Mr William James Major
William James Major, 32, was born in Southampton, Hampshire, 26 February 1880 the son of Edward Austin Major (1853-1933) and Ann Frances (nee Grant, 1854-1920)1.
In 1881 the family were living at 6 Lower back of Walls, Southampton, the house was opposite Ann's parent's home. William's father, a seaman, was away on the evening of the census.2 A decade later the family were living at 7 Oriental Terrace, Southampton. Edward was now listed as a Dock headworker.
William married Rose Edwards (1881-1935) in late 19063, and they settled at 4 Oriental Terrace, Southampton4, on 10 April 1907 a daughter, Rose Anne was born5. In the 1911 census William was listed as a ship's fireman.
Prior to sailing on the Titanic, William had been a fireman on the Olympic.
He escaped the disaster in Lifeboat 13.
William Major returned to life at sea following the disaster. In 1914, a son, William James Major (1914-1992), was born.
William James Major died in Southampton in the summer of 1960.
In May 2011 several items, including his discharge book and telegrams sent to his wife telling her that he had been saved were sold at auction by a descendant. The telegrams read: "W. Major saved", and "safe arriving Lapland".
References and Sources
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List Colonel Archibald Gracie (1913) The Truth about the Titanic. New York, Mitchell Kennerley
Link and cite this page
(2013) William James Major Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1564, accessed 8th December 2013 09:18:07 PM) URL : http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/william-james-major.html
Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr William James Major
Born: Thursday 26th February 1880
Age: 32 years 1 months and 20 days. (Male)
Marital Status: Married.
Last Residence: in Southampton Hampshire England
First Embarked: Southampton
Rescued (boat 13)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912