Mrs Mary Mack

Mrs Edward Mack (Mary Ann Lacey) was born in Harborne, Staffordshire, England in late 1854/early 1855. She was baptised in her village on 7 January 1855.

She was the daughter of George Lacey (b. 1828 in Edgbaston, Warwickshire), a coachman, and Mary Every (b. 1822 in Bewdley, Worcestershire) who had been married in Birmingham on 14 March 1852. Her six known siblings were: John (b. 1854), Emma Maria (b. 1856), Harry (b. 1857), Elizabeth Agnes (b. 1859), Mary Amy (b. 1861) and Edith (b. 1863).

Mary first appears on the 1861 census living at Park Lane in Harborne but her whereabouts over the following years are difficult to trace as she and several of her siblings are not listed with her parents. Her parents eventually settled in Hove, Sussex and her mother would die in early 1882 with her father remarrying to a London-born woman named Annie Maria Harton (b. 1833). He would die in 1899 and his widow the following year. 

Mary was married in 1875 to John Arber and their daughter Agnes Mary was born in Marsden, Surrey on 12 August 1877. Young Agnes appeared living with her grandparents George and Mary Lacy on the 1881 census at 10 Brunswick Street, Hove, Sussex. Mary herself was listed as a visitor at 6 Spear Mews, Kensington, London and described herself as an unmarried domestic servant. What became of John Arber is not clear; whether he died or just became estranged from Mary is not certain but it would seem that they were just living apart.

Mary became involved with another man, Edward Mack (b. 1841), a bookmaker commission agent, although it is not clear if they were ever officially married. She appears on the 1901 census living alone at 7 Wimpson (?) Lane, Millbrook, Hampshire and she and Edward are together on the 1911 census living at 46 Clarendon Road, Shirley Hampshire. Edward died in early 1912 and was buried on 27 February that year.

Her daughter Agnes had been married in 1901 to Bernard Joseph Haran (b. 14 April 1876), a native of Liverpool, and their son Frank Lacey had been born on 20 January the year previous. They later emigrated and by 1912 lived at 446 West 55th Street, Manhattan.

Travelling from her home in Southampton, Mrs Mack boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger (ticket number S.O./P.P. 3, which cost £10, 10s). She was en route to her daughter in Manhattan.

During the voyage Mrs Mack shared a table in the saloon with Benjamin Hart and his family and Thomas Brown and his family, among others.

Mrs Mack died in the sinking. Her body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett and was buried at sea on 22 April 1912.

NO. 52. - FEMALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 60. - HAIR, GREY.

CLOTHING - Black coat and skirt; fur boa; striped cotton chemise; woolen singlet; black button boots; stockings.

EFFECTS - Wedding ring and seal keeper (chariot and horse); green stone ring on right hand; Visiting card to Mrs Wotherspoon, Ashbourne Rd., West Southborne; photo in frame; in purse, £15 10s. in gold; 4 1/4d. in silver and copper.

SECOND CLASS TICKET E 77.

NAME IN PURSE - Mrs MACK.
Millbrook Rd., Southampton.

In June 1912 Agnes Haran received the effects of her mother found on her body.

Gold ring set with bloodstone.
Gold ring set with reddish stone, engraved with chariot and horse.
Gold wedding ring.
Leather purse containing 2 half crowns, 2 two shilling pieces, 2 sixpenny pieces, 2 pennies, 5 halfpennies and 1 farthing.
Leather purse silver mounted, containing 14 souvereigns, 3 half souvereigns.
Bunch of keys.
Visiting card, Mrs Wotherspoon.
Recipe.
Piece of paper with adress, Mrs Mary Mack, 51 Millbrook Rd.
Photo frame.
Paper, probably a photo, but impossible to identify.
Baggage coupon 31362

Mary's daughter Agnes would later suffer the loss of her son Frank on 16 October 1926 aged 26. Frank, a chauffeur, had only been married two years previous, to Helena Fox (b. 1900 in Co Roscommon, Ireland). Agnes lived at 1670 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan up until her death on 12 June 1932. She was buried in St Raymond's Cemetery.

Her widower Bernard, a club waiter, was remarried the year after his wife's death. His new bride, Rose Edna Caffrey (b. 1887 in Ireland), had been in his life for some time and had been listed as living with him on the 1930 census as a servant (his wife at the time being conspicuously absent). Bernard's second marriage was all too brief and he was made a widower after less than two months of marriage. He remained in Manhattan and died on 14 February 1944, also being buried in St Raymond's Cemetery.

Notes

Her cabin is given as E 77. This was a first class cabin. It might be that it read E 91. This was a small cabin near the Second Class entrance.
 

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  1. Sahand Miraminy said:

    Hey Everyone, I was wondering if Mrs. Mary Mack from the second class had anything to do with the famous nursery rhyme. She was recovered as number 52.....and she was wearing black like the story! Any thoughts?

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    Brian J. Ticehurst said:

    Sahand, I dont think Mrs. Mary Mack had anything to do with any nursery rhyme - you will see from the information below that she had just been widowed for the second time and that was the reason she was dressed 'all in black'. I hope it helps? Mack, Mrs. Mary. Missing. Lived at Bitterne Park, Southampton, Hampshire. En route to - 446, West 56 Street, New York, USA. Aged 50 years. En route to daughter 446 West Street, New York City. Ticket E77. Had been recently widowed. Mary Mack was the daughter of George Lacy and Mary Evory, and that she was first married to John Arber, second... Read full post

  3. Charlotte Immel said:

    Also I think it was MISS Mary Mack. But don't quote me on that! Cheers(lol) Charlotte Immel

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    Michael H. Standart said:

    With a husband and children in her background, methinks that "Miss" would be a bit tough to support.

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    Kyrila Scully said:

    MRS. Mary Mack was twice widowed. If you had checked the biography before posting you would have discovered that. If you had checked the profiles of the people you contradicted you would know that Mr. Ticehurst is the editor of the British Titanic Society's magazine, Atlantic Daily Bulletin, and a long time researcher. Kind regards, Kyrila Scully

  6. Charlotte Immel said:

    No, I meant that the nursery rhyme was MISS Mary Mack.Hope this helps, if i'm correct. Charlotte

  7. Sahand Miraminy said:

    Hey, Yea the nursery rhyme is Miss Mary Mack.....but it could have been changed from Mrs to Miss.....Mrs doesnt sound so good in a song! lol

  8. Christophe Damore said:

    I have always wondered...is it possible Mrs. Mack was the elderly lady referred to who climbed into one of the lifeboats, then had a panic attack and jumped out?

  9. Andrew J. Kahl said:

    Need info on Miss Mary Mack

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Hermann Söldner, Germany

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (#52)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279]).
Coroners Report, Public Archives of Nova Scotia RG 41, Vols. 75-76
Marriages, Births, Deaths and Injuries, White Star Line 1912, Board of Trade 1912 (PRO London, BT 100/260).
 
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Encyclopedia Titanica (2016) Mary Mack (ref: #499, last updated: 9th January 2016, accessed 4th July 2020 07:13:32 AM)
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