Death of James Elsbury on the Titanic
James boarded at Southampton in 3rd class ticket number 3902 age 47, occupation farmer.
DEATH OF ELSBURY POSITIVE
Dispatch From the White Star Line Says That Elsbury is Not a Survivor
ALL HOPE IS ABANDONED
Gurnee Man on Titanic Not Among Survivors - -Family Now Compelled to Give up Hope
The last hope of the James Elsbury family of Gurnee that their husband and father, a passenger on the ill fated Titanic might yet be returned to them, was completely swept away when on Wednesday a telegram from New York stated that he was not among the survivors. When news of the disaster first spread, the Elsbury family clung to the hope that he might have
been delayed in starting, but a cablegram from relatives across the water destroyed that hope and proved to a certainty that he was aboard the sunken vessel.
Day after day passed while the family waited in suspense for some word from the missing one, sometimes fearing the worst and sometimes inspired by hope. At times Mrs. Elsbury was sure that he must some way have been saved, but as time wore on and no message came she began to lose hope, feeling that if alive, he would ere this have communicated with her. And then came the report that a man had been picked up in an unconscious condition by the rescue ship, and had been placed in a New York hospital. That he had never regained his reason and that his only utterance were the words "Lake County, Illinois." Then hope sprang anew in the Gurnee home and telegrams bearing Ellsbury's description, were at once sent and his picture was also forwarded. But a crushing blow was dealt the family when the answer came from the White Star Line that the man in question is not James Ellsbury.
All hope of his being alive is now abandoned as is also that of ever receiving his body, and in all probability it will never be known whether the well known, highly respected Gurnee farmer, lies among the unidentified buried at sea or whether he was among the number whose bodies were never
He was returning from England where he had gone to help his brother John clear up estate matters after his mother's death. He decided to book passage- -3rd class on the historic ship, the Titanic. His remains were never found. There is a memorial to him in his home town of Stanmoor, Somerset, England.
1900 Census states that he emigrated in 1881.
Living in Warren Twp in 1900 with Eliza and 4 children. Still living in Warren Twp with Eliza and Elbert, George and Bernice in 1910. Memorial plaque at Warren