Mrs John Murray Brown (Caroline Lane Lamson), 59, was born in New York City on 8 July 1852, the daughter of Charles Lamson and Elixabeth R. Marshall. She was married to John Murray Brown, the son of James Brown and Mary Darby, who died on 29 April 1908.
A resident of Belmont, MA, Mrs Brown boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 11769, £51 9s 7d, Cabin C-101) accompanied by her sisters Mrs R. C. Cornell and Mrs E. D. Appleton. They were returning to America having attended a family funeral in England. During the voyage they were joined by Miss Edith Corse Evans who boarded at Cherbourg as well as Col Archibald Gracie who gallantly offered his services to the unaccompanied ladies.
In the early hours of April 15th after all of the main lifeboats had got away Gracie rushed up to where Second Officer Charles Lightoller was shepherding women and children into Collapsible D (or boat 4?), he guided Mrs Brown and Miss Evans as far as he could before being stopped by the cordon Lightoller had set up to prevent a rush on the boat. Evans turned to Brown and said, 'You go first, you have children waiting at home.' Brown stepped into the boat but Evans faltered and the boat eventually left without her.
‘Room had been found for several persons picked up out of the water after the boat had been launched….There were only two boats left on their side of the deck when Mrs. Brown and Miss Evans were called….Mrs. Brown was seized by one of the seamen and thrown into the boat. As it was lowered she heard the officer telling Miss Evans to ‘come along’ and that there was one more boat….The lifeboat in which Mrs. Brown found a seat was leaking badly at the plug, she said, and women had to take off their stockings to plug up the hole. Finally, Mrs. Brown and some others were transferred to another boat. Just after the transfer had been made, Mrs. Brown said, a whistle was heard. It had been sounded by Second Officer Lightoller. It resulted in at least a score of lives being saved, and among those rescued from a raft were Harold Bride, the wireless operator, and John B. Thayer, Jr. - The New York Times, April 22, 1912
''..As we rowed away from the Titanic,'' continued Mrs. Brown, ''we picked up all the men that we could and placed them in the lifeboat. One of those whom we saved was J. B. Thayer, jr., of Brooklyn, whom we found floating on a raft with some other men.'' - New York Herald, 20 April 1912
Mrs Brown was eventually reunited with her sisters on board the Carpathia and was surprised to meet her uncle and aunt Mr and Mrs Charles Marshall who were passengers on the vessel.
Caroline Brown (née Lamson) died in Concord, Massachusttes on June 26th 1928, aged 75. She was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.