About Rev. John Harper
Wife died in childbirth (daughter Nina). (Niece Jessie Leitch) http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/general-information-2.html
Rev. John Harper
- Born: Wednesday 29th May 1872 in Houston Renfrewshire Scotland
- Age: 39 years
- Last Residence: at 3 Claude Villas, Denmark Hill London London England
- Occupation: Priest / Minister
- 2nd Class passenger
- First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
- Ticket No. 248727 , £33
- Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
- Died in the sinking.
- Body Not Recovered
Reverend John Harper, a baptist minister travelled with his daughter Nina Harper and Miss Jessie Leitch from London enroute to Chicago. Rev Harper was on his way to Chicago to begin a series of revival meetings at the Moody church located on West Chicago and La Salle Avenue. He had been at the church during November, December and January of 1911/12 and his success there resulted in his being recalled to conduct a second series of meetings.
On the evening of April 14 the Reverend Harper and Miss Leitch were standing on deck admiring the sunset. "it will be beautiful in the morning," remarked rev Harper before retiring for the night. After the collision, Harper awakened his daughter, picked her up and wrapped her in a blanket before carrying her up to A deck. There he kissed her goodbye and handed her to a crewman, who put her into lifeboat 11 with Miss Leitch. Rev Harper went down with the ship.
A well known photograph of the second class promenade, in which a young girl is seen holding her father's hand, is believed by many to show young Nina Harper and her father.
Rev. John Harper was minister at Paisley Road Baptist Church, in Plantation area of Glasgow, near Govan, (now the Harper Memorial Baptist Church) before moving to London. He had completed a Mission time at the Moody Church in Chicago, in 1911, and was on his way back to there, at the time of the Sinking of the Titanic. His life story is told in the book "the Titanic's Last Hero - the Story about John Harper, published by Moody Adams (USA).This book is currently available on Amazon website (with a note to say "only 3 copies left!"
Contributor Telford George