John Borland Thayer

Mr John Borland Thayer

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Mr John Borland Thayer, 49, from Haverford, Pennsylvania was Second Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was married to Marian Longstreth Morris and they had two daughters: Margaret "Peggy" and Pauline, and two sons, one of whom, Jack Thayer, accompanied them on their trip to Europe in 1912.

Mr Thayer and his family had been in Berlin as guests of the American Consul General and Mrs Thackara two weeks prior to boarding the Titanic as first class passengers (cabin C-68).

Later that evening, Mr & Mrs Thayer with Jack joined Lucile and William Carter, Major Butt and Captain Smith at a dinner party held by George, Harry and Eleanor Widener, in the à la carte restaurant.

The family were preparing for bed when the collision occurred. Jack went up immediately to investigate, he returned to their stateroom and they followed him back on deck.

As the boats were prepared for lowering John and Jack said good bye to Marian. They believed she got away in a boat but Chief Second Steward George Dodd advised them that she was still on board. They found her again and, after losing Jack in the crowd, John saw Marian safely into lifeboat 4.

Thayer had no intention of boarding a boat. He stuck with his friends George and Harry Widener and Charles Duane Williams. When all the boats were gone Colonel Gracie saw John Thayer looking "pale and determined" by the midship rail aft of lifeboat 7 talking with George Widener. They may have moved towards the stern like so many other passengers and crew because when Gracie returned a short while later they had gone.

John B. Thayer's body, if recovered, was never identified.

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Margaret (Peggy) Thayer Talbott, died July 15, 1962.
Pauline Thayer Dolan, died March 2, 1981, (Obituary).
Frederick Morris Thayer (born July 17, 1896 in Rosemont, Pennsylvania) an investment banker, He received an A.B. from Yale University in 1918 and married Eliza T. Talbott on October 27, 1923. He died November 16, 1956 and his wife lived to be in her nineties (died about 1991). They had the following children: 1. Frederick Morris Thayer, Jr. (now deceased); 2. Marian Thayer (married Robert Toland, Jr.); 3. Harry E. Thayer; 4. Thurston H. Thayer; 5. Nelson S. Thayer.

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John Borland Thayer

JOHN BORLAND THAYER

 
Jack Thayer jr. and Barbara Stanwyck

(1956) 

JACK THAYER JR. AND BARBARA STANWYCK

 
The Thayers

THE THAYERS

 
Redwood : The Home of John B. Thayer

REDWOOD : THE HOME OF JOHN B. THAYER

 

Articles and Stories

Reliving A Tragic Night On The Sea

Hanford Sentinel 

RELIVING A TRAGIC NIGHT ON THE SEA

 
LAKE SHIP FLAGS LOWERED

Chicago Examiner 

LAKE SHIP FLAGS LOWERED

 
CAPT. ROSTRON GUEST OF MRS. J. J. ASTOR

New York Times  (1912) 

CAPT. ROSTRON GUEST OF MRS. J. J. ASTOR

 
LAST MAN TO LEAVE TITANIC WAS COLONEL GRACIE, U.S.A.

The Toronto Daily Star  (1912) 

LAST MAN TO LEAVE TITANIC WAS COLONEL GRACIE, U.S.A.

 
Jersey Women Tell Thrilling Tales

Daily Home News  (1912) 

JERSEY WOMEN TELL THRILLING TALES

 
BARBER THROWN FROM TITANIC AS IT SANK

North American  (1912) 

BARBER THROWN FROM TITANIC AS IT SANK

 
WILL PAY A BET TO MORGAN

New York Times  (1910) 

WILL PAY A BET TO MORGAN

 
Dixon Takes Thayer's Place

The World Evening Edition (New York)  (1912) 

DIXON TAKES THAYER'S PLACE

 
TRIBUTE TO J. C. SMITH

New York Times  (1912) 

TRIBUTE TO J. C. SMITH

 
HOW J. B. THAYER DIED

New York Times  (1912) 

HOW J. B. THAYER DIED

 
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