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Ernest James Crease

Ernest James Crease
Ernest James Crease

Mr Ernest James Crease was born in Cleveland 1, Cuyahoga, Ohio on 10 April 1892.

He was the son of English immigrant parents Alfred Joseph Crease (b. 1862) and Florence Peters (b. 1867), who hailed from Dorset and Somerset respectively and who had married in Surbiton, Surrey on 6 October 1888 with his father being described as a soldier at the time. His known siblings were: Jessie Mabel (1889-1975), Percival Alfred (1895-1987), Ruth Evelyn (b. 1899) and Harold Francis (1904-1983). Another sibling died in infancy.

Ernest's elder sister Jessie was born in London in 1889 before the family emigrated to the USA, settling in Cleveland where Ernest and his brother, Percival were born. A move took the Creases to Bronx, New York where his sister Ruth was born in 1899 and where the family appear on the 1900 census. The family relocated back to their native England sometime after this and the youngest child of the family, Harold was born in Yorkshire in 1904.

The family appear on the 1911 census living at 28 Regent Street, Spring Street, Bedminster, Bristol and Ernest was described as a tobacco factory labourer. The previous year an in-law from Cleveland, Rowland Edwin Stanley, had arrived to stay with relatives. Rowland's brother Albert had married Ernest's sister Jessie Mabel in Cleveland on 12 November 1910. Ernest would accompany Rowland on his return to Ohio.

Ernest James CreaseErnest and Rowland boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (Ernest on ticket number 3464 which cost £8, 3s, 2d). Ernest described himself as a tinsmith.

Ernest and Rowland were both lost in the sinking; their bodies, if recovered, were never identified.

His family later moved back to Ohio and his mother and youngest sibling Harold crossed the Atlantic aboard the Imperator in 1920. It is believed that Ernest's parents later divorced and there is no sign of his father on the 1930 or 1940 Ohio censuses with his family. By the time of the 1940 census Florence Crease was living with her married daughter Jessie, now Mrs Cephus John Wadge.

Florence Crease died on 7 January 1956 in Bowling Green Wood, Ohio and was buried in Old Maplewood cemetery, North Baltimore, Wood County, Ohio.

Her daughter Jessie Wadge (nee Crease) died in Lorain, Ohio in 1975  is buried with her husband in Knollwood cemetery, Mayfield Heights, Guyahoga county, Ohio.


  1. The 1900 US census gives his birthplace as Philadelphia

Newspaper Articles

Cleveland Plain Dealer (17 April 1912) FOUR ON BIG LINER CLEVELAND BOUND
Cleveland Plain Dealer (18 April 1912) SIXTEEN OHIOANS ARE STILL MISSING


(1912) Ernest Crease

Documents and Certificates

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912, National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
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  1. Carl J. Crease Jr.

    Carl J. Crease Jr.

    My daughter just found out that our family might have had a relative that perished on the Titanic. I am trying to find out if he is or not. where would I look for the info. His name is Ernest James Crease Thank you for the info

  2. Dave Gittins

    Carl, you'll find a little information here. You'll find it best to work back from your present relatives towards 1912. That way you'll find out if there is a real connection.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Ernest James Crease
Age: 20 years and 5 days (Male)
Nationality: American
Last Residence: in Bristol, England
Occupation: Tinsmith
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 3464, £8 3s 2d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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