO BOATS, SAYS WOMAN

 
Mrs. May Futrelle's account

Atlanta Constitution  (1912) 

MRS. MAY FUTRELLE'S ACCOUNT

 

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