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).
NO. 271 - MALE - ESTIMATED AGE, 55 - DARK BEARD, LIGHT HAIR, PARTLY BALD
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.
NAME - F.C.MILLING
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.