Jane Richards was born on 31st August 1878 in East stonehouse, Devon. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Richards (nee Redding). Jane was sister to William Thomas Richards, born in 1874 and also Bessie and Martha Maud Flowers who were born 1862 and 1871 respectivley.
(Bessie and Martha Maud were children from Mary Ann's first marriage)
1881 England and Wales Census, 22 Quay Street, East Stonehouse, Devon, England.
|Thomas Richards||Head||42||Tailor||Marazion, Cornwall|
|Mary Ann Richards||Wife||42||Lifton, Devon|
|Bessie Flowers||Step Daughter||19||Servant||Plymouth, Devon|
|Martha Maud Flowers||Step Daughter||10||Scholar||East Stonehouse, Devon|
|William Thomas Richards||Son||9||Scholar||Plymouth, Devon|
|Jane Richards||Daughter||2||East Stonehouse, Devon|
1891 United Kingdom Census,
Wesleyan Place, East Stonehouse, Devon.
|Mary A Richards||Head (wid)||52||Charwoman||Lifton, Devon|
|Jane Richards||Daur||12||Scholar||East Stonehouse, Devon|
|Martha M Sowden||Daur||20||Tailoress||East Stonehouse, Devon|
|Mary E Sowden||Daur||8 mo||Bristol, Glocs|
|Richard Reddy||56||General Labourer||East Stonehouse, Devon|
1901 United Kingdom Census
Phoenix Place, East Stonehouse, Devon.
|Mary A Richards||Head||63||East Stonehouse|
|Jane Richards||Wife||22||Florist Assistant||Plymouth|
In 1902, Jane married Frederick Charles Quick, a plasterer from Plymouth. Together, they had two children, Winnifred Vera Quick born 23 January 1904 and Phyllis May Quick born 26 July 1909. Both girls were born in Plymouth, devon.
In 1910, Fred left Plymouth and left for Detroit, Michigan. The following information is taken from the "Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905 - 1957"Name
: Frederick C QuickPlace of Birth
: Plymouth, Devonsie[sic], EngAge
: MMarital Status
: BricklayerRead & Write?
: YesLast Permanent Residence:
London, Ont., Can.Name and address of relative or friend in country where alien came
: Wife, Jennie Quick, 5 Carlton Terrace, East Stonehouse, Devon.Ever in US Before
: NoPassage paid by
: SelfDestination and name and address of relative or friend to join there
: Friend, Mrs. Edwards, 104 Orchard St, Detroit, Mich.Height
: 5ft, 10 3/4 InComplexion
: GreenSeaport, and date of landing and name of Steamship:
Quebec 11-17-10 ss Royal George; Detroit 4-20-11
On April 10 1912, Jane and her daughters boarded the Titanic at Southampton.
Jane remembered that the cabin still smelt of paint, so much so that it made Winnifred sick and they had to sleep with the door open.
On the night of the sinking, A crewman stuck his head into Janes cabin and toldher the seriousness of the situation. Jane sprang to her feet and wrapped the two girls warmly before heading for the lifeboats, Two male passengers saw her struggle and came to help, one holding the sleeping Phyllis while the other strapped a crying winnie into her lifebelt. This gave Jane enough time to secure her own lifebelt.
They eventually made it to lifeboat 11. By this time, young Winnifred was almost in hysterics, fortuneatley for Jane, Phyllis slept through the whole ordeal. WInnie too, after being cuddled into the fur coat of a kindly German lady, fell asleep also.
When they arrived in New York on the carpathia, they were met by a joyful Fred Quick. Jane gave several interviews to various reporters before they made it to Detroit. On 22 April, Jane received $50 from the New York Women's relief committee. she received another $50 on the 26 April, no doubt this money came in use for purchasing new clothes for her and the girls.
Jane gave birth to two more daughters, Vivian born in 1916 and Virginia born in 1918.
1920 United States Census
Detroit Ward 19, Wayne, Michigan
|Frederick C Quick||Head|| 37 ||England|
|Jane Quick||Wife|| 40 ||England|
|Winnifred Quick ||daughter||16 ||England|
|Virginia Quick||daughter||3 1/2m||Michigan|
Jane and Fred remained devoted to each other until Freds death.
Jane died in 1965 at the age of 87.
Phyllis worked for a telephone company, then married Austin Murphy and became the mother of four children. She died in 1954 aged 44 years old.
Winnifred, left school early and worked in a chocolate factory, and later a bakery. She married Alois Van Tongerloo. They had met when Winnie was 14, and he 19 and dated a few years later.
Winnie and Alois became the parents of five children. She enjoyed a long and happy life, and was loved by many people. Winnifred died on 4th July 2002 in Michigan.
By Beata. 1st December 2006