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Jane "Janie" Quick (Richards)

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: February 24, 1965 (86)
Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Richards and Mary Ann Richards
Wife of Frederick Charles Quick
Mother of Winifred Vera Van Tongerloo and Phyllis May Murphy
Sister of William Thomas Richards
Half sister of Bessie Flowers and Martha Maud Flowers

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About Jane "Janie" Quick


  • Name: Mrs Jane Quick (née Richards)
  • Born: Saturday 31st August 1878
  • Age: 33 years
  • 2nd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 26360 , £26
  • Destination: Detroit Michigan United States
  • Rescued (boat 11)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Wednesday 24th February 1965
  • Cause of Death: Heart Failure / Disease
  • Buried: Cadillac Memorial Garden East Fraser Michigan United States

Mrs Frederick Charles Quick (Jane Richards), 33, was born 31 August 1878, at 22 Quay Street, East Stonehouse, Plymouth, Devon, England, the daughter of Mr Thomas Richards (Tailor) and Mrs Mary Ann Richards and sister of William Thomas. Janie as she was known also had 2 step-sisters from her mothers first marriage, Bessie and Martha Maud Flowers.

Janie married Mr Frederick Charles Quick (1882-1959), a plasterer by trade, in Plymouth 1902 and had 2 daughters, Miss Phyllis May Quick and Miss Winifred Vera Quick. The family emigrated to Detroit, Michigan in about 1910, 'to start a new life'. Jane returned to Plymouth, Devon, England early in 1912 with her two daughters to visit her relatives.

Their return journey, aboard Titanic was booked through Leaman & Co of Plymouth. Mrs Quick and her daughters boarded the Titanic at Southampton as second class passengers (ticket number 26360, £26).

Jane was awakened by the collision but thought little of it, however she decided to get up and pulled a dark skirt over her nightgown. Only when a crewman alerted her to the seriousness of the situation did she wake the children. Carrying Phyllis wrapped in a shawl and with Winifred in tow Jane struggled with lifebelts up the staircase to A-Deck. There she was helped by a couple of male passenger to get Phyllis into a lifebelt while she put on her own.

Mrs Quick and her 2 daughters were rescued in lifeboat 11.

Mrs Quick remained in America for the rest of her life, for many years travelling the country reliving her experiences to avid theatre audiences. Two more daughters were born in America, Vivian (June 19, 1913, died February 15, 1997), who married Earl L. Reavie and Virginia in 1918 (later married William Nantias). The family lived at 1497 Roslyn Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, Wayne County, Michigan.

Jane died of a coronary on 24 February 1965 aged 86 at the Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe. She was interred with her husband Frederick (died 1959) in the Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Clinton Township, Macomb County on 27 February 1965.


  • Detroit News, February 26, 1965, Obituary and Death Notice
  • Detroit Freee News, February 26, 1965, Obituary
  • Michigan Department Of Health Certificate Of Death


  • Steve Coombes, UK
  • Chris Dohany, USA
  • Phillip Gowan, USA
  • Brian Ticehurst, UK

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

  • Miss Winifred Vera Quick
  • Miss Phyllis May Quick
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Jane "Janie" Quick's Timeline

August 31, 1878
Plymouth, Devon, England
January 23, 1904
Age 25
Devon, England
July 27, 1909
Age 30
Plymouth, Devon, England
February 24, 1965
Age 86
Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe