Mr James Matthew McCrie was born in Enniskillen Township, Lambton, Ontario, on 4 July 1879 to Matthew and Roxanne Harrington McCrie. He married Maud M. Brown (6 November, 1882, parents Archibald and Margaret) in Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa, Michigan, on 6 June, 1900. The couple would have four daughters; Margaret Irene, 24 June 1900, Eveline Pearl, 24 June 1901, Francis May 14 April, 1902, and Elsie Maud, 4 December 1906.
McCrie was a worker on an oil rig in Arabia. He rushed back home, 503 North 16th Street, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, because one of his three children was dying from tuberculosis and he wanted to comfort his distraught wife. His last place of abode was the Strand Palace Hotel in London.
Mr McCrie boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. He held ticket number 233478, price: £13.
He died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. It is possible that Mrs. McCrie remarried, to a Mr. Kinley, in Michigan in 1916.
Red Cross Record #280
A young husband, returning from an absence of two years to his family in Canada, was drowned. He had been employed by an English company as an oil well operator and, attracted by the higher wages, had taken work abroad. His family were eagerly awaiting his arrival and he had written to them that he would remain at home, permanently. He is survived by his wife, 29 years of age and three daughters, aged 12, 10 and 6 years....The eldest is a cripple from hip disease. The second is in frail health, threatened with throat tuberculosis, and unless she has the best of care and nourishing food she cannot escape this disease. After her father's departure for England, the youngest daughter suffered an attack of infantile paralysis, which has left one ankle useless for life...The widow...will qualify as a practical nurse...The husband's life insurance, $1,300, has been placed in the bank. This Committee has established a trust fund of $5,000, from which fund and the accumulating interest she will be paid a quarterly pension of $125, or more in the discretion of the local trustees.'
References and Sources
American Committee of the Red Cross
Ontario birth and marriage indexes
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55).
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
Alan Hustak (1999) Titanic: The Canadian Story. Véhicule Press, ISBN 1-55065-113-7
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Alan Hustak, Canada
Hermann Söldner, Germany