Survivor Phyllis May Quick

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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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I interested in Phyllis Quick, who was born in 1909 in Plymouth, England. She boarded on the Titanic with her mother Jane Quick (nee Richards) and sister Winifred Quick. All three were rescue in lifeboat 11. In the future Phyllis married William Austin Murphy (when?). They had four children (Does any Phyllis' child still alive?). She died in 1954. Why did she commit suicide? I read that unknown woman wanted kidnap her after Titanic's disaster. True or false? I look for some informations about her life after "unsinkable ship" sinking. Please help me!
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Dear Magda,
Below is my printout on Phyllis - it may be of some help:
QUICK, MISS PHYLLIS MAY. Saved in Lifeboat number 11.
Born 27th July 1909.
Died 15th March 1954, and was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, Section 20, lot 1542.
Family stayed together in lifeboat, Mrs. Quick was adamant that the family would not be separated.
(From The Emergency and Relief booklet by the American Red Cross, 1913).
Case number 384. (English). A mother 31 years of age, and two small children, coming to join her husband in Michigan lost baggage, insured for $125 and $200 in cash. They received hospital care, clothing, and $100 from other American sources of relief. ($400).
Insurance claim B29. Property $3,190.
(From the Detroit Journal, April 20, 1912).
Mrs. Jane Quick, wife of Frederick Quick 383 Brooklyn Avenue, with her two daughters, one aged eight and the other three years, all survivors of the Titanic, also arrived on the same train with Mrs Hamlin.
''Jane''! cried a mans voice as Mrs. Quick prepared to step from the coach with her children. A man rushed up, unconscious of the stares of curious travellers, and took his wife in his arms. The two children danced with glee at the pleasure of being home again with their father.
''Oh Fred, it was terrible'', sobbed Mrs. Quick as she buried her head on her husband's shoulder, ''I never expected to see my loved ones again''.
Mrs. Quick and her children came from Plymouth, England, to join her husband who works for a Detroit contractor.
With her children Mrs. Quick was placed in lifeboat 11.''
Our boat was one of the first to leave the ship . . .
(From the Exeter Flying Post, April 20th 1912)
Devonians on Board: Passengers: Plymouth:
Mrs. Quick and two children (saved).
(See article page 50, The Titanic Commutator, volume 17, number 2 1993. The Night God Chose Between the Quicks and the Dead. By George Behe.)


Cheers
Brian J. Ticehurst - Southampton UK.
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Fascinating informations, Brian! Thanks very much!
I'm going to write Quick's family biography, so I your informations are very necessary for me. I've many informations about Jane and Winifred, but I can't gather news about Phyllis life. It's strange for me. Please sent me other info, if you have it.
Thanks again!
Magda
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Does anyone has Phyllis, Winifred or Jane's photo?
Where can I find their photo?
 

John Clifford

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Winifred Quick VanTongerloo died last year. There was an article about her in a recent THS Commutator.
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Hi Brian and John! I found your informations. Thanks very much!
Regards
Magda
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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I know that this is foolish question and I don't think that somebody know whether Phyllis left any letter after her suicide.
And I wonder about her marriage's date.
Magda
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Hello Darren!
Phyllis Quick buried at Mount Olivet Cementery in Detroit, Michigan. David Vartanian buried also in Detroit, but at Woodmere Cementery. Go to his biography in Encyclopedia Titanica, if you want know more.
Regards
Magda
 
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Magda...write to the cemetery and ask for copies of any burial records (use the term "burial records"). Also, as a courtesy, offered to pay the copying costs. I do a lot of genealogical research, and you may surprised at the info you get back. When I did it, I got everything from headstone inscriptions, death certificates, personal letters regarding the burial, etc. Then pull clues from those sources to write to other places for info. This is only if you want to learn more about her past her Titanic ordeal.

I guess you can tell I love doing genealogy. I think it is because it is like giant puzzle and I love to solve things.
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Good advice, Deborah! I've written to the Mount Olivet Cemetery and I'm waiting for answer. I promise I tell you if I get some news.
Regards,
Magda
 
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Magda Natalia Piotrowska

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Mary,
I read this interesting article in THS. Very nice, isn't it?
Thanks and regards,
Magda
 
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Karen Eindorf Murphy

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Thank you all for your research and articles. I am Phyllis' granddaughter, Karen and sadly never got to meet her. I did meet my Aunt Winnie and recall her telling me the story of the baby being thrown into their lifeboat. I had not heard the story about my grandmother being briefly kidnapped, so this was fascinating. Thank you again.
Karen