MILWAUKEE MARINE AND SHIPPING
SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS
THOSE THAT PERISHED
There are said to be 225 known persons all of whom were either residents of Milwaukee, or had friends and acquaintences here.
There were a large numbers of others, but the ships books went to the bottom of the lake with her, making it impossible to give an accurate list of the lost.
Bodies were washed onshore for weeks after the disaster. The last one being found in Oct. Many of the bodies were shipped back to Milwaukee for burial. Some were put in a mass grave in Illinois.
(Click here to see the list of survivors) ALEXANDER, R.K. second engineer ARNOLD, George son of Jonathan E. BARRON, Mrs. John BARRY, Capt. G treasurer of Milw. county; commander of the Union Guards BARRY, son of Capt. G. BASS, Henry BIELAND, James BIRMINGHAM, C. BISHOP, Henry BLACK, Hugh BLOSS, Phillip BOHAN, Mrs. T. (and child) BOSENBURG, Phillip BULFIN, Thomas BURNS, Fannie BURNS, James BURNS, Michael BURNS, William constable of the fourth ward BUTLER, Kate CANNON, Patrick CASPER, Frank CHAMPION, John reporter CHURCHILL, William E. fireman CLINE, John COMMEFORD, R. CONNAUGHTY, P. teacher CONNOLLY, James CONNOLLY, John teacher CONNOLLY, Patrick CONNOLLY, Terence CORBITT, Alex printer CORCORAN, unknown COSGRAVE, James COUGHLIN, John CREHAN, Mary CUDDEHEA, Stephen (and son) CURTIN, Lizzie CURTIN, Thomas DELANEY, Martin policeman DELANEY, Patrick (and wife) DELURY, John (and wife) DIEHL, Elins DOERLEY, Martin harbor master (also spelled Doerly) DONAVAN, Mary DOWNER, S.A. DRESSER, William DUFFEY, James DUFFEY, Mary DUNNER, Honora DWYER, Michael (and daughter) DWYRE, Mrs. William ELLIS, Mrs. Mary ENGLEHART, J.P. brewer EVANSTON, A.S. EVISTON, T.H. (and wife) chief engineer of the Fire Department FAHEY, Patrick(& wife & daughter) constable of Third ward FANNING, Elizabeth FANNING, Kate FARNSWORTH, William Settled at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as a trapper and Indian trader in 1818, and in 1835 returned and bought half the village interest, of which he sold a sixteenth for $30,000 to the N.Y. & Erie transportation Co., and another sixteenth for $25,000; he resided there subsequently and perished on the steamer Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan, Sept. 7, 1860; his body was recovered. (Source: American Biographical Notes, 1875 by: Franklin Benjamin Hough, pg 135) FERBY, George (and wife) FITZGERALD, A. (sister-in-law of T.O'BRIEN) FITZGERALD, Morris FITZGERALD, P. (and sister) FLYNN, Annie FOLEY, Paul (son and niece) GANNON, Kate GARTH, William was several years prof. of mathematics in the Georgetown College; settled on a farm near Paris, Bourbon co., Ky., and perished on the Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan, Sept. 7, 1890 (N.Y. Times, Sept. 14, 1860) (Source: American Biographical Notes, 1875 by: Franklin Benjamin Hough, pg 156) GOETZ, D.W. GRADE, Mrs. (and son) HANLEY, Mathew (and sister Susan) HANNA, Theodore C. HARRIS, Capt. HAYS, Mrs. (daughter of T.O'BRIEN) HAYS, William H. HERT, Fred HINEL??, Godfrey HORAN, John deputy United States Marshal HORRIGAN, M. INGRAM, Hon Herbert (and son) Founder of "Illustrated London News", on holiday here JERVIS, Mrs. J. (daughter of T.Koegh) JOHNSON, Charles (son of Dr. Johnson) KELLY, John KENNEDY, Mrs. T. (and child) KENNEDY, Phillip KILROY, James (wife and child) KOEGH, Agnes (daughter of T.Koegh) KOMAICK, A. (and brothers) city band LASKY, Lacy LEYDEN, Amelia LOWTHER, Ed LUMSDEN, Col Francis Asbury (and family) of the New Orleans Picayune LUMSDEN, FRANCIS ASBURY, journalist, b. in N. C., was early apprenticed to Joseph Gales, printer at Raleigh; spent 9 y. on the Nat. Intelligencer at Washington; went to New Orleans, and in 1837 with Mr. Kendall began the N.O. Picayune, with which he was connected till his death; he was an editor of superior ability, and of much influence in the southern states; he perished with his family on the steamer Lady Elgin on Lake Michigan, Sept. 7, 1860; his body was recovered, and buried at New Orleans, Oct. 18, 1860. (N. O. Picayune, Sept. 16, 1860.) (Source: American Biographical Notes, 1875 by: Franklin Benjamin Hough, pg 261) LYNCH, Bloss Messenger of the Common council MALONE, James MALONEY, Mary MATRICK, Dennis MATTHEWS, Mary McCARRY, Hugh MCCORMICK, Frank City councillor (also reported as having 2 sisters aboard 1 appears below) MCCORMICK, Martha Jane Sister to Frank McDONOUGH, Patrick McGEE, Ann McGILL, THOMAS McGRATH, Mary McGRATH, Michael McGRATH, Patrick MCKAY, M. McLAUGHLIN, Elizabeth McLAUGHLIN, Mrs. C.B. McMAAUS, Sarah MEYER, M. MONAHAN, unknown (and children) MURPHY, James MURPHY, Sarah F. MURPHY, Stephen NEVILLE, Thomas NEWCOMB, Minnie NICHOLS, Christian City Band NICHOLS, Jacob leader of city band O'BRIEN, John O'BRIEN, Mrs. Tim O'BRIEN, Richard O'GRADY, John (and wife) clerk in the Mayor's office O'HEARN, Margaret O'LEARY, Daniel (and son) O'MAHONEY, Cornelius teacher of the Third ward school O'NEILL, Thomas OAKLEY, George F. PARSONS, Morris PATTERSON, Albert PERSONS, Henry PERSONS, John PHILLIP, A.F. PIERCE, A.M. PLANKINTON, Eli POINEROY, William C. (son of F.C. POMEROY) POLLARD, John POLLARD, Slice (sic) PURTELL, Michael QUAIL, John F. QUINLAN, Patrick RAPP, unknown REIS, Anton father of Judge Florian Reis REYNOLDS, George F. RICE, James school commissioner of the Third Ward RICE, Mrs. James (and child) RICH, Michael RILEY, Peter RING, Robert (and wife) ROGERS, Ed ROONEY, Christopher ROONEY, John (and wife) ROONEY, Patrick RYAN, John (and wife) S??k, Amelia SCALLON, James SCHAFER, Henry SCHNEIDER, Henry SCHNEIDER, Philip SENIFLEBEN(?), H. SEVLIN, James SEVLIN, Mrs. Mary SHEA, James SHEBAN, Thomas SHEHAN, Bridget SLAUGHTER, Thomas SMITH, W.G. SPELLIN, Michael STREET, unknown SULLIVAN, Jerry SULLIVAN, Mary THOMAS, Jeremiah TOWNSEND, Milton VULL, James WAEGLI, Samuel register of deeds WALDRATH, C.H. WALLACE, W.H. WARD, Mary WARNER, Ed. WEAVER, Michael WILLIAMS, Allen (and wife) WILSON, Capt. Jack Captain of the Lady Elgin WILSON, William WOOLMAN, unknown
This is in the Captain William Johnson bio found in the Marine bio section of the site.
...a line out, and assisted in rescuing most of the crew; two who tried to swim ashore were drowned. About a month after the loss of the Lady Elgin, he picked up the bodies of two women, who were among the passengers, one of whom was identified by two rings on her finger (one having the letters "W.B.G.L." engraved on it, the other having "B.L." on it), and supposed to belong to Milwaukee. He took the bodies to Racine, where the inquest was held and the bodies buried. ....
Many of those lost are interred in their family lots at Calvary Cemetery. Bishop Henni presided at the memorial service at the Cathedral and a procession to Calvary Cemetery, which was viewed by over 10,000 mourners. (Source: Milwaukee Archdiocese Website
THOSE THAT SURVIVED
In many cases, both husband and wife were lost and an estimated 1,000 orphans were left. Many of those moved with other family members or were placed in orphanages.
SURVIVORS IN A SOCIETY.
(Source: Milwaukee Sentinel Sept 4, 1892)
An Organization Formed Three Years Ago
Masses Paid For Forever
Though in frequent communication for years after the disaster the survivors of the terrible marine calamity did not band themselves together in an organization until Sept. 7 1889, when a meeting attended by a majority of the passengers who were fortunate enough to escape was called and the Lady Elgin Survivorsí society was born. Fred Sayder was elected president and Frank Boyd secretary. Most of the survivors were elected to membership and a large number of them attend the regular annual meetings of the society. The meeting this year will be held Sept. 7. One of the objects of the organization was to provide for masses for the souls of the ill-fated passengers. A sufficient subscription was recently raised to pay for the masses and as long as St. Johnís church exists in Milwaukee the services will be maintained. Father Keogh having acknowledged the receipt of the sum that will pay for the masses until the world shall come to an end.
Partial list BELLMAN, Mr. newspaper account at time of disaster BEVERUNG, Charles 609 Second street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 BOYD, Francis (Frank) 1000 Grand Avenue, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 BURKE Mrs. Edward (Margaret) 278 Milwaukee street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 COOK, J.H. Appleton, Wis.; residence Sept. 04, 1892 CRILLEY, John J. 316 Jackson street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 DAVIS, George First Mate, residence unknown; residence Sept. 04, 1892 DEVER, William 266 Sixteenth street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 DOEBERT, Adelbert 583 Seventh street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 EDWARD, Phillip 315 Jackson street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 EDWARD, William 315 Jackson street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 EVANS, Mrs. Frank St. Louis, Mo; residence Sept. 04, 1892 EVISTON, Martin 234 Broadway, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 EVISTON, Mr. & Mrs. John W. 523 Jackson street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 GUNNISON, W.H. Rochester, N.Y.; residence Sept. 04, 1892 HARTSUFF, George Lucas newspaper account at time of disaster HAYES, Mrs. Margaret Erie, PA; residence Sept. 04, 1892 HERBERT, J.C. newspaper account at time of disaster HORN, Mrs. Frank Columbus OH; residence Sept. 04, 1892 JAVERS, John St. Paul Minnesota; residence Sept. 04, 1892 KOEGH, Thomas B. Goldsborough, N.C.; residence Sept. 04, 1892 KUETEMEYER, Fred Wauwatosa; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MALLON, Ed 922 Clybourne street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MCLINDELL, John MCLINDELL House, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MILLER, J.H. 467 Third avenue, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MOATS, William Troy, NY; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MURPHY, Thomas Random Lake, Wis.; residence Sept. 04, 1892 MURRAY, John H. 2313 Wells street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 RAGAN, John Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 RIVERS, Mrs. newspaper account at time of disaster RODE, Jerome Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 ROONEY, unknonw Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 ROPER, John Milwaukee street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 SHEA, Thomas 322 Madison street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 SNYDER, Fred 103 Seventh Street, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 SULLIVAN, Hugh 916 St. Paul avenue, Milwaukee; residence Sept. 04, 1892 TONER, Brother Brother to William Toner TONER, Sister Sister-in-law to William Toner TONER, William member of one of the Chicago fire companies WESTBY: Ed. From Newspaper acct 1892