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Jacob Christian Milling

Jacob Christian Milling
Jacob Christian Milling

He had been born 25 October 1863 to Jörgen Christopher, who worked in the liquor business (b. 16 April 1826), and Christine Amalia Ketty Adolphine (nee Christophersdatter; she had been born 13 October 1828 at Odense) Milling in Svendborg Village, and had been christened 17 April 1864 at Vår Frue parish (our Lady), Svenborg County, Denmark, in the Church of Denmark tradition. His parents had married 30 December 1857 at St. Knud's Church in Odense, Fyn's County, Denmark. His known siblings were Elisabeth Catharine, b. 9 October 1858 at Svendborg, and Jens Christian, 5 July 1860 at Svendborg.

He married Doris Johanne Augusta Petersen on 20 September 1895 (?) in Rödby, Lolland, Zealand, Denmark, and they had two children; twins Jörgen Carl and Ellen Margrete, who had been born 19 December 1900

He worked for Sydfynske Jernbaner (Southernfyen Railroad) as an engineer. He had been previously (1887-97) employed with a railway company in Oregon Wisconsin. When he returned to Denmark he became among other things an "engine constructor"; but in 1912 he held the title machine inspector. He was returning to the USA to study railway machinery, technique and factories. Milling started from Odense on 5 April. He was going to the US to study machinery and technology as well as factories connected with railroads. He had been employed by a railway company in Oregon (or Wisconsin?).

Milling wrote a postcard to his wife that featured a photograph of the Titanic on the dockside. The card was hand dated 10 April, but is postmarked at 11pm on 9 April.

“Dear Augusta! This is the last thing you will hear from me from this side of the Atlantic. I may send a wireless if it is not too expensive. I am staying at Banen’s Hotel [sic], it’s not cheap but comfortable. From my window, I can see the ship in the dock. How are the old folks? Send them and the children my greetings. Many greetings to all of you. From Jacob.”1

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (Ticket No. 234360, £13) one of thirteen Danes aboard the Titanic

During the voyage Mr Milling sat at the same dining table as Winnie Troutt and Edgar Andrew.  On April 14th he sent a telegram to his wife in Odense that read: 'ABANAPAS' a prearranged code to his wife meaning

Feeling good, fine weather, fine ship, good company, fine trip.

His body was later recovered (#241).


CLOTHING - Dark tweed suit; leather vest.

EFFECTS - Gold watch and chain; silver name plate; two pocket knives; comb; one cuff-link; gold ring marked "AP 2998"; two pairs glasses; purse; toothpick; key; £26; 100 kroners; photos; railroad passes.


The body was sent to Halifax and, after cremation, to Copenhagen (via Boston) with "C. F. Tietgen" 16 May. He was buried at Assistens Kirkegard, Kapelvej, Copenhagen, Denmark (Section G, #277).

The Mansion House Fund paid £150 and Daily Telegraph Fund Pound £20 to his wife. Augusta Milling declined payment for damage.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Jacob Christian Milling
Age: 48 years 5 months and 21 days (Male)
Nationality: Danish
Marital Status: Married to Doris Johanne Augusta Petersen
Last Residence: in Odense, Denmark
Occupation: Machine Inspector
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 234360, £13
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 271)
Buried: Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Documents and Certificates

Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books, London Metropolitan Archives (COL/MH/AD/06/009)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912, National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
(1912) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S.


Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988) Titanic, Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Brian J. Ticehurst (1996) Titanic's Memorials World-wide: Where they are Located, ISBN 1 871733 05 7
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  1. Amanda Hernandez

    Amanda Hernandez said:

    I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me to where I could possibly find more information on , a 2nd class Danish passenger who was on his way to Oregon Wisconsin where he had been previously employed?

  2. Brian J. Ticehurst

    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Hello Amanda - Below is my print out on Mr. Milling - I hope that it helps? Best regards - Brian Milling, Mr. Jacob Christian. Missing. Of Odense, Denmark. Born 25th October 1863. Locomotive Engineer for Sydfynske Jerbaner Company. (From: Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913) Number P P75. Danish. Milling. Widow and 2 Children £150. Sent Marconigram from Titanic 6.22pm April 14th, 1912, to: Milling, Odense, Denmark. Abanapas. Jacob. Mr. Jacob Christian Milling. Engineer, had lived in Wisconsin between the years 1887-1897 but returned to his native Denmark where he... Read full post

  3. Jason D. Tiller

    Jason D. Tiller said:

    Hello Amanda, Welcome aboard. Have you checked Jacob's biography as well? If not, click to access it.

  4. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    I wrote to Henrik Milling about seven years ago. He then informed me about his extensive family research. I wrote to him again last yeaar. I got the letter in return. I fear he may not be alive.

  5. Amanda Hernandez

    Amanda Hernandez said:

    Thanks for all your help so far. I'm an intern at a local museum and I'm doing some research on Wisconsin ties to the Titanic for a project here and I'm glad you've all helped out so far! Arne...did you have that address for Henrik or know where I could find it so maybe I could try and track down another lead?

  6. Mette McCall

    Mette McCall said:

    In researching 2nd class passenger Jacob Milling, I've found an old newspaper article where his daughter says that he dined with Edgar Andrews, Edwina Troutt, Mr. Beauchamp and Mr. and Mrs. Holt. I already knew about Andrews and Troutt. There's very little about Beauchamp here on ET and I can't find the Holts - can anyone offer more information on these three last passengers? The daughter has the information from a postcard Jacob sent from Queenstown.

  7. Cesar milling

    Cesar milling said:

    Hola soy un desendiente de los Milling en Chile sudamerica me podrian informar sobre nuestro apellido

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