|Birthplace Margaret Tobin, Hannibal, MO|
Margaret Tobin was born in a three bedroom cottage near the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. The area is now known as Denkler's Alley. Her parents were Irish immigrants, John and Johanna Tobin. Born also to this union were Margaret's siblings: Daniel, Michael, William, and Helen. She had two half-sisters: Catherine, from her father's first marriage, and Mary Ann, by her mother's first marriage.
At age 18, Margaret relocated to Leadville, Colorado, with her siblings Daniel, Mary Ann, and Mary Ann's husband John Landrigan. Margaret shared a two bedroom log cabin with her brother Daniel and worked in a department store.
In Leadville, Margaret met and married James Joseph "J.J." Brown. He was an enterprising, self-educated, rich man; but Margaret claimed she married for love. They were married September 1, 1886, and had two children, Lawrence and Catherine.
In 1893, the Brown family acquired great wealth when J.J's mining engineering proved instrumental in the production of a substantial ore seam for his employers, Ibex Mining Company. He was awarded with 12,500 shares of stock and a seat on the board. Margaret helped by working in soup kitchens to assist the miner's families.
|Molly Brown House Denver, CO|
In 1909, Margaret and J.J. privately signed a separation agreement. This agreement gave Margaret a cash settlement and she maintained possession of the house on Pennsylvania Street, in Denver, and the summer house. She also received a $700 monthly allowance (equivalent to $18,436 today) to continue her travels and social work.
Brown assisted in fundraising for Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which was completed in 1911. She also worked with Judge Ben Lindsey to help destitute children and establish the United States' first juvenile court, which helped form the basis of the modern U.S. juvenile courts system.
Brown ran for Senate in 1914 but ended her campaign to return to France to work with the American Committee for Devastated France during WWI.
At the time of J.J. Brown's death on September 5, 1922, Margaret and her two children had five years of disputes over the estate. In the end, Maggie was to receive $20,000 in cash and securities and the interest on a $100,000 trust fund in her name. $118,000 was to be divided between her two children, who each received a $59,000 trust fund. Margaret and her children were reconciled at the time of Margaret's Death in 1932.
Before her death, she was an actress.
Margaret was conveyed to the passenger liner RMS Titanic as a first class passenger aboard the tender SS Nomadic at Cherbourg, France. Some of the other first class passengers disliked her because she was "new money".
The Titanic sank early on April 15, 1912, at around 2:20 AM, after striking an iceberg at around 11:40 PM on April 14. Brown helped others board the lifeboats but was finally persuaded to leave the ship in Lifeboat No. 6. Brown was later called "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" by authors because she helped in the ship's evacuation, taking an oar herself in her lifeboat and urging that the lifeboat go back and save more people.
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