James Robert McGough

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Catherine G. McGough

I think that JR - John Robert McGough - is my grandfather's cousin through his father, Thomas, who was my grandfather's uncle. Anyone know anything about JR other than the story of urging Molly Brown to get her lifejacket and get on a boat? He was hospitalized back in Philadelphia for "hysteria" which I believe is likened to a nervous breakdown. I am trying to trace what happened to him. He died in 1937.
Susan E. Davis

Susan E. Davis

I'm related (very distantly!) to Edith Corse Evans who went down with the Titanic because she gave her lifeboat seat to another woman who had children. I was able to trace the connection through Quaker records which are very good.

Does anyone know if pictures of her exist? I have read that there are none, but as wealthy as her family was it seems that there would be a family album, at least. I do a lot of genealogy, so I might be able to locate something if I do research. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Deborah Russes

Hi Susan:

I have been doing genealogical research for a long time, too...with a lot of luck.

Anyway, I saw your post and had to share something with you. In my Titanic book collection, I own one entitled "Titanic: Women and Children First". There was mention of her probably through the woman whom she gave her lifeboat seat to. Anyway, it talks about a plaque that was erected to Edith in honor of her heroism.

The plaque (according to the book) is located at Grace Church in New York City.

The book says that little exists of her today aside from the newspaper articles regarding the Titanic. However, her family papers were donated to the New York Historical Society.

I would write to them for any info. Finding a photo doesn't sound very promising but you never know until you try. Maybe you will come across something.

Good luck.


Jesse D O'Neill

I Have read two interesting Pieces concerning McGough.

1. His Affidavit from The Senate Investigation

2.His Letter to his Mother Which can be found in:
Our Nation's Archive : The History of the United States in Documents
by Jay Crosby (Editor), Erik Bruun (Editor)

There are some differences between the two.

two differences off the top of my head are:

1. In his letter to his mother he claims he got in a lifeboat to persuade the female Passangers to get in.

in His Affidavit he claims he an officer got hold of his shoulder and told him to get in.

2. In the letter to his Mother he claims 55 Passangers in his Boat.

In the Affidavit the Number is 28.

I also got some interesting info from:

Molony, Senan. The Irish Aboard Titanic

and from some Research at Philadelphia Central Library


he is one of my ancestors. didn't even know i was related to someone on the titanic and i'm absolutely obsessed with anything to do with the titanic as well