Dr. Arthur Jackson Brewe was born circa 1866 in Galway, Ireland, the eldest son of Mrs. Butler who lived at Winterfield House, Drumgriffin, Galway. He had a sister who was married to Dr. Glynn of Waterview House, Turloughmore, Athenry. He “was graduated from a preparatory school in Glencoe, and matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin.”
Arthur was working as a journalist when he traveled to the United States aboard the S.S. Service from Liverpool, arriving in New York City of 7 February 1893. He was also listed as a journalist when he made another voyage, arriving in New York City aboard the Furnessia on 30 November 1893. He travelled again to the United States, arriving on 25 May 1897 as a Second Class passenger aboard the Pennland. At the time he was working as clerk, was traveling as a visitor to New York City, and the emigration inspector noted he had been to the United States “12 times.”
Brewe became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 28 July 1898. At the time he was living at 501 Franklin Street in Philadelphia.
Arthur was married in Philadelphia in 1898 to Annie Constance Gregory. Annie was born circa 1862/1863 in England and emigrated to the United States in 1895. The couple has not been located on the 1900 US census.
In 1901 Arthur worked as a conductor while living at 2215 N. Sydenham in Philadelphia. In 1905, he was working as a masseuse while living at 1327 Airdrie in Philadelphia.
Arthur took a “special course in Jefferson Medical College in Neurology…. Dr. Brewe was a member of the American Medical Association, the Francis S. Dercum Neurology Society and the National Geographical Society.” He had graduated from the Jefferson Medical College in 1905.
Arthur sailed on the Carmania from Liverpool on 28 March 1906, he arrived in New York City on 5 April 1906. Arthur was a member of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania in 1907. In 1908, the couple lived at 2133 S. 58th Street in Philadelphia. The following year they had moved to 1812 S. 58th Street.
On 15 April 1910, Arthur and Annie rented a home at 1812 58th Street in Philadelphia. He was listed as being a physician. Arthur sailed from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Caronia on 20 September 1910, arriving in New York City of 28 September 1910. The couple continued living at this address in 1911.
Brewe went abroad for an extended tour to Africa, Egypt, Rome, Naples, Florence, and Paris. He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, travelling as a first class passenger (ticket number 112379, £39 12s). He may have been serving as doctor to Emma Eliza Bucknell, a rich Philadelphian, and was acquainted with Margaret “Mollie” Brown, all three visiting the Sphinx in March 1912.
Annie was reported to be in a serious condition after learning her husband was not rescued. The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce asked the United States Congress to require adequate safety equipment and memorialized the nine male passengers from the community who had perished. The whereabouts of Annie after the disaster have not been discovered.
References and Sources
Arthur Jackson Brewe entry, Pennsylvania U.S. Naturalization Originals 1795-1930, online at Ancestry.com.
Brewe-Gregory entry, Philadelphis Pennsylvania Marriage Index 1885-1951, online at Ancestry.com.
Arthur J. Brewe entries, New York Passenger Lists 1820-1867, online at Ancestry.com.
Arthur J. Brewe entry, Philadelphia Passenger Lists 1800-1945, online at Ancestry.com.
Arthur J. Brewe household, 1910 US census, Philadelphia Ward 40, Philadelphia, PA.
“Widow of Physician Lost on Titanic in Serious Condition at Her Home Here,” Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia), 20 April 1912.
Pennsylvania Medical Journal, Vol. 10:890.
Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Board of Directors for the Year 1912, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Annual Report, Vol. 24:124-125.
Irish Jesuit Archives, 1912 Clongownian.
Medical Record, Volume 81:857.
Arthur J. Brewe entries, Philadelphia City Directories, 1901, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1911.
Contract Ticket List , White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Homer Thiel, USA
Articles and Stories
Evening Bulletin (1912)
Titanic Research (2008)