Mr Charles Natsch

Charles Natsch
Charles Natsch in 1910.
(The Natsch family, courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA)

Mr Charles Natsch was born in Connecticut in October 1875.

He was the son of Swiss immigrant parents Henry Natsch (1842-1881) and his wife Louisa (1836-1903) who had come to the USA in 1866. He had three siblings, Louise (b. 1868), Henry (b. 1874) and Albert (b. 1879). The family appear on the 1880 census living in Brooklyn, New York.

He was married in 1899 to Elizabeth Henderson Nicoll Machan (b. 2 October 1874), a Scottish-born woman who had come to the United States as an infant from her native Monifieth, Angus. She was the daughter of Robert Nicoll Machan and Caroline Mitchell Robertson.

Charles and his wife settled in Brooklyn and had four children: Helen (b. 1901), Jean Lois (1902-1983), Evalyn Dorothy (1904-1957) and Henry Halsey (1905-1984). By 1912 they were living at 503 East Seventh Street in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York and Natsch was well known in social and athletic circles in his community.

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Charles Natsch in 1897.
(The Natsch family, courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA)

Charles embarked Titanic at Cherbourg (ticket number 17596, costing £29, 14s) following a six week-long business trip on behalf of his employers, Lamont, Corliss  & Company. During the voyage he occupied cabin C118.

Mr Natsch died in the Titanic disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

Following the disaster newspapers in New York, in error, printed that Mrs Natsch and her children were survivors of the sinking. One of the children had even become sick with pneumonia (later being attributed to exposure in the lifeboat). This was certainly not the case.

Mrs Natsch later filed a claim against the White Star Line for the death of her husband to the amount of $15,000. Her claim later led to legal difficulties. 

Elizabeth Natsch was never remarried and continued to live in Brooklyn until the mid-1920s when she moved to Columbia, Connecticut. She died on 9 June 1956 and is buried in Columbia; Charles is remembered on her grave.

The last letter he had sent to his wife from his business trip abroad, and posted in the Netherlands, is still in the hands of family.

Memorial Booklet
(The Natsch family, courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA)



He is frequently listed as Charles H. Natsch, however, according to his family he had no middle name although his son was named Charles Halsey Natsch.


Charles Natsch

Articles and Stories

The Sun (New York) (1912) 
New York Times (1912) 
Brooklyn Daily Times (1912) 
Brooklyn Daily Times (1912) 

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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