Posted by: Beth | July 8, 2012

MRIN-53 James Bracken and Addie Greathouse

James H. Bracken and Addie Greathouse

My 2nd great grand uncle and his wife


James is an uncle rather than a grandparent. He died before he was able to have a family of his own. His older sister, Mary Jane, is my 2nd great grandmother. James has a unique story as he was one of the over 1500 people who perished in the sinking of the famous RMS Titanic in April of 1912. His body was lost at sea, so he has no place of burial and I don’t believe that there was ever a death certificate issued for him. (Update: a cousin/researcher has recently been able to verify that there was no death certificate issued for him in his state of residence).  James had a wife and a 160 acre land claim in Lake Arthur, New Mexico. There are various stories as to why he was in London, but the only fact that I have is from the ships records stating that he had been residing in Southampton for about a month and that he was a stock man. Given his livelihood, I believe that meant live stock. His wife stated that he would have had about $3000-$4000 cash in his possession on his return home.

James Hollan BrackenJames H. Bracken 2

  • Born: 08 Sep 1882 in Beaverdam, Ohio County, Kentucky
  • Married: Addie Greathouse about 1907 in Texas
  • Died: 15 Apr 1912
  • Age: 29 years, 7 months, 7 days
  • Buried: Lost at sea
  • Cause of Death: Ship wreck
  • Parents: William B. Bracken and Sarah A. Morris

Addie Greathouse

  • Born: 09 Jun 1881 in San Saba County, Texas
  • Married: James H. Bracken about 1907 in Texas
  • Died: 31 May 1969 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Age: 87 years, 11 months, 22 days
  • Buried: Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
  • Cause of Death: A Sudden Myocardial Infarction due to ASHD (I have no idea what this means)
  • Parents: Archibald Donahue Greathouse and Sarah Ann Jackson
I’m not sure what happened to Addie, but at the time of James’ death she was invalid with no hope of ever recovering. It seems as though her mother was tending to her needs while her husband was overseas. It is very sad to me that the informant on Addie’s death certificate was the Red Cross. It appears she died alone in a nursing home without family or friends. Most likely she was put there after her mother passed away or could no longer care for her as she needed.

Update 28 Apr 2018
This video was just shared with me today.


    1. Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2HaleTexas; Roll: 1641; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 28; FHL microfilm: 1241641.
    2. Year: 1910; Census Place:  Lake ArthurChaves New Mexico; Roll: T624_913; Page:  1A; Enumeration District: 0027; Image:  832; FHL microfilm:  1374926.
    3. Encyclopedia Titanica – 2nd Class Passenger, James H. Bracken
    4. Encyclopia Titanica – Red Cross Committee Report
    5. Death Certificate of Addie (Greathouse) Bracken
    6. Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Agreements and Crew Lists, Series III: Titanic. BT 100/259 and 100/260. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.
    7. UK, RMS Titanic, Deaths at Sea, 1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Registry of Shipping and Seamen: Registers and Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea. BT 334/52 and 334/53. The National Archives, Surrey, England.
    8. UK, RMS Titanic, Outward Passenger List, 1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and Successors: Outward Passenger Lists. BT 27/776 and 27/780. The National Archives, Surrey, England.
    9. Find A Grave Memorial# 64026190 – Addie C. Greathouse Bracken
    10. Haunting Pictures of boots and a coat at Titanic wreck site illustrates the human cost of the tragedy 100 years after ship sank
    11. The Inner Space Center , who took the pictures found in the link above, has a 4:37 minute video exploring the Titanic wreckage. It is some of the best quality images taken so far.
    12. New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records states that they have no death record on file for James Bracken. They included that they did a search for 1912 +/- 5 years.


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