John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.
John Jacob Astor IV was born on July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. He was the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor whose fortune, made in the fur trade and real estate, made the Astor family one of the wealthiest families in the U.S.
John Jacob 'Jack' Astor, son of JJA IV and Madeleine Talmage. He came of age in 1933. A fleet of ten cars, including a yellow Brewster-bodied Rolls Royce, a private railway car and a steam yacht followed. His engagement ring was an Astor heirloom, reportedly worth $100,000. Previously, it had belonged to the consort of Napoleon III, the Empress Eugenie.
It is believed that millionaire John Jacob Astor was killed by the falling forward funnel. When his body was found, it was badly crushed covered in soot. Authorities used the initials J.J.A. on the collar of his brown flannel shirt to identify him. He had been on board with his 19 year-old bride Madeline, who survived. While traveling on their honeymoon, Madeline became pregnant with their son, wanted to return home to have the baby in the USA. They booked a first class passage on the RMS
John Harper, passenger on theTitanic with his daughter and niece - 16 Harper was a Baptist preacher on his way to the U.S. with daughter and niece. On the tragic night, he put them in a lifeboat before he perished.