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Jane Anne Hoyt

First Class Passenger

Jane Anne Hoyt
Jane Anne Hoyt

Mrs Frederick Maxfield Hoyt was born as Jane Anne Forby in Amsterdam, Montgomery, New York on 28 February 1879.

She was the daughter of Francis M. Forby (1844-1920), a carpenter, and Emmeline Cordelia Hewitt (1844-1920). Both her parents hailed from New York. She had only one known sibling, her sister Harriett (b. 1877).

Jane first appears on the 1880 census living with her parents at the home of her maternal grandparents Ephraim, a butcher, and Jane Ann Hewitt in Amsterdam, New York. She was still living with her parents by the time of the 1900 census, still in Amsterdam.

Jane HoytJane was later married to Frederick Maxfield Hoyt (b. 1873), a native of Connecticut, a Yale graduate, prolific yachtsman and a broker based at 45 Broadway, Manhattan. The couple remained childless and lived at 112 East Seventy-Third Street, Manhattan. The Hoyts reportedly maintained a summer home in Stamford and also spent time in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Jane and her husband boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers (ticket number 19943, which cost £90). Their eventual destination was to be Stamford, Connecticut and the couple occupied cabin C-93.

On the night of the sinking it was reportedly the ship's surgeon Dr O'Loughlin (some sources say it was a steward) who went to the stateroom of the Hoyts to urge them to get themselves prepared and to make their way to the lifeboats. O'Loughlin reportedly assisted Mrs Hoyt into her lifeboat, collapsible D. Her husband later jumped into the water shortly after that lifeboat's launch and was pulled into it by its occupants.

Jane Hoyt

Jane Hoyt in the 1920s

Jane and her husband later settled in Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York and also apparently lived in Los Angeles for a time, appearing there on the 1930 census. She died in Long Beach, California on 17 July 1932 aged 53 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut with her husband.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Jane Anne Hoyt (née Forby)
Age: 33 years 1 month and 15 days (Female)
Nationality: American
Marital Status: Married to Frederick Maxfield Hoyt
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 19943, £100
Cabin No. C93
Rescued (boat D)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Sunday 17th July 1932 aged 53 years
Cause of Death:

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References and Sources

Knickerbocker Press, 21 April 1912, Portrait of Jane Hoyt

Research Articles

Peter Engberg-Klarström Titanica! (2018) Titanic : The Last Boat
Collapsible Lifeboat D, the last boat to be lowered.

Newspaper Articles

Brooklyn Daily Times (17 April 1912) L. I. YACHTSMEN WILL MISS FREDERICK M. HOYT
Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat (23 April 1912) Amsterdam Girl Tells Graphic Tale of Wreck
Paterson Morning Call (23 April 1912) JUMPED FROM SINKING SHIP
New York Times (23 April 1912) THREE BRAVE OFFICERS
Dr. O'Loughlin and Pursers McElroy and Barker on Honor Roll


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Syracuse Herald (1912) Jane Hoyt
Amsterdam Evening Recorder (1912) Amsterdam Girl and Husband

Documents and Certificates

(1932) Jane Anne Hoyt (Death Certificate)


United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925
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  1. George W. Forby

    George W. Forby said:

    I am researching the ancestry of Jane Ann(e) Forby the wife of Frederick Maxfield Hoyt. Jane was Coll. D and her husband jumped into the water and was pulled into Coll. D. Jane was the daughter of Frances Marion Forby. The Hoyts and Forbys were residents of New York. I have Jane's Death Cert and Frederick's obit from the Larchmont Times. I am looking for mare information on Jane Ann(e) Forby. George W. Forby

  2. George W. Forby

    George W. Forby said:

    Does anyone have the passport application for Frederick Maxfield Hoyt that is memtioned on his passanger listing on encyclopedia-titanic .org. Thank you, George W. Forby

  3. Brian Ahern

    Brian Ahern said:

    Censuses reveal surprising info about this passenger. By 1912, she was listed in the Social Register and traveling first class, but it appears that she lived in very humble circumstances before her marriage to Frederick Hoyt. The 1880 census shows the year-old Jane, her sister Harriet and her parents Francis and Cordelia (or "Frank" and "Delia" as they appear in several places) living in the home of her maternal grandparents, Ephraim and Jane Anne Hewitt. Francis Forby's occupation is given as "carpenter" while that of his father-in-law is "butcher". The 1900 census shows the Forbys... Read full post

  4. John O'Malley

    John O'Malley said:

    Does anyone know if there are any photo's available of Frederick and Jane Hoyt?

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